Launch of Afrophobia in Ireland

‘Afrophobia in Ireland: Racism against People of African Descent’ launches this Thursday

The United Nations has declared 2015 – 2024 to be the International Decade for Persons of African Descent. The purpose of the International Decade is to provide framework within which , Member States, civil society & other relevant actors can work with people of African descent to identify & address problems of recognition, justice and development.

Afrophobia in Ireland

This report, which I undertook to investigate the extent and forms of Afrophobia in Ireland, is published by ENAR Ireland and contains an in-depth analysis of data collected over 2 years through the racist incident recording system.

Why use Afrophobia? The term Afrophobia facilitates the specific analysis of negative attitudes and feelings towards black people or people of African Descent around the world. These can result in limited access to quality education, health services, housing and social security, and discrimination in access to justice, with racial profiling and high rates of police violence. Low political participation and opportunity results from and reproduces these forms of discrimination.

Afrophobia is a means of identifying prejudice directed at a particular group which dehumanizes & denies humanity, dignity & personhood.

Afrophobia manifests itself globally as verbal abuse, spatial segregation and physical attacks as well as systematic racial discrimination within areas such as employment and housing.

Afrophobia describes the hostility, antipathy, contempt and aversion expressed directly and through institutional and legal means, towards people with a background in sub-Saharan Africa or who belong to the African diaspora.

Since 2013, the highest number of any single group targeted in the incidents reported to ENAR Ireland has been from
people of African descent, including African migrants, their children, Europeans and mixed-race Irish. Incidents have included political hate speech, racist crimes, racist violence, intimidation, racist bullying, illegal practices and discriminatory treatment in housing, education and service provision, poor policing practices and poor responses by Gardaí to racist crimes, lack of access to healthcare and employment and persistent and repeated racial harassment.

This report describes and explores the range of incidents and types of discrimination and exclusion that reflect Afrophobia in order to illuminate the experiences of racism faced by people of African descent in Ireland today and inform public debates and policy change.

The launch event

You are very welcome to join me at the launch, where we will have an exciting panel of speakers including Anastasia Crickley – Vice President United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Salome Mbugua – Wezesha and ENAR, Lassane Ouedraogo – Africa Centre, and David Joyce BL – Human Rights and Equality Commissioner. The launch will be opened by Lord Mayor of Dublin Críona Ní Dhálaigh.

10:30 am-12:30 pm, Thursday, 19th November 2015, The Oak Room, The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

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