Welcome to Afro Empowerment Center Denmark (AEC). AEC is a member organization of the European Network of People of African Descent. We believe all human beings have the right to live free from fear, hostility and discrimination which is why our organization fights to bring awareness to the society about People of African Descent’s human rights here in Denmark. We support the building of a confident and strong Afrodane and African Diaspora community here in Denmark and we have many methods and initiatives which we believe will help us reach that goal. AEC receives no funds from any governmental wing regarding any of our initiatives and is primarily funded by its members.
Please read the first report on Afro-dansker in Denmarks history. There has never been a focus on People of African Descent in Denmark as a group and still very little is any has been done regarding the institutional bodies to address the particular for of racism People of African Descent face. Although AEC feels this report is lacking on all levels, we are happy to see a beginning within our institutions and land of a discussion which is badly needed. Please read the Afro-dansker report and read our follow up analysis right after.
AEC Summary Analysis: http://www.aec-cph.dk/SADR.pdf
Please join us Sunday 26th 2017 at the Libyan Embassy in Copenhagen Denmark to protest against the enslavement of African people and other crimes against humanity taking place in Libya. We are also protesting the systemic silencing of crimes which have been ongoing for years in the region which have culminated into what we see today. Some of the crimes are human trafficking, organ theft, rape, forced prostitution and many other crimes. For further information please click the link below.
Black Women are at the very center of People of African Descent’s homes and communities. Black Women are often put last in being recognized within the structures of society in Denmark and we at AEC advocate for the implementation of laws and the legal language on intersectional discrimination *multiple discrimination* within Denmark which do not exist currently. Such legal definitions and language on intersectional discrimination are important, not just for the empowerment and protection of the rights of Black Women, but also for groups under represented in society. Intersectional discrimination effects the Black Queer communities, Black people of different ethnicity, gender, nationality, sexuality, economic status etc. and many others regardless of background. Although intersectional discrimination is not limited to PAD, we feel it is important do to how we are effected most often, that we create space where this focus can also be understood through the lens of People of African Descent in Denmark as we are effected intersecting with the discrimination we face in connection with the perception of race often.
Chapter I: Introduction & Core Demands
1. Recognition as a Group affected by Racism
People of African Descent and Black Europeans are one of the largest minorities in Europe and highlighted as being particularly vulnerable to racism across the European Union. Estimates from the United States Congress suggest that approximately 7,000,000 to 10,000,000 individuals of African Descent currently live in Europe, building on a long history in these countries.
People of African Descent and Black Europeans (PAD & BE) across Europe face a specific form of racism, which severely inhibits their full enjoyment of human rights. We demand a recognition of the situation of PAD & BE in accordance with:
CERD’s General Recommendation No 34 on People of African Descent
the findings of the UN Commission for Human Right’s Working Group for People of African Descent (E/CN.4/2003/WG.20/WP.3)
ENAR’s findings on Black Europeans and People of African Descent in Europe (2012).
We further demand that PAD & BE be recognized as affected by a specific form of racism across the European Union. Such recognition is the necessary basis for all legal and policy attempts to reduce the effects of racial discrimination against PAD & BE across Europe.
Regarding the UN CERD Concluding observations on Denmark, Afro Empowerment Center is very pleased with the recommendations. As it stands in Denmark without such implementations combating racism against People of African Descent (PAD) is futile. Currently if you migrate into Denmark, are born in Denmark from parents who are nationals of western nations but are also PAD, the data will only show your nationality and not ethnicity or “perceived race” thus, data will go hidden and tracking Anti Black Racism /Afrophobia is mute. Further more, in 2016 we can no longer assume all nationals from the African continent who migrate to Denmark fall under the classification of PAD, thus making hate crimes against PAD and others difficult to track and learn from.
European Network Against Racism (ENAR) published a shadow report on Afrophobia in Europe. The report’s focus is racism and discrimination experienced by people of African descent and Black Europeans. The report discusses the most significant issues faced by Black people in many areas of their lives such as education, health, housing, employment, criminal justice and public life.
Julian Murhula – Chairman of ACODA RDC gives an inspiring speech in front of the US Embassy in Denmark. His speech outlines similarities between the struggle of African Americans and Congolese, the structures behind them, and points out how Denmark is not immune to the same policies within a triangular trade and political alliance.