European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

Council of Europe Anti-Racism Commission visits Spain

Strasbourg, 30.03.2010 - A delegation of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) visited Spain from 22 to 26 March 2010. During its visit, ECRI´s delegation gathered information on the implementation of the recommendations it made to the authorities in its 2005 report and discussed new issues that have emerged since.

The delegation held meetings in Barcelona and Madrid with representatives of all relevant ministries, public officials and human rights NGOs.

Following this visit, ECRI will adopt a report 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 2005 report, ECRI had found that the lack of awareness of issues of racism and racial discrimination across society had a negative effect on the way institutions responded to these phenomena. In ECRI’s view, racial discrimination in a wide range of areas, including employment, housing and access to public places still affected the daily lives of members of ethnic minority groups, including Roma, North Africans, people from sub-Saharan Africa and South Americans. ECRI also said that racial and xenophobic violence still needed to be adequately recognised and countered.

ECRI is an independent human rights body of the Council of Europe which monitors problems of racism and intolerance, prepares reports and issues recommendations to member States. For more information on ECRI:

Link to 2005 ECRI report on Spain

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