Call For A Strong Message Against Racism - 8. June 2020

Call for a strong message from the European Commission against racism

Following the murder of George Floyd by four Minneapolis police officers, we call on the European Commission to send an official statement to US President Donald Trump condemning racist violence and, in particular, his threat to use the military against protesters. We call for guarantees of the following rights for all US citizens:

  • the right to life
  • the right to freedom of expression
  • right to freedom of assembly

At the same time, there has also been an increase in racist violence by the authorities in Europe (in April, police officers in Belgium and France killed people from Africa), and we call on the European Commission to take the following measures:

  • acknowledge and condemn the brutal violence employed by police forces in the European Union
  • implement the European Parliament resolution on the fundamental rights of people of African descent
  • develop an EU framework for national strategies on the social inclusion of ethnic minorities
  • call on the Council to end the impasse blocking the horizontal anti-discrimination directive
  • convene a European anti-racism summit to combat structural discrimination in Europe.

To the original letter

» We urgently need closer integration of the Western Balkan countries and the EU, and one step for this would be tearing down roaming barriers «

- Thomas Waitz in am 2022-11-23