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.