ENAR achievements in July-September 2016

Check out ENAR’s and ENAR members’ main achievements and impact between July and September 2016.

– 5 out of 6 ENAR’s proposed amendments on the European Parliament’s report on the Proposed Counter-Terrorism Directive (tabled together with MEPs members of ARDI) made it to the final report voted by the European Parliament responsible committee. These mainly include language and safeguards on discrimination although the proposed wording on specifically ethnic or religious discrimination was not adopted.

12 out of 16 ENAR’s proposed amendments on the European Parliament’s report on the implementation of the Employment Equality Directive were accepted in some form in the final version of the report adopted in Plenary. These amendments have added reference to religious discrimination in employment and the need for equality data, among others. However, reference to unlawful restrictions to wearing religious symbols did not make it in the final report version.

– All of ENAR’s hate speech related submissions on the General Revision on the Rules of Procedure of the European Parliament were accepted. Working with ARDI and others, ENAR advocated for the inclusion of a direct reference to racist and xenophobic speech by members in parliamentary debates, harsher penalties and longer suspensions from parliament for such speech. ENAR is now advocating for an independent committee to decide whether members are in breach of these rules.

– Our map of anti-migrant incidents, updated on the occasion of the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, received quite a lot of shares and retweets on social media (4000 people reached on our Facebook post and 98 tweets/retweets).

Members’ achievements:

The Collective Against islamophobia in Belgium (CCIB)’s report on islamophobic incidents after the March attacks in Brussels received important media coverage in Belgium, including in articles in La Libre Belgique and Le Soir.

US Congressional Black Caucus delegation. 4 ENAR Board members or members joined a European delegation to the US Congressional Black Caucus Annual legislative Conference in September. Members of the delegation met with Congressmen, White House human rights advisers and explored ways to establish a transatlantic diversity caucus for legislators and NGOs. Jallow Momodou, ENAR’s former vice-Chair was also honoured to receive an 2016 Community Healer Award for outstanding contributions to the struggle for human rights for Europeans of African ancestry.


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