Anderson welcomes resolution tackling Afrophobia
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has welcomed the passing of a resolution in the EU Parliament aimed at tackling racism directed at people of African descent.
Martina Anderson said:
"I'm delighted that this excellent resolution has received the support of the European Parliament, for the first time looking into the specific forms of structural racism experienced by people of African descent in Europe.
"This resolution boldly states that the current structural racism is rooted in colonialism, and acknowledges how this racism is as widespread within our judiciary, housing and education policies.
"The resolution calls on Member States to denounce Afrophobic traditions which perpetuate stereotypes and normalise racism.
“It calls for an end of ethnic profiling in all forms of criminal law enforcement and for Member States to monitor racial bias within their social services and judicial systems.
"The UN recently launched a declaration of the International Decade from People of African Descent. Sinn Féin supports this initiative, and wants to see solid measures taken to implement this programme.
"Last week we commemorated the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, an important moment to reflect on how much more we have to do to stamp out racism from all parts of society. We need to have a structural and historical approach to racism if we want to truly eliminate it.”