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.
Gomorgen Danmark 19 Maj 2016Gomorgen Danmark inviterer mig ind som den første afrodanske teaterdirektør for Teater Solaris og formand for Afro Empowerment Center ind for at debatterer brugen af slavebetegnelsen “N-ordet” i det offentlige rum i selskab med næstformand for DF Søren Espersen.
Posted by Chairman of Afro Empowerment Center Denmark – AEC on Thursday, May 19, 2016
Statens museum for kunst ændre titler med n-ordet.“TVAvisen” DR kl 18:30 d. 7. juni 2016 om Statens Museum for kunst, der ændre n-ordet i titlerne på deres værker
Posted by Chairman of Afro Empowerment Center Denmark – AEC on Tuesday, June 7, 2016
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