A historical and landmark resolution passed overwhelmingly by EU parliament recognising structural racism

Brussels March 26 , 2019
“A historical and landmark resolution passed overwhelmingly by EU parliament recognising structural racism and afrophobia against people of African Descent is a vindication of the hard work done in the past five years of the Decade of People of African Descent” says Esther Mamadou Executive Director of the European Network of People of African Descent (ENPAD)

The passing of resolution on Tuesday 26 of March, championed by MEPs Cécile Kyenge (S&D), the Italian Socialist MEP who experienced a torrent of racist abuse when she was Italy’s first black government minister.) and Malin Bjork (GUE/NGL) amongst others, the text was approved on the by 535 MEPs, with 80 votes against and 44 abstentions. It is a historical event when structural discrimination that affect the 15 million of people of African Descent in Europe has been recognised and should be urgently addressed. This landmark resolution calls on Member States and EU institutions “to recognise that People of African Descent are particularly subjected to racism, discrimination, xenophobia (Afrophobia), and generally the unequal enjoyment of human and fundamental rights, amounting to structural racism; and are entitled to protection from these inequities as individuals and as a group, including positive measures for the
promotion, full and equal enjoyment of their rights;”

The European Network of People of African Descent working with civil society and experts from across the world has been instrumental in helping to draft and pushing for adoption of the EU Resolution on the fundamental rights of people of African Descent approved yesterday in Strasbourg

The Resolution was adopted by the European Parliament by 535 votes. It is available at:
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meetdocs/2014_2019/plmrep/COMMITTEES/LIBE/RE/2018/12-03/116677
0EN.pdf.

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