Anti-Racism Election Protocol (AREP)
What is AREP?
The Anti-Racism Election Protocol (AREP) was originally developed in 2001 by the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism (NCCRI) in partnership with all political parties. Since then AREP has played an important role in ensuring that elections have been conducted in such a way that they do not incite hatred or prejudice on the grounds of:
- ‘race’ (skin colour, nationality, ethnicity),
- religious belief
- membership of the Traveller Community.
The above categories are the ones relevant to racism as defined in the Equal Status Acts (2000-2015) and the Employment Equality Acts (1998-2015).
You can see the full text of the AREP 2019 by clicking the button below.
Who are AREP’s Endorsers?
Throughout the years (see below) political parties that have already endorsed the protocol included:
- Fine Gael
- Sinn Féin
- Fianna Fail
- Labour Party
- The Social Democrats
- Green Party
- People Before Profit
- Independents for Change
- The Workers’ Party
- Socialist Party
- The AREP has also been signed by many individual and independent candidates. See the endorsers of AREP 20
Since 2011, before elections, Irish Network Against Racism (INAR) has been inviting political parties and individual candidates to demonstrate their commitment to anti-racism by signing up to AREP as the declaration of their support and endorsement of the protocol. So far three AREP campaigns have been organised in 2011, 2014 and 2019. See the signatories below.