European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)


Council of Europe Anti-Racism Commission to prepare report on Portugal

Strasbourg, 09.10.2012 - A delegation of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) visited Portugal from 24 to 28 September 2012 as the first step in the preparation of a monitoring report. During its visit, ECRI´s delegation gathered information on the implementation of the recommendations it made to the authorities in its 2007 report and discussed new issues that have emerged since.

The delegation held meetings in Lisbon and Setúbal with representatives of all relevant ministries and other competent authorities, independent experts and NGOs.

Following this visit, ECRI will adopt a report to be published in 2013 in which it will make a fresh set of recommendations on measures to be taken by the authorities to address racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance in the country. Among these, three will be revisited in two years’ time as part of an interim follow-up procedure.

In its 2007 report, ECRI highlighted the following concerns: dysfunctions in the racial discrimination complaints procedure; the social exclusion suffered by Roma communities and difficulties in their relations with the majority population, the local authorities and the police; and problems with the integration of immigrants.

ECRI is a human rights body of the Council of Europe, composed of independent experts, which monitors problems of racism, discrimination on grounds of ethnic origin, citizenship, colour, religion and language (racial discrimination), as well as xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance, prepares reports and issues recommendations to member States.

For more information on ECRI: www.coe.int/ecri

Link to the 2007 ECRI report on Portugal

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