The European Youth Campaign raised a good turnout of International Non Governamental Youth Organisations to its meeting in Strasbourg. The Council of Europe human rights defence body’s secretary-general, Terry Davis, offered encouragement. He said: “This is not a campaign against; but a campaign for, a campaign to bring our core values – diversity, human rights and participation – closer to the people of Europe. Democracy will not live if the younger generations shy away from public life.”
Almost 50 countries are participating, under a slogan adopted in 1995 ‘All different, all equal’, promoting awareness of all forms of discrimination and intolerance. Tuncay Cakmak, Vice President of the Turkish Youth association COJEP, made a plea for Islam: “Since the September 11th attacks and the others in London and Madrid there’s been discrimination against young Muslims; they’re all seen as potential terrorists. It’s really uncomfortable.”
The multicultural sharing experience was aimed at reflecting about a sense of identity and having an open mind.