MINELRES: E-news - European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) - May 2010

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12 MAY 2010

How to change employers’ attitude towards people of immigrant
background? How to better respond to racial discrimination and racist
violence? What evaluation can be made of the National Integration Plan? 

The ECRI round table, organised in co-operation with the German
Institute for Human Rights, will examine these issues in three main
sessions: legislative and institutional framework on combating racial
discrimination; preventing and responding effectively to racism; and
integration. Participants will also discuss the follow-up given to the
recommendations contained in ECRI’s 2009 report on Germany.

The meeting will be opened by Mr Markus Loning, Federal Government
Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid, Foreign
Office, Dr Beate Rudolf, Director of the German Institute for Human
Rights and Mr Nils Muiznieks, Chair of ECRI. 

It will bring together representatives from the Federal and Lander
authorities, academics, NGOs and trade unions.

In its fourth report on Germany <
>, ECRI welcomed the introduction of anti-discrimination legislation and the 
development of a strong new focus on integration, aiming to help migrants 
participate fully in German society. It also expressed its concern about the 
persistence of racist, xenophobic and antisemitic violence and the 
discrimination faced by certain groups, in particular Muslims, Turks, Black 
persons as well as Roma and Sinti, notably in education, housing and 
employment. ECRI also called on the authorities to ensure that language and 
naturalisation tests do not have counter-productive effects on integration.


Explanatory note


ECRI participated in a number of events since January. For an overview,
check the below:

Athens, 11-12 January - Conference “I am a Roma Woman”, organised by the
Council of Europe and the Greek Ministry of the Interior,
Decentralization and E-Government 

Vienna, 18-19 February - Stakeholder meeting on “Racism and Ethnic
Discrimination in Sport and Positive Initiatives to Combat it”,
organised by FRA

Warsaw, 22 March - Meeting on the "Challenges of Combating Hate Crimes
on the Internet", organised by ODHIR

Bratislava, 23-24 March - Conference on “Combating Extremism”, organised
by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic for a
Knowledge-Based Society, European Affairs, Human Rights and Minorities

Sofia, 8-10 April - National Legal Workshop on “Combating and Preventing
Discrimination by Means of Criminal Law”, organised by the Bulgarian
Commission for Protection against Discrimination

Lisbon, 8 April – “Forum Iberico on the Roma”, organised by the Obra
Nacional da Pastoral dos Ciganos 

Zurich, 29-30 April - Conference “From Minority Protection towards
Managing Diversity” organised by CONVIVENZA – International Center for
Minorities and the Europa Institute at the University of Zurich (EIZ) in
the framework of the Swiss Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of
the Council of Europe

Geneva, 3- 4 May - International Workshop on 'Enhancing cooperation
between the International Human Rights System and Regional Human Rights
Mechanisms' organised by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human


4 new ECRI reports will be published on 15 June: they deal with France,
Georgia, Poland and “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”.
Find out more by visiting ECRI’s calendar of activities:
http://www.coe.int/t/dghl/monitoring/ecri/About/calendar.asp .

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