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FM Baconschi found guilty of discrimination

The National Anti-Discrimination Council (CNCD) found the Foreign Minister, Teodor Baconschi, guilty of discrimination, following his comment in reference to the Roma and criminal acts, and sanctioned him by a warning, sources in the institution stated, on Thursday, for Mediafax. Baconschi received, as a sanction, a warning. “Our sanction in his case was more of a warning. This implies that, if found guilty again, he will be considered a second-time offender and fined accordingly, but we hope it won’t be the case,” the aforementioned sources added. Dozens of NGOs called for the Foreign Minister’s resignation or dismissal, incensed by an excerpt in a speech by the dignitary, which they qualified as “racist” and which formed the basis of complaints filed at CNCD. “Re­fer­ring to the Romanian community in France, the minister Baconshi argued, according to the press statement on the Foreign Ministry’s website, the following: ‘We have some natural, physiological, problems as regards criminal acts within some of the Romanian communities, particularly as regards Romanian citizens of Roma ethnicity.’ The minister makes a direct association between ethnicity and criminality. Further­more, in a very serious manner, he accounts in biological terms for this association, the type of explanation invoked by Nazi Germany in their defence of the Holocaust,” representatives of several dozen human rights associations, which brought the matter to CNCD’s attention, stated, in a February release.

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