Unity in Diversity: ENAR’s Stand Against Racism, Discrimination, and Genocide

Brussels, Belgium – 2 April 2024: For 25 years, ENAR has committed to combating racism, discrimination, and upholding human rights as the cornerstone of our advocacy work. The foundation of our organisation stands on the pillars of fostering dialogue, inclusivity, and solidarity among diverse communities across Europe and beyond. The strength of our Network has always stood in the diversity of its members standing behind a common commitment to justice and equality for all.  

The plausible genocide of the Palestinian people over the last 6 months has resulted in devastating loss of life and widespread suffering that any human rights advocate can simply not ignore. As a result, ENAR adopted a position consistent with Human Rights organisations around the world. Despite over 30 000 people being killed, 13 000 of which were children, a minor community within our Network disagreed with our position to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people, and the ensuing rise in Islamophobia and antisemitism in Europe.

In the context of our work, reconciling these different perspectives remains a regular challenge in ensuring the unity of our Network while addressing the rise of racism and discrimination in Europe. In this case, ENAR has sought to build unity with these diverging perspectives, navigate these complexities with integrity, empathy, and a steadfast dedication to our principles. As such, we have endeavored to create spaces for open dialogue and consultation, recognising the importance of listening to diverse voices and experiences and to align our network on a common position that is deeply anti-racist. 

We recognise the sensitivities surrounding discussions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the deep emotions it evokes within our network and beyond. Regretfully, some of our members have refused to engage in dialogue and chosen to leave our Network over the position we have taken. 

Let us be unequivocally clear: ENAR stands against all forms of racism, discrimination, and violence, regardless of the identity or background of those involved. Human rights are universal and indivisible, and our advocacy is guided by a commitment to justice and equality for all. 

As we move forward, let us reaffirm our shared commitment to combating racism and discrimination in all its forms and standing in solidarity with marginalised communities around the world. In the face of a plausible genocide, we must be brave and remember that “Never Again” means “Never Again For All”. 


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