End racist discrimination against Afro-European people in the EU

Racism 2019 Europe

(Henry Be, Unsplash)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament.


MEPs call on the EU and its member states to take measures to tackle the structural racism people of African descent face in Europe.

In a resolution adopted on Tuesday with 535 in favour to 80 votes against, and 44 abstentions, Parliament urges EU and national authorities to develop anti-racism policies and stop discrimination; in the fields of education, housing, health, criminal justice, political participation and migration.

In light of increasing afrophobic attacks, MEPs call on the European Commission and EU member states to acknowledge the racist, discriminatory and xenophobic suffering of Afro-Europeans, and offer proper protection against these inequalities to ensure that hate crimes are suitably investigated, prosecuted and sanctioned. Additionally, people of African descent should be taken into account more in current funding programmes and in the next multiannual financial framework (2021-2027).

Police custody and racial profiling

MEPs condemn the mistreatment of people of African descent in police custody, citing the numerous violent incidents and deaths that have occurred while in custody. They also note the frequent use of racial and ethnic profiling in criminal law enforcement, counter-terrorism measures and immigration control, and urge member states to end this practice.

Crimes against humanity during colonialism

The resolution encourages EU institutions and member states to address and rectify past injustices and crimes against humanity, perpetrated in the name of European colonialism. These historic crimes still have present day negative consequences for people of African descent, MEPs claim.

MEPs suggest carrying out reparations, such as apologising publicly and return stolen artefacts to their countries of origin. Parliament also calls on EU countries to declassify their colonial archives, as well as to present a comprehensive perspective on colonialism and slavery in the educational curricula.

Background

Approximately 15 million people of African descent currently live in Europe. They face persistent discrimination and are subject to deeply rooted negative stereotyping.

Evidence suggests that Afro-European children receive lower grades at school than their white counterparts, and their rate of early school leaving is markedly higher.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Customs Union: Fake and potentially dangerous goods worth nearly €740 million stopped at EU customs in 2018

These countries create most of the world’s CO2 emissions

A ‘charismatic leader’ dedicated to making the world a better place for all: officials bid farewell to former UN chief Kofi Annan

UN Chief ‘strongly rejects’ Guatemala decision to expel anti-corruption body

MEPs push for high ambitions at the COP25 in Madrid

EU-Turkey relations: Erdogan plays the refugee card while beefing up gas operations in the Eastern Mediterranean sea

Italy and Greece zeroed their fiscal deficits, expect Germany’s response

This Hungarian man quit his job to clean up his favourite river

We need to talk about mental health at work, say employees

Entrepreneurship and strategic planning: the enabler

Commission notifies the Republic of Panama over the need to step up action to fight against illegal fishing

FROM THE FIELD: Enslaved Guatemalan indigenous women wait for reparations

Can cybersecurity offer value for money?

UN chief condemns attack in south-west Iran which killed dozens

China is a renewable energy champion. But it’s time for a new approach

Art has the power to change the world, says this renowned Iranian muralist

Children as old as 12 can benefit from an afternoon nap

FROM THE FIELD: facing up to the extreme mental health pressures of conflict

How to build a model for human security in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

These are the best MBAs if you want to be an entrepreneur

More women than ever before are running for political office in the US

We can meet the SDGs using the wisdom of crowds. Here’s how

Ten years on, crisis in Nigeria ‘far from over’; UN and humanitarian partners urge support for millions still affected

Russia – US in Syria: Selling Afrin to Turkey but facing off ruthlessly for Ghouta

CHINA UNLIMITED. PEOPLE UNLIMITED. RESTRICTIONS LIMITED

Thousands risk lives fleeing fighting in Syria’s last ISIL stronghold

COP21 Breaking News_12 December: The New Draft Agreement!

Rare Disease Day: a new EU platform to support better diagnosis and treatment

UN investigates systematic sexual violence across South Sudan

These countries are ranked highest – and lowest – for human development

Where are people most proud to be European?

Invisibility outside the closet: health as a right for all

UN chief welcomes event reuniting families on the Korean Peninsula

Venezuela’s needs ‘significant and growing’ UN humanitarian chief warns Security Council, as ‘unparalleled’ exodus continues

Syria: Why did the US-Russia brokered ceasefire collapse? What does the duo care for?

Schools in Florida now have to teach mental and emotional health

Chart of the day: When do young Europeans leave home?

Economy on a steady rise in Latin America and Caribbean region ‘despite international turbulence’ – UN report

Trust and support of Iraqis essential for success of UN’s Da’esh terror investigation

UN’s Bachelet rejects Sri Lankan official’s ‘spin’ on Human Rights Council encounter, urges reforms

Over 40 million people still victims of slavery

G20 LIVE: G20 leaders reaffirm OECD’s role in ensuring strong, sustainable and inclusive growth

These deepwater fish farms could help natural stocks recover

How voice technology will change your life

The EU can afford to invest trillions in support of employment

Here’s why leaders need to care about mental health

A Sting Exclusive: “Regulators and the shipping industry collaborating for a sustainable future”, written by the Secretary General of IMO

Scotland wants to create an ethical stock exchange (Post Brexit)

COP22 addresses a strong global pledge to effectively implement the Paris Agreement

UN chief commends Algerians for ‘mature and calm’ demonstrations for change, leading up to presidential resignation

Here’s a reason to feel cheerful – the world is full of Good Samaritans

EU tells Britain stay in as long as you wish

‘No justification’ for attacks against civilians, UN envoy says on mounting cross-border violence in Gaza

What’s behind South Korea’s elderly crime wave?

Nagasaki is ‘a global inspiration’ for peace, UN chief says marking 73rd anniversary of atomic bombing

The entire Australian state of New South Wales is in drought

Human rights in Brussels and in Beijing: a more balanced approach needed

Corporate tax remains a key revenue source, despite falling rates worldwide

Access still an obstacle to reaching stricken communities on Indonesian island: UN agencies

“As German Chancellor I want to be able to cope with the merger of the real and digital economy”, Angela Merkel from Switzerland; the Sting reports live from World Economic Forum 2015 in Davos

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s