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


Date: 22 – 23 February 2007

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 will bring together representatives of specialised bodies to combat racism and racial discrimination, representatives of general human rights institutions (Ombudsman, Human Rights Commissioner, etc.). In addition, a selected number of specialised NGOs and experts in the field of positive action have been invited to this seminar.

Aims: The aim of this seminar was to clarify the concept of positive action and to exchange good practices in this field. For this purpose the seminar had a closer look at the national and international standards in this field and explore the different types of positive action that have been implemented in various member States of the Council of Europe, as well as their different areas of application. Special emphasis was put on the role of national specialised bodies in this field, which was illustrated through a variety of practical examples presented during the seminar.