European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

Council of Europe Anti-Racism Commission to prepare report on Serbia

Strasbourg, 25.10.2010 - A delegation of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) visited Serbia from 4 to 8 October 2010 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 previous report of 2008 and discussed new issues that had emerged since.

The delegation held meetings in Belgrade and Novi Sad with representatives of all relevant ministries, public officials, human rights NGOs and minority groups.

Following this visit, ECRI will adopt a report 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 two years after the publication of the report as part of an interim follow-up procedure.

In its 2008 report, ECRI expressed concern on the Law on Churches and Religious Communities which was not in line with international and European standards in this area. It also found that the perpetrators of racist acts were seldom brought to justice.

In the same report, ECRI expressed concern over the precarious situation of Roma, Ashkalis and Egyptians displaced inside the country. It also noted that long-term measures were needed to establish a climate of mutual respect between the different ethnic and religious groups, especially those living in the autonomous province of Vojvodina.

ECRI is a human rights body of the Council of Europe, composed of independent experts, which monitors problems of racism and intolerance, prepares reports and issues recommendations to member states. For more information on ECRI:

Link to 2008 ECRI report on Serbia.

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