European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

Council of Europe Anti-racism Commission to prepare report on San Marino

Strasbourg, 16.03.2017 - A delegation of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) visited San Marino from 7 to 9 March 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 with representatives of the government and trade unions, judges and lawyers, as well as members of the civil society and the equal opportunities Commission and Authority.

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 2013 report, ECRI highlighted a number of problems including the absence of eligibility and voting rights for foreign residents even in local elections and the lack of an independent body specialised in combating racism, xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance at national level.

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.

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Link to the 2013 report on San Marino

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