IRR News (6 – 19 July 2018)
Institute of Race Relations weekly digest - Against Racism, for Social Justice
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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