BRUSSELS, March 21 (KUNA) -- Black people experience widespread racism and discrimination across the EU and in all areas of life, including employment, education, policing and the criminal justice system.
This is the conclusion of the European Network Against Racism's (ENAR) Report on Afrophobia in Europe, released Monday to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
The report notes that racist political discourse is predominantly framed in the context of anti-immigration and targets migrants that are both Black and Muslims. As a result Black migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and Black Europeans are reportedly suffering an increase in violent hatred and discrimination across all areas of life.
It said that black people are particularly exposed to police violence as well as racist violence and abuse from other members of the public. There is a lack of trust between Black communities and the police which arises from various methods used by the police such as racial profiling and lack of full investigation of racially motivated crimes.
"There is not a single national or European policy that specifically addresses the racial inequalities and discrimination experienced by Black people," said ENAR Chair Sarah Isal.
"Given the overwhelming evidence, this is shocking. We cannot just ignore the lives of the 12 million Black people in Europe. This is a wake-up call to the EU and its Member States to end discrimination against Black people," she said in a press statement.
Brussels-based ENAR is a network of over 160 NGOs working to combat racism everywhere in Europe. (end)