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

Strasbourg, 19.03.2014 - A delegation of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) visited Norway from 10 to 14 March 2014 as the first step in the preparation of a monitoring report. During its visit, ECRIs delegation gathered information on legislation, hate speech, violence, integration policies, LGBT issues and other topics.

The delegation held meetings in Oslo with representatives of the government, independent bodies and NGOs.

Following this visit, ECRI will adopt a report to be published in 2015 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, two will be revisited in two years’ time as part of an interim follow-up procedure.

In its 2008 report, ECRI highlighted, among others, the following concerns: lack of comprehensive and easily retrievable data on incidents that may constitute racist offences and on the way in which the criminal justice system responds thereto; the difficulties encountered by the victims of discrimination in asserting their rights.

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 Norway

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