European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

Combating racism while fighting terrorism

ECRI has noted with concern that, as a result of the fight against terrorism engaged since the events of 11 September 2001, certain groups of persons, notably Arabs, Jews, Muslims, certain asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants, and certain visible minorities, have become particularly vulnerable to racism and/or to racial discrimination across many fields of public life including education, employment, housing, access to goods and services, access to public places and freedom of movement. As a response to these worrying developments ECRI drafted its General Policy Recommendation No. 8 on combating racism while fighting terrorism.

As regards more specifically activities of the police, ECRI has drafted a General Policy Recommendation No. 11 on combating racism and racial discrimination in the police. This Recommendation aims to help the police to promote security and human rights for all through adequate policing and covers racism and racial discrimination in the context of combating all crime, including terrorism.

General Policy Recommendation No. 8

General Policy Recommendation No. 11

Public presentation of General Policy Recommendation No. 11

ECRI Declaration on fighting terrorism and the protection of human rights