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

Strasbourg 16.11.2011 - A delegation of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) visited Croatia from 7 to 10 November 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 of 2005 and discussed new issues that had emerged since.

The delegation held meetings in Zagreb with representatives of all relevant ministries, other competent authorities and human rights 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, 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 2005 report, ECRI expressed concern inter alia about the lack of comprehensive civil and administrative law provisions as well as an independent specialised body to combat racism and racial discrimination. ECRI recommended that the authorities strengthen their efforts to provide police officers, lawyers, prosecutors and judges with training in the application of the laws on racism and racial discrimination.

In the same report, ECRI further noted allegations of discrimination against ethnic Serbs in public sector employment and in the judiciary; difficulties faced by returning refugees and displaced persons, particularly concerning housing; prejudice and intolerance against Roma as well as segregation of Roma children in schools; and inadequate and inappropriate reception conditions for asylum seekers.

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 2005 report on Croatia

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