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Press Release – 08.06.2004

ECRI: Recommendation to governments on combating racism while fighting terrorism

Strasbourg, 08.06.2004 – The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), the Council of Europe’s expert body on combating racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and intolerance, today published a General Policy Recommendation on combating racism while fighting terrorism.

The Recommendation is ECRI’s contribution to the wider efforts underway in the Council of Europe to ensure respect for human rights while fighting terrorism.

ECRI stresses the need for member states to refrain from adopting anti-terrorist measures which are discriminatory, notably on grounds of race, colour, language, religion, nationality or national or ethnic origin. ECRI underlines the responsibility of states to react promptly and effectively, including through legal measures, to acts of racism and racial discrimination resulting from tensions generated by the fight against terrorism.

A public presentation of the text in the presence of the Chair of ECRI, Michael HEAD will take place on Wednesday 9 June 2004 at 10.15 am at the Headquarters of IMSERSO in Madrid*. The presentation will be followed by a Round Table including contributions from the philosopher Fernando Savater, the Defensor del Pueblo Enrique Mugica Herzog and the Chair of the ATIME association, Mustafa EL M’Rabet.

* Avda. de la Ilustración, s/n con vuela a c/Ginzo de Limia, n° 58 - 28029 Madrid