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

Strasbourg, 7 May 2013 - A delegation of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) visited Slovenia from 22 to 26 April 2013 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 2007 report and discussed new issues that have emerged since.

The delegation held meetings in Ljubljana and Kočevje 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 2014 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 2007 report, ECRI highlighted the following concerns: the failure to resolve the situation of persons unlawfully erased from the register of permanent residents in February 1992; the absence of a strategy to address all areas where Roma experience disadvantage and discrimination; and negative attitudes towards members of Muslim communities, notably in connection with the construction of a mosque in Ljubljana.

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 2007 ECRI report on Slovenia

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