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Magenta Foundation (administrator of I-CARE: Internet Centre Anti Racism Europe)

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Country/TerritoryNetherlands
Websitewww.magenta.nl/english/
Founded1992
In their own words"Magenta is a foundation that combats racism, fascism and other forms of discrimination, since 1997 mainly on and through the Internet…"; the group was "founded in 1992 after the violent racist attacks on migrants in Germany."

Funding

Lists 2013 donors as: Open Society Foundations, OSCE, and the Fondation Verbe et Lumiere-Vigilance (latest available; accessed October 18, 2016).

Activities

Projects include the ‘‘Don’t vote for racism train’‘ campaign during the 1994 Dutch parliamentary elections; the “first on-line sailing educational project for students and public debates on Dam square in Amsterdam”; and the founding, in 1997, of the Complaints Bureau for Discrimination on the Internet (MDI).

Statement on the Durban Review Conference 2009: Magenta, in cooperation with the Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights, published a January 2008 “Statement of Core Principles for WCAR [UN World Conference against Racism] Follow up“,  expressing the need for a corrective movement to reverse the damage of Durban I and reassert the universality of human rights;  signatories include Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR), Human Rights First, and UN Watch.

Magenta’s I-CARE website: Magenta runs I-CARE, “the Internet Centre Anti Racism Europe”, a web-portal featuring discussions and live reports on antiracism activities, mainly within Europe.  ICARE reported from the 2001 UN World Conference on Racism in Durban, offering critical appraisal of the conference — which included the judgment “that racism was allowed to run rampant” and that “[w]hat happened in Durban [in 2000] should never happen again.”; the website continues to track developments regarding the Durban Review Conference 2009.

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