Netherlands Netherlands


ECRI Report, 2013

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Type of publication


Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution

Monitoring body


ECRI | European Commission against Racism and Intolerance | Council of Europe

Main Thematic Focus

Racism & xenophobia Discrimination Ethnic profiling

Target Population

Muslims Migrants Ethnic minorities People with migrant background Refugees & asylum seekers

Key findings

A recent report by a ECRI said the Netherlands needs to do more to combat racism and regretted the fact the funding for initiatives has been cut. The report also criticised the way some politicians and the media describe Muslims and Eastern Europeans as a threat to Dutch society.
ECRI recommends that the authorities ensure that the existing legislation against racism and racial discrimination and the case law of the European Court of Human Rights is applied in all cases, in the public and private sphere, including when the statements at issue have been made by politicians.
ECRI strongly recommends that the authorities provide a strong response to violent racist incidents, in particular as concerns the widespread attacks to mosques, with a wide array of measures, from political statements to increased provision of funds earmarked for the security of mosques to the vigorous enforcement of criminal law provisions against racism and racial discrimination

Methodology (Qualitative/Quantitative and exact type used, questionnaires etc)

The working methods for the preparation of the reports involve documentary analyses, a visit to the country concerned, and then a confidential dialogue with the national authorities.

Sample details and representativeness

ECRI’s reports are analyses based on a great deal of information gathered from a wide variety of sources.

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