European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

Council of Europe Anti-racism Commission to prepare report on Spain

Strasbourg, 02.03.2017 - A delegation of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) visited Spain from 20 to 24 February 2017 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 and LGBT issues.

The delegation held meetings in Madrid and Zaragoza with representatives of the government, regional and local authorities, international organisations, bodies specialised in combating racism and discrimination, as well as members of the civil society.

Following this visit, ECRI will adopt a report to be published in 2018 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 2011 report, ECRI highlighted a number of problems including high drop-out rates of Roma pupils from secondary school and the lack of independence of the Spanish Council for the Elimination of Racial and Ethnic Discrimination, which furthermore does not have investigation powers nor the right to initiate and participate in court proceedings.

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:

Link to the 2011 report on Spain

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