POST RI condemns ELAM attacks

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Within the context of the Education for a Culture of Peace project, POST Research Institute (POST RI) and the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR) strongly condemn the incidents of violence that occurred yesterday by members of the fascist organisation ELAM and other individuals against Turkish Cypriots. We call for the perpetrators of these hate crimes to be brought to justice immediately and for an investigation into the actions of the police forces to be carried out.
Extremism, hate speech, racism and violence in any form should not happen in any society. It is time for a collective effort by all in society, and especially by those in positions of authority, to ensure that such incidents do not occur in the future.
Acknowledging the importance of education in addressing fascism and intolerance, AHDR and POST RI call for education to be set as a priority in the current negotiation talks, and for a joint education committee to be established immediately. In conclusion, we stress the need for a Culture of Peace to be cultivated in Cypriot society. Such a culture is not only a vehicle for the acceptance and respect of differences, but also a prerequisite for reconciliation in our country.

“Kıbrıs’ta Uzlaşma Aracı olarak Barış Kültürü Eğitimi” projesini yürüten iki sivil toplum örgütü, POST Araştırma Enstitüsü (POST RI) ile Tarihsel Diyalog ve Araştırma Derneği(AHDR) olarak, Elam ve benzeri ideolojideki diğer faşist örgütler tarafından ortaklaşa gerçekleştirilen Kıbrıslı Türklere yönelik dünkü şiddet eylemlerini kınıyoruz. Bu nefret suçunun faillerinin bir an önce adalet önüne çıkarılmalarını ve olayda ihmali bulunan polisler hakkında kovuşturma başlatılmasını talep ediyoruz.
Fanatizme, nefret söylemine, ırkçılığa ve nereden gelirse gelsin şiddete tolerans gösterilemez. Bu bağlamda, toplumu oluşturan bireylerin ve özellikle yetkili makamlarda bulunanların ortak katkılarıyla benzer olayların gelecekte bir daha yaşanmaması için seferber olma zamanının geldiğine inanıyoruz.
Faşizmin ve nefret suçunun önlenmesinde eğitimin öneminin farkında olarak, AHDR ve POST RI devam etmekte olan müzakere sürecinde Kıbrıs’ta barış kültürünün inşası, geçmişin yaralarının sarılması ve farklılıklara saygı gösterilmesi için bir eğitim reformu çağrısı yapmaktadır. Bizler barış kültürünü besleyen bir eğitim sisteminin adamızda uzlaşma için hayati öneme sahip bir öncelik olduğuna inanıyoruz.

Στο πλαίσιο του προγράμματος Εκπαίδευση για έναν Πολιτισμό Ειρήνης, ο Όμιλος Ιστορικού Διαλόγου και Έρευνας και το Ερευνητικό Ινστιτούτο POST καταδικάζουν εμφαντικά τα χθεσινά περιστατικά βίας εναντίον Τουρκοκυπρίων από μέλη της φασιστικής οργάνωσης ΕΛΑΜ και από μεμονωμένα άτομα. Ζητούμε οι δράστες αυτών των εγκλημάτων μίσους να βρεθούν άμεσα ενώπιον της δικαιοσύνης και να πραγματοποιηθεί έρευνα σε σχέση με τη δράση της Αστυνομίας.
Ο εξτρεμισμός, η ρητορική μίσους, ο ρατσισμός και η βία σε οποιαδήποτε μορφή δεν πρέπει να γίνονται ανεκτά. Ήρθε η ώρα για μια συλλογική προσπάθεια εκ μέρους όλων στην κοινωνία, και ιδιαίτερα εκ μέρους όσων βρίσκονται σε θέσεις εξουσίας, για να διασφαλιστεί ότι τέτοια επεισόδια δεν θα επαναληφθούν στο μέλλον.
Αναγνωρίζοντας τη σημασία της εκπαίδευσης στην αντιμετώπιση του φασισμού και της μη αποδοχής της διαφορετικότητας, ο Όμιλος Ιστορικού Διαλόγου και Έρευνας και το Ερευνητικό Ινστιτούτο POST ζητούν να τεθεί η εκπαίδευση ως προτεραιότητα στις εν εξελίξει διαπραγματεύσεις μεταξύ των δύο ηγετών, καθώς και την άμεση δημιουργία κοινής επιτροπής για την εκπαίδευση. Συμπερασματικά, τονίζουμε την ανάγκη για την καλλιέργεια Εκπαίδευσης για έναν Πολιτισμό Ειρήνης στην κυπριακή κοινωνία. Ένας τέτοιος Πολιτισμός Ειρήνης δεν είναι απλώς όχημα για την αποδοχή και τον σεβασμό της διαφορετικότητας, αλλά και απαραίτητη προϋπόθεση για τη συμφιλίωση στη χώρα μας.

About POST Research Institute

POST is a non-profit, non-political organization set up by a group of people to work for the cultural, social, and environmental betterment of Cyprus and established at 2002. Vision: To contribute towards achieving an alternative sustainable future, which comprises of an egalitarian Cypriot society, that recognizes the dignity of every living being. Mission: • On the basis of social equality/justice: o To contribute for creating an open dialogue on issues of peace education and reconciliation and working actively for the unification of the island. o To take action against gender discrimination based on one’s sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression for achieving positive social transformation. o To advance, sensitize and advocate for a multicultural and diverse society in which all differences are recognized, understood and accepted. • To excel as an Institute in the execution of research and participatory action. • To strengthen research capacity in Cyprus. • To strive for ecological sustainability through the prevention of environmental degradation and destruction.
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