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Council of Europe Anti-Racism Commission visits Monaco

Strasbourg, 13.04.2010 - A delegation of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) visited Monaco from 7 to 9 April 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 Monaco with representatives of the Monegasque authorities as well as representatives of the civil society.

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 found that Monaco still needed to adopt anti-discrimination provisions in civil and administrative law. ECRI also noted that the racist motivation of a crime was not regarded as an aggravating circumstance at the time of sentencing.

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 Monaco

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