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On 8 March, the Constitution Committee of the House of Lords proposed new measures to safeguard the rights of Parliament as the process of Brexit gets underway. 

Bowing down to political pressure to be “tough” on irregular migration, the European Commission has turned its back on the full implementation of human rights safeguards in its Returns’ Directive and is actively pushing member states to lower the bar.

 

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The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance published their monitoring report on the UK on 4 October.

New publications

The Equality and Human Rights Comission publish a research report on the causes and motivations of hate crime.

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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!

The European Network Against Racism (ENAR) will publish its report on Islamophobia and women tomorrow (Thursday 26th May).

The UK's BAFTA (British Academy Television Awards) last night boasted the most 'diverse' line-up the organisation has ever seen, according to BAFTA Chair Anne Morrison.

News from EU institutions

THE EU Fundamental Rights Agency publish a practitioners guide to combating hate crime.

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Yesterday, riot police in Paris were heavy-handed in their repression of protests against proposed changes to labour laws.

UKREN's work to get more Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic views into the EU referendum debate, in an article in The Voice.

New publications

Hate Crime Victim Support in Europe - A Practical Guide, is a new publication that shares the experience and knowledge of hate crime victim support providers across Europe.

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A video published by René Cassin- an organisation which promotes universal human rights drawing on Jewish experience and values- shows ex-internees reflecting on their experience of detention in the 1940s.

Last Friday, activists including refugees joined forces to squat an abandoned hotel in central Athens.

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A European Youth Event (EYE) taking place at the Parliament in Strasbourg on 20-21 May will be a unique opportunity for 7,500 young Europeans to make their voices heard.

The Charity Commission has informed UKREN's trustees that it is registering the organisation as a charity, number 1166305.

5,000 people gathered yesterday in Madrid’s bustling Puerta del Sol to protest a draft agreement on refugees between the EU and Turkey.

On Monday the UK government announced a proposed crackdown on local councils, public bodies, the NHS, and possibly some universities’ student unions’ ability to boycott unethical companies and contractors. In particular, a new law will make policies advocating for the refusal  to purchase or contract products or services originating from or involved in perpetuating occupied territories in Israel a criminal offence.

Upcoming events

HOPE not hate and ENAR join forces in a positive, pan-European response to anti-Muslim marches announced for 6 February

New publications

The British Institute of Human Rights have produced an easy-to-read interactive eBook that will take the reader on a whistlestop tour of where our human rights came from, how they're protected by our Human Rights Act, and the difference our Human Rights Act has made in real life in the 15 years that it has been in force.

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The City of London Police have implemented new policing tactics to deter and detect 'criminal and terrorist activity'.

The Home Office this week reminded landlords in England that there is ‘less than a month to go’ until new ‘right to rent’ checks go live.

From 1st February, landlords in England will have a legal 'duty' to check the immigration status of their tenants, as per section 22 of the Immigration Act 2014.

It was announced in December 2014 that a new History GCSE module in migration was being developed to teach students in the UK about migration to Britain. This module will be available to students from the academic year beginning September 2016.

At the beginning of the year, 27 UK charities signed a letter to David Cameron, demanding that 'more must be done for refugees this year', and that the UK's response has been "too slow, too low and too narrow".

UKREN joined 150 other NGOs to celebrate the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the often overlooked everyday differences that the Human Rights Act makes for people across the UK.

British ethnic minorities differing views on immigration and Europe explored in a new report by the Runnymede Trust.

Public statement by Civil Society Organisations in Europe and the United States representing people of African descent on Britain’s historical involvement in the transatlantic traffic of enslaved Africans and its far reaching impacts 

News from EU institutions

The European Commission publish a guide about your right to be protected under EU law.

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This guide aims to help NGOs check whether national legislation meets EU law on racist crime, and on the effectiveness of policies adopted by government. It is a simple check list of existing obligations that NGOs across the EU can use and compare to their country’s laws and policies.

Civil society organisations across the EU report an increase in racist crimes in 2013, in particular against Black and Asian ethnic minorities, Roma, Jews and Muslims – or those perceived as such, according to the European Network Against Racism’s latest Shadow Report on racist crime in Europe, covering 26 European countries. A total of 47,210 racist crimes were officially recorded, but this is only the tip of the iceberg, as many EU Member States do not properly record and report racially motivated crimes.

ENAR and UKREN are monitoring parliamentary candidates' statements and speeches for any instances of race hate speech in the General Election 2015. Please help us! An online monitoring form is at https://enar.wufoo.eu/forms/general-election-2015-monitoring-hate-speech/

Twitter UK is organising a day of action on Monday 27 April using the hashtag #WhatMattersToMe, which they describe as "a day of conversation on Twitter highlighting local, national and global issues that really matter to the people of the UK ahead of the election". An opportunity to tweet about the importance of race equality, keeping the Human Rights Act, respecting the European Convention on Human Rights, and the EU work on preventing racial discrimination and race hate. Just use the hashtag!

 

Consultations

The EU is collecting evidence and ideas on how national governments and the EU can better prevent and combat anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. The European Network Against Racism and UKREN are collating views to submit to this EU Colloquium. We welcome your comments to 13 questions posed by the EU. You can find the online questionnaire at: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/NNHBV/
 
 

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UKREN has taken from each political party's manifesto for the May General Election, its policies and pledges on human rights and race equality within a European context. The document can be downloaded here

ENAR has launched its latest book: “Invisible Visible Minority - Confronting Afrophobia and advancing Equality for People of African Descent and Black Europeans in Europe”. Unprecedented in the style and topic, the publication contributes to filling the gaps in knowledge on the situation of people of African descent in Europe and Black Europeans. 

UKREN members

On Thursday 22 January, JUST West Yorkshire is organising a public meeting supported by Sharing Voices and Bradford Muslim Women's Forum on the Paris killings: 

http://www.justwestyorkshire.info/event/je-suis-charlie-je-suis-bathily/


New publications

At the end of December, the Government published a report on its action to address ant-semitism. The report highlights that although levels of anti-semitism are lower in the UK than in other western European countries, the significant rise in the number of anti-semitic incidents over the summer needs to be addressed, with CST recording a 25% increase in anti-semitism on social media. 

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ENAR has developed a widget which enables you to see how MEPs vote on race equality issues, as well as speeches and parliamentary questions by MEPs on these issues. It was developed in cooperation with Votewatch and is available on ENAR's website (box in right-hand corner).

News from other organisations

TellMAMA have produced an infographic that shows the peaks and troughs of anti-Muslim hate crime

News from EU institutions

The Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament has confirmed on 11 December that the Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI) has been re-established in the European Parliament for the 2014-2019 term. 

 
 
 

News from other organisations

The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights has been in force for five years. This presents a good opportunity to take stock of what has been achieved.

12 Dec 2014, 13:15 - 16:00

Farringdon Room, St. Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet St, London EC4Y 8EQ

Join MRN and RAMFEL to discuss the recent shift of immigration enforcement resulting from the Immigration Act and recent enforcement action such as Operation Skybreaker. The new tactic from the Home Office places local service providers such as NHS, Registrar Offices, banks and landlords at the heart of local immigration enforcement.

European Network Against Racism (ENAR), the Open Society Foundations (OSF) and the Migration Policy Group (MPG) are organising a symposium entitled "Promoting Equality: towards a secured and inclusive collection of equality data in Europe" on 26 November in Brussels.

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ENAR launched a social media campaign targeted at MEPs, earlier this week, calling for the establishment of an intergroup on Anti-Racism and Diversity in the European Parliament. Several deputies have shown their interest via Twitter, and some of them have already signed for support. For the intergroup to be established at least three EP political group signatures are needed, and as many MEPs as we can gather, in order for it to be strong enough to support useful campaigns directly from the European Parliament. See the infographic

News from other organisations

A two-week EU-wide police operation, dubbed ‘Mos Maiorum’, was launched on 13 October to detect, detain and possibly deport irregular migrants. This massive control operation is extremely worrying both in terms of discriminatory stop and search practices and protecting the basic rights of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.

New publications

With a Conservative party general election manifesto that is likely to include replacing the Human Rights Act with a watered down Bill of Rights, in order for the UK to be no longer bound by the European Convention on Human Rights, a report that explores ways of generating stories that show how human rights affect the lives of people in the UK, is timely.

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Without reliable disaggregated equality data, it is hard to measure inequalities and design policies accordingly, or even to prove to lawmakers and employers that differential treatment exists and needs to be addressed. The symposium aimed to address this issue and strengthen political will for equality data collection among policy and decision makers. Read the report here.

News from other organisations

The European Network Against Racism (ENAR) is deeply concerned by the progress made by the far right in many EU Member States in the European elections. In France in particular, the Front National gained the largest number of votes, about a third of the total number of French seats.

News from EU institutions

On 4 February 2014 the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the position of undocumented women migrants in the European Union. According to Catherine Briddick (Rights of Women), the resolution makes for interesting reading, considering as it does the particular vulnerabilities that undocumented women migrants face in the EU.

The EU Blue Card scheme provides a way for highly qualified people from outside of the European Union to work and reside in an EU country. Although the UK, Ireland and Denmark did not join the scheme, all other EU member states were obliged to do so. Variable picture in how member states have regarded the scheme. 

New publications

Black advocacy groups across Europe have launched a Catalogue of demands for People of African Descent and Black Europeans, ahead of the European Elections.

In March, ENAR and ILGA-Europe launched an Appeal for an election campaign free from discrimination and intolerance, urging European parties to condemn discriminatory or intolerant remarks during the European Parliament election campaign. An online form was launched, enabling the public to report hate speech. This report compiles submissions received so far.

News from EU institutions

On 9 May 2014 ENAR issued a statement on the European Commission's joint report on the Equality Directives and the implementation report on the Framework Decision on Racism and Xenophobia.

News from other organisations

The 4 short films about immigration and free movement that were shown at the #OpenGen event are now available online. 

News from EU institutions

Ten years ago, on 1 May 2004, the EU enlarged from 15 to 25 Member States (and with two subsequent enlargements to 28). It brought stability and reunited Europe after years of artificial division during the cold war; it made the EU the world's biggest single market and increased trade between Member States, thus contributing to economic growth and strengthening further Europe's weight in global affairs.

News from other organisations

On the occasion of International Labour Day, The Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) calls attention to persisting labour exploitation of undocumented migrant workers and urges governments to implement tools ensuring labour rights protection for all migrant workers, regardless of residence status.

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UKREN member JUST West Yorkshire brought together leading BME voluntary sector leaders to write messages to the new Equalities Minister, Sajid Javid: UKREN member JUST West Yorkshire has brought together BME voluntary sector leaders to write their messages to the new Equalities Minister, Sajid Javid.

News from other organisations

On 12 April 2014 ENAR signed the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) Granada Declaration for a better protection of migrants’ and ethnic minorities’ health.

New publications

Europe is facing its largest human rights crisis in over two decades, according to the Council of Europe. The human rights watchdog, in a report published on Wednesday 16 April 2014, says serious human rights violations including corruption, human trafficking, racism and discrimination persist across Europe. 

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On 14 April the European Commission published its 4th annual report on the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. This report shows that the importance and prominence of the EU Charter continues to rise.

News from other organisations

Today, on International Roma Day, anti-racist organisations are seriously concerned about the prevalence of anti-Gypsyism, and pledge to join forces to curb racism and hate speech ahead of the European elections.

On 4 April 2014 the European Roma Policy Coalition (ERPC) welcomed the European Commission’s Communication on the implementation of the EU Framework for National Roma Integration as the first report examining the impact of European Union Member States’ policy measures to foster the inclusion of Roma into their societies.

ILGA-Europe and ENAR join hands to denounce prejudice, encourage EU citizens to vote in the European Parliament elections (22-25 May).

The Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) has been involved in developing a Child Rights Manifesto with other child rights organisations (see the list here).

On 14 March the African Health Policy Network (AHPN) published a policy briefing on the Government’s proposals to extend charges for migrants using NHS services.

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UKREN has published a briefing paper on why those concerned with race equality should support the EU. 

The briefing paper can be downloaded here.

News from EU institutions

Political will and leadership are vital to countering racism, discrimination and hate crime, the heads of three intergovernmental human rights institutions said today in a joint statement on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Upcoming events

On 19 March, ILGA-Europe (the European region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) and ENAR (the European Network Against Racism), together with some of the main European political parties, launched an Appeal for an election campaign free from discrimination and intolerance.

New publications

21 March is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This year, ENAR will launch its annual European Shadow Report and 23 National Shadow Reports with a focus on racism and discrimination in employment. 

News from other organisations

Enar have put forward 7 key demands for more equality in Europe to upcoming Members of the European Parliament. They have also launched a campaign toolkit for anti-racist civil society to act at the local and national levels and get candidates to take a stand for equality. Read more

New publications

On 28 February 2014 the Equality and Human Rights Commission published two new research reports which look into issues surrounding caste in Britain. 

Upcoming events

MEPs from the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, in collaboration with the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) and the European Coalition of Cities Against Racism (ECCAR), are organising a European Hearing on Afrophobia on 20 February 2014 in the European Parliament.

News from other organisations

On 14 February 2014 ENAR welcomed the official condemnation of Romania’s President Traian Basescu for making racist remarks against the Roma.

Upcoming events

Publicity leaflets and posters are now available for organisations who want to support the UN Anti-Racism Day on 22nd March in Trafalgar Square.

News from other organisations

In close collaboration with ENAR members, ENAR Europe is coordinating a pan-European campaign and advocacy work on the European elections. 

This free podcast provides coverage of the event “Reviewing the balance of competences between the UK and the EU: Fundamental rights” held by the Law Society in conjunction with JUSTICE and the Human Rights Lawyers Association in January 2014.

New publications

On Data Protection Day, the Council of Europe and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) have launched a practical guide to European data protection law.

News from EU institutions

A new report published by the European Commission on 27 January finds that most EU Member States have not yet correctly implemented EU rules designed to tackle racist and xenophobic hate crimes. Member States unanimously adopted the 2008 Framework Decision on combating racism and xenophobia through criminal law, yet national laws in a number of countries remain inadequate.

Consultations

This consultation entails views from the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) and its members throughout Europe on the progress made during the Stockholm Programme to advance a coordinated and transparent future migration policy.

News from EU institutions

Hate crime poses a very real challenge to the EU’s core values of democracy, justice, solidarity and equality, the FRA told a meeting at the European Parliament on 22 January.

New publications

European Union rules to tackle discrimination on grounds of racial or ethnic origin, religious belief, disability, age and sexual orientation have now been implemented by all Member States in national law. Now, further efforts are needed to apply them in practice. These are the key findings of a new report released by the European Commission on 17 January 2014.

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The European Commission has just published a report on National protection beyond the two EU anti-discrimination directives. The grounds of religion and belief, disability, age and sexual orientation beyond employment. This examines how EU Member States have regulated against discrimination - outside of the field of employment - on the grounds of religion and belief, disability, age and sexual orientation.
 
 

News from EU institutions

The EU Fundamental Rights Agency has launched a practical toolkit designed to help public officials locally, regionally and nationally further improve fundamental rights’ protection and promotion by ‘joining’ together.
 


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