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BEWC representation at international conferences in March 2011

21.04.2011 BEWC representation at international conferences in March 2011
1. Three BEWC board members at UN Conference in Geneva
In the context of the International Year for People of African Descent BEWC Board Suzanne Mbiye Diku attended, on behalf of BEWC, the thematic discussion on ‘Racial Discrimination against People of African Descent’. The discussion took place on 7 March 2011 in a plenary meeting at the United Nations Office in Geneva.
BEWC Contribution to UN CERD Conference By Suzanne Diku Mbiye.pdf

Suzanne Mbiye Diku at the UN Conference in Geneva, March 2011 photo Glender Loebell-Raya

Barryl A. Biekman of Tiye International also participated in the CERD thematic discussion on ’Racial Discrimination against People of African Descent. (See attached presentation of Barryl A. Biekman and a letter of Dr. U. Rosenthal Minister of Foreign Affairs Netherlands to Mrs. Drs. Barryl Biekman; English translation on page 3)

Tiye's intervention letter to Dutsch Ministry.pdf

Glenda Loebell-Ryan
– SOS Rassismus Deutschschweiz was also present at the conference and we say thank you Glenda for sharing the about picture with us. Also Glenda has a new facebook page! Thanks Glenda for sending us this information!    View SOS Racism    Facebook Site: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Zürich-Switzerland/sos-rassismus-deutschschweiz/132855526786026

2. Transatlantic conference on minority political leadership, Brussels
A delegation of BEWC members and board members including Adrianne Georges and Salome Mbugua attended the third conference on transatlantic conference on minority political leadership organised by the European parliament and the Helsinki Commission in Brussels on March 24th 2011.

3. World Diversity Leadersdhip Summit 2011
Benedicta Attoh (BEWC) is currently relocating from Ireland to Nigeria. We are glad that she took part in the WDLS 2011.

Tiye International Position Paper - CSW session 2011 in New York. This paper was sent to the CSW UN on 20 February 2011. (See position paper attached to newsletter)

WDLS – AFRA has successfully conducted its 2nd World Diversity Leadership Summit (WDLS) held on 24 -25 March 2011 in Vienna, Austria. For detailed information see WDLS website: http://www.wdls.eu/

BEWC Wikipedia online:
We are happy to announce that we created a wikipedia entry on the BEWC. The site will be available online in a couple of days. Please let us know if you have any remarks, suggestions or additional informations. E-Mail: info@bewnet.eu

OSCE/ODIHR make joint statement on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

21.04.2011 STRASBOURG, VIENNA, WARSAW 21 March 2011 – In a joint statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Nils Muiznieks, Chair of the Council of Europe’s European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI); Morten Kjaerum, Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA); and Janez Lenarčič, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), strongly condemned manifestations of racism and related intolerance.

European Commission calls on Member States to set national strategies for Roma integration

21.04.2011 Europe's 10-12 million Roma continue to face discrimination, exclusion and the denial of their rights, while governments lose out on increased revenue and productivity because potential talent could go wasted. Better economic and social integration is an imperative – but to be effective, concerted action is needed at all levels to address the multiple causes of exclusion. The European Commission is therefore today putting forward a European Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies. This EU Framework will help guide national Roma policies and mobilise funds available at EU level to support inclusion efforts.



EWL welcomes EP demand for an EU strategy on violence against women

21.04.2011 On the 5th of April, the European Parliament today adopted the report on ‘priorities and outline of a new EU policy framework to fight violence against women’, drafted by MEP Eva-Britt Svensson. The EWL (European Women’s Lobby) warmly welcomes this vote, which demonstrates the common concerns of the members of the European Parliament to combat this pervasive human rights violation. The report is a very strong political document which highlights the need for an EU action against all forms of violence against women, including prostitution. http://www.womenlobby.org/spip.php?article1441&lang=en

Highs winds leave migrants stranded on Lampedusa

21.04.2011 High winds blocked ferries from taking migrants away Saturday from a tiny Italian island in the Mediterranean, frustrating the mostly Tunisian refugees who have been protesting about a lack of food, water and shelter. About 3,500 Tunisians, many whom have been sleeping for days on the dockside, were waiting on Lampedusa, an island between Sicily and Tunisia, to be transferred to holding centers on the Italian mainland. In early evening, "despite strong winds and adverse sea conditions," an Italian naval ship, the San Marco, was transferring 500 migrants to a holding center near Naples, the premier's office said.
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