Tonight, the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement – EGAM has conducted, simultaneously in 7 countries throughout the continent, the European Testing* Night to fight racial discrimination in nightlife places.
The action has shown the violent state-of-the-art of racial discrimination in Europe today : one fourth of Arab, Roma, Black,… individuals living in Europe cannot have access to nightlife places because the color of their skin.
Paris, May the 10th, 2014,
The civil society is mobilized on the ground to fight for equality
The Testing campaign has been conducted in 7 countries simultaneously : Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Kosovo, Montenegro, Slovenia,…
In one fourth of the cases, Arab, Roma, Black, people were not allowed to enter while their White counterparts were.
Civil society activists throughout the continent have shown their strong attachment to the value of equality. When it comes to promote the fundamental European values, citizens act with solidarity, showing why and how to be together in Europe.
The danger of far right and abstention for the European elections
This very violent situation does not come by chance, but it is the result of the increasing influence far right parties have had for years in Europe, which brings along with it racist discourse, acceptance of racist acts and racial discrimination.
Therefore it is important to prevent these parties from entering the European parliament and from benefiting of an increased influence.
Citizens need to go to the polls for the European elections and vote for democratic parties, and these parties need to get involved very clearly and very effectively for democracy and its democratic values.
Contact person :
Benjamin Abtan, President of the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement – EGAM
Cellphone : +33 7 60 83 20 80 / @ : email@example.com
*The Testing is a scientific tool elaborated in US universities in the 60s, used as an activist and political tool by the Civil Rights Movement to fight segregation and racial discrimination. Some 20 years ago, European antiracist movements started to use. It is now recognized as legal evidence of racial discrimination in criminal courts in numerous European countries.
2014 European Testing Campaign on nightlife places – Main results figures and contact people
|Country||Discriminationtested||Cities||%age of“positive” tests||Organization||Contact person||Contact details|
|Austria||Arabs/Turkish/Black||Vienna||25%||ZARA||Tamara Freudemannfirstname.lastname@example.org+43/ 650 5535544|
|Bulgaria||Roma||Veliko Tarnovo||33%||Amalipe Centre||Romelia Mihtievaemail@example.com+359 882 563 889|
|Czech Republic||Roma||Ustí nad Labem||50%||Konexe||Miroslav Broz||+42 077 46 28 692MiroslavBroz@ceznam.cz|
|France||Black, Arabs||Paris, Avignon||20%||SOS Racisme||Etienne Allais||+33 6 73 28 96 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Italy||Black, East European||Rome||0%||SOS Razzismo||Angela Scalzo||Angela- +39 3386833245Angela- email@example.com|
|Kosovo||Roma||Pristina||0%||Youth Initiative for Human Rights||Edona Tolaj||+377 44 860 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Montenegro||Roma||Podgorica||25%||Civic Alliance||Edin Koljenovic||+382 69 521 email@example.com|
|Total number of tests which have shown discrimination||1/4|