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Afrophobia in the EU: A Greens/EFA hearing

Afrophobia in the EU
Afrophobia in the EU

PRESENTATION

MEPs Jean-Jacob Bicep, Jean Lambert and Philippe Lamberts (Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance), in collaboration with the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) and the European Coalition of Cities against Racism (ECCAR), organise a European Hearing on Afrophobia on 20th February 2014 at the European Parliament in Brussels. This event, which will gather MEPs, EU officials, civil society organisations, artists and academics, aims at providing evidence on the existence of a specific form of racism called Afrophobia, targeting specifically Black people in Europe. The main objective of this event is to raise awareness and concerns about how People of African Descent (PAD) and Black Europeans (BE) are specifically affected by racial discrimination and stereotypes and to emphasize the urgency with which this specific form of racism must be recognized and tackled politically in order to really make a change in the lives of the 7 to 12 million PAD/BE residing in the EU.

PROVISIONAL AGENDA

15:00-15:10
Welcome and greeting
Mr. Jean Jacob Bicep, Member of the European Parliament

15:10-15:30
Keynote speech
Ms. Cecile Kashetu Kyenge, Minister for Integration, Italy tbc

15:30-16:20
First panel – Patterns of racism affecting specifically People of African Descent/Black Europeans

Ms. Philomena Essed, Professor, The Netherlands and USA
Mr. Pascal Blanchard, Historian, France tbc

Exchange with the audience

16:20-17:10
Second panel – Challenges and coping strategies on the ground: the role of NGOs, arts and media

Ms. Rokhaya Diallo, activist and journalist, Les Indivisibles & ENAR, France
Mr. Jallow Momodou, Pan-African Movement for Justice & ENAR, Sweden
Mr. Quinsy Gario, activist, The Netherlands tbc
Dr. Chokri Ben Chika, Truth Commission – Action Zoo humain, Belgium tbc
NN, Artist tbc

Exchange with the audience

17:10-18:05
Third panel – How to act politically at local, national and EU level

Mr. Jean-Paul Makengo, Deputy Mayor of Toulouse, France
Mr. Peter Bossman, Mayor of Piran, Slovenia tbc
European Commission official tbc
European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights official tbc

Exchange with the audience

18:05-18:30
Closing speech
Mr. Philippe Lamberts, Member of the European Parliament tbc

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