Non-Governmental Organisations

WINTER SESSION

HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE

Questionnaire for the committee’s meeting on 26 January 2009

In preparation for the Durban Review Conference in Geneva, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights and the Director of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency have issued the above statement.
It would seem useful for us to provide input and reactions concerning the statement.

To this end, we would ask you to prepare for our discussion by replying, on the basis of your INGO’s experience, to any or all of the points below (the paragraph numbers refer to the text of the joint statement).
You may give your replies orally during the discussion or, preferably, in advance in writing to the INGO Secretariat and/or gabriel.nissim@wanadoo.fr

2 – Which “important steps” do you believe have been taken in Europe in recent years to combat the various forms of racism and discrimination?
In the countries where your INGO operates, have the governments taken steps or set up institutions in this connection?
In which areas should “vigilance” be stepped up at local, national or European level in the coming years?

3 – What would be the most appropriate aspects for a “renewed programme of action” against the various forms of racism and discrimination?
Which European countries have established “national action plans” against racism? With what degree of success?

5 – Has your INGO taken initiatives against specific forms of discrimination? What types of action here do you believe should have priority?

6 – In the experience of your INGO, which measures should be given priority by the public authorities, which are often divided between preventive measures and punishment or criminalisation?

7 – On 11 July 2002, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe published Guidelines on human rights and the fight against terrorism: CM/Del/Dec(2002)804/4.3/appendix3E. ECRI has published several recommendations on discrimination and profiling (the most recent, from July 2007, concerns policing). What should we as INGOs do to publicise these texts and help implement them?
What can we do and what have we succeeded in doing in the area of migration to counter the “negative trends” towards “increasingly restrictive policies”?

8 – What can and should our Conference and each of our INGOs do to speed up the ratification by member states of Protocol No 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights on the general prohibition of discrimination?

9 – Should we take a stance to support the European anti-discrimination legislation currently being considered? How can we help with the effective implementation and the improvement of national legislation in this area?
How have we supported, and how can we support, the anti-discrimination bodies that exist in our countries? How should we co-operate with them?

10 – Given all that remains to be done in the fight against racism and discrimination, which areas do we believe should have priority?
What action could our committee take in this area?