STOCKHOLM, Sweden—The Armenian Revolutionary Federation Youth organization condemned violence and oppression of minorities during a conference over the weekend of the Young European Socialists (ECOSY) entitled “Fight against right-wing extremism and problems of refugees and their integration.”
The ARF Bureau Youth office was represented by Anahit Harutunyan of the ARF Nigol Aghbalian Student Association. In her presentation, she stressed the ARF’s position of unequivocal opposition to violence and oppression, saying that democratic governments must protect the rights of minorities and under-represented people, while emphasizing the need for the free integration of minorities in society.
The conference, hosted by Sweden’s Social-Democratic party’s youth organization, focused on the role and importance of social-democratic parties in the struggle against right-wing extremism and the proliferation of Neo-Nazi movements.
Conference participants provided suggestions on the methods by which social-democratic organization must counter and fights against extremism in the name of defending human rights.
The Danish, Norwegian and Austrian delegations made presentation about the rise of right-wing movements within European governments, especially in Scandinavian countries, and sounded the alarm on the dangers and threats posed to minorities.
The Czech Republic, Belgium and Germany were also among countries represented at the conference.
Harutunyan also met with other country representatives on the sidelines of the conference to discuss future cooperation and strengthening of relations between ARF Youth and its European counterparts.