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ECRI Report, (fourth monitoring cycle). Published on 13 October 2015

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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

The main target of racist violence continues to be the Roma. ECRI notes that there is little antisemetic violence. Although there are small numbers of Muslims in the Czech Republic, there has been an increase in Islampohobia recently. Even the President is considered to hold openly anti-Islamic view. ECRI is very concerned that right-wing extremist groups organized a series of anti-Roma demonstrations and protests throughout 2013. These usually began with racist and inflammatory speeches against ‘inadaptables’ and mostly ended in extreme violence. The Czech Republic collects data on hate crime, including hate speech, but these are not disaggregated by bias motivation.
ECRI notes that intolerant and racist expression features also in the speech of mainstream parties. Intolerant political discourse is not infrequent, especially around election times. Roma and immigrants are the most common targets, but recently also Muslims have become victims of increased Islamophobia.

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.

DISCLAIMERThe information presented here is collected under contract by the FRA's research network FRANET. The information and views contained do not necessarily reflect the views or the official position of the FRA.