Joint statement on neo-nazi vandalism againt organisations taking part in the HateFree project in Prague. The UNITED network supports the “Prague is not Afraid” demonstration, and demands that the Czech government takes proper action.
Report from days I and II of the “Moving Stories: Narratives of Migration Crossing Europe” UNITED network conference near Torino.
UNITED was represented at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) meeting on countering intolerance and discrimination, which took place in Vienna on 14-15 April. UNITED co-organised a side event at the Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting that accompanied the main OSCE meeting, while UNITED’s Ralph du Long chaired a panel session.
UNITED network organisation RAA Saxony has launched its pratical guide to hate crime victim support in Europe. UNITED representatives were involved in the realisation of the project.
OSCE-ODIHR are reaching out to civil society organisations to contribute data for their annual report on hate crimes in the OSCE region. Deadline for submissions is 30 April.
Between International Women’s Day (8 March) and International Roma Day (8 April), UNITED network organisation Anti Discrimination Centre “Memorial” is conducting a special campaign in solidarity with the Roma of Donbass.
To mark 21 March, UNITED network organisation Zivilcourage und Anti-Rasissmus-Arbeit (ZARA) published its annual report on racism in Austria.
ODIHR’s hate crime data for 2014 is now available. Forty-three participating States submitted information, along with 122 civil society groups covering incidents in 46 countries.
1. An disturbing rise in racism, xenophobia and intolerance has been apparent for some years now in Europe. Those affected include migrants and asylum seekers, Jews, Muslims and Roma, Sinti and Travellers, and the reason is a supposed incompatibility between groups of different origins on cultural and religious grounds. Along with traditional racism, there is also a “race-less racism” which is equally damaging because it tends to justify discrimination against certain groups and individuals.
During the latest UNITED conference “Overcome All Borders”, 4-9 May, Malaga (Spain), HOPE not Hate researcher Matthew Collins was interviewed about his past as a former member of the neofascist British National Party.