European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

Council of Europe’s Anti-racism Commission to prepare report on Ukraine

Strasbourg, 29.11.2016 - A delegation of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) visited Ukraine from 21 to 25 November 2016, as the first step in the preparation of its 5th monitoring report on the country. The visit was conducted in parallel with a visit by a delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and a delegation of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

During the visit, ECRI’s delegation gathered information on legislation, hate speech, violence, integration policies, LGBT issues and other topics. Meetings were held in Odessa, Kyivv and Rzhyshchiv with representatives of the government, independent bodies and other authorities, as well as international organisations, NGOs and members of vulnerable groups.

Following this visit, ECRI will adopt a report to be published in 2017 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 concerns , among others, about the lack of comprehensive civil and administrative anti-discrimination legislation covering the different fields of daily life, as well as the fact that many Roma do not possess identity documents which seriously affects their access to 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:

Link to the 2011 report on Ukraine

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