Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement, asked Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights & Equality and Human Rights Commission of United Kingdom (UK) to take appropriate action against IKEA for maltreating gypsies in the UK, sending a strong signal to other businesses.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, also asked IKEA CEO Mikael Ohlsson and Supervisory Board Chairman of its parent company Göran Grosskopf to publicly apologize over this incident. IKEA, whose “vision” was “to create a better everyday life for the many people”, should be ashamed of such a behavior of its store, Zed added.
He asked Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks; and UK Equality and Human Rights Commission Chair and Chief Executive, Trevor Phillips and Mark Hammond, respectively, to personally investigate this issue and put a stop to unnecessary targeting of the helpless community. Racism and discrimination was already escalating against Gypsies/Travelers in Europe, it did not need any IKEA push, he argued.
This blatant racism and singling out of gypsies should not be acceptable in 21st century Europe, which boasted of its human rights record, Zed pointed out.
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