RED Network Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance
Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.
The RED (Rights Equality and Diversity) Network aims at combating
racism, xenophobia and intolerance by creating an early-warning system
on racism and discrimination situation in the EU Member States, as well
as on law and policies against discrimination racist violence, hate
speech and stereotypes, thus aiming at social integration and equality
The RED Network, is an independent research network composed of 27 Research and Civil Society Organisations in 20 Member States. It perceives itself as a scientific ‘watchdog’ and a reliable source of information.
The general aim of the RED network - and as a consequence its major contribution - is to address the gaps in the current socio-political state of research regarding the support of timely and effective policy responses to the issues of racism, discrimination and integration of socially marginalized minorities.
An efficient and constant process of monitoring and reporting on racist violence and attitudes, discrimination and processes of (dis)integration at a national level will contribute to improve a comparative EU wide approach to these phenomena.
In particular, the RED Network of research and the RED early-warning system will aim to:
- promoting understanding of how racism and discrimination grows and develops by recording, analyzing and interpreting racist and discriminatory stereotypes, rhetoric, as well as the pervasiveness and transformation of these phenomena;
- fighting, debunkering and breaking therefore the vicious circle of fear, misunderstandings and unrespectful attitudes, actions and speech present in the EU public spheres, through showing their negative consequences for social cohesion and inclusion;
- promoting a better cross-community understanding, which helps to counter these negative developments in cooperation with expert (media) and the general public.
How it works
The RED Network Objectives will be pursued mainly through a dynamic and
interactive RED early-warning system web portal based on a comparative
on line tool – the “Atlas of racism” – which will be able to provide
real-time, basic, straight-forward but also customized in depth
information on racism, discriminatory situations, emerging trends and
stereotypes in the national and EU public sphere, accessible to both
expert and general publics.
Moreover, the dissemination of its comparative results and outcomes will contribute to rise awareness on RED issues among experts, civil society, media and general publics on a national and EU level.
- RED Network system design and guidelines;
- RED web portal (launch) + 2 Training seminars for 20-30 participants to learn to use its tools;
- RED web portal Atlas of Racism & Discrimination (launch) and online librar;
- 2 RED Atlas (Annual) Reports (2011, 2012); RED Atlas Reporting; RED Breaking news reporting;
- RED System/Atlas Launch conference and public events;
- RED Atlas web portal user awareness;
- follow-up and communication support of the
RED Atlas impact;
- set up and update of RED contact database.
The RED Network partners assume that the major effort to fund the RED
system is to work on a robust
comparative methodology, concepts and definitions, and to set up the
network and its e-tools, evaluated in terms of its communicative power and
Governments, researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders, media
professionals, students, civil society and the general public will be
the direct beneficiaries of the coordinated activities by RED network.
The interactive and comparative on-line tool provided by the RED network
will provide reliable up-to-date and real-time information and research
findings on current situations regarding racism and discrimination on a
national, regional and local level.
The area of fundamental rights and of the protection of migrants and minorities will also benefit greatly from the formation of an independent pool of academic research and experiences of practical work on the phenomena of racism, anti-semitism, Islamophobia and related intolerance, gained in each EU Member State and closely linked to civil society.
Source of funding
EU Funding JLS/2009-2010/FRAC/AG, DG JFS.
i-RED, Institute for Rights Equality & Diversity, Athens - Greece.
The RED network is composed of 27 research partner organizations from 20 Member States of the European Union. However, only 17 managed to be part of the current project:
- Ludwig Boltzmann Association - Institute of Human Rights (BMI) – Austria;
- Symfiliosi – Cyprus;
- Centre d’Etudes des Discriminations, du Racisme et de l’Antisémitisme (CEDRA) – France;
- European Forum For Migration Studies (EFMS) – Germany;
- Movement for Peace, Disarmament and Liberty (MPDL) – Spain;
- Fundaţia Centrul de Resurse Juridice / Center for Legal Resources Foundation – Romania;
- EWORX S.A. – Greece;
- Númena - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Centre – Portugal;
- Foundation Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) – Poland;
- Finnish League for Human Rights – Finland;
- Institute for Legal Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Hungary;
- Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) – Ireland;
- Peace Institute - Institute for Contemporary Social and Political Studies – Slovenia;
- Center for the Study of Democracy – Bulgaria;
- Documentation and Advisory Center on Racial Discrimination – Denmark
- Initiatives and Study on Multiethnicity Foundation (ISMU Foundation) – Ital;
- Centre Against Racism - Sweden.
i-RED: Miltos Pavlou, email@example.com
Ismu Foundation: Veronica Riniolo, firstname.lastname@example.org