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The Greek RAXEN partners HLHR-KEMO (Hellenic League for Human Rights – Research Center for Minority Groups) under the leadership of i-RED (Institute for Rights Equality & Diversity), coordinate the Network on Rights Equality & Diversity (RED network), which aims to cooperate in socio-legal and socio-economic research, by exchanging views and methods and by participating in joint research on Racism, Discrimination, Migration and Minority and Excluded Groups’ Rights.

The RED network is composed of 23 research partner organisations from 20 member States of the European Union. The partners have a long standing research experience on racism, discrimination, migrants and minorities in Europe. Most of them are contractors of the RAXEN program of the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA).

The general aim of the RED network - and as a consequence its major contribution - is to address the lacunes in the current socio-political state of research and with regard to timely and effective policy response to the issues of racism, discrimination and integration of social minorities. It aims at achieving these objectives through the added value and increased impact of research synergy and unification of forces in dissemination and exchange of research results and policy debates. The RED network is a response to the need to build intra-disciplinary partnerships in order to achieve a unitary view on relevant current social phenomena.

The main pillar and major benefit of such endeavour is the building of an early-warning system on racism, discrimination and social minorities’ integration at national and EU wide level, which will provide a sound basis for the early, informed and therefore effective and successful design and implementation of policies.

This is crucial in modern European times of heavy economic crisis and awakening of far-right reflexes in the political spectrum and public attitudes in most countries and areas of the continent.

Intended impact of the RED network:
•  The RED network aims at undertaking a much needed scientific ‘watchdog’ role in signaling emergency developing situations and novel social phenomena through its holistic, well documented and cross-cut approach, in each Member-State and in the European society as a whole.
•   The two-fold approach of a combined scientific and public outreach role in modern European and national realities aims to function as a gamechanger in today’s low-impact public policy and low interest public and scientific discussion regarding the respect of fundamental rights and phenomena of racism and discrimination.
•  The RED network therefore, aims at influencing public and policy perceptions, design and management of such phenomena and current situation, by producing national & EU-wide reliable, in depth and actual research, and by influencing national & EU policies and public domain.
•  Ultimately, the RED network aims at filling the gap of a continuous monitoring and alert mechanism on racism and discrimination, by observing developing situations and alarming trends in selected EU countries and regional realities, through real time data collection, national networking, public intervention and focused research.
•  The building of a much needed ‘early-warning’ system of alert on racism, discrimination and social minorities’ integration at national and EU wide level, is at the more concrete and the core intervention of the RED network.
•  The products and results of the RED early warning/alert system benefit greatly the early, informed and therefore effective and successful design and implementation of policies, while they are straight forward and directly perceivable by the wide public achieving a multiple impact in the national and EU public democratic sphere.
•  The background objective of the RED network activity is to provide a two-fold intervention through interdisciplinary scientific research and public intervention and awareness.
•  The establishment of a broad and interdisciplinary social science - socio-legal & socio-economic – research network in order to enhance cooperation and promote a holistic and unitary view on the phenomena of racism and discrimination, as well as on migrants’ and minorities’ rights and situation in the Member States and in the European Union.
•  The RED network pursues these objective through production and public dissemination of an EU-wide report and related national public conferences and workshops, joint statements, activities and initiatives on racism, discrimination and integration.

The RED network serves as an open platform for interaction, data comparison among experts, academic and civil society organisations contributing to a more comprehensive, well documented and exhaustive overview and monitoring of the socio-economic and socio-political situation regarding rights of distinct social groups and minorities in each Member State and in the European Union. It is possible for any interested country and organisation active in the protection of fundamental rights to join the RED network’s Actions. It is the first time such an independent scientific network is being attempted on an EU-wide scale in the area of racism, discrimination and equality of participation (integration) and it is the first time it is done with the two-fold objective to enhance and support both scientific research production and its public socio-political impact and visibility, aiming at improving the situation regarding human rights respect and protection in modern Europe.

The RED network founding partners are:

Greece (coordinator) - Institute for Rights Equality & Diversity (i-RED) / Hellenic League for Human Rights - Research Centre for Minority Groups (HLHR-KEMO)

Austria - Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights / ZARA (Zivilcourage und Anti-Rassismus-Arbeit)

Bulgaria - Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD)

Cyprus - Symfiliosi

Czech Republic - People In Need (PIN)

Denmark - Documentation and Advisory Centre on Racial Discrimination (DACoRD)

Finland - Finnish League for Human Rights

France - Centre d'Etudes des Discriminations, du Racisme et de l'Antisémitisme  (CEDRA)

Germany - European Forum for Migration Studies (EFMS) - Institute at the University of Bamberg

Hungary - Institute for Legal Studies / Institute for Minority Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Ireland - National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism (NCCRI)

Latvia - Latvian Centre for Human Rights (LCHR)Lithuania - Institute for Social Research (ISR) / Centre of Ethnic Studies of the Institute for Social Research

Netherlands - Art. 1

Portugal - Númena - Research center on human and social sciences

Romania - Centre for Legal Resources (CLR)

Slovakia - Center for the Research of Ethnicity and Culture (CVEK)

Spain - Movement for Peace and Liberty  (MPDL)

Sweden - Centre Against Racism

United Kingdom -  CRED

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