COUNCIL OF EUROPE - EUROPEAN COMMISSION AGAINST RACISM AND INTOLERANCE (CoE – ECRI)
The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) is an ”independent human rights monitoring body on racism and racial discrimination“ of the Council of Europe. It was established by the first Summit of Heads of State and Government of the member States of the Council of Europe. The decision to establish ECRI is part of the Vienna Declaration, adopted by the first Summit on 9 October 1993. On 13 June 2002, the Committee of Ministers adopted a new Statute for ECRI, consolidating its role as an independent human rights monitoring body on racism and racial discrimination.
”ECRI’s task is to combat racism, xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance at the level of greater Europe and from the perspective of the protection of human rights. ECRI’s action covers all necessary measures to combat violence, discrimination and prejudice faced by persons or groups of persons, notably on grounds of “race”, colour, language, religion, nationality and national or ethnic origin.“ (ECRI Website, http://www.coe.int/t/e/human_rights/ecri/1%2Decri/1%2Dpresentation_of_ecri/1-ECRI_and_its_programme_of_activities/Ecri_and_its_programme_of_activities.asp#TopOfPage, accessed on 14 April 2008).
ECRI closely cooperates with national authorities and institutions as well as civil society.
As stated in the original text adopted at the Vienna Summit in 1993, the committee of government experts who comprise ECRI act according to the following mandate:
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Scope of reporting:
Geographical focus: All CoE member states.
In order to report accurately and comprehensively on the situation with regard to racism and intolerance of the country in question, ECRI organises a contact visit before the preparation of each new country report. Meetings with ministries and public authorities that act within ECRI’s scope, representatives from NGOs, partners, and “anyone else concerned with matters within ECRI’s remit.” Furthermore, ECRI country reports analyse a fairly large number of published primary and secondary sources which are listed at the end of each report. Prior to publication of reports, a “confidential dialogue“ with the country’s national authorities on its final contents takes place.
English and the national language of the country concerned.
Navigation of website:
The latest country (third cycle) reports as well as reports from the first and second monitoring cycle are accessible via Publications on the same menu bar. Archives on thesame menu bar gives access to the first two monitoring cycles.