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Discrimination at Icelandic Charity Won’t Be Tolerated

Representatives of the welfare division of Reykjavík City met with representatives of the charity Fjölskylduhjálp Íslands (Iceland Family Air), which has been accused of discrimination, on Monday to review the city’s policy on human rights.

Reykjavík City Hall. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

At the meeting it was emphasized that people of foreign origin shouldn’t be discriminated against in light of last week’s news that the charity prioritized Icelanders during food distribution, Fréttabladid reports.

“Ásgerdur [Jóna Flosadóttir, the charity’s managing director] explained the situation and stated that such work methods, to discriminate against people, will not be undertaken,” said manager of Reykjavík City’s welfare division Stella Vídisdóttir.

Chairperson of the city’s welfare council, Jórunn Frímannsdóttir, said the meeting had been a success. “They are keen on cooperation and will hopefully arrange [food distributions] the right way from now on.

Chairman of the charity’s board, Matthías Imsland, said he hadn’t read the interview with Flosadóttir in Fréttabladid last Thursday where she said “all Icelanders had been prioritized” during food distribution the previous days and foreigners had been made to wait.

Imsland stated there must have been a misunderstanding between Flosadóttir and the journalist. “We don’t think about nationalities at the Family Aid,” he said.

The charities Maedrastyrksnefnd and Hjálparstarf kirkjunnar also organize food distributions to those who cannot afford groceries.

Fréttabladid was unable to reach the representatives of Maedrastyrksnefnd but Hjálparstarf kirkjunnar has regulations banning discrimination on the basis of nationality.

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