ENAR Ireland’s submission to the Oireachtas on Integration, Multiculturalism and Combating Racism

ENAR Ireland’s submission to the Oireachtas on Integration, Multiculturalism and Combating Racism

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Executive Summary

ENAR Ireland is a national network of NGOs and community organisations which works at both a National and European level to combat racism. It uses iReport.ie and a range of other measures and instruments to monitor racism, influence debate and make policy recommendations for positive change locally, nationally and in Europe.

There is currently a policy vacuum on racism and xenophobia in Ireland, at the same time, racism is a far greater problem than is acknowledged. There is not enough data on racism and discrimination, due to under reporting and insufficient resourcing for monitoring.

Racism occurs at 3 interlocking levels; personal, structural and institutional. ENAR Ireland and its membership favour an approach to tackling and monitoring these interlocking levels of racism through a coordinated approach, which is comprehensive, systematic and holistic, and uses a wide range of measures and instruments. These measures are set out under the headings: Institutions, Legislation, Policy and Practice. These measures ought to be coordinated as part of a renewed National Action Plan Against Racism and would include the following recommended changes:

  • The reestablishment of an independent body for advising the government on racism
  • The resourcing of an independent institution to monitor and report on racism
  • To fund a range of anti-racism initiatives
  • To adequately resource the new Equality and Human Rights Commission to ensure the Human Rights of all minorities.
  • To ensure that all minorities, including Asylum Seekers are covered by equality legislation
  • To ensure that all state institutions are covered by Equality Legislation
  • To ensure full State compliance with all EU Directives, UPR, ECRI, UNCERD, Framework Decision and the Good Friday Agreement with regards equality, discrimination and racism.
  • To Establish an independent Judicial Council
  • To review the Judges Benchbook
  • To make racism a crime by legislating both for Racially Aggravated Offences AND by providing for judges to ‘Uplift’ sentences where Racism is a factor
  • To abolish Direct Provision and the Habitual Residence Condition and bring forth an Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill
  • To resource An Garda Síochána and the Courts Service adequately to counter Institutional Racism and deal with victims of hate crime
  • To recognise Traveller ethnicity
  • To develop a progressive National Traveller Roma Integration Strategy
  • To ensure Traveller and minority ethnic representation at the High Level Official Group
  • To collect disaggregated data on ethnicity across all state bodies and administrative systems

Read the full submission here.

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