European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)


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

Strasbourg, 03.07.2014 - A delegation of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) visited Poland from 23 to 27 June 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, LGBT issues and other topics.

The delegation held meetings in Warsaw and Bialystok 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 2010 report, ECRI highlighted, among others, the following concerns: the relentless activity of extremist organisations and racist behaviour at football matches, the authorities’ inadequate response in fighting against hate speech online and disbanding racist organisations, as well as the non-ratification by Poland of Protocol 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights.

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

Link to the 2010 report on Poland

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