The UK Race and Europe Network (UKREN) is a network of local and national organisations across Great Britain and Northern Ireland that work to combat race discrimination within a European context. It does this through sharing information between members and co-ordinating action on race equality issues. It aims to provide policy makers with a UK civil society perspective on European race equality issues and to encourage a positive public debate on race in Europe. Membership is open to organisations in the UK who fight racism and promote race equality. It is free to join.
With the recent resignation of Milo Yiannopoulos, the term ‘Snowflake’ is due a stark re-evaluation. As we already know, ‘Snowflake’ alongside ‘Brexit’ was in Collins Dictionary’s top ten words of 2016. Collins defined ‘Snowflake’ as “The young adults of the 2010s, viewed as being less resilient and more prone to taking offence than previous generations”. It is a term that infiltrates our political commentary, to the extent that it would be no surprise if this article was branded as ‘Snowflake’ propaganda. As we move into 2017 what is the term snowflake snowballing into?
“Before 1914 the earth belonged to the entire human race. Everyone could go where he wanted and stay there as long as he liked. No permits, no visas, nothing to give you trouble; the borders that today, thanks to the pathological distrust felt by everyone for everyone else, are a tangled fence of red tape were then nothing but symbolic lines on the map, and you crossed them as unthinkingly as you can cross the meridian in Greenwich.” Zweig
Seventy-two years after the end of World War Two, now feels more important than ever to reflect upon the similarities between our society and that of the 1930s. 2016 was renowned as the year that shook the world and the liberal status quo. This year on Holocaust Memorial Day, can we truly say Never Again?
The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance published their monitoring report on the UK on 4 October.
The Equality and Human Rights Comission publish a research report on the causes and motivations of hate crime.
The UK will be examined by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in August 2016. A number of NGOs (including UKREN) have worked together under the Runnymede Trust's leadership, to produce a shadow report. This can be downloaded here.
In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities. We have put together our top picks from this year's programme!
UKREN seminar that examines successful approaches to how cities and communities can prevent hate crime, increase reporting of incidents and better protect victims. Speakers include a community advocate from Northern Ireland, a police commissioner from Antwerp, a director of a highly successful community organisation, a big city and a small city.
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UKREN made a joint submission with Migrants' Rights Network to the Home Affairs Committee's inquiry on hate crime and its consequences. Submission here.
UKREN made a joint submission with Migrants' Rights Network to a British Future-led cross party inquiry on the residence status of EU nationals in the UK. Submission here.
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