European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

Council of Europe Anti-Racism Commission to prepare report on the Netherlands

Strasbourg, 09.10.2012 - A delegation of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) visited the Netherlands from 24 to 28 September 2012 as the first step in the preparation of a monitoring report. During its visit, ECRIs delegation gathered information on the implementation of the recommendations it made to the authorities in its 2008 report and discussed new issues that have emerged since.

The delegation held meetings in The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht with representatives of all relevant ministries and other competent authorities, independent experts and NGOs.

Following this visit, ECRI will adopt a report to be published 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, three will be revisited in two years’ time as part of an interim follow-up procedure.

In its 2008 report, ECRI highlighted the following concerns: the absence in the criminal code of a provision explicitly providing for racist motivation as an aggravating circumstance of an offence; the arrangements for funding the anti-discrimination body “Art. 1”; and the effectiveness of overall strategies and policies against racism and racial discrimination.

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 (racial discrimination), 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 the Netherlands

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Council of Europe Directorate of Communication
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