European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)


Council of Europe Anti-Racism Commission to prepare report on San Marino

Strasbourg, 13.03.2012 - A delegation of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) visited San Marino from 5 to 8 March 2012 as the first step in the preparation of a monitoring report. During its visit, ECRI’s delegation gathered information on the implementation of the recommendations it had made to the authorities in its previous report of 2008 and discussed new issues that had emerged since.

The delegation held meetings in San Marino with representatives of all relevant ministries, other competent authorities, trade unions and civil society.
Following this visit, ECRI will adopt a report to be published early in 2013 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 two years after the publication of the report as part of an interim follow-up procedure.

In its 2008 report, ECRI expressed concern about: certain aspects of the procedure for the acquisition of citizenship of San Marino through naturalisation; the absence of an independent organ mandated to fight racism and racial discrimination; and the legislation on stay and work permits of non-nationals.

ECRI is a human rights body of the Council of Europe, composed of independent experts, which monitors problems of racism, discrimination on grounds of ethnic origin, citizenship, colour, religion and language, as well as xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance, prepares reports and issues recommendations to member States.

For more information on ECRI:

Link to the 2008 ECRI report on San Marino

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