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

Strasbourg, 18.03.2011 - A delegation of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) visited Luxembourg from 7 to 11 March 2011 as the first step in the preparation of a monitoring report. During its visit, ECRIs delegation gathered information on the implementation of the recommendations it made to the authorities in its previous report in 2006 and discussed new issues that had emerged since.

The delegation held meetings with representatives of all relevant ministries and other competent authorities, national human rights structures and NGOs.

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 (i.e. discrimination on grounds of “race”, colour, citizenship, national/ethnic origin, religion and language), xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance in the country. Among these, three will be revisited two years after the publication of the report as part of an interim follow-up procedure.

In its 2006 report, ECRI recommended to the authorities to include in the criminal code a provision enabling judges to consider the racist motivation of any offence as an aggravating factor, to provide the National Council for Foreigners with sufficient resources to perform its tasks and to find a solution that would allow Muslims to practice their faith under the same conditions as other religious communities.

ECRI is a human rights body of the Council of Europe, composed of independent experts, 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 the 2006 report on Luxembourg

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