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CERD/C/CZE/CO/10-11 (CERD, 2015) International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, Concluding observations on the combined tenth and eleventh periodic reports of the Czech Republic

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CERD | International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

Main Thematic Focus

Racism & xenophobia Discrimination

Target Population

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

Key findings

Below follows a list of relevant report excerpts:
13. The Committee is concerned at the continuing racial hatred and racially motivated violence against Roma. The Committee is particularly concerned at:
(a) The spreading of prejudice and stereotypes about refugees and asylum seekers among the general public, particularly young people, through websites and social media, as well as increased attacks through e-mails or on social networks on people who defend the rights of foreign nationals, including activists from non-governmental organizations;
(b) The increase in expression of Islamophobia in the State party by anti-Muslim groups such as “No to Islam in the Czech Republic!”, which is openly supported by some politicians, including members of parliament, as well as the increase in racially motivated violence against Muslim communities;
(c) The media’s excessive highlighting of the ethnic origin and the nationality of non-citizens in the reporting of criminal offences (arts. 2, 4, 6 and 7).

14. In the light of its general recommendation No. 35 (2013) on combating racist hate speech, the Committee recommends that the State party:
(a) Firmly condemn hate speech by public officials and politicians, effectively investigate racist hate speech and racially motivated violence and prosecute perpetrators, where appropriate;
(b) Raise the awareness of the public of respect for diversity and elimination of racial discrimination;
(c) Adopt appropriate legislation for the media, in accordance with international standards, to promote informed, ethical and objective media and to encourage the public and private media to adopt codes of professional ethics and/or press codes that incorporate respect for the principles of the Convention and human rights standards.

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