European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

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Press Release – 22.05.2012

Catalan version

Council of Europe’s Anti-Racism Commission publishes new report on Andorra

Strasbourg, 22.05.2012 - The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) today published its fourth report on Andorra. ECRI’s Chair, Mr Jen÷ Kaltenbach, said that, despite positive developments, there were issues of concern, such as incidents of direct and indirect discrimination in employment based on citizenship and the Government’s reluctance to enact comprehensive legislation against racism and racial discrimination.

The Ombudsman’s office has taken measures in order to make this institution better known to the public. Special reception classes continue to be organised in order to assist newly arrived pupils who do not master Catalan, as well as Spanish and French. The residence requirement for obtaining certain housing subsidies has been softened. Some measures have been taken to shorten the period provided by law for a permanent residence permit.

However, the criminal legislation in place relating to racism and intolerance is not exhaustive. Specific training on racism and racial discrimination should be provided to judges, prosecutors and lawyers. The possibility for seeking redress for forms of discrimination based on citizenship are limited and a fully fledged integration policy is not yet in place.

In its report, ECRI has made a number of recommendations to the authorities, among which the following three require priority implementation and will be revisited by ECRI in two years’ time:

  • Apply the principle of the sharing of the burden of proof when discrimination complaints are brought before civil/administrative courts.
  • Train judges, prosecutors and lawyers on racism and racial discrimination, including on relevant criminal legislation.
  • Rely on the work of the National Equality Commission to devise and coordinate an integration policy.

The report, including Government observations, is available here. It was prepared following ECRI’s contact visit to Andorra in September 2011 [Press Release – 26. 09. 2011] and takes account of developments up to 8 December 2011.

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, colour, citizenship, religion and language, as well as xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance, prepares reports and issues recommendations to member States.

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