European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

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

Strasbourg, 24.03.2014 - A delegation of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) visited Greece from 9 to 14 March 2014 as the first step in the preparation of a monitoring report. During its visit, ECRIs delegation gathered information on legislation, hate speech, violence, integration policies, political extremism, the situation of irregular migrants and LGBT issues.

The delegation held meetings in Athens with representatives of the government, local authorities, independent bodies and NGOs.

Following this visit, ECRI will adopt a report to be published in 2015 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, two will be revisited in two years’ time as part of an interim follow-up procedure.

In its 2009 report, ECRI highlighted, amongst other issues: (i) the lack of national campaigns to raise awareness against racism and (ii) the need to ensure the punishment of hate crimes and racist discrimination in policing. ECRI recommended that the latter should be done by encouraging the reporting of racist crimes and their prosecution, and by reinforcing human rights training for the police.

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 Greece

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