ECRI is entrusted with the task of combating racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance in greater Europe
from the perspective of the protection of human rights, in the light of the European Convention on Human Rights, its additional protocols and related case-law (Article 1 of ECRIís Statute).
ECRI is a human rights body of the Council of Europe, composed of independent experts, which monitors problems of racism, discrimination
on grounds such as ethnic origin, citizenship, colour, religion and language, as well as xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance; it prepares reports and issues recommendations to member States.
The fundamental goal of the Action Plan 2006-2015 of the Council of
Europe is to help member states reinforce anti-discriminatory and human
rights measures to enhance equal opportunities and independence of
people with disabilities
and guarantee their freedom of choice, full citizenship, active participation in the life of the community and improve their quality of life.
Inclusion can become a reality only if people live in an accessible built environment and are able to take advantage of non-discriminatory means of transport and community-based services geared to their needs and if they have access to the legal, judicial and administrative systems.
2011 saw a renewed focus on issues concerning Roma issues at the Council of Europe with the creation of a dedicated transversal team for Roma issues. This structure acts as a hub bringing together the different projects on Roma being undertaken at the Council of Europe following the high level meeting on Roma.
It also builds on the work carried out and results achieved by the Council of Europe in this field, in particular over the past 15 years.