European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)


Press Release – 12.04.2011

Combating racist violence and discrimination in France: Round Table of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) in Paris

Date: 26 April 2011

Venue: Paris – Palais du Luxembourg, Salle René Coty (15, rue de Vaugirard)

Organised by: the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) of the Council of Europe, jointly with the Human Rights Consultative National Commission (Commission nationale consultative des droits de l’homme, CNCDH) and the High Authority against Discrimination and for Equality (Haute autorité de lutte contre les discriminations et pour l'égalité de chances HALDE).

Participants will discuss the follow-up given to the recommendations contained in ECRI’s 2010 report on France concerning a number of themes divided into four sessions:

  • racism and xenophobia in public discourse
  • the fight against racist expression propagated via the Internet
  • the fight against racism and discrimination against Muslims
  • monitoring racism and racial discrimination
  • the fight against racism and discrimination against Roma and Travellers
  • the legislative and institutional framework of the fight against racial discrimination in France.

The event will be opened by Eric Molinié, President of HALDE, and by Emmanuel Decaux, Vice-President of the CNCDH. Opening speeches will be given also by representatives of the Senate and of the government of France. Nils Muiznieks, Chair of ECRI, will present ECRI’s last report on France. There will be a number of speakers, including Pierre-Richard Prosper, Vice-President of the UN Committee for the elimination of racial discrimination (CERD) and Régis de Gouttes, Member of CERD.

The round table will bring together representatives of the authorities, the parliament, the justice system and academia, as well as NGOs and trade unions.

In its fourth report on France of June 2010 ECRI expressed its concern about persisting problems in some areas such as the perception of the police by minority, prejudices against Muslims and the tone of the public debate on immigration.

ECRI made also a certain number of recommendations to the French authorities, among which the following three will be revisited in 2012 :

  • In view of the importance and priority to be given to the fight against racism and racial discrimination, full support to the tasks of HALDE, which as of May 2011 will be performed by the Défenseur de droits;
  • Strengthening the fight against forms of racist expression propagated via the Internet;
  • Implementation of solutions, in consultation with the Traveller community, allowing for the effective and ongoing schooling of itinerant or semi-itinerant Traveller children, adapted to their lifestyle.

The round table is open to the press. It will start at 9 am and end at 5 pm on Tuesday 26 April 2011. A press conference will take place at 11 am with the main speakers.

For press accreditation: contact Nils MONSARRAT Chargé de mission Commission nationale consultative des droits de l'homme (CNCDH) Tel.: 01 42 75 76 93 (direct) / 77 09 (standard) FAX: 01 42 75 77 14 nils.monsarrat@cncdh.pm.gouv.fr

Press contact : Stefano Valenti, Council of Europe, tel. +33 (0)3 90 21 43 28, portable (26 April) + 33 (0)6 62 18 01 42 ; stefano.valenti@coe.int

Link to the Programme (only in French)

List of participants

Link to the 2010 ECRI’s report on France

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: www.coe.int/ecri