RACISM: CoE, ON 16 NOVEMBER IN BUDAPEST, ECRI WORKSHOP

The European Commission against racism and intolerance (ECRI), established by the Council of Europe, will hold its next national workshop in Budapest, Hungary, on 16 November. Items on the agenda include racial-based violence, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and intolerance in the public debate as well as the implementation of regulations and policies against racial discrimination in the country. Composed of independent members, ECRI takes inspiration for its work from Protocol no 12 of the European Convention for Human Rights, which views racial discrimination as "a violation of human rights"; it regularly publishes reports on episodes of racism and intolerance in the member states of the CoE; it organises workshops with social members and develops recommendations for the governments. In its fourth report on Hungary, the Commission congratulated it on some positive developments of the legislation and the implementation of measures against discrimination, but it also expressed "concern for the state of the Romany minority, especially in terms of employment and education" and the spreading of "a public debate that has racist tones". The meeting will be attended by delegates from the government, Parliament, legal bodies, local communities, NGOs.

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