We regret to inform you that the co-founders of ICARE.TO, Suzette Bronkhorst and Ronald Eissens, both passed away in 2021.
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Internet Centre Anti Racism Europe
Objectives & Philosophy
I CARE is a virtual network to support and to be used by those who are committed to improve
universal human rights standards and particularly non - discrimination principles.
I CARE's main role is to provide services adapted to the needs of NGOs and to European civil society in
I CARE will focus on all European countries, it is an open structure which means that everybody is free
Those who participate in I CARE will use it as they consider appropriate: by receiving
information, expressing views, sharing experiences, creating partnerships, etc.
I CARE's secretariat will monitor all contributions in order to be in line with universally recognised
human rights standards.
UNITED for Intercultural Action, an European network
which has over 550 organisations from 49 European countries cooperating together for the rights of
refugees and migrants and to combat racism, nationalism and discrimination.
Magenta, Complaints Bureau for Discrimination on Internet. The Magenta foundation combats
discrimination on and through the Internet.
I CARE started on October 1, 1999 as a cooperation project of United
and Magenta. We wanted to create a portal for anti-racism on Internet.
Although the Internet opened-up the possibilities for collaboration
with organisations worldwide, we decided to focus on Europe, as both
founding organisations basically work within an European context and
because specific aspects of racism are still very much related to In
Real Life culture, policies and practices. In September 2005 ICARE
became a Magenta Foundation-only project.
Whenever actions or special events relating to anti racism took place in Europe we tried to be on the
scene, reporting on the website and by email and supporting groups with technical advice and webspace.
Archived pages by stichtingmagenta.nl
- February 2000. I CARE was the first news source to report in English and French on events
taking place in Austria after the FPÖ became member of the Austrian government.
- March 2000. Reports on the International action week against racism.
- April 2000. Opening of the European Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia in Vienna.
- March 2001. Reports on the International action week against racism.
- The UN World Conference Against Racism and the preparatory process.
preparation for the WCAR the Council of Europe organised a preparatory
conference for Europe in Strasbourg. Although participation of NGOs was
sought, only a fraction of Europe's NGO's would be able to participate
in the forum or the conference. In addition, there were many
individuals - especially in Eastern & Central Europe or on the move
throughout Europe - for whom participation was impossible. We wanted to
make real participation a virtual reality.
I CARE started a discussion list for organisations and individuals who
wanted to get involved.
At the same time on the website all relevant documents and policy
papers were published.
During the preparatory conference in Strasbourg we organised the
InterConference: an international team of
technicians, chat session moderators, translators and reporters issued
live reports on the conference; led
chat sessions between web contributors and conference participants and
interjected feed-back from web
participants directly into the conference, creating an interactive
channel between policy makers and
people who deal with racism and discrimination on a daily basis.
- May 28 - June 4, 2000. European Youth Preparation Ready! Steady! Go! in Strasbourg
for the UN World Conference Against Racism in 2001.
- August 4-12, 2000. Expo 2000 Hannover, Germany: International Youth Forum against Racism.
- October 9-13, 2000. The InterConference at the forum of NGO's and the European Preparatory
Conference All Different, All Equal: From Principle to Practice intergovernmental conference in Strasbourg.
in 2000, at the Palace des Nations, the UN headquarters in Geneva,
preparatory meetings for the WCAR (PrepComs) were held by the UN Human
Rights Commission. Once again I CARE reported on the web and through
To help strengthen the network, we created caucus pages on I CARE on
which every caucus could have their information published.
The International Steering Committee, coordinating the NGO Forum in
Durban, had their own mailing list,
facilitated by I CARE.
- May 21 - June 1, 2001. Live reports from the 2nd PrepCom meeting in Geneva.
- July 30 - August 10, 2001. Live reports from the 3rd PrepCom meeting in Geneva.
As time progressed, the UN-discussion list at I CARE had around a 1000 NGOs from around
the world discussing and exchanging information.
- On August 25, 2001 the I CARE International News team arrived in Durban,
Reporting in English, French and Spanish.