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ENAR brief naar Europees Parlement om n-word van Pools EP-lid Korwin-Mikke

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Brussels, 22 July 2014.

 

Open Letter to the President of the European Parliament and Heads of European Political Groups

Dear Mr President of the European Parliament,

ENAR and Black-led member organizations throughout Europe are deeply concerned about the use of the n-word by a Polish MEP, Janusz Korwin-Mikke, in the European Parliament last week (15 July 2014). We are calling for a strong and timely statement from the President of the European Parliament and the heads of European political groups sanctioning the use of this racist and demeaning word.

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NEWS FROM ENAR 

ENAR is seeking interns for its policy department for the period September-December 2014

The intern would support the Policy Unit and Secretariat based on ENAR’s current work programme. Key activities include: monitoring relevant policy developments within the European institutions; undertaking specific research concerning relevant topics at EU and national levels; updating and monitoring ENAR’s advocacy calendar; drafting factsheets and/or policy position papers. Read moreRead more 

 

NEWS FROM THE ENAR NETWORK 

ENAR Vice-Chair Jallow Momodou at Rainbow/PUSH coalition annual conference

Momodou shared his compelling stories and the lack of recognition of PAD & BE with Rev. Jackson, Rainbow PUSH Coalition leaders and members of the press during the organization’s recent annual conference in Chicago, citing amongst other things the important advocacy efforts in which ENAR has been engaged in challenging the EU to adopt a European strategy for social inclusion of PAD & BE. Rev. Jackson said the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition will work with Momodou and others to bring such violations of civil and human rights to the attention of the European Union and the political leadership of Sweden. Read moreRead more 

  

'Racist' theatre project pulled from Swedish festival over 'blackface' claim following action by National Association of Afro-Swedes

A theatre workshop aimed at fostering "a greater understanding of discrimination" has been pulled from a Swedish city festival programme after anti-racism campaigners accused it of offensive, racist 'blackfacing'. With Other Eyes, by the Danish theatre group Global Voices, uses make-up artists to change participants' race and gender, allowing them to "see the world from a new perspective". The project was cancelled after JallowMamadou, Chairman of the National Association for Afro-Swedes, handed a 240-signature petition condemning the workshop to the festival organisers. Read moreRead more 

Le CCIF présente "La laïcité pour les nuls" - France

Le Conseil contre l’islamophobie en France (CCIF) a préparé une brochure éducative intitulée  « La laïcité pour les nuls ». Elle donne quelques rappels historiques, l’application juridique, les détournements politiques et comment faire changer les mentalités. Pour en savoir plusPour en savoir plus 

Parcours vélo du Mrax sur l’antiracisme - Belgique

A l’occasion de la journée sans voiture, le dimanche 21 septembre, le Mrax organise un parcours vélo thématique à Bruxelles. Une visite guidée des lieux et places qui ont marqué la lutte contre le racisme. Rendez-vous à 14h00 devant le Musée Juif, Rue des Minimes 21, 1000 Bruxelles.

PROGRESSIVE STORIES ON DIVERSITY 

Swedish artist jailed for 'race hate' pictures

A Malmö court has sentenced Swedish street artist Dan Park to six months in jail for incitement to racial agitation and defamation. The court also ordered him to pay a total of 60,000 kronor ($8,700) in damages to four people depicted in his pictures. The charges related to pictures deemed offensive to African and Roma people.  Park shot to infamy in 2011 when he created and distributed posters with a picture of Jallow Momodou of the National Afro-Swedish Association superimposed on the image of a naked man in chains. Read moreRead more 

Romania: Cif ad campaign gets rid of offensive, racist graffiti

The Unilever company, which owns the Cif brand, has contributed to the removal of offensive, racist graffiti in Romania through a new ad campaign. Through a simple mobile application for smart phones, many people have become involved in the effort.  Using the app, people can send photos of places where graffiti has been spray-painted and Cif will send a team to the locality to clean up the space. Graffiti in 385 localities has been removed during the campaign. Read moreRead more 

Economists negative about UK migration policies

The Centre for Macroeconomics (CFM) published a new survey of its members raising fears that UK immigration policy is not doing enough to attract the "beast and brightest". CFM published the results of its monthly survey about the views held by leading UK-based macroeconomists on the impact of migration on the UK economy and the effectiveness of current government migration policies. The responses indicate overwhelming support for the view that migration will increase the average income of current UK inhabitants. Read moreRead more 

Oui, les musulmans réprouvent largement « l'Etat islamique » et ses exactions

Le Vatican a appelé, mardi 12 août, les responsables musulmans à condamner sans appel les persécutions de l'Etat islamique et réclame de ces derniers de peser auprès de leurs gouvernants respectifs pour la cessation des crimes. Loin de se taire, les musulmans de France et d'ailleurs n'ont pas attendu le Saint Siège pour réprouver massivement le califat et les agissements de l'organisation terroriste. Un tour du monde des condamnations émanant de dignitaires musulmans est nécessaire pour donner à voir l'ampleur du rejet global de l'EI. Pour en savoir plusPour en savoir plus 

Contre le racisme, le gouvernement allemand met les moyens

Ce n’est pas la première initiative du genre, mais la ministre fédérale de la Famille, Manuela Schwesig (SPD, sociaux-démocrates), a annoncé que le gouvernement allemand débloquerait 30,5 millions d’euros à partir de 2015 pour un projet de cinq ans visant à lutter contre le racisme. «Les organisations, associations et porteurs de projets ont besoin de confiance et d’être capable de planifier [leurs actions]», a-t-elle déclaré, convaincue qu’un soutien financier renouerait un dialogue, souvent difficile par le passé, entre le gouvernement et des associations. Pour en savoir plusPour en savoir plus 

Austria: The grassroots group uniting Muslims and Jews

The organiser of the Muslim Jewish Conference, held in Vienna this year, says that he believes the gathering of young people from around the world has helped break down stereotypes and that every participant has been changed by their experience. Ilja Sichrovsky, the 31-year-old founder of the MJC, was born in Berlin but grew up in Vienna and his father’s family have Jewish roots in Vienna dating back centuries. He told The Local he was inspired by a personal experience to help create dialogue and understanding between Muslims and Jews.” Read moreRead more

NEWS FROM EUROPE

As online anti-Semitism grows, so do efforts to counter it

It’s been 17 years since Suzette Bronkhorst co-founded the Dutch Complaints Bureau for Discrimination on the Internet, but she said she doesn’t remember the level of anti-Semitic speech on social media platforms ever being this high. The Gaza conflict has also sparked a wave of counter speech, with organizations like Bronkhorst’s attempting to tackle hate speech by debunking myths and stereotypes on blogs, forums and social media.Read moreRead more 

Netherlands: Amsterdam mayor to appeal Zwarte Piet judgement

Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan is to appeal against a court ruling in July that he must reassess the granting of a licence for the Sint Nicolaas procession last December. That ruling said he must look again at whether he should have given the go-ahead for the procession because he had not taken the European Human Rights Convention into account with regard to the figure of Zwarte Piet. Van der Laan told Dutch media he had not done so because any discussion about the character should be for the Dutch people. When assessing the permit, he had only taken public order into account. Read moreRead more 

Germany: Neo-Nazis increasingly target young net users

Blatant racism, homophobia and promotion of violence are on the increase in the German-speaking cyber world, finds the latest annual report published by Jugendschutz.net, Germany's state-sponsored child protection service in matters relating to the Internet. The report, titled "Right-wing extremism online 2013" finds that the more offensive and provocative the content, the more quickly and broadly it is circulated. "While in the past the propaganda was more subtle, today we regularly see blatant portrayals of Jews, Muslims, Sinti and Roma and homosexuals as second-class citizens," Stefan Glaser, deputy head of Jugendschutz.net, said. Read moreRead more 

Italy: Supermarket posts sign against Roma beggars, denies racism

A supermarket in the Sicilian city of Catania on Wednesday posted a sign urging shoppers not to give money to Roma panhandlers, because they allegedly make more than a skilled worker. Management denied charges of racism, explaining that they simply wish to discourage the Roma family that has been panhandling in front of the supermarket for three years. Read moreRead more 

France: Morano offusquée par une femme voilée à la plage

L’ex-ministre UMP Nadine Morano s’est offusquée lundi sur les réseaux sociaux d’avoir croisé une femme voilée sur une plage, y voyant «une atteinte à notre culture», dans un billet jugé «stigmatisant» par l’Observatoire contre l’islamophobie. Sous un texte publié sur sa page Facebook lundi matin, l’eurodéputée a placé une photographie qu’elle dit avoir prise elle-même d’une femme portant le hijab «sur une plage de France, il y a quelques jours». Pour en savoir plusPour en savoir plus

British voters most concerned about immigration not the economy

British voters think immigration is the most important issue facing the UK at the moment, according to pollster YouGov. The research firm, which questioned more than 2,000 respondents in mid-August and asked people to pick their top three most important issues, found over five in ten (56%) people said immigration is the most serious issue facing the country. But less than two in ten (19%) respondents said immigration is the biggest issue facing them and their family at the moment. Read moreRead more 

Sweden plans to thwart racism by eliminating the mention of race from its laws

Sweden’s government is pushing a new measure to tackle racism issues in the country — it plans to completely remove the word "race" from all legislative documents. Shortly after Sweden was recognized as having the worst record in the European Union for employing foreign non-EU citizens, the country’s Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag announced plans to investigate the process of eliminating the word from all of its legislation. But not everyone is a fan of the measure, including the country’s Afro-Swedish group Afrosvensarnas Riksförbund. Read more 

Britain: Half of young people would fail the national citizenship test

YouGov tested a representative sample of British adults on the revamped citizenship test for aspiring immigrants and found that 1 in 2 young people would fail. Theresa May recently revamped the 'Life in the UK' test that all aspiring UK immigrants must pass to gain citizenship, to place more emphasis on British history and achievements. One needs to achieve 75% correct to pass, but only 49% of the 18 to 24 age group managed that. Read moreRead more 

French mayor fined €3,000 for saying Hitler ‘didn’t kill enough’ Roma

An appeals court has ordered a French mayor to pay €3,000 in fines after he told a local journalist that “Hitler didn’t kill enough” Roma. The court in Angers, in western France, convicted Gilles Bourdouleix – a French MP and the mayor of the small city of Cholet, near Nantes – of condoning a crime against humanity with the remark. Read moreRead more 

Slovakia: Roma plan to demonstrate for better conditions

Romani people in Slovakia are planning to organize a series of demonstrations this fall to draw attention to the longstanding oppressive social situation of the members of this large minority. František Tanko, head of the Romani Union Party in Slovakia, which is not in Parliament, informed the press of the plans on 11 August. "We are organizing these protests because Romani people here are highly dissatisfied with the handling of their problems. Nothing has changed for the past 22 years," Tanko claimed. The party chair said the demonstrations will be realized in September and October in larger cities where Romani people live as well as in Bratislava.Read moreRead more 

Britain: Hundreds of police officers investigated for racist or threatening social media posts

Hundreds of police officers and staff have been investigated for posting racist, homophobic and threatening messages on social media, a Freedom of Information request has uncovered. More than 70 have retired, resigned or been sacked over the past five years in some of the most serious breaches that have come to light. Greater Manchester Police, the country’s third-biggest force, reported the most investigations at 88, followed by the West Midlands, with 74, and the Metropolitan Police with 69. Read moreRead more

EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS 

FRA: Mapping victim support across the EU

In advance of the first comprehensive assessment of victim support services throughout the EU, to be published later this year in an in-depth report, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) is making some of its comparative tables and maps available on its website. The aim of this FRA project is to provide the EU and Member States with concrete examples of different practices in the area of victim support, based on an analysis of current procedures at national level. The online mapping is only a snapshot of the full findings, which will be assessed in a report due to be published towards the end of 2014. Read moreRead more 

UKIP MEP Janice Atkinson uses 'outrageous' term for Thai woman

Comments made by a UKIP MEP about a Thai constituent have been described as outrageous by the woman's husband. South East MEP Janice Atkinson described Fa Munday, a UKIP-supporting mobile food seller inRamsgate, Kent, as a "ting tong from somewhere". Her comments were recorded by BBC South East Today following an interview. Vincent Munday said it was outrageous, rude and offensive and he and his wife would withdraw their UKIP membership. Ms Atkinson has issued an apology. Read moreRead more 

Council of Europe national minorities report highlights deteriorating climate of inter-ethnic tolerance in Bulgaria

A new report on Bulgaria’s treatment of national minorities highlights a deteriorating climate of interethnic tolerance. The report from the Council of Europe’s Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) welcomes the steps taken to promote cultural diversity and confirms that “a number of programmes, strategies and action plans have been adopted in recent years in order to improve the situation of the Roma.” However, they add: “The overall climate as regards interethnic tolerance in Bulgaria has deteriorated. Racism has become increasingly widespread in political discourse and the media and extremist political parties have proliferated.” Read moreRead more

NEWS FROM OTHER NETWORKS & ORGANISATIONS

New website www.romamatrix.euwww.romamatrix.eu - challenging racism towards Roma

The Roma MATRIX website is for everyone working to stop racism towards Roma and to improve integration across Europe. The website has lots of useful information on: Tackling racism towards Roma people through media relations and campaigning activity; Improving options and support for Roma people experiencing discrimination and hate crime; Building bridges and breaking down barriers between Roma and non-Roma people; and Investigating how policies for Roma inclusion are delivered and subsequently experienced. Read more

NECE Initiative is calling for projects dealing with the role of citizenship education in conflict prevention, conflict management and reconciliation processes

This year’s NECE - Networking European Citizenship Education Conference focuses on how citizenship education can contribute to conflict prevention, conflict management and reconciliation processes. To present such projects and approaches to a wider public a project market will be installed at the Conference. As an exchange forum on good practice projects and approaches the project market will foster networking and cooperation between different stakeholders of citizenship education in Europe as well as North Africa. The project market will take place in Vienna (Austria) on 17 October 2014. Deadline for submissions: 25 August. Read more   

European Information and Human Rights Center photo collection project on human rights violations

The European Information and Human Rights Center (EIHRC) is a non-governmental organization that works to initiate and support human rights protection activities in Europe. They are conducting analysis of the structural deficiencies in the implementation of human rights within the EU. One of the projects that they’re developing right now is a photo reflection of human rights violations. In this regard they’re planning to collect photos made either by rights protection organizations or any individuals that want them to share with the broader public. For more information, contact Rovshan Bagirov:  Dit e-mailadres is beschermd tegen spambots. U heeft Javascript nodig om het te kunnen zien. Dit e-mailadres is beschermd tegen spambots. U heeft Javascript nodig om het te kunnen zien.

 PUBLICATIONS 

New report details rise of extremist parties in Europe

Human Rights First has released a new report on the rise of violent ultra-nationalist parties in Hungary and Greece, and their impact on human rights. The report, “We’re Not Nazis, but… The Rise of Hate Parties in Hungary and Greece and Why America Should Care”, details the increasing popularity and influence of these parties, which have embraced the violence as well as the symbols of earlier fascist and Nazi movements. It documents the corrosive effect that Golden Dawn and Jobbik have already had on human rights and democracy in their own societies, and how they now threaten to erode European democracy from within. Human Rights First urges the US government to work, with its EU partners and bilaterally, to take a number of steps to help restore the rule of law and fundamental rights in both countries. Read moreRead more 

MPI Europe report: Germany has yet to embrace trend toward mainstreaming of immigrant integration programming and policies

A new Migration Policy Institute Europe report, “Coordinating immigrant integration in Germany: Mainstreaming at the federal and local levels”, assesses the effect of immigrant-focused educational, employment, and youth policies and programmes that Germany has implemented at federal and länder levels. The report finds that while Germany has embraced integration policies since 2005, the country's complex political and administration system, together with its culture, make the development, implementation, and coordination of such policymaking particularly challenging. Read moreRead more


Report on French reform of immigrant integration policy & youth-focused education & employment programmes

A new Migration Policy Institute Europe report, “Mainstreaming Immigrant Integration Policy in France: Education, Employment, and Social Cohesion Initiatives”, examines education, employment, and social inclusionprogrammes that support the integration of immigrants and their descendants. This report finds that, aside from targeted integration policies aimed at newcomers, policies to support integration have essentially been 'mainstreamed' by the government, and embedded into needs-based social programming and policies that address the overall population. Read moreRead more 

EVENTS 

Seminar on Educational Responses to Islamophobia in Europe

The seminar organised by the Council of Europe aims to explore and understand the dimensions of Islamophobia and its expression through online hate speech and explore the role of education in combating it and promoting religious tolerance and understanding. The seminar will also make concrete proposals for actions and initiatives to be implemented online and offline in the framework of the No Hate Speech Movement campaign, and contribute to the implementation of the European Action Day against Islamophobia and Religious Intolerance on 21 September 2014. Date and venue: 16-20 September 2014, Budapest (Hungary). Read moreRead more 

Call for participants: EPTO 'Cultivating capacities for quality peer training' forum

EPTO, the European Peer Training Organisation, will be organising the 3rd event of the 'Cultivating capacities for quality peer training' project: the Peer Forum dedicated to quality in peer education. During this 4-day seminar, a team of experienced facilitators will propose concrete tools and activities for supporting and coaching young people in developing/implementing their own peer education projects. These projects will have to be represented in the seminar by teams of 2, 3 or 4 participants coming from the same organisation/informal group. Date and venue: 19-24 October 2014, Budapest (Hungary). Read more 

Annual Conference on European Asylum law 2014

This conference organised by the European Law Academy (ERA) will provide asylum law practitioners with practical insight into the current challenges and changes affecting applications for asylum in the EU under the subsidiary protection regime. It will also analyse the recent case law of the European courts on asylum law. Date and venue: 29-30 October 2014, Trier (Germany). Read moreRead more 

EAPN seminar: How will the Europe 2020 Strategy Mid-Term Review reduce poverty and inequality?

The Europe 2020 Strategy offered hope of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, setting for the first time a poverty target to reduce poverty by at least 20 million by 2020. At the mid-term of this objective, poverty has not decreased, but increased by 6.6 million to 124,2 – 1 in 4 of the population. EAPN organizes a round table to present its own assessment and proposals and to create a space for debate between EU Institutions and other stakeholders on how real progress on the poverty target can be made.  Date and venue: 3 October 2014, Brussels. Read moreRead more

VACANCIES 

ERRC seeks Legal Officer for Italy and legal trainee

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) seeks a legal trainee familiar with the legal system of one of the non EU Member States in which the ERRC is active to assist in litigating Roma rights, ethnic/race discrimination and related cases in domestic, European and international tribunals. It also has a vacancy for the post of Legal Officer (Italy). The Legal Officer will be responsible, under the supervision of the Legal Director, for overseeing the ERRC’s strategic litigation work in Italy as well as assisting with (and, where appropriate, taking the lead on) other cases and assisting with other activities, particularly concerning Italy. Deadline for applications: 16 September 2014. Read moreRead more

   

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