According to UNITED for Intercultural Action, anti-discrimination work is, quite simply, the work that organizations undertake for and with the people that suffer discrimination. It is also the work that is done before the actual discrimination takes place, especially community work. (1) The most important principle of anti-discrimination work is to respect the wishes of victims and their families. You should not assume that you know what is best for them. You can tell people what their options and choices ar but let them tell you what they think should be done. (2) The second principle is that you should know what is going on. You should be informed of both possibilities and dangers. going into an unknown situation can be dangerous. be safe, be informed. (3) The third principle is cooperation, on all levels. You can be more effective when you work with local, national and international contacts. They can help you with their experiences, help you put pressure on authorities, [etc].
The [Treaty of Amsterdam] (1977) restates the principle of non-discrimination in stronger terms, adding two new provisions to the [EC Treaty]. The aim of this principle is to ensure equality of treatment for individuals irrespective of nationality, sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation. Article 12 of the [EC Treaty] (former Article 6) outlaws any discrimination on the grounds of nationality. Under the [Treaty of Amsterdam] a new Article 13 has been written into the [EC Treaty] to reinforce the guarantee of non-discrimination laid down in the Treaties and extend it to the other cases cited above.
Consideration should also be given to setting up community relations commissions not only in areas where tensions have actually emerged but also as a general mechanism in all communities. Such commissions could reinforce existing inter-group understanding and identify at an early stage the seeds of future tension so as to act preventatively. The participation of vulnerable groups in the elaboration of national and local plans of action is also crucial as a tangible recognition of their dignity and of the principle of equality.
2. One of the worst consequences of being a victim of discrimination is the feeling isolation. It seems that no one cares.