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Welcome to the Website of the European Commission
against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

 
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.

 

The News


 



Interview with Mr Christian Ahlund, Chair of ECRI, by Sputnik Radio

CA[01/07/2016]  Interview


Azerbaijan: hate speech, precarious situation of civil society, violence against LGBT are issues of high concern, says Council of Europe’s Anti-racism Commission

Azerbaijan[07/06/2016]  The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance today publishes its new report on Azerbaijan. Progress was achieved in areas such as migration legislation and living conditions of historical minorities. However, hate speech, precarious situation of civil society and violence against LGBT remain issues of high concern. [more]


Cyprus: despite progress in fighting discrimination, integration challenges remain, says Anti-racism Commission

Cyprus[07/06/2016] In its new report on Cyprus, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance noted progress since its last report of five years ago, as well as problems, such as lack of integration measures for non-nationals and Roma, anti-migrant sentiment and hate speech.  [more]


Anti-racism Commission calls on Italy to strengthen fight against hate speech and racial discrimination

Italy[07/06/2016] The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance today publishes its fifth report on Italy in which it welcomes recent developments, but notes outstanding issues such as gaps in the anti-discrimination law and continuation of forced evictions of Roma in the absence of re-housing solutions. [more]

 


Council of Europe Anti-racism Commission expresses concern at the situation of Roma and LGBT in Lithuania

Lithuania[07/06/2016] In a report published today, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance welcomes progress made in Lithuania to address discrimination and racism, but also calls upon the authorities to take specific measures to improve the living conditions of Roma and address violence against LGBT persons.   [more]


Fight against racism and intolerance in "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia": despite progress, problems remain

[07/06/2016] In its new report, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance registered positive developments, but noted among other issues that ethnic tensions and intolerance towards LGBT persons remain alarmingly high. [more]


Council of Europe’s Anti-racism Commission publishes conclusions on the implementation of its priority recommendations in respect of Finland, the Republic of Moldova, the Netherlands, Portugal, the Russian Federation and San Marino

CoE[07/06/2016] The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance today published conclusions on the implementation of a number of recommendations made in its country reports on Finland, the Republic of Moldova, the Netherlands, Portugal, the Russian Federation and San Marino which had been released in 2013.   [more]


Growing anti-immigrant sentiment and Islamophobia were among key trends in 2015, says Council of Europe Anti- racism body

CoE[26/05/2016] The ongoing migration crisis and the terror attacks were the key factors that influenced public debate and policies in Europe in 2015, said the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance in its annual report published today. 
[Press release]
[Interview with Mr Christian Ahlund, Chair of ECRI]


Seminar of the Council of Europe’s Anti-racism Commission for national independent authorities combating racism and intolerance

Agora[12/05/2016]
The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance is organising in Strasbourg on 26-27 May 2016 a seminar on the national Specialised Bodies' role in advising legislative and executive authorities and other stakeholders.  [more]

Irregularly present migrants: “firewalls” needed to prevent denying human rights through sharing personal data

GPR16[10/05/2016]
To prevent state and private sector actors from effectively denying migrants’ human rights, social services providers must be prohibited from sharing the personal data of irregularly present migrants with immigration authorities, says the Council of Europe’s anti-discrimination body in the new set of policy recommendations to European governments issued today.
[Press release]
[Interview]

Council of Europe Anti-racism Commission to prepare reports on Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iceland

CoE[11/04/2016] In March and April 2016 the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance visited Andorra (7-9 March), Bosnia and Herzegovina (7-11 March) and Iceland (4-7 April) as the first step in the preparation of monitoring reports.  [more]


States should sanction the use of hate speech, while safeguarding freedom of expression, says Council of Europe Anti-racism Commission

GPR15[21/03/2016]  Encouraging speedy reactions by public figures to hate speech, promoting self-regulation of media, raising awareness of the dangerous consequences of hate speech, withdrawing financial and other support from political parties that actively use hate speech and criminalising its most extreme manifestations, while respecting freedom of expression, are among the general policy recommendations issued today by the Council of Europe’s anti-racism commission.  [more]