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

Strasbourg, 26.09.2011 - A delegation of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) visited Andorra from 14 to 16 September 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 of 2008 and discussed new issues that had emerged since.

The delegation held meetings in Andorra la Vella with representatives of all relevant ministries and other competent authorities, human-rights NGOs and members of vulnerable groups. It visited a special reception class for newly arrived children who are either non native Catalan speakers or who do not master the other languages commonly taught in the three school systems in Andorra.

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 two years after the publication of the report as part of an interim follow-up procedure.

In its 2008 report, ECRI expressed concern about: the absence of a provision in Andorran legislation providing for the sharing of the burden of proof in racial discrimination cases; the lack of offer of initial and ongoing training in issues pertaining to racism and racial discrimination to the judiciary; and the non existence of policies to promote the integration of non-Andorrans in all areas of social life.

ECRI is a human rights body of the Council of Europe, composed of independent experts, which monitors problems of racism, discrimination on grounds of ethnic origin, citizenship, colour, religion and language, as well as xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance, prepares reports and issues recommendations to member States. For more information on ECRI: www.coe.int/ecri

Link to the 2008 ECRI report on Andorra.

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