European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

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

Strasbourg, 02.03.2017 - A delegation of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) visited Sweden 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 Stockholm and Södertälje with representatives of the government, members of the Swedish Parliament (Riksdag), local authorities, the office of the Equality Ombudsman and civil society organisations.

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 2012 report, ECRI highlighted a number of problems, including the need to place public authorities under a statutory duty to promote equality in carrying out their functions, and to step up efforts to combat employers’ prejudices and resulting discrimination in access to employment.

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 2012 report on Sweden

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