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   The Commission has just approved the final text of the joint
   declaration against racism and xenophobia to be signed by the
   European Parliament and representatives of the Member States
   meeting within the Council on 11 June.
   The declaration stems from a Commission initiative.  In March
   1985 the Commission sent the Council a communication on a
   Community policy on migration in which it proposed the adoption
   of a joint declaration against xenophobia and racism.  It saw
   this as a response to the public indignation aroused by the
   xenophobic attacks on migrant workers and their families which
   had taken place in a number of Member States.
   The Council and Parliament responded favourably to the
   Commission's proposal and took part in the discussions which
   led to the drafting of the following declaration :
   "The European Parliament, the representatives of the Member
   States meeting within the Council and the Commission,
   - recognizing the existence and growth of xenophobic attitudes,
   movements and acts of violence in the Community which are
   often directed against immigrants,
   - whereas the Community institutions attach prime importance to
   respect for fundamental rights, as solemnly proclaimed in the
   Joint Declaration of 5 April 1977, and to the principle of
   freedom of movement as laid down in the Treaty of Rome,
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      - whereas respect for human dignity and the elimination of
   all     forms of racial discrimination are part of the common
   cultural and legal heritage of all the Member States,
   - mindful of the positive contribution which workers who have
   their origins in other Member States or in third countries
   have made, and can continue to make, to the development of
   the Member States in which they legally reside and of the
   resulting benefits for the Community as a whole,
     1. Vigorously condemn all forms of intolerance, hostility
   and use of force against persons or groups of persons on
   the grounds of racial, religious, cultural, social or
   national differences;
     2. Affirm their resolve to protect the individuality and
   dignity of every member of society and to reject any form
   of segregation of foreigners;
     3. Look upon it as indispensable that all necessary steps be
   taken to guarantee that this joint resolve is carried
   through;
     4. Are determined to continue the endeavours already made to
   protect the individuality and dignity of every member of
   society and to reject any form of segregation of
   foreigners.
     5. Stress the importance of adequate and objective
   information and of making all citizens aware of the
   dangers of racism and xenophobia, and the need to ensure
   that all acts or forms of discrimination are prevented or
curbed."

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