· Spain: Transposition of the Race Directive
SOS Racism (member of ENAR) and Amnesty International in Spain issued a public statement on the occasion of the anniversary of the transposition of the Race Directive 43/2000. It mainly deplores the fact that two years down the line, the main proposals, like the creation of a specialized body against racism, still have not been realised.
Read the statement (Spanish only)
· Europe reacts to terror threat
· UK: Refugees forced to wait 5 years for long-term residence
From 30 August the UK will cease to grant refugees long-term residence (“indefinite leave to remain”) immediately upon recognition. In a reversal of a policy introduced only in 1998, refugees will instead be issued initially with five-year residence permits. During that period they will face the possibility of their permission to stay being revoked, if there is a significant and non-temporary change in conditions in the country of origin. The British Refugee Council (BRC) responded that this constituted a step backwards. Read the UK government’s announcement and the BRC response.
· European Transparency Initiative
NGOs campaigning for lobbying information to be disclosed in an electronic register received support from Anti-Fraud Commissioner Siim Kallas on 19 July. He said discussions now focus on whether to make registration mandatory or not.
· ECRE recommendations to the UK Presidency
On 7 July ECRE (European Council on Refugees and Exiles) published "Putting refugee protection at the heart of the Hague Programme", a memorandum to the UK Presidency. ECRE makes seven specific recommendations to the UK on how to take forward the Hague Programme agenda on refugee and asylum policy in a way that will lead to the development of a coherent European asylum system that respects refugees' human rights and dignity.
The memorandum is available on ECRE’s website.
· No to a Europe of expulsions! No to return on chartered flights!
On 21 July the French Ligue des Droits de l'Homme and a number of other French organisations issued a joint statement, after a meeting of the G5 decided to joint efforts for the repatriation of illegal immigrants. Read the statement (French only)
· Study on Violence against Indigenous Women
The International Indigenous Women’s Forum (FIMI) is serving on a Task Force made up of United Nations entities and NGOs charged with providing input into the in-depth study on all forms of violence against women being conducted by Secretary-General Kofi Annan through the Division for the Advancement of Women. The study will be examining the causes, consequences and costs of violence against women, and identifying examples of good practices in legislation, policies, and programmes to prevent and eliminate violence against women.
· The use and abuse of language analysis in asylum cases
The recent practice of language analysis in asylum cases has met with criticism from concerned professionals. Linguists have responded with a set of professional guidelines with the aim of preventing potential abuses of this method of analysis.
Date and venue: 10 November 2005, King’s College, London (UK)
The Race Equality Unit (REU), a member of ENAR, and the Social Services Research Group (SSRG) are organising their second annual conference exploring the messages for policy and practice from research on racism and ethnicity. Details about the event itself, as well as a call for papers and information as to how to submit a paper can be downloaded from www.reu.org.uk or www.ssrg.org.uk
For further information contact Jabeer Butt of the REU: email@example.com
· UK Government’s Human Rights Annual Report 2005
This 8th annual human rights report covers the period from September 2004 – end June 2005 and provides an overview of the main challenges to human rights around the world and explains the UK Government’s activities and policies to address those challenges. It is available for download (English only).
Roma organization Dzeno reacted stating that although the report denounces anti-Roma discrimination throughout Europe, it omits many important details and fails to mention such major factors as the tragic situation of Roma refugees in Kosovo, the problems of Roma in countries such as Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and the Slovak Republic, as well as the growing problem with evictions in the UK itself. Read Dzeno’s article.
· Local Authorities and the Fight against Homelessness
Local authorities are often in a strong position to bring together the different public and private actors that need to work in partnership in order to provide effective responses to homelessness. The Summer edition of the FEANTSA (European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless magazine is dedicated to exploring local authority involvement in the fight against homelessness.
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