ENAR Weekly Mail 22

25 November 2005

 

NEWS FROM THE ENAR SECRETARIAT

      Meeting on multiple discrimination

ENAR organised a discussion attended by several European-level NGOs on how EU networks can deal with the issue of multiple discrimination. ENAR plans to continue this initiative and to coordinate more detailed discussions on the challenges of addressing multiple discrimination. For more information, please contact Anna Visser, anna@enar-eu.org

 

      Employment Directive questionnaire

The European Commission has asked ENAR for its opinion on the implementation of Directive 2000/78/EC (the Employment Directive), which covers six grounds including race, and religion or belief. They are seeking the views of civil society and NGOs on the implementation of the Directive for the five year report. In order to present the views of ENAR members, we have created a questionnaire. Contact Anna (anna@enar-eu.org) for more information or the questionnaire. The deadline for submission is 29 November 2005.

 

 

NEWS FROM ACROSS THE EU

      Barcelona 10 years on: Amnesty International challenges EU to live up to human rights obligations

Ten years after the Barcelona Process was initiated, the violation of human rights continues unabated among partner countries, while the EU is increasingly failing to live up to its own international obligations, namely in its response to terrorism and irregular migration. Read more ñ Read the briefing paper: in English // in French

 

      Belgium: Race hate complaint against Dewinter

Multicultural youth organisation Kif Kaf and the anti-racism group MRAX (member of ENAR) have lodged a complaint against extreme-right Flemish Interest leader Filip Dewinter. The complaint is in response to Dewinter's comment in a recent interview with the US daily newspaper 'Jewish Week' that the Flemish Interest is an ìIslam phobicî party. Read more

 

      France: recent events

ÿ    Following the riots in France and elsewhere, rather than support traditional employment measures, the Commission should work to reduce barriers to self-employment, particularly among immigrant communities. Read more

ÿ    GISTI: ìFlight of xenophobia with the excuse of suburban revoltsî ñ read the press release (French only)

ÿ    Euro-ghettos, state of emergency?

The media is already beginning to forget the riots in France, but the problems behind them still exist. What's more, high unemployment, exclusion and violence are a reality not only in France but elsewhere in Europe. Read the CafÈ Babel dossier: in English // in French

 

      Future German presidency to revive EU constitution

The new German government plans to use its 2007 presidency of the EU to revive the ratification of the EU constitution, according to a coalition deal struck on 11 November. Read more

 

      Latvia: LNHRO opens discrimination prevention department

The Latvian National Human Rights Office (LNHRO) opened a new department on 16 November to specialize in anti-discrimination. The department will focus on national issues of tolerance and provide assistance to victims of discrimination. Read more

 

      Netherlands: Senate opposes establishing an EU human rights agency

At a meeting of the Dutch Senate, senators rejected the idea of turning the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) into a Human Rights Agency. In a press release, the Senate explains it is not convinced of the necessity of this proposal and therefore sends a very clear message to the government to prevent the establishment of a Human Rights Agency. According to the senators, the Agency as proposed will unnecessarily duplicate the activities of existing institutions, in casu the Council of Europe, the OSCE and the European Court of Human Rights. It will also make an undesired distinction between the EU25 and the other 21 European countries. Read the press release (Dutch only ñ ìnieuws, 16 novemberî)

 

      Racism in Spanish football 'at worst point ever'

The problem of racism in Spanish soccer is growing and the past year has been the worst ever, an anti-racism group claimed. Esteban Ibarra, head of the Movement against Intolerance, told a parliamentary commission formed to help eradicate racism from Spanish sports that the situation was getting worse not better. Read more

 

      UK: Helping employers to make it equal ñ CRE launches employment best practice guide

On 24 November the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) launched its Code of Practice on Racial Equality in Employment ñ a toolkit to eliminate racism at work. The guide follows a three month consultation with a wide spectrum of employers across Britain. Read more

 

      UK: Livingstone issues racism warning

London mayor Ken Livingstone has warned the government that its policy of merging the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) with other bodies could undermine attempts to stamp out racism. Read more

 

 

EUROPEAN COMMISSION (EC) AND OTHER EU INSTITUTIONS

      Hearing on Tackling Racism in Football

The European Parliament Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup and FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe) are holding a hearing on Tackling Racism in Football in the European Parliament on Wednesday 30 November (17:00 - 18:15). The public hearing will present the development of the FARE network over the last five years and identify with European actors the challenges and priorities for future action. The hearing will be followed by a reception to launch the Written Declaration on Tackling Racism in Football. More information

If you want to attend, please register by sending your name, organisation, date of birth and address to fare@vidc.org or to cmoraes@europarl.eu.int

 

      General Affairs Council adopts conclusions on migration and external relations

The General Affairs and External Relations Council of the Council of the European Union restated ìthe value of joining up work in the field of migration and external relations across interior affairs, foreign affairs and developmentî in Brussels on 21 November. Adopting conclusions on migration and external relations, the Council recognised ìthe need to protect the human rights of migrants, particularly women.î Read more (English only)

 

      Making Brussels more transparent? 

Who gets Community funding? What influence do the lobbies have? What rules of conduct do those in charge of the European institutions have to follow? On 9 November, the Commission launched the ìEuropean Transparency Initiativeî. A Green Paper is to be published by the beginning of 2006 to initiate a debate with all the stakeholders on how to improve transparency on the Community Funds, consultation with civil society and the role of the lobbies and NGOs in the European institutionsí decision-making process. Read more

 

      French deputy must defend Holocaust comments

EU lawmakers on 22 November refused to grant immunity from prosecution to a French far right-wing deputy for remarks about the Nazi gas chambers, in a case threatening to embarrass the EU assembly. Read more

 

 

ROMA ISSUES

      Russia: Arson attack resulting in death of a child

The European Rome Rights Centre (ERRC) sent a letter of concern on 17 November to the Prosecutor of Novosibirsk Oblast, copied to the Prosecutor-General of the Russian Federation and to the Human Rights Ombudsman in the Russian Federation, on the occasion of arson attacks on Romani houses in the town of Iskitim. Read the letter

 

      Attacks against Roma in the Czech Republic and Slovakia

Unprovoked aggression against Roma has occurred this past week in both the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Read more

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

      EUMC Annual Report 2005

The European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) presented its Annual Report 2005 to the European Parliament. The report looks at the evidence of discrimination in employment, housing and education, as well as racist crime data, and at measures being taken to combat this. Across the EU, the EUMC finds migrants and minorities to be overrepresented in the less prestigious employment sectors. Segregation in the housing sector is particularly prevalent in some Member States. Also educational achievements of a number of migrant and minority groups lag behind the majority population. The EUMC warns that data gaps may result in serious discrimination in key areas remaining unnoticed. The report lists examples of best practice aimed at combating the exclusion of minorities. Read more

Download:

Media Release: PDF [ en - de -  fr ]
Media Summary: PDF [ en ]
Annual Report: Part 2: PDF [ en - fr ]
Summary Report: PDF [ en - fr ]

 

      Bonjour Luxembourg, guide pratique du citoyen (Hello Luxemburg, a practical citizenís guide)

Covering the history of Luxemburg, the functioning of its institutions and national solidarity mechanisms. Covering political citizenship, social citizenship and the definition of a common citizenship as questioned by the immigrant populations. Bonjour Luxembourg, a new publication of CLAE (ComitÈ de Liaison et díAction de Etrangers), is I the first place a practical guide consisting of 8 chapters presenting a myriad of concrete information on the country, from the point of view of migration.

 

      EthnoGeneration research project

The project explores the quality of life in ethnic business in different European countries in relation to welfare and educational policies that assist families engaged in ethnic business in their socializational tasks. The analysis focuses primarily on northern European countries (UK, France, Denmark and Germany) with a longer immigration and ethnic economy tradition. It also includes a smaller focus on Greece. For more information (English only): www.ethnogeneration.org

      Gender Equality Roadmap for the European Community for 2006-2010

The European Women's Lobby (EWL) released this ìRoad Mapî as a model for the official Communication on gender equality to be put forward by the EC early 2006. Imbalances between women and men influence all areas of life and in order to achieve gender equality, action needs to be undertaken in the broad spectrum of European policies. EWL has defined six main themes with strategic objectives and concrete actions to be undertaken by the EC between 2006 and 2010. Full text: in English // in French.

CONFERENCES

      Roma Diplomacy: A Challenge for European Institutions?

Date and venue: 8-9 December, European Parliament, Brussels.

Organised by ERIO (European Roma Information Centre) and DiploFoundation.

This conference will bring together MEPs, diplomats, representatives of the OSCE and the Council of Europe, Roma activists and academics. It will focus on the existing and planned positive initiatives of the institutions involved and aims to produce a set of recommendations to promote the replication of successful initiatives. The conference forms part of the Roma Diplomacy project which aims to train young Roma rights activists as public diplomats with the skills needed to represent their communities. For information and registration

 

      The Business Case for Diversity: Good Practices in the Workplace

Date and venue: 28-29 November 2005, Brussels. Organisers: European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities

The results of the European Commissionís research report ëThe Business Case for Diversity: Good Practices in the Workplaceí will be launched during the conference. This event will provide an opportunity to stimulate exchange of experience and good practice among businesses, employersí representatives, politicians, civil society and other stakeholders across Europe.

Attendance is by invitation only and places are strictly limited. Please contact the conference organisers at Brussels@conference-board.org. Tel: +32-2-6755405. A registration form and logistical information will be sent to you if places are available.