IRR News (6 – 19 July 2018)

20 July 2018 — Institute of Race Relations

Institute of Race Relations weekly digest – Against Racism, for Social Justice

The lethal consequences of ‘hostile environment’ policies continue to be revealed in our regular calendar of racism and resistance. On 20 June, as Harmit Athwal reports, 23-year-old Mustafa Dawood was found dead after falling from a building in Newport, Wales, as immigration officers carried out a raid at a car wash.

The judgment of an international Tribunal can be a powerful voice for change, and in preparation for the hearing of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on violations of migrants’ and refugees’ rights, which is taking place in London in November, we issue a call to migrant and refugee groups and to unions, civil society and church groups to support the Tribunal and above all, to submit evidence to it.

Anya Edmond-Pettitt reviews ‘Windrush: Songs in a strange land’, a free British Library exhibition that centres institutional racism and the harsh realities of the Caribbean experience in the UK, whilst also celebrating the resistance of British Caribbean communities.

Anti-Muslim discrimination is now central to Danish immigration and integration policies, argues Liz Fekete, joining a range of European voices expressing outrage at Denmark’s ‘ghetto list’ and ‘ghetto package’. But Aarhus anti-racist activist John Graversgaard goes still further. In setting out campaigners objections to Denmark’s forced integration strategies, he suggests that the government’s stigmatisation of Muslims is linked to a project to break down Denmark’s popular system of non-profit housing associations.  

As the Labour party once more wrestles with how to define anti-Semitism, we draw attention to our submission to the Chakrabarti review, published two years ago, and note the concerns that in the fray, Palestinian voices are being suppressed. 

IRR News Team

Commentary

Islamophobia in Denmark: from parallel societies to the ‘ghetto list’

Anti-Muslim discrimination is now central to Danish immigration and integration policies. 

Denmark’s ‘ghetto list’ must be scrapped

Anti-racist activist John Graversgaard, from Aarhus, sets out campaigners’ objections to Denmark’s forced integration strategy. 

Reviews

Windrush: Songs in a strange land

A review on a powerful exhibition at the British Library on the relationship between Britain and the Caribbean post-Windrush, which refuses to take the usual UK-centric approach.

Latest News

The lethal consequences of the ‘hostile environment’

On 30 June, 23-year-old Mustafa Dawood, who was from the Darfur region of  Sudan, was found dead after falling from a building in Newport, Wales as immigration officers carried out a raid at a car wash. 

Calendar of racism and resistance (6 – 19 July 2018)

A fortnightly resource for anti-racist and social justice campaigns, highlighting key events in the UK and Europe.

The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal is coming to London

A call for migrant rights organisations to sign up to support the Tribunal and to submit evidence.

Macpherson definition misunderstood in Labour Party anti-Semitism definition

As the Parliamentary Labour Party and Labour’s National Executive Committee meet to discuss the adoption of a contentious definition of anti-Semitism, the IRR draws attention to its evidence to the Chakrabarti Review, submitted two years ago. 

Forthcoming Events

Discussing the UNITED List

A discussion on the list of deaths collated by UNITED for Intercultural Action which was published by the Guardian on World Refugee Day in June. 

Stop Deportations to Zimbabwe

A protest in Sheffield to call for an end to forced deportations to Zimbabwe.

Justice Denied – The Life and Times of Joy Gardner

A screening of the Migrant Media film ‘Justice Denied’ on the 25th anniversary of the death of Joy Gardener.

Copyright © 2018 Institute of Race Relations, All rights reserved. Editor: Harmit Athwal 

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