European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)


64th plenary meeting of the Council of Europe’s Anti-Racism Commission (17-20 June 2014)

Strasbourg, 23 June 2014 – The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) held its 64th plenary meeting in Strasbourg on 17-20 June 2014.

On the first day of the meeting, ECRI held an exchange of views with Mr Dean Spielmann, President of the European Court of Human Rights. ECRI’s Chair, Mr Christian Ǻhlund, welcomed Mr Spielmann, who was accompanied by the Court’s Registrar, Mr Erik Fribergh, by thanking Europe’s leading judicial authority for the guidance its case law provides and by stressing the mutually enriching relationship between the two bodies. The various ways in which ECRI’s work contributes to the Court’s examination of cases concerning racism and discrimination was one of the many issues discussed.

Later on in the week, ECRI held a session with the three Personal Representatives on tolerance and non-discrimination of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office1 on the respective fields of work and procedures for drawing up country reports. Combating hate speech was considered to be an area where coordinated activities and the sharing of best practices could be extremely beneficial.

ECRI was also visited by the Chairman of the United Nations Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, Ambassador Mohamed-Siad Doualeh, who emphasised the value of ECRI’s contribution to “a multi-stakeholder approach” against racism and intolerance.

As in every other plenary meeting, ECRI examined a number of country-monitoring reports. It continued its work with a view to developing policy guidelines on the fight against hate speech and the treatment of persons with irregular migration status. Finally, it was provided by the representative of Mexico with information on the launching of her country’s National Programme for Equality and Non-Discrimination 2014-2018.

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

For more information on ECRI: www.coe.int/ecri
For more information on ECHR: www.echr.coe.int
For more information on the WG on the Implementation of the Durban Declaration: www.ohchr.org
For more information on OSCE: www.osce.org
For more information on the Mexican Council to Prevent Discrimination: www.conapred.org.mx

Press contact: Stefano Valenti, Tel: +33 (0)3 90 21 43 28, stefano.valenti@coe.int

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1. Mr Alexey Avtonomov, Personal Representative on combating racism, xenophobia and discrimination, also focusing on intolerance and discrimination against Christians and members of other religions; Rabbi Andrew Baker, Personal Representative on combating antisemitism; and Professor Talip Küçukcan, Personal Representative on combating intolerance and discrimination against Muslims.