Round Table of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)
Istanbul, 14 June 2005
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In the framework of its Programme of Action on Relations with Civil Society, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), the Council of Europe's expert body on combating racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and intolerance, will organise a round-table meeting in Istanbul on 14 June 2005.

ECRIs recent report on Turkey (see press release 068f05), the legislative and institutional framework for combating racism and racial discrimination in Turkey, the situation of vulnerable groups and the situation refugees and asylum seekers in Turkey will be at the centre of the debates.

Beginning at 9.30 on Tuesday 14 June in "Galatasaray Lisesi", the meeting will be open to the press.

ECRI's report on Turkey
ECRI released a new report examining racism, xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance in Turkey.
ECRI recognises that positive developments have occurred in Turkey. At the same time, however, the reports detail continuing grounds for concern for the Commission:
Despite the reforms, there are still some gaps in the constitution and in criminal, civil and administrative laws as regards action against racism and racial discrimination. There is still room for improvement in the matter of religious freedom, in particular as regards removing the reference to religion on identity cards and abolishing compulsory religious education in schools. No sanctions have been taken against intolerant expressions and acts directed at minority groups by sections of the media and members of the public and there is still no national specialised body to combat racism and intolerance.
Full text of ECRI's report on Turkey

Briefing paper
  see also
Theme file ''Combating racism''
Heike Klempa,
ECRI Secretariat,
Tel: +33 3 90 21 51 55
Mobile: +33 6 25 02 55 81 Seyfi Tashan
Council of Europe Press Correspondent for Turkey , Mobile : +90 542 215 41 94
  reference website