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									ENAR Weekly Mail 127
8 February 2008

 New ENAR website
ENAR‟s newly designed website is now online. It aims to be more dynamic and user friendly.
We wish you a pleasant visit! Read more

 ENARgy on policing and ethnic & religious minorities
The latest issue of ENARgy, ENAR‟s quarterly newsletter, has been published. It focuses on
some of the issues at stake in relation to policing and ethnic & religious minorities, ranging from
ethnic profiling to training of the police, and from responding to racist crime and violence to
victim support. Read more


 Rights groups denounce Greek prosecutor's racist statement
On 5 February 2008 the Open Society Justice Initiative and Greek Helsinki Monitor denounced
as racist a statement by Greece's top prosecutor suggesting that certain ethnic groups are
involved in crime. The rights groups demanded an apology and retraction. They were reacting to
a statement made by Supreme Court Prosecutor George Sanidas in December 2007. Sanidas, in
describing crime in a section of Athens, singled out as perpetrators "foreign women of African
and non-African origin" and "athinganoi." The latter term is a pejorative reference to Roma.
Sanidas has not amended or retracted his statement in the weeks since he made it. The rights
groups noted that by targeting a specific racial or ethnic group, police are engaging in ethnic
profiling, which violates European and international human rights standards. Read more

 Nominations open for COHRE’s 2008 Housing Rights Awards
Nominations are now open for the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions‟ (COHRE) 2008
Housing Rights Awards, in the categories of Violator (3 Awards), Protector (1 Award)
and Defender (1 Award). Each year, COHRE presents its Housing Rights Awards to focus
attention on ongoing violations of the human right to housing, commend efforts to respect and
protect housing rights, and honour individuals who have shown exemplary commitment to the
struggle for housing rights for everyone, everywhere. The deadline for submission of
nominations is 1 July 2008. Read more

 EAPN response to Commission’s consultation on ‘social reality’
In its response to the Commission‟s public consultation on Europe‟s „social reality‟, the
European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN) calls on the European Commission to build upon the
outcomes of the Social Reality Stocktaking exercise to develop an ambitious Social policy
agenda. EAPN is convinced that the fight against poverty remains a political choice which

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should be driven by a sense of emergency, as 78 million people are facing poverty in the EU.
EAPN thus calls on the EU to ensure a real integration of the social dimension into all EU
policies and to ensure that the “horizontal social clause” within the new EU Reform Treaty
becomes the basis for the establishment of an EU “Social Progress Pact”. Read more


 Police bugged Muslim UK MP Sadiq Khan
Scotland Yard‟s antiterrorist squad secretly bugged a high-profile Labour Muslim MP during
private meetings with one of his constituents. Sadiq Khan, now a government whip, was
recorded by an electronic listening device hidden in a table during visits to the constituent in
prison. The bugging of MPs is a breach of a government edict that has barred law agencies from
eavesdropping on politicians since the bugging scandal of Harold Wilson‟s government. There
was no suspicion of criminal conduct by Khan to justify the operation. The MP was said to be
“outraged”. “From what you have told me, this is an infringement of a citizen‟s right to have a
private meeting with his MP,” he said. Last night Jack Straw, the justice secretary, said that he
had ordered an immediate inquiry and added that it would be “unacceptable” for such a bugging
operation to take place. Read more

 A tough battle for NGOs in Cyprus
It‟s been a bad week for NGOs in Cyprus, with news of women‟s support centre Apanemi‟s
prosecution coming on the heels of last Sunday‟s arrest of the Doros Polycarpou, the head of
Action for Equality Support and Antiracism in Cyprus (KISA). Polycarpou was arrested for
playing music without a licence at a protest outside the Interior Ministry by the families of
asylum seekers indefinitely detained by the state. So what is the state‟s attitude to NGOs?
According to KISA, the picture is bleak and the help offered by the state minimal. Polycarpou,
like Apanemi head Julia Kalimeri, believes KISA has been subjected to persecution and unfair
treatment. Read more

 Hamilton suffers racist abuse in Spain
British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton suffered racist abuse from Spanish fans during
testing at the Montmelo circuit in Barcelona. Reports in a number of papers said the McLaren
driver was booed and insulted whenever he made his way from the team motorhome and into the
pits on Saturday. The correspondent from sports daily Marca said that shouts of "puto negro"
(fucking black) and "negro de mierda" (black shit) were clearly heard and that large sections of
the crowd were involved. Hamilton, who finished runner-up in last year's championship, has
become a hate figure in Spain because of his rivalry with former McLaren team mate Fernando
Alonso who now drives for Renault. Read more

 Migrant workers in south of Italy live in ‘seasonal hell’
In Italy's southern regions, migrant workers from Africa and Asia are living in conditions that
non-governmental organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has described as 'seasonal hell'.
In addition, nine out of 10 immigrants work in the black economy due to their lack of working
papers. Many migrant labourers in Italy's agricultural sector are often subject to violence and are
usually paid below the minimum wage, according to a report published by MSF last week.
According to MSF, these immigrants arrive in Italy in good medical condition, but because of
their working and living conditions, they develop diseases such as chronic cough,
gastroenteritis, lumbago and skin conditions. Read more

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 Posters in Prague warn against racism and xenophobia
Posters with texts based on Nazi anti-Jewish laws from the war-time Protectorate of Bohemia
and Moravia recently appeared across Prague warning people against the danger of racism and
xenophobia in a campaign organised by the Jewish Museum in Prague. The yellow-coloured
texts are an ironic interpretation of the absurd bans concerning Jews dozens of which were
issued during the Nazi occupation. "Skinhead persons are banned from visiting public libraries,"
"Blue-eyed persons are banned from the use of public telephones," or "Adult persons of small
height are only allowed to do shopping between 15:00 and 17:00" some slogans say. They are
designed to warn Praguers against the present discrimination against certain groups of the
population that people can come across. The poster campaign that started on 15 January 15 and
will last until 11 February 11 is mainly aimed at young people who, according to the organisers,
know little about the anti-Jewish persecution in 1939-1945. Read more


 EP hearing of candidates for post of FRA Director
The European Parliament is organising a public hearing of candidates for the post of Director of
the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) on 11 February 2008. The hearing will take place in
Brussels in the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
(LIBE). The two candidates proposed by the European Commission are: Mr. Dario Carminati,
presently Representative of the United Nations High Commissariat for Refugees in Angola, and
Mr. Morten Kjaerum, presently Executive Director of the Danish Institute for Human Rights.
Read more

 Commission acts to close gaps in employment equality rules
The European Commission sent reasoned opinions to 11 Member States on 31 January 2008 to
implement fully EU rules prohibiting discrimination in employment and occupation on the
grounds of religion and belief, age, disability and sexual orientation. The countries concerned -
the Czech Republic, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, France, Italy, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands,
Finland and Sweden - have two months to respond, failing which the Commission can decide to
take them to the European Court of Justice. Also, the Commission sent a letter of formal notice
to Germany and two complementary letters of formal notice to Latvia and Lithuania. The
Employment Equality Directive (2000/78/EC) was agreed in 2000 with a deadline for
implementation into national law of December 2003. Read more

 EU sets up "mission for flexicurity"
Commissioner Vladimir Spidla announced on 1 February 2008 that the Commission has set up a
fact finding "Mission for Flexicurity". The mission will visit 4-5 member states, and discuss in
depth the state of play as regards the development and implementation of the national pathways
based on the common Flexicurity principles, agreed at the European Council in December 2007.
As part of a mutual learning perspective, these visits will also give the opportunity to other
member states as well as to other relevant participants to take part in the discussion. The work of
the mission and the progress reports following the visits in the member states will appear on a
dedicated Commission website. The final mission report will be presented in December 2008 to
the Employment ministers. Read more

 Almunia warns of looming demographic crunch in Europe
European society is at risk of losing its dynamism if it does not develop a coherent approach to
an ageing population and decreasing workforce, Economic Affairs Commissioner Joaquin
Almunia said in Brussels. Speaking last week at a Friends of Europe conference
entitled "Europe's looming demographic crunch", Almunia warned that "postponing inevitable

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policy choices will only make them more difficult to implement later". Although living longer is
"clearly considered good news", Almunia also identified the risks of ageing "for the
sustainability of our social model". He warned that the absolute drop in the number of workers
will be "so dramatic that even if the EU reaches its Lisbon target of 70% in employment, we will
still face reductions in the workforce". This development requires a mix of measures on different
levels, Almunia pointed out. Almunia also highlighted the importance of immigration in
compensating for current shortcomings in European labour markets. Read more

   EU court preliminary judgement: no one should have to choose between caring for
    disabled relatives and their employment
A preliminary judgement by the European Court of Justice on 31 January could boost the rights
of millions of employees taking care of disabled relatives and prevent them from indirect
discrimination. Poiares Maduro, the advocate general at the European Court of Justice said that
UK national Sharon Coleman, a legal secretary in London, was unlawfully forced out of her job
for demanding flexible hours to look after her disabled son. He argued she had suffered from
"discrimination by association" and suggested that EU laws that guarantee fair treatment at work
for disabled people extended to those connected with them. His opinion is likely to set the tone
for a final decision due to be taken by a panel of European judges later this year. Read more


 UNCHR paper on failed asylum seekers
A UNHCR research paper has recently been published by John Gibson on „The removal of
failed asylum seekers: international norms and procedures‟. The paper reviews existing norms
and best practice in removals procedures and asylum/appeals procedures relevant to the removal
process in chosen countries. It is informed by regional and international standards and refers to
the particular situation in the 15 pre-enlargement EU member states, Norway, Switzerland and
Australia and with some references to law and practice in New Zealand and Canada. It
concentrates on standards that impact the removal process, in binding international and regional
treaties, regional directives and recommendations, UNHCR Excom conclusions and other
guidelines. Read more


 Report on Roma People Integration in Bulgaria
The annual report “Roma people integration in Bulgaria – 2006” was presented on 1 February in
Sofia. The report examines the main trends in the process of integration of the Roma people for
the period January-December 2006 by highlighting education, social policy, living conditions,
the linking of EU accession with the integration of the Roma people and the problems related to
Roma women. Special attention has been paid to the institutional and the normative frameworks
for the process of integration on national, regional and local levels. Read more

 Czech Romany children less successful at school than others
Czech Romany children living in "ghettos" are usually much less successful at school than other
children, according to a survey by the GAC agency for the Development of Civic Society
Foundation (NROS) among 502 children in nine schools near ghettos. One-third of Romany
children from the ghettos ended up in special classes and it was half in ten among Romany girls.
However, only one in ten children from the majority society was placed in special classes, the
survey found. Read more

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 Britain fears new Bulgarian Roma influx
Britain should brace itself for a new influx of Bulgarian Roma, who could move to UK to take
advantage of its welfare system after a new law back home will force them to find jobs within
18 months, Euroroma party leader Tsvetelin Kanchev recently said. Roma communities are
already well established in UK, and the country may become the destination of many more,
according to Kanchev. “The new social security measures which came in January will leave
many, many Roma people without the means to support themselves. People will either be forced
into a life of crime or they will take advantage of community connections and flee abroad,” he
said. Although concerns that thousands of Romanians and Bulgarians would flood Britain after
the two countries joined the EU in January 2007 have thus far proven unfounded, the fear of
mass immigration refuses to go away. Read more

 Pakiv European Network newsletter
The Roma association Pakiv European Network has issued the latest issue of its newsletter,
which is developed to provide information about the latest activities undertaken by the members
of the network and its partners. It presents the work of some of the successful local partners,
based on the processes and events regarding disadvantaged groups and active citizenship on
local, national and international levels. Read more


   Report: Developing anti-discrimination law in Europe - The 25 EU member states
This report by the European Network of Legal Experts in the non-discrimination field is a
review of the transposition of the EC Racial Equality and the Employment Equality directives in
the national law of 25 EU member states. How these Directives were transposed into national
law of the 25 Member States is described in a series of country reports. The 25 reports cover the
many changes to national law, the putting in place of enforcement mechanisms and the adoption
of other measures. This comparative analysis compares the information set out in these country
reports in a format mirroring that of the country reports themselves and draws some conclusions
from the information contained in them. Read more

 EATG recommendations on aids and migrants/ethnic minorities
European Aids Treatment Group (EATG) has recently published the community
recommendations of the Lisbon Conference held in June 2007: „The right to HIV/AIDS
prevention, treatment, care and support for migrants and ethnic minorities in Europe: The
community perspective.‟ These policy recommendations are designed to represent the various
voices from migrant communities. Migrants, both documented and undocumented, and ethnic
minorities encounter serious problems in Europe 53 and Europe‟s neighbouring countries since
they are especially vulnerable to HIV infection. The recommendations provide relevant
information to policy makers, national AIDS Coordinators and other stakeholders and highlight
the need for action. Read more

 EU report highlights precarious working conditions for migrants
A study by a specialised unit of the European Agency for Safety and Work (EU-OSHA), unveils
the risky working conditions faced by many migrants. The report was researched and written by
the European Risk Observatory (ERO) and analyses issues related to occupational safety and
health of migrant workers. According to the report, a significant number of migrants are subject
to uncertainty, poor working conditions, and low wages. Migrant workers are often over-
qualified to be employed in low-skilled jobs frequently characterised by longer working hours,
higher occupational instability, and physically demanding activities. They may have little

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knowledge of their employment rights, experience harassment, and high rates of stress burnout.
There are serious health concerns for undeclared workers as they often do not have access to
occupational health care services and lack the legal protection mechanisms for employees in
dangerous occupations. Read more


 Conference on integration of female migrant domestic workers
On 28 February 2008, the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies in collaboration with the
University of Nicosia will host an international conference organised within the framework of
the transnational project entitled “Integration of Female Migrant Domestic Workers: Strategies
for Employment and Civic Participation”. The conference will take place at the University of
Nicosia, in Cyprus. The deadline for registration is 15 February. Read more

 Eurodiaconia seminar on dialogue with civil society in the new member states
Eurodiaconia is organising a seminar entitled "Volunteering, Inclusion and Dialogue with Civil
Society in the New Member States" from 3-5 March 2008 in Cluj, Romania. Read more


 European website on integration - your chance to participate!
The Hague Programme on strengthening freedom, security and justice in the EU, adopted by the
European Council in November 2004, called for the development of a website on Integration.
The European Commission‟s Directorate General for Justice, Freedom and Security has
commissioned Unisys, in partnership with the Migration Policy Group, Social Change Online
and Eurocities, to develop the website. The website will contain a broad range of information
and documents relevant to immigrant integration. The project team is engaged in a process of
consulting with stakeholders since the outset of the project. A first cycle of consultation in 2007
helped the project team to identify the needs and priorities of stakeholders. A second cycle has
been launched in February 2008, with a view to engage stakeholders in contributing relevant
content to the website. Read more


 ILGA-Europe is recruiting a Communications Officer
The Communications Officer will be responsible for providing effective communications and
information services within the Communications Service Area which support colleagues within
ILGA-Europe to achieve the organisation‟s objectives. You will need experience of media work
in an organisational setting and/or knowledge and experience of using e-skills in an
organisational setting as well as a relevant qualification. You will also need strong
presentational skills, an ability to work with computers including web production and databases
and be able to design, edit and proof documents using software as well as being able to write
documents in a house style. The closing date for applications is 3 March 2008. Read more

 ECRE has two internship vacancies
ECRE is offering two Advocacy internships at its Brussels Office, starting at the end of March
2008 for a period of six months. The overall purpose of the internship is to support the advocacy
officers in monitoring refugee-related EU developments and sharing information with relevant
partner organisations and support the advocacy officers in drafting documents and attending
meetings. Read more

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