About arep 2020
The Anti-Racism Election Protocol has played an important role since 2001 in ensuring that elections have been conducted in such a way that they do not incite hatred or prejudice on the grounds of ‘race’, colour, nationality or ethnic origin, religious belief and membership of the Traveller Community.
Political parties that have previously endorsed the Protocol included: Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin, Labour, Solidarity-PBP, the Green Party and the Workers’ Party. Many independents and individual candidates have signed it too. You can see all the signatories of the previous AREP 19 here.
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endorse the Anti-racism Election Protocol 2020
To sign up, follow these 6 steps:
- Download and read the Protocol here or read it below.
- Send an email from your Party General Secretary/ authorised person/ yourself (in case of individual candidates) confirming that you are endorsing the protocol to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note we do not need the signed copy of the protocol – an email confirmation from an aurhorised person’s email account is sufficient. Attach your logo (hi-res version preferably).
- If you wish to sign up a group of candidates please provide the following details for each person: name/constituency/political affilaition/email.
- Circulate the signed Protocol among your party members and canvassers informing them that the party has signed it.
- Display the signed protocol on your website and social media with a hashtag #AREP20 to inform the public you/your Party is committed to anti-racism.
- We will add your/ your Party name and logo (where applicable) to the list of the AREP 20 endorsers and re-tweet/re-post your AREP 20 – related Facebook posts and Tweets to promote your commitment. to anti-racism.
INAR invites political representatives to demonstrate their commitment to anti-racism by signing the below declaration as an indication of their support and endorsement of the Protocol.
Anti-racism election PROTOCOL 2020
DECLARATION OF INTENT BY POLITICAL PARTIES AND/OR INDEPENDENT AND INDIVIDUAL CANDIDATES:
As a candidate/authorised rep of a political party in the 2020 General Election, I agree:
- To send a consistent and clear message to my constituents that I reject racism and all forms of discrimination and hate speech.
- To condemn any campaign materials or statements that may incite hatred or express prejudice on the grounds of ‘race’, colour, nationality or origin, ethnic background, religious belief, or membership of the Traveller Community.
- To guarantee that when engaging in ongoing debate in relation to groups which are the potential targets of racism, including asylum seekers, refugees, migrants, people of African or Asian origin, people of Jewish faith, Muslims, Roma and Travellers, my contribution to such debate is conducted in a responsible way and with respect for the dignity and rights of all members of the human race.
- To use appropriate and inclusive language and words when referring to people of different ethnic and religious backgrounds, in order to avoid stereotyping, prejudice or confusion.
- To endeavour to use images in my election material that reflects the diversity of our society.
- To inform all of my political campaigners about the intent and contents of this Protocol.
- To inform my/our constituents that I have signed up to this Protocol.
What do we understand as hate speech?
By signing the protocol the signatories of the AREP 20 commit to the terms of the Protocol and to refrain from using this kind of rethoric during the General Election 2020 and afterwords.
insulting overgeneralising statements
denying/grossly trivialising historical events
calling for limiting the rights
calling for violent acts
calling for the murder/annihilation
Organise your local #arep20 event
During the AREP 20 campaign, apart from the national launch in Dublin, local and online events were organised in Galway, Laois, Donegal, Limerick and the Fingal area (see below images).
If you’d like to organise your local AREP20 launch click here for more information.
Did your candidate sign the AREP 20?
We are encouraging constituents to ask canvassing politicians if they have committed to the Anti-racism Election Protocol 2020.
Did your candidate breach the terms of the AREP20 ?
Get in touch with INAR (via email, Facebook or Twitter) if you believe that a candidate/politician who has committed to the Anti-racism Election Protocol 2020 breached its terms.