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

Strasbourg, 12.04.2011 - A delegation of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) visited Ukraine from 4 to 8 April 2011 as the first step in the preparation of a monitoring report. During its visit, ECRI’s delegation gathered information on the implementation of the recommendations it made to the authorities in its previous report in 2008 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, in Kyiv and Zolotonosha.

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 2008 report, ECRI urged the authorities to curb rising racist violence against Africans, Asians and persons belonging to other vulnerable groups. It recommended that the authorities strengthen the criminal legislation against hate speech and racially motivated crimes and enact comprehensive antidiscrimination legislation covering all areas of daily life; that they take strong measures to address the problems faced by Roma in the areas of education, employment, housing, healthcare and relations with law enforcement officials; and that they take measures to improve the situation of asylum seekers and refugees.

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 2008 ECRI’s report on Ukraine

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

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