Equinet is profoundly shocked by the cowardly and undiscriminating attacks that hit Brussels this week. We offer our sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims.
Black people experience widespread racism and discrimination across the EU and in all areas of life, including employment, education, policing and the criminal justice system. This is the conclusion of the European Network Against Racism’s Shadow Report on Afrophobia in Europe, the first pan-European qualitative survey on people of African descent and Black Europeans.
On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) issued guidelines to all 47 member States of the Council of Europe on how to prevent hate speech, support those targeted by it, and deal with its consequences.
Every year, the UNITED for intercultural action (European Network against nationalism, racism, fascism, in support of migrants and refugees) runs the European Action Week against Racism. This year, the campaign started on 12th March and finished on 21st March, on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Considering the proliferation of racism against migrants and refugees at the moment, Equinet decided to join the campaign and highlight initiatives carried out by its members to fight racism across Europe. As of 14 March, Equinet issued one article per day presenting some of its members’ work on anti-discrimination.
On Sunday 13 March, Protector of Human Rights and Freedoms (Ombudsman) of Montenegro published a press release about starting an anti-discrimination campaign on the occasion of the European Action Week against Racism.
On 18 March 2016, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), Equinet’s member from Great Briatin, published the progress report on “Preventing Deaths in Detention of Adults with Mental Health Conditions.”
This is a follow-up report to the EHRC’s 2015 inquiry into non-natural deaths of adults with mental health conditions who were detained in prisons, police custody or psychiatric hospitals between 2010-13 in Great Britain.
The EHRC inquiry found that serious mistakes were contributing to the number of deaths, and developed a series of recommendations for the various organisations involved.
The Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency from Germany highlights some of its work on combating discrimination on the grounds of race or ethnic origin.
Over the years, the National Commission for the Promotion of Equality (NCPE), one of Equinet’s Maltese members, has developed a number of videos on racism as part of its campaigns.
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The Belgian Equality Body, Unia (Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities), has launched a social media debate with numbers, graphics and the hashtags #EgauxEnBelgique and #GelijkinBelgië (in English: #EqualInBelgium) on equality in Belgium.