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Are there examples of anti-racist anti-discrimination organisations' activity having a positive impact on anti-racist policies?

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Anti-racist Policies & Organisations
08/03/2012 - 17:26
Short Answer

Since the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism closed in 2008, it is difficult to establish a causal relationship between public policy and NGO activity. One previous example is The Anti Racism Election Protocol which has played a part in all major political campaigns since the run up to the 2001 general election, as a result of an initiative of The European Network Against Racism (ENAR).

Qualitative Info

Declaration of intent put to politicians prior to the 2011 election:

 I as a candidate in the 2011 elections agree:

  • To send a consistent and clear message to my constituents that I reject racism.
  • To condemn any campaign materials or statements  that may incite hatred or express prejudice on the grounds of ‘race’, colour, nationality or ethnic or national origin, religious belief and membership of the Traveller Community[2]
  • To guarantee that when engaging in on-going debate in relation to groups which are the potential targets of racism, such as asylum seekers, refugees, migrant workers and Travellers, my contribution to such debate is conducted in a responsible way and with respect to the dignity and rights of minority ethnic groups.
  • To use appropriate and inclusive language and words when referring to people of different ethnic backgrounds, in order to avoid creating prejudice or confusion.
  • To inform all my political campaigners about the intent and contents of this Protocol.

Parties who signed the declaration: Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Green Party, Labour Party, Sinn Féin, Socialist Party, Workers’ Party, Libertas, People before Profit.

Groups affected/interested Migrants, Refugees, Roma & Travelers, Muslims, Ethnic minorities, Religious minorities, Linguistic minorities, Majority, Asylum seekers, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, Persons with disability, Africans/black people, National minorities
Type (R/D) Anti-migrant/xenophobia, Anti-semitism, Islamophobia, Afrophobia, Arabophobia, Anti-roma/zinghanophobia, Religious intolerance, Inter-ethnic, Intra-ethnic, Nationalism, Homophobia, On grounds of disability, On grounds of other belief, Anti-roma/ romaphobia, Xenophobia
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Health and social protection, Culture, Media, Internet, Political discourse -parties - orgs, Political participation, Anti-discrimination, Anti-racism, Integration - social cohesion, Daily life
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