European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)


Council of Europe Anti-Racism Commission visits Armenia

Strasbourg, 30.03.2010 - A delegation of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) visited Armenia from 23 to 26 March 2010. During its visit, ECRI´s delegation gathered information on the implementation of the recommendations it made to the authorities in its 2006 report and discussed new issues that have emerged since.

The delegation held meetings in Yerevan with representatives of all relevant ministries, public officials and human rights NGOs. It also visited accommodation centres for asylum-seekers and refugees as well as neighbourhoods and villages with minority population.

Following this visit, ECRI will adopt a report 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 2006 report, ECRI had deplored the lack of comprehensive civil and administrative anti-discrimination legislation. ECRI had also found that the Yezidi minority continued to face problems. Moreover, ECRI had recommended changes to the law on alternative service.

ECRI is an independent human rights body of the Council of Europe which monitors problems of racism and intolerance, prepares reports and issues recommendations to member States. For more information on ECRI: www.coe.int/ecri

Link to 2006 ECRI report on Armenia
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