ENAR’s achievements in February
Check out ENAR’s and ENAR members’ main achievements and impact during the month of February 2016.
– All of ENAR’s proposed amendments on the European Parliament report on the implementation of the Employment Directive were signed by 5 MEPs and endorsed by the Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup.
– On 5th February, ENAR organised a meeting on people of African descent with Nils Muiznieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights. The Commissioner committed to giving a more prominent place to people of African descent in country visits and to writing a human rights comment on Afrophobia.
– On behalf of NGOs, ENAR spoke on non-discrimination and the need for a human rights based approach during a meeting on integration of migrants and refugees with Vice-President of the European Commission (VP) Frans Timmermans on 17th February. VP Timmermans insisted on the need to mobilise progressive voters to shift trends on xenophobia and Islamophobia.
– At the ARDI event on the follow up to the October 2015 Colloquium on Antisemitism and Islamophobia, the EC Coordinator on Islamophobia committed to look into two aspects raised by ENAR and a NGO coalition: the impact of Islamophobia on women and the effect of counter-terrorism on Muslims.
– Together with Hope not Hate and other organisations, ENAR joined a Together1Europe Thunderclap against the Pegida mobilisation day. The initiative reached 320,688 people and was picked up by journalists on social media.
– On 6th February, ENAR Ireland and a coalition of Irish Anti-Racism organisations gathered more than 2,000 supporters to protest against Pegida’s launch in Ireland.
– German member RAA Sachsen released new figures on racist crimes in Saxony in 2015 that reveal in an 86 % increase compared to the previous year. 477 racist incidents and incidents motivated by right-wing extremism occurred during the year.