European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

10 years of combating racism

Palais de l’Europe, Room 1
Strasbourg, Thursday 18 March 2004


Chair: Mr Michael HEAD, Chair of ECRI




Address by Mr Walter SCHWIMMER, Secretary General of the Council of Europe

Address by Ms Rita VERDONK, Minister for Immigration and Integration of the Netherlands, on behalf of the Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

Address by Mr Peter SCHIEDER, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Address by Mr Alvaro GIL-ROBLES, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe

10:00 – 10:25

Presentation of ECRI’s “State of Play”

by Mr Mark KELLY, Human Rights Consultants and Ms Isil GACHET, Executive Secretary to ECRI

10:25 – 10:55

Witnesses to ECRI’s action


Ms Dimitrina PETROVA, Director of the European Roma Rights Centre


Professor Jenny GOLDSCHMIDT, former Chair of the Dutch Equal Treatment Commission


Ms Fatima ELHASSOUNI, Young Women from Minorities

10:55 – 11:30

Questions and comments from the floor

11:30 – 11:45

Coffee Break

Chair: Mr Frank ORTON, former Chair of ECRI

11:45 – 12:15

Insecurity and Fear of the Stranger in liquid-modern times

by Professor Zygmunt BAUMAN, Philosopher and Sociologist, Emeritus Professor at the University of Leeds

12:15 – 12:45



12:45 – 14:15

Lunch Break

14:15 – 16:00


Workshop I: “Combating racism while fighting terrorism”


Chair: Professor GŁn KUT, ECRI member

Speaker: Mr Aaron RHODES, Executive Director of the International Helsinki Federation

Rapporteur: Ms Claudia SCIOTTI, ECRI Secretariat

Workshop II: “Combating racism in the context of migration in Europe”


Chair: Mr Fernando FERREIRA RAMOS, ECRI member

Speaker : Ms Isabelle CHOPIN, Migration Policy Group

Rapporteur: Mr Giancarlo CARDINALE, ECRI Secretariat

Workshop III: “Racism: a “mutating bacillus” – islamophobia, antisemitism and “cultural” racism as new challenges in our societies”


Chair: Ms Winnie SORGDRAGER, ECRI member

Speaker : Dr Neil MACMASTER, School of Economic and Social Studies, University of East Anglia

Rapporteur: Ms Lanna HOLLO, ECRI Secretariat

16:00 – 16:15

Coffee Break

Chair: Mr Nikos FRANGAKIS, former Chair of ECRI

16:15 –16:45

Presentation of the findings of the Workshops

by the Rapporteurs of the Workshops

16:45 –17:15


17:15 – 17:45

ECRI and the Fight against Racism and Intolerance - THE WAY AHEAD

by Ms Catherine LALUMI»RE, Vice-President of the European Parliament, former Secretary General of the Council of Europe



17:45 – 19:00

Multicultural buffet and Jazz Manouche