November 2016 - Brexit from a race perspective

Preparing for the aftermath of the EU: an anti-racist perspective

With Brexit, the rise of the far right and the financial crisis many have signaled a potential end of the European Union. ENAR Director Michaël Privot discusses the implications and the impact of the end of the EU on minorities. Privot looks at how we as equality activists can work to protect the rights of minorities and to create a better Europe, with or without the EU.

Race equality post-Brexit: Shared challenges in the UK and Europe

Highlighted by the Brexit vote, Trump and the rise of the far right across Europe, the work of anti-racism networks and allies are more important perhaps now more than ever. Ethnonationalist movements across the western world increase racial inequalities and hinder the chances of creating more fair and equal societies. In this article Omar Khan of Runnymede Trust focuses on the role of the anti-racism movement following the UK Referendum.

To understand populism’s risks for the EU, look at Central Europe

In Eastern European countries such as Hungary and Poland, policy makers have not only proposed anti-migrant measures but have also used anti-migrant rhetoric in order to gain public approval. In this article, Lydia Gall of Human Rights Watch examines the prevalence of anti-migrant measures and rhetoric in the Visegrad group (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, and Slovakia), and highlights the risks of populism for the European Union.

The vote for Brexit was not a vote against human rights

Following the Brexit vote there has been a rise in divisive rhetoric from politicians. This tone causes human rights’ activists to worry that in the negotiations for Brexit the fundamental rights of marginalised groups will not be protected. In this article Bella Sankey of UK human rights organisation Liberty highlights activists’ concerns following the referendum, while examining how the government has responded to the vote by refusing to guarantee rights.

Post-Brexit EU from a race perspective

This webzine edition looks to the future of the European Union and the implications of the Brexit vote from a race perspective.

The mystifying of racial violence

With a rise in hate crimes after the Brexit referendum, Jon Burnett of the Institute of Race Relations points out how racist violence often mirrors the government’s policy framework towards marginalised communities. Political responses and media reporting are perpetuating existing narratives without focusing on underlying causes for the attacks.