European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

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

Strasbourg, 25 March 2013 - A delegation of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) visited Germany from 11 to 15 March 2013 as the first step in the preparation of a monitoring report. During its visit, ECRI´s delegation gathered information on legislation, hate speech, violence, integration policies, LGBT questions and other issues.

The delegation held meetings in Berlin and Potsdam with representatives of the federal Parliament, federal-government and independent administrative authorities, some Länder and some municipalities, as well as NGOs and other civil society stakeholders.

Following this visit, ECRI will adopt a report to be published in 2014, in which it will make a fresh set of recommendations on measures to be taken by the authorities to address racism, discrimination, xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance in the country. Among these, two will be revisited in two years’ time as part of an interim follow-up procedure.

In its 2009 report, ECRI highlighted, inter alia, the following concerns: non-ratification of Protocol No. 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights which extends the application of the principle of non-discrimination; lack of a specific provision in the Criminal Code considering racist motivation as an aggravating circumstance; inadequacy of the financial and human resources of the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency; and the funding of political parties and other organisations which resort to racist, xenophobic and antisemitic actions and propaganda.

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:

Link to the 2009 ECRI report on Germany

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Council of Europe Directorate of Communication
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