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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

Under-reporting of racist violence
Lack of ethnically disaggregated data

ECRI recommends:
- make racist motivation an aggravating circumstance for all offences. The authorities should inform the public about the existence of criminal provisions for sanctioning racially motivated acts and encourage victims to report such acts
- counter racist stereotypes (issuing recommendations to the media and the police concerning news reporting from official sources, trainings for journalists)
- the authorities to conduct an enquiry into any possible institutionalisation of racism or racial discrimination in the police, bring an end to all police misconduct, including racist remarks and ill-treatment
- The cybercrime department has the power to close down websites disseminating illegal content, including material of a racist or xenophobic nature. However, the authorities have indicated that there are practical difficulties in the investigation of Internet crimes across borders – use provisions of the Cybercrime Convention. Lack of implementation

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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