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ECRI Declaration on the use of racist, antisemitic and xenophobic elements in political discourse
(adopted on 17 March 2005)

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), being firmly convinced that tolerance and pluralism are at the foundation of genuinely democratic societies and that diversity considerably enriches these societies:

ECRI deplores the fact that, as a result of the use of racist, antisemitic and xenophobic political discourse:

Faced with this situation, ECRI stresses that political parties can play an essential role in combating racism, by shaping and guiding public opinion in a positive fashion. It suggests the following practical measures:

ECRI calls on political parties to formulate a clear political message in favour of diversity in European societies.

ECRI calls above all for courageous and effective political leadership which respects and promotes human rights.