UNITED E-News – November/December 2017 – Season’s Greetings from UNITED

Dear Colleagues,

Another busy year is almost over. With rising populist narratives all over Europe, multiple reports of increasing levels of hate crime and shrinking space for civil society groups, 2017 has shown that the work of the European antiracist movement continues to be crucial.

For UNITED, 2017 has been an active year full of activities and campaigns. The year began with our annual European Action Week Against Racism campaign. Under the slogan “Don’t be divided – Stay UNITED!” , hundreds of activities were organised all over Europe.

This was followed in April by the conference ‘Rewind Radicalisation: Building up strategies against extremism’, which took place near Prague, Czechia. Participants from all over Europe gathered to understand what radicalisation is, and come up with new strategies to de-radicalise youth in Europe.

In cooperation with Human Rights Education Youth Network (HREYN), the European Youth Press (EYP) and the Youth Department of the Council of Europe, UNITED took part in the project United Youth Against Hate and Violent Extremism in Europe to counter hate and violent extremism among young people at risk of social exclusion.

The UNITED List of Refugee Deaths was updated on the International Refugee Day, 20 June 2018, and now documents 33.305 refugee deaths that can be attributed to the ‘Fatal Policies of Fortress Europe’.

Our 9 November International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism campaign of 2017 focused on stopping and reversing populist narratives.

Our second conference of the year took place in October near Berlin, Germany. Entitled ‘Make Every Voice Heard! The Power Of Victim Perspectives In Fighting Hate Crime‘, the Berlin conference provided a platform to understand bias-motivated violence and learn about victims´ needs and how to implement victim-centered approaches in our everyday work.

We are already preparing for our action-packed 2018 programme! We will soon send out the call for nominations for our spring conference, as well as details of the 2018 European Action Week Against Racism campaign.

In the meantime, we would like to wish you all the best for the festive period, and a very happy new year.

Best greetings and stay UNITED!


2017 Highlights

Some of the best content published on the UNITED Website over the last year

Council of Europe publishes new counter-narrative manual

Joint Statement on the proposed Hungarian NGO Bill

Council of Europe adopts flagship Recommendation on youth work

Press Release on Catalan referendum


News from the network

Statement Regarding Charges Against Human Rights Defender Evdokia Romanova

ODIHR releases report recognizing the shrinking public space of human rights defenders

Poland’s Independence Day dominated by nationalist march


News from UNITED

Press Release: Rewind Radicalisation – Building up Strategies Against Extremism

Press Release: >33.305 documented refugee deaths since 1993

Our second study session on violent extremism has started today

Press Release: Make Every Voice Heard! – UNITED Conference near Berlin