The UK Race and Europe Network (UKREN) is a network of local and national organisations across Great Britain and Northern Ireland that work to combat race discrimination within a European context. It does this through sharing information between members and co-ordinating action on race equality issues. It aims to provide policy makers with a UK civil society perspective on European race equality issues and to encourage a positive public debate on race in Europe. Membership is open to organisations in the UK who fight racism and promote race equality. It is free to join.
“Before 1914 the earth belonged to the entire human race. Everyone could go where he wanted and stay there as long as he liked. No permits, no visas, nothing to give you trouble; the borders that today, thanks to the pathological distrust felt by everyone for everyone else, are a tangled fence of red tape were then nothing but symbolic lines on the map, and you crossed them as unthinkingly as you can cross the meridian in Greenwich.” Zweig
Seventy-two years after the end of World War Two, now feels more important than ever to reflect upon the similarities between our society and that of the 1930s. 2016 was renowned as the year that shook the world and the liberal status quo. This year on Holocaust Memorial Day, can we truly say Never Again?
Tomorrow marks the end of Movement for Justice’s fortnight campaign against mass Home Office deportations. The campaign, which has instigated 25 protests outside embassies in the UK is a bold effort to pressure the Home Office to end the initiative to “Deport first, appeal later” stated clearly in the 2016 Immigration Bill. Al Jazeera reported between 2001 and 2014 nearly 30,000 were removed from the UK on charter flights. However the Home Office is utilizing an alternative method of deportation for EU nationals that seems to be entirely unreported by media: administrative removals.
The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance published their monitoring report on the UK on 4 October.
The Equality and Human Rights Comission publish a research report on the causes and motivations of hate crime.
The UK will be examined by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in August 2016. A number of NGOs (including UKREN) have worked together under the Runnymede Trust's leadership, to produce a shadow report. This can be downloaded here.
In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities. We have put together our top picks from this year's programme!
UKREN seminar that examines successful approaches to how cities and communities can prevent hate crime, increase reporting of incidents and better protect victims. Speakers include a community advocate from Northern Ireland, a police commissioner from Antwerp, a director of a highly successful community organisation, a big city and a small city.
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UKREN made a joint submission with Migrants' Rights Network to the Home Affairs Committee's inquiry on hate crime and its consequences. Submission here.
UKREN made a joint submission with Migrants' Rights Network to a British Future-led cross party inquiry on the residence status of EU nationals in the UK. Submission here.
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