Steering group on people of African descent and Black Europeans
This steering group is a platform to develop long-term and strategic cooperation on the specific forms of racism and discrimination faced by people of African descent/Black Europeans in Europe and to strategise our advocacy approach on this issue.
Existing legal instruments do not address adequately the specific problems faced by people of African descent in Europe and must be reinforced by a comprehensive effort on the part of policy makers and civil society to tackle Afrophobia and promote full inclusion.
This steering group serves as a platform to exchange ideas, identify key stakeholders/experts and advocacy actions that would contribute to advancing this objective.
It aims to:
– take stock of the different situations particular to people of African descent and Black Europeans and better understand the various specificities and variances within this community
– identify advocacy actions to get the EU to adopt a comprehensive and targeted strategy for the social inclusion of people of African descent and Black Europeans
Latest developments on Afrophobia
– Use of the n-word in the European Parliament: ENAR sent a letter to European political groups in order to condemn the use of the n-word by Polish MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke and to ask for sanctions to be taken. In September 2014, Mr. Korwin-Mikke was condemned to pay a fine of 3,000 euros.
– UN Decade on People of African Descent and Black Europeans: ENAR issued a position paper that was sent to different bodies of the UN and to the European External Action Service (EEAS) in charge of EU-UN negotiation, to ask the EU to have a programme of activities during this Decade.
– ENAR book on PAD/BE: The date chosen so far by the Steering group for the launch of the book is 10 December (Human Rights Day). More details coming soon.
2nd steering group meeting – 20 February 2014
- Strategy for the social inclusion of people of African descent and Black Europeans: A framework for action