European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)


The use of racist, antisemitic and xenophobic elements in political discourse

Deeply concerned by the increasing use of racist, antisemitic and xenophobic elements in political discourse, including by mainstream political parties, ECRI adopted on 17 March 2005 a Declaration condemning this alarming trend which has been observed in many Member States of the Council of Europe.
This trend, which is well documented in ECRI’s country monitoring work, was further substantiated by an independent study commissioned by ECRI in order to investigate this dangerous phenomenon in more depth. This study, carried out by the political scientist Jean-Yves Camus, provides shocking evidence of numerous cases in which European or national elections have given rise to the use of racist, antisemitic and xenophobic rhetoric, or other discourse which have an impact on racism and xenophobia in public opinion in many Council of Europe Member States.
The Declaration and the study were presented at a high-level panel meeting on the use of racist, antisemitic and xenophobic elements in political discourse on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March 2005.

ECRI Declaration

Study (Jean-Yves Camus)

High-level panel meeting