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

Strasbourg, 23.11.2012 - A delegation of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) visited the Republic of Moldova from 11 to 15 November 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 2008 report and discussed new issues that have emerged since.

The delegation held meetings in Chisinau and Soroca with representatives of all relevant ministries and other competent authorities, independent experts, minority groups and NGOs.

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 in two years’ time as part of an interim follow-up procedure.

In its 2008 report, ECRI highlighted the following concerns: unsatisfactory application of the existing anti-discrimination law; lack of awareness of the danger of racism among police, prosecution and judiciary, as well as among the general public; and a climate of opinion characterised by intolerant public discourse and media reporting.

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 (racial discrimination), 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 the Republic of Moldova

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