MINELRES: E-news - European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) - May 2010
Sat May 22 10:05:03 2010
Original sender: ECRI <Combat.Racism@coe.int>
FIGHTING RACISM AND RACIAL DISCRIMINATION IN GERMANY
ECRI’S ROUND TABLE IN BERLIN
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.
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:
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