How the pack began and was developed

The pack was compiled by the UK Race and Europe Network (UKREN) and was initially funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and was subsequently mostly funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG). Established in 1996, UKREN is a UK-wide network representing over 170 organizations, predominantly in the voluntary, non-governmental and community sectors. An essential purpose of the network is to empower community organizations by keeping them informed of European anti-discrimination legislation, and of new debates, developments and projects at European levels that are relevant to their work.

In recent years UKREN has increasingly been concerned with individuals and communities affected by discrimination not only on grounds of ethnicity and race but also on grounds of religion or belief. It wishes in this connection to engage with individuals and communities in ways that ensure their full involvement in mainstream active citizenship. It is hosted for administrative purposes by the Runnymede Trust, whose ground-breaking report Islamophobia: a challenge for us all was published in 1997, and maintains a formal relationship with the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) based in Brussels, acting as its UK co-ordinator.

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