European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)


Council of Europe’s Anti-racism Commission (ECRI) launches revised standards for Equality Bodies

Date: 24 May 2018

Venue: Strasbourg – Council of Europe, Agora.

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

Participants: Representatives of equality bodies, national Ombudspersons and national human rights institutions; members of ECRI; members of national parliaments; representatives of national authorities, international organisations, NGOs and networks.

Topic: The morning session is dedicated to the launching of ECRI’s revised standards for the establishment and functioning of Equality Bodies, which are contained in its General Policy Recommendation No. 2. They draw on existing good practices and focus on key elements for the establishment, independence and effective functioning of equality bodies.

The afternoon session focuses on good practices from Equality Bodies in combating hate speech, including awareness raising, research and data collection, assistance to victims and decision-making on complaints.

Main aim: The morning session aims to support the implementation of more robust standards for equality bodies in the member States. The afternoon session aims to discuss equality bodies’ role in combating the use of hate speech, highlighting achievements as well as areas requiring improvement.

Link to the Programme

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) is a human rights monitoring body specialising in questions of racism, xenophobia, antisemitism, intolerance and discrimination on grounds such as “race”, national/ethnic origin, colour, citizenship, religion and language (racial discrimination), as well as sexual orientation and gender identity.

Press contact: Wolfram Bechtel, Council of Europe, tel: +33 3 90 21 58 44