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European Commission calls for strong action against racial profiling in member countries

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) has warned against racial profiling, as well as “systemic racism and inequalities” in Europe. “Racial profiling constitutes a specific form of racial discrimination and must be expressly prohibited by law,” ECRI, a human rights monitoring body, said in a statement published on 6 July. “It generates a feeling of humiliation and injustice …

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Germany: Criticisms trail cancellation of study into racial profiling in policing

The decision of the Federal Minister of the Interior to call off an investigation into racial profiling in the police is drawing anger and criticisms not only of migrant associations but also political parties, including the junior governing coalition partner SPD. Following the Black Lives Matter protests in Germany, questions are being raised about racism in the country’s institutions, especially …

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Zentralrat rebrands, launches new logo and website

The Zentralrat der afrikanischen Gemeinde in Deutschland (Central Council of the African Community in Germany or ZAGD) has relaunched its website and introduced a new logo on Tuesday. The move by the organisation, an umbrella body for African associations in Germany, is part of its efforts to increase its visibility in the country. According to the organisation, the relaunch seeks …

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Germany cancels study into racial profiling by police

Government had planned to probe the scale of ethnic profiling after a federal lawmaker claimed that “latent racism” exists in German police ranks. The proposal followed a wave of protests in the US against police brutality. The study has now been dropped, according to a new report ——- Research planned to investigate alleged racial profiling by German police forces has …

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Berlin changes name of train station derogatory of Black people

After years of agitation by Black activists and their German supporters, a Berlin underground train station will be renamed. According to the management of the Berlin public transport authorities (BVG), the “U-Bahnhof Mohrenstrasse”, the station on Line U2 of the city’s metro network, will be changed to “U-Bahnhof Glinkastraße”. The decision, announced on Friday, came as Black Lives Matter protests …

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Belgian police file charges against Dr Herzberger-Fofana over her violent assault complaint

Dr Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana’s speech in the European Parliament on 17 June on how Belgian policemen physically harassed her was greeted with a loud ovation and shocked Europe to the reality of police violence against Black people. It became a topic of media discussions across the continent. In a strange twist to the story, instead of the police to apologise to …

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Activists launch campaign for renaming Berlin street for denigrating Black people

Black Lives Matter protests have led to the toppling of colonial and slavery monuments in the US and several European countries. In Germany, an online campaign has been launched calling for the renaming of a popular street in the country’s capital city. Mohrenstrasse, located in the central district of Berlin, is the focus of attention of activists who are questioning …

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Germany: TANG demands government action on anti-Black racism, issues position paper

It’s time to demand concrete actions against anti-Black racism, Dr Sylvie Nantcha, chairman of The African Network of Germany (TANG), has said. She made the call on Thursday while speaking at the virtual conference of the organisation on the ongoing anti-racism debate in the country. “While we condemn racism in America, particularly the murder of George Floyd, we have to …

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Remain alert, Corona is still there! TANG charges Africans in Germany

Dr Sylvie Nantcha, chairman of The African Network of Germany (TANG), has called on members of the Black community in Germany not to lower their guard in respect of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). She issued the advice on Thursday while speaking at a virtual conference attended by the regional representatives of the organisation from all parts of Germany. “The virus …

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Why coronavirus fatalities are higher among Black people and what to do

The death rate from COVID-19 in the UK is four times higher for Black people than for their White counterparts, according to official reports. Anil Gumber*, Senior Health Economist, Sheffield Hallam University, explains the factors responsible for this difference. Given that the coronavirus doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon and we don’t know when, or even if, a …

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How MP’s ordeal shocked Europe to reality of anti-Black racism

The European Parliament, sitting in Brussels, was to debate racism and police brutality on Wednesday (17 June). Dr Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, a member representing Germany on the platform of the Green party, was on her way to participate at the discussions on how Europe should respond to the demands of Black Lives Matter protesters calling for a continent-wide action. The Member …

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Greens call for ‘race’ to be removed from German constitution

As tens of thousands in Germany flock to anti-racism protests, two prominent Green politicians have called for the term “race” to be removed from German discrimination law. “We need to unlearn racism,” they said. Elliot Douglas reports The term “race” should be removed from the German constitution, two leading Green politicians said Monday (8 June). In recent weeks, Germany has …

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Black Members of European Parliament call for Action against Systemic Racism

Alice Bah Kuhnke and Dr Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, both members of the European Parliament, in this opinion piece, note that Europe has seen an increase in right-wing extremism and a shift to the political right in the last decade. This, they argue, has led to an increase in both racially and religiously motivated attacks against minority communities. The authors call for …

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George Floyd: We should focus on Afrophobia – Zentralrat’s statement

The following is the statement issued by the Zentralrat der afrikanischen Gemeinde in Deutschland (Central Council of the African Community in Germany or ZAGD), an umbrella body for African associations in Germany, on the worldwide protests on the police murder of George Floyd on 25 May in the American city of Minneapolis. ———– Police Violence, Racism and Afrophobia! We, the …

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Thousands join Black Lives Matter protests across Germany in historic show of solidarity

Tens of thousands of people joined Black Lives Matter protests across Germany on Saturday despite coronavirus containment measures that discourage such large gatherings. Even though many wore masks, but social distancing rules were impossible to observe as protesters rally across 26 towns and cities in Germany to protest racial discrimination and police brutality. The passion of participants about racism was …

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