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Mar 19 2012

Race & Class re-appraises Malcolm X at the Oxford Union

The new issue of Race & Class features an article on 'Malcolm X at the Oxford Union' in 1964. Saladin M. Ambar, who examines Malcolm's speech and the context in which it was given, reveals a key change in Malcolm's thinking on nationalism in response to the call for decolonisation in Africa and the extension of human rights to other marginalised groups throughout the world.

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Nov 15 2011

New geographies of racism: Stoke-on-Trent

Research published by the Institute of Race Relations shows that the geography of racial violence is changing rapidly in the UK and yet the authorities show little interest in tackling the problem.

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Sep 1 2011

Breivik, the conspiracy theory and the Oslo massacre

A thorough analysis and full documentation of the context and background to the Oslo massacre is published today by the Institute of Race Relations.

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Jun 30 2011

The new geographies of racism: Plymouth

Research published today by the Institute of Race Relations investigates how geographies of racism throughout the UK are changing in a wider climate of economic austerity, shifting patterns of migration and settlement and against the backdrop of new forms of racism exacerbated by national policies.

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Apr 21 2011

The attacks on multiculturalism are linked to the economic crisis

The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) publishes today Understanding the European-wide assault on multiculturalism - a detailed analysis by Executive Director, Liz Fekete, of key speeches made over the past six months by leading centre-right politicians from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom.

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Oct 17 2010

Driven to Desperate Measures

The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) publishes today a report on deaths of asylum seekers and migrants which damns government policies for putting vulnerable people at risk.

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Sep 16 2010

Racist attacks summer report

IRR News reveals how alcohol-related racist attacks and far-Right graffiti have increased over the summer months.

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Apr 22 2010

Racial violence – the buried issue

Research from the Institute of Race Relations reveals that, on average, five people per year are being killed in racial attacks in the UK since the death of Stephen Lawrence.

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Jan 27 2010

The reality behind the ‘knife crime’ debate

The media portrayal of, and government response to, the 'knife crime epidemic' creates a distorted image of the reality on the ground, according to new research undertaken by the Institute of Race Relations.

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Apr 30 2009

Free anti-racist training workshops for community groups

The IRR is running a series of training workshops for community groups.

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Jul 3 2008

Campaigners for an academic boycott of Israel analyse Europe’s complicity

In the latest issue of the IRR's journal Race & Class, Hilary Rose and Steven Rose ask why and how a small Middle Eastern country has successfully positioned itself as 'European', even though it is in breach of Europe's humanitarian conventions and condemned by many UN resolutions.

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Jul 12 2006

What next for Europe’s boat people?

As EU leaders and their North African counterparts host a series of immigration summits, the European Race Bulletin seeks to establish what is really going on behind the scenes.

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Aug 25 2005

Deporting Muslim clerics: lessons from Europe

The proposal, to deport Muslim clerics whose words foment violence or glorify terrorism (as indicated by Blair) is already being applied in other European countries. A report by the Institute of Race Relations on 'the Integration Debate' in Europe shows how deportations for 'speech crimes' has set back community relations and led to serious human rights violations.

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Apr 11 2005

Election deportation targets put lives at risk

In the run-up to the election, the Conservative Party is proposing to remove all asylum seekers who exceed an annual quota of 20,000, whether or not their claims are valid. The Labour government has already set a target to deport more people each month than make new claims for asylum that go on to be rejected. Both policies are part of a 'target culture' which, when applied to asylum seekers, results in a clear and shameful pattern of human rights violations, according to a new report by the Institute of Race Relations (IRR).

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Oct 6 2004

Marking Black History

To mark Black History Month, the Institute of Race Relations has published a Black History section - including personal memoirs of Paul Robeson, W.E.B. Du Bois and Ed Scobie.

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Oct 4 2004

Death trap: the human cost of the war on asylum

The IRR publishes today a roll call of death of the 180 asylum seekers and undocumented migrants who have died either in the UK or attempting to reach the UK in the past fifteen years.

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Sep 2 2004

New study highlights discrimination in use of anti-terror laws

The Institute of Race Relations publishes today a catalogue that details how hundreds of Muslims have been arrested under terrorism powers before being released without charge; how the special powers granted by parliament to tackle terrorism are being deployed in other spheres, such as in routine criminal investigations or in the policing of immigration; how the media have become 'embedded' in a process that leads to the stigmatisation of Muslims as terrorists.

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Jul 26 2004

Failing the vulnerable: the death of ten asylum seekers and other foreign nationals in UK detention

The self-inflicted death of a Ukrainian asylum seeker at Harmondsworth removal centre on 19 July would have gone unnoticed if it had not been for the subsequent eruption of large-scale violence forcing the closure of the centre and the dispersal of detainees to other detention centres and prisons.

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Jul 29 2003

The other asylum statistics

Governments count the numbers coming in. But who counts the numbers that do not make it?

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Aug 14 2002

No appeasement for the extreme-Right

Stunning successes for European extreme-Right and anti-immigrant parties, particularly in France and the Netherlands, have shocked mainstream political parties and led to a vigorous debate about what should be done.