Council of Europe Anti-racism Commission to prepare report on Austria

13 June 2019 Strasbourg, France

A delegation of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) visited Austria from 3 to 7 June 2019 as the first step in the preparation of a monitoring report. During the visit, which was one of the first in the framework of ECRI’s new 6th monitoring cycle, ECRI’s delegation...

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Hate speech and xenophobic populism remained major concerns in Europe in 2018

11 June 2019 Strasbourg, France

Xenophobic populism and racist hate speech continued to make their mark on the contemporary political climate in Europe in 2018, says the annual report of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) published today. The growing public anxiety about economic, geopolitical and...

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Council of Europe’s Anti-racism Commission publishes conclusions on Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Italy, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom

6 June 2019 Strasbourg, France

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) today published conclusions on the implementation of priority recommendations made to Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Italy, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom in 2016. Each country report by ECRI contains recommendations...

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Romania: Anti-racism commission, concerned about hate speech, hate crimes and discrimination against Roma and LGBT persons

5 June 2019 Strasbourg, France

In its new report on Romania, the Council of Europe’s European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) notes some progress in the last five years, but expresses concern about a number of issues, notably the widespread problem of racist and intolerant hate speech, the inadequate response...

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Slovenia: progress in anti-discrimination legislation, but impunity gap in hate speech cases must be bridged

5 June 2019 Strasbourg, France

In the new report on Slovenia published today, the Council of Europe’s anti-racism commission welcomes the new anti-discrimination legislation, and new initiatives to promote LGBT rights. However, hate speech is almost never criminally prosecuted in Slovenia, necessary data to combat racial...

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Anti-racism body urges Ireland to act on Traveller accommodation, hate speech and hate crime

4 June 2019 Strasbourg, France

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) has urged Ireland to take action against local authorities that fail to spend money allocated for providing accommodation for Travellers. ECRI – part of the 47-nation Council of Europe – has also called upon the Irish authorities to...

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Netherlands: Council of Europe Anti-racism body concerned about xenophobic rhetoric in political discourse and integration of migrants

4 June 2019 Strasbourg, France

In its report published today on the Netherlands, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) welcomes the process to include further discrimination grounds in the Constitution and the amendment to the General Equal Treatment Act covering also a person’s sexual characteristics,...

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Council of Europe Anti-racism Commission to prepare report on Albania

28 May 2019 Strasbourg, France

A delegation of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) visited Albania from 20 to 24 May 2019 as the first step in the preparation of a monitoring report. During the visit, which was one of the first in the framework of ECRI’s new 6th monitoring cycle, ECRI’s delegation...

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Renewed efforts needed to eliminate racial discrimination, especially in the workplace, say Heads of Europe’s human rights organisations

21 March 2019 Strasbourg

VIENNA/STRASBOURG/WARSAW, 21 March 2019 – Too many people with an ethnic or migrant background are still being held back in the job market. This is despite laws against racial discrimination and for equal opportunities in employment that have been in place for decades, the heads of three European...

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Russia: Anti-extremism and “foreign agents” legislation misused, intolerant public discourse unchallenged and unpunished, says Council of Europe’s body

5 March 2019 Strasbourg, France

Progress has been made at the institutional level in the Russian Federation in countering hate crime and the number of racist murders and Neo-Nazi attacks has declined in recent years. However, comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation is still lacking and racist and homo/transphobic hate...

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