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22 August 2008

 ENAR conference on migration
ENAR is organising a policy seminar entitled “Framing a positive approach to migration” on 6
and 7 November 2008 in Paris, France. At a time when the EU institutions are considering a new
programme for the design of EU policies in the area of home affairs after 2010 and the European
Council has underlined 'the need for a renewed political commitment' on a common immigration
policy, this policy seminar will enable anti-racist civil society to proactively define the frame of
reference for debate on an EU approach to migration. It will consider the practical realities of EU
migration policy, but also the less tangible 'shape of the debate' that underlies the approach taken
and leads to these practical realities. Read more


 ILGA press release regarding EU anti-discrimination truck tour
This year, the EU anti-discrimination truck is calling in two Lithuanian cities, Vilnius and Kaunas
in August. The mayors of both cities have refused to allow the truck on their municipal territories.
The European Commission, on behalf of which the truck tour is organised, has had to
compromise and display the truck on private territories on supermarkets. Last year, for the first
time in its history, the truck was banned by Lithuania. While being satisfied that this year the
truck is not being prevented from stopping in Lithuania, ILGA-Europe and Lithuania Gay League
are disappointed that the mayors of two major Lithuanian cities have once again demonstrated
ignorance and disrespect of the EU anti-discrimination principles and legislation. ILGA-Europe
and LGL are also disappointed that the European Commission has agreed on a compromise
between the municipal and private territory. Read more

 Migration Policy Group Activities Report 2007
This report entitled “From Principles to Practice” presents an overview of the Migration Policy
Group‟s (MPG) activities in 2007. Building upon earlier achievements, MPG expanded its three
programmes, namely migration and integration; anti-discrimination and equality; and
diversity. While MPG continued to promote a citizen-centred approach in these three areas,
practical tools were developed for practitioners and policy-makers. MPG has also devoted much
time and resources to the development of such techniques as benchmarking, peer review and
training national trainers. In addition, MPG was able to deepen and expand partnerships with a
variety of organisations across Europe. Read more

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   Translation and launches of EUMAP report on equal access to quality education for
EUMAP, the European monitoring programme of the Open Society Institute, in co-operation with
the ESP (Education Support program) and RPP (Roma Participation Program) of the Open
Society Institute, last year published two volumes of country reports, and an international
overview, documenting the educational opportunities Roma children have in eight Central and
Eastern European countries participating in the Decade of Roma Inclusion. Now, translations of
both the country reports and the overview report are available in a range of languages. National
launch events also took place in Slovakia and Montenegro. The reports on "Equal Access to
Quality Education for Roma" reveal the extent to which Roma children lack access to quality
education. Read more


 Germany needs to do more against racism, UN body says
Members of the United Nations Committee for the Eradication of Racial Discrimination on 15
August said that they were concerned about citizenship application questions targeted at Muslims
in the south-western German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. "The Committee recommends that
the Federal Government encourage the use of questionnaires without discriminatory content, for
all applicants for citizenship," said the committee. Baden-Wuerttemberg apparently requires
citizens of the 57 member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference to answer specific
questions when they apply for German citizenship. A nationwide citizenship test which is to
become compulsory for immigrants and includes questions seeking the applicant's views on
forced marriages and homosexuality has also come under criticism. The UN committee also
described as "regrettable" that many migrants who have lived in Germany for many years still
failed to get citizenship. Read more

 MI5 report challenges views on terrorism in Britain
MI5 has concluded that there is no easy way to identify those who become involved in terrorism
in Britain, according to a classified internal research document on radicalisation. The
sophisticated analysis, based on hundreds of case studies by the security service, says there is no
single pathway to violent extremism. It concludes that it is not possible to draw up a typical
profile of the "British terrorist" as most are "demographically unremarkable" and simply reflect
the communities in which they live. The "restricted" MI5 report takes apart many of the common
stereotypes about those involved in British terrorism. They are mostly British nationals, not
illegal immigrants and, far from being Islamist fundamentalists, most are religious novices. The
security service also plays down the importance of radical extremist clerics, saying their influence
in radicalising British terrorists has moved into the background in recent years. Read more

 Holocaust survivors warn against neo-Nazism in the Czech Republic
Over 600 people have since April signed a petition against neo-Nazism prepared by the Terezin
Initiative associating people who have experienced the Holocaust. The organisers submitted the
petition, which criticises politicians as well as state bodies for their insufficient steps against
extremism and demands a change, to the parliament, the government, the Supreme and
Constitutional courts and Ombudsman Otakar Motejl. The petition reacts to the spreading of neo-
Nazi, anti-Semitic and racist statements, tendencies and activities in the Czech Republic. "They
have been enabled by indifference and helplessness of administrative and law-enforcement
bodies, tolerated by the public as well as some politicians," the petition writes. It also points to
the rising number of events organised by neo-Nazis in the country and of statements reflecting
racial hatred. Read more

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 Racism concerns over legal watchdog in the UK
Urgent change is needed to policy, procedure and practice, if the authority which regulates
solicitors is to avoid a charge of institutional racism, according to a report. The review into how
black and minority ethnic (BME) solicitors are treated by the Solicitor's Regulation Authority
(SRA) was carried out by former chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, Lord Ouseley.
It identified "deficiencies, weaknesses and failures" in the organisation and found measures to
ensure equality and diversity were still a "work in progress". The role of the SRA, which
regulates more than 100,000 solicitors in England and Wales, is to protect the public by ensuring
solicitors meet high standards. The review looked into why black and minority solicitors were
over-represented in areas of regulatory activity. For example, a disproportionate number of black
and minority solicitors are referred to disciplinary tribunals. Read more


   European Civic Days: "Mobility, Dialogue, Participation: Towards Active European
The European Civic Forum is organising a major event to bring together citizens and association
leaders from all over the European Union to promote active European citizenship. It has
mobilised over a thousand citizens and association leaders throughout the European Union for the
European Civic Days. ENAR will also participate in this meeting. Organised with the help of the
European Commission, it is a high-visibility event that is part of the Europe for Citizens
Programme and the "Paroles d'Européens!" public debated programme supported by the French
Presidency of the European Union. During in-depth discussions in workshops, European
association members will be invited to pool their practices and methods, using personal
experiences and concrete examples. In this way, new initiatives and partnerships could emerge to
boost active European citizenship and consolidate a large association network on a European
scale. Read more


 Upcoming UN conference to focus on Declaration of Human Rights
Around 2000 civil society groups are slated to attend the upcoming annual United Nations
Department of Public Information (DPI) conference on non-governmental organizations (NGOs),
which will focus this year on the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Kiyotaka Akasaka, Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information, told a
press briefing that the DPI-NGO conference will be held in Paris from 3 to 5 September, the first
time the event is being staged outside New York since it was inaugurated 61 years ago. Mr.
Akasaka added that he hoped the new venue would provide an opportunity to reach out to a new
constituency of NGOs, particularly those in developing countries. The theme of this year‟s
conference will be “Reaffirming Human Rights for all - the Universal Declaration at 60”. Read


 Czech ministry prepares programme against social exclusion
The Czech Local Development Ministry has been working on a programme instructing
municipalities on how to help people from socially excluded localities, according to Josef Balaz,
one of the authors of the programme. "The programme's ambition is to give municipalities a
simple recipe on how to deal with the problem of Roma ghettoes", he said. The main idea is that
social integration is connected with the education, employment and accommodation of Romanies.
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that the issue of Romanies' social exclusion should be coordinated and controlled by a single
office. Read more

 Billions needed for Slovak government to help Romanies
The life of the people inhabiting Romany settlements in Slovakia can never be improved unless
the government earmarks billions of crowns in support of the Romany minority, experts have
agreed, adding that the money should mainly be spent on better education. Without the necessary
education or skills, people cannot get a job, therefore the state help is indispensable in this
respect, the experts said. In spite of the high costs of the pondered state support to Romanies, it
would pay to Slovakia as it is becoming short of workforce while it simultaneously pays out
billions of crowns in unemployment allowances and social benefits to the unemployed. Read

 Landmark ruling for Gypsies and Travellers
This week the House of Lords allowed an Appeal by Mr William Doherty against a Possession
Order granted to Birmingham City Council for his eviction from the site on which he has lived
for some 20 years. The Council had stated that they wished to refurbish the site and that this
would not be feasible with Mr Doherty and his family remaining there. No alternative offer of
accommodation was made. In December 2006 the Court of Appeal refused Mr Doherty‟s initial
Appeal but this decision has now been overturned by the House of Lords. Read more

   UN body finds Greece did not provide effective remedy to Roma victim of police
The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM) expressed
great satisfaction with the views adopted on 24 July 2008 by the United Nations Human Rights
Committee (HRC) in the Case of Andreas Kalamiotis v. Greece. According to the HRC, Greece
violated Article 2 paragraph 3 (right to an effective remedy) read together with Article 7
(prohibition of torture) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights concerning the
lack of an effective investigation into the allegations of police brutality against Rom Andreas
Kalamiotis, on 14 June 2001, in Aghia Paraskevi (Greater Athens). Greece must provide the
victim with an effective remedy and appropriate reparation, as well as take measures to prevent
similar violations in the future. Read more

 European Roma Information Office newsletter
The European Roma Information Office (ERIO) has issued its latest newsletter. The articles focus
on Roma Day, the Western Balkans, ERIO recommendations on the social inclusion of Roma,
ERIO‟s seminar on multiple discrimination and the situation in Italy. Read more

 ERRC newsletter
The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) has published the first issue of its new regular
newsletter ERRC News. This online publication provides an overview of the main work and
events realised or initiated by the ERRC in past months. The ERRC envisages that this new
publication will serve to strengthen communication and information sharing between the
organisation and the Roma rights community. Read more


 CEPS paper on the future development of FRONTEX and EUROSUR
A new Challenge paper by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) entitled “Reinforcing
the Surveillance of EU Borders: The Future Development of FRONTEX and EUROSUR”
assesses the European Commission‟s evaluation and plans for future development of FRONTEX,
the EU‟s agency for managing its external borders, and the establishment of EUROSUR, a
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European border surveillance system. The author, Julien Jeandesboz, Associate Researcher at the
Centre d‟études sur les conflits in Paris, finds excessive concern with technical details and
efficiency at the expense of attention to these agencies‟ impact on fundamental rights and
freedoms. It concludes with a set of recommendations regarding how the prospects included in
the two Communications should be approached. Read more

   Report on harassment, defamation and prosecution of minority rights defenders in
The Greek Helsinki Monitor has recently released an extensive report of the most serious acts of
harassment, defamation and prosecution of minority rights defenders in Greece. Activists advocating,
defending and litigating minority rights are today the object of one upcoming trial for defamation
and perjury; one criminal investigation for alleged secessionist actions and a possible second
criminal investigation for similar charges; multiple abusive and irregular tax audits; one criminal
investigation for the possible withdrawal of the legal personality of a NGO; one criminal
investigation for perjury; one physical attack in a courtroom followed by electronic posting of
death threats - an incident that authorities have refused to investigate or even report it in the
trial‟s transcript; and a series of defamatory statements in the media and on the Internet. Read


 Seminar on ‘Muslim Berlin’
The Friedrich-Naumann foundation is organising a seminar entitled „Muslim Berlin‟ from 23 to
26 October 2008 in Berlin. The seminar aims to examine what the reality is for the Muslim
inhabitants of Berlin, how different cultures live together and what opportunities the Islamic
culture can bring to the social life of Berlin. Read more (in German)

 UNITED conference "Europe under construction: imagine our future without hate!"
UNITED Against Racism is organised this conference from 4 to 9 November 2008 in Belgrade
(Serbia). The aim of the conference is to strengthen the anti-racist movement in Europe,
particularly in the Balkans, and to promote solidarity among civil society organisations. The main
themes of the conference are: refugees, IDPs and asylum seekers; inequality and vulnerable
groups; sociophobia! Creating our enemies, facing our fears; radicalism and tools of propaganda;
post-conflict solidarity, responsibility and reconciliation; new faces of racism, new target groups
of racism. The deadline for nominating a representative is 5 September 2008. Read more


 Good practice competition on minority ethnic and migrant elders in Europe
Within the framework of the project ”Active Ageing of Migrant Elders across Europe"
(AAMEE), two Good Practice competitions will take place in the course of the conference
“Europe's new face - Minority Ethnic and Migrant Elders across Europe - from Challenges to
Opportunities” from 30 September to 2 October 2008 in Bonn, Germany. The two competitions
address any (voluntary) non-profit organisations and associations (Competition I) as well as local
authorities, public administration, housing associations and NGOs dealing with the migration of
elders (Competition II) and are supposed to be geared to their daily requirements. The closing
date for applications is 30 August 2008. Read more

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 Vacancy for an internship at DECEMBER 18 to work on the Radio1812 project
December 18 is the international advocacy and resource centre on the human rights of migrant
workers. For the period from September 2008 to the end of December 2008, the intern will work
on the third edition of the Radio1812 initiative, a global radio marathon on International Migrants
Day. Launched in 2006 to celebrate International Migrants Day, Radio 1812 is a global one-day
radio show connecting migrant communities worldwide, to highlight their concerns and celebrate
their achievements. It aims to bring together radios from around the world over one day to
produce, broadcast and share at least one programme on migration to celebrate International
Migrants Day. The deadline for applications is 25 August 2008. Read more

 MRAX is recruiting a communication and project officer
MRAX, the Belgian anti-racist organisation, is recruiting a full-time communication and project
officer to work in its communication and campaigning department for a fixed-term contract at
least until the end of 2008. He/she will be responsible for undertaking research, drafting articles
and thematic factsheets, organising events, publishing the bi-monthly newsletter. To apply, send a
CV and letter to Didier de Laveleye:

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