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

Strasbourg, 13.03.2012 - A delegation of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) visited Finland from 27 February to 2 March 2012 as the first step in the preparation of a monitoring report. During its visit, ECRI’s delegation gathered information on the implementation of the recommendations it made to the authorities in its previous report of 2007 and discussed new issues that have emerged since.

The delegation held meetings in Helsinki and Turku 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 early in 2013 in which it will make a new 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 2007 report, ECRI expressed concern about: the powers and effectiveness of the National Non-Discrimination Tribunal; the human and financial resources available to the Ombudsman for Minorities; and the lack of a proper monitoring system of racist incidents.

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 2007 ECRI report on Finland

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