European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

Press release – 06.05.2010

Fighting racist violence and discrimination: ECRI round table in Germany 
Date: 12 May 2010

Location: Berlin (Germany) – NH Hotel, Friedrichstrasse 96

Organised by the Council of Europe’s European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) and the German Institute for Human Rights.

Description: How to change employers’ attitude towards people of immigrant background? How to better respond to racial discrimination and racist violence? What evaluation can be made of the National Integration Plan?

The ECRI round table will examine these issues in three main sessions: 1) legislative and institutional framework on combating racial discrimination, 2) preventing and responding effectively to racism and 3) integration. Participants will also discuss the follow-up given to the recommendations contained in ECRI’s 2009 report on Germany.

The meeting will be opened by Markus Löning, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid of the Foreign Office, Dr Beate Rudolf, Director of the German Institute of Human Rights and Nils Muiznieks, Chair of ECRI.

It will bring together representatives from the Federal and Länder authorities, academics, NGOs and trade unions.

In its fourth report on Germany, ECRI welcomed the introduction of anti-discrimination legislation and the development of a strong new focus on integration, aiming to help migrants participate fully in German society. ECRI also expressed its concern about persistant racist, xenophobic and antisemitic violence and discrimination faced by certain groups, in particular Muslims, Turks, black people as well as Roma and Sinti, particularly in education, housing and employment. ECRI also called on the authorities to ensure that language and naturalisation tests do not have counter-productive effect on integration.

The round table is open to press. It will start at 9 am and end at 6 pm on Wednesday 12 May.

Programme and Explanatory note

ECRI is an independent human rights body of the Council of Europe which monitors problems of racism and intolerance by preparing country specific reports, and issues recommendations to member states. More information at

Press contacts:
Stéphanie Marsal, ECRI’s External Relations officer, tel. +33 (0)3 90 21 43 28, mobile (11-12 May) +33 (0)6 62 18 55 42,
Bettina Hildebrand, Head of Communications, German Institute for Human Rights, tel. +49 30 25 93 59 14,