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Council of Europe’s Anti-Racism Commission publishes conclusions on the implementation of its priority recommendations in respect of Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia and Switzerland

Strasbourg, 22.05.2012 – The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) today published conclusions on the implementation of a number of priority recommendations made in its country reports on Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia and Switzerland which had been released in 2009.

As part of the fourth round of ECRI’s monitoring work, a new process of interim follow-up has been introduced with respect to up to three recommendations made in each of ECRI’s country reports. Two years following the publication of each report, ECRI addresses a communication to the Government concerned asking what has been done in connection with the recommendations for which priority follow-up was requested.

On the basis of the response from the Government and information gathered from other sources, ECRI draws up its conclusions on the way in which its recommendations have been followed up. These conclusions concern only the priority recommendations and do not aim at providing a comprehensive analysis of all developments in the fight against racism and intolerance in the State concerned.

Through the new interim follow-up procedure, ECRI seeks to assist Council of Europe member States in fine-tuning their response to the recommendations made in its country reports.

The conclusions, including the country reports, are available here [Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia and Switzerland].

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, colour, citizenship, 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

Press contact: Stefano Valenti, Tel: +33 (0)3 90 21 43 28, stefano.valenti@coe.int