Seminar of the Council of Europe’s Anti-Racism Commission (ECRI) for national independent authorities combating racism and intolerance


Date: 17-18 February 2005

Venue: Strasbourg – Council of Europe, Human Rights Building

Organised by: the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) of the Council of Europe.

Participants: This Seminar brought together representatives of national specialised bodies to combat racism and racial discrimination, representatives of general human rights institutions (Ombudsman, Human Rights Commissioner, etc.) whose mandate already covers or will be extended in order to cover racism and racial discrimination. Special emphasis was placed on inviting participants from Member States which already have some experience on the issue of ethnic data collection or in which this issue will have some direct relevance for the near future. Moreover, representatives of international governmental and non-governmental organisations with whom ECRI is closely cooperating on the issue of ethnic data collection participated in the Seminar.

Aims: The aim of the Seminar was therefore to provide national specialised bodies with a forum for comparing different national practices in order to identify good practices in the field of ethnic data collection. Special emphasis was placed on the practical use of data broken down by categories such as nationality, national or ethnic origin, language and religion for the adoption of positive measures and on the establishment of indirect discrimination in complaint procedures. Other important issues that were explored at the Seminar will be the role of specialised bodies in monitoring the implementation of legal provisions and other measures aimed at combating racism and racial discrimination, as well as the monitoring of racist incidents.