European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

 

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

Strasbourg, 23.02.2012 - A delegation of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) visited Liechtenstein from 13 to 15 February 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 previous report of 2008 and discussed new issues that had emerged since.

The delegation held meetings in Vaduz with representatives of all relevant ministries, other competent authorities, human-rights NGOs and vulnerable groups.

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 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 integration policy; the lack of independence and the limited powers of the Equal Opportunities Office; and the absence of a comprehensive civil and administrative legal framework prohibiting racial discrimination in all fields of life.

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: www.coe.int/ecri

Link to the 2008 ECRI report on Liechtenstein

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