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CM(2007)2 8 January 20071
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986 Meeting, 7 February 2007
4 Human Rights


4.1 European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

Abridged report of the 41st meeting (Strasbourg, 12-15 December 2006)

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Introduction

1. The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) held its 41st plenary meeting in Strasbourg (Human Rights Building) from 12-15 December 2006, with Ms Eva SMITH ASMUSSEN (member in respect of Denmark) in the Chair.

2. The agenda, as adopted, appears in Appendix I.

3. This abridged report contains a list of the items discussed and decisions taken at the meeting.

Items 1 and 2: Opening of the meeting and adoption of the agenda

4. See introduction.

Item 3: Communication by the Secretariat

5. The Secretariat provided ECRI with information on recent developments within the Council of Europe of relevance to its work.

Item 4: Exchange of views with Mr Terry DAVIS, Secretary General of the Council of Europe

6. ECRI held an exchange of views with the Secretary General.

Item 5: Elections

7. ECRI held elections to the posts of two Vice-Chairs and two Bureau members. The elections were held in accordance with articles 6 and 7 of ECRI’s Rules of Procedure. The following persons were elected:

- 1st Vice-Chair: Mr Nils MUIZNIEKS (member in respect of Latvia), elected for one year;

- 2nd Vice-Chair: Ms Adila KRESO (member in respect of Bosnia and Herzegovina), elected for one year;

- Member of the Bureau: Ms Winnie SORGDRAGER (member in respect of the Netherlands), elected for two years;

- Member of the Bureau: Mr Stelios PERRAKIS (member in respect of Greece), elected for two years.

The three other members of the Bureau whose terms of office have not expired are: Ms Eva SMITH ASMUSSEN, Chair of ECRI (member in respect of Denmark), Mr Fernando FERREIRA RAMOS (member in respect of Portugal) and Ms Raluca BESTELIU (member in respect of Romania).

Item 6: Implementation of the third round of ECRI’s country-by-country approach

8. On the basis of Secretariat memorandum CRI(2006)35, ECRI was informed of progress on the third round of its country-by-country approach.

Item 7: Adoption of draft country-by-country reports

9. ECRI examined the preliminary draft country-by-country reports on Azerbaijan, Finland, Ireland and Monaco. It held an in-depth discussion on these texts.

10. In accordance with the country-by-country procedure, the above-mentioned draft reports, as prepared at the present meeting, will be transmitted by the Chair of ECRI to the Permanent Representatives of the member States concerned for a process of confidential dialogue with the authorities of these countries. Since this dialogue will be channelled through the intermediary of the national liaison officers based in the country, ECRI’s Secretariat will also forward a copy of the draft report directly to the national liaison officers concerned.

Item 8: Adoption of final country-by-country reports

11. ECRI examined the country-by-country reports on Armenia, Georgia, Iceland, Portugal and Slovenia that had been the subject of a dialogue with the relevant national liaison officers and which were now submitted to ECRI for final adoption.

12. ECRI adopted the final reports on Armenia, Georgia, Iceland, Portugal and Slovenia. These texts are reproduced in Addendum I to this abridged meeting report. In accordance with the country-by-country procedure, as agreed by the Ministers' Deputies at their 784th meeting (21 February 2002), these reports will be transmitted by ECRI to the governments of the member States in question through the intermediary of the Committee of Ministers and will be made public, unless the governments concerned are expressly against making these texts public.

Item 9: Preparation of the fourth round of ECRI’s country-by-country approach

13. ECRI examined the text of the draft “Guidelines for the fourth round of ECRI’s country-by-country work” elaborated by its ad hoc working group responsible for preparing the fourth round. The Guidelines, as finalised and adopted by ECRI, are reproduced in Addendum II to this abridged meeting report.

Item 10: Draft ECRI General Policy Recommendation N° 10 on combating racism and racial discrimination in and through school education

14. ECRI discussed and finalised the text of its General Policy Recommendation N° 10 on combating racism and racial discrimination in and through school education. This text, as adopted by ECRI, is reproduced in Addendum III to this abridged meeting report.

Item 11: Preliminary draft ECRI General Policy Recommendation N° 11 on the issue of combating racial discrimination in policing

15. ECRI held a general exchange of views on the text of the preliminary draft General Policy Recommendation N° 11 prepared by it working group on combating racial discrimination in policing and approved the timetable of future work for this group.

Item 12: Preliminary draft study on the existing legal and practical framework for ethnic data collection in member States

16. ECRI took note of the summary of the study prepared by a consultant, Mr Patrick SIMON (Institut national d’études démographiques, INED). It decided to examine the study at its next plenary meeting (13-15 March 2007) with a view to its publication on 21 March 2007 on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Item 13: Relations with civil society

17. ECRI was informed on the implementation of its programme of action on relations with civil society. It took note of the results of its National Round Table in Croatia, held on 5 July 2006 in Zagreb, and of its National Round Table in Denmark held on 10 October 2006 in Copenhagen. ECRI decided to hold its next National Round Tables in Italy (April 2007), Georgia (June 2007) and the Russian Federation (September 2007). ECRI was also informed on the preparation of its seminar with national specialised bodies to combat racism and racial discrimination on the issue of positive action, to be held on 22-23 February 2007.

Item 14: Expert Seminar on combating racism while respecting freedom of expression

18. ECRI took note of the General Conclusions of the Expert Seminar on combating racism while respecting freedom of expression which was organised on 16-17 November 2006.

Item 15: European Youth Campaign

19. ECRI was informed on the development of the European Youth Campaign for Diversity, Human Rights and Participation, “All Different, All Equal”.

Item 16: Co-operation with the UN, the ODIHR (OSCE) and the EUMC (EU)

20. ECRI held an exchange of views on the development of its co-operation with the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC).

Item 17: Timetable for future work

21. ECRI decided on the timetable of its forthcoming meetings, as contained in Appendix II to this abridged meeting report.

Item 18: Other business

22. ECRI instructed its Bureau to use email consultation, when it deems it necessary, for the purpose of making proposals to ECRI concerning any possible action on important issues relating to the fight against racism and intolerance which arise in between plenary sessions. It was decided in this regard that, in exceptional and particularly urgent situations, the Bureau should be able, at its discretion, to take appropriate action without consulting ECRI.

23. ECRI adopted a statement on recent events affecting persons of Georgian origin in the Russian Federation. The statement, as adopted by ECRI, is reproduced in Appendix III to this abridged meeting report.

Appendix I

Agenda

1. Opening of the meeting

2. Adoption of the agenda

3. Communication by the Secretariat

4. Exchange of views with Mr Terry DAVIS, Secretary General of the Council of Europe

5. Elections

6. Implementation of the third round of ECRI’s country-by-country approach

7. Adoption of draft country-by-country reports

8. Adoption of final country-by-country reports

9. Preparation of the fourth round of ECRI’s country-by-country approach

10. Draft ECRI General Policy Recommendation N° 10 on combating racism and racial discrimination at school

11. Preliminary draft ECRI General Policy Recommendation N° 11 on the issue of combating racial discrimination in policing

12. Draft study on the existing legal and practical framework for ethnic data collection in member States

13. Relations with civil society

14. Expert Seminar on combating racism while respecting freedom of expression

15. European Youth Campaign

16. Co-operation with the UN, the ODIHR (OSCE)and the EUMC (EU)

17. Timetable for future work

18. Other business

Appendix II

Timetable of forthcoming meetings
(subject to budgetary possibilities)

Plenary meetings of ECRI:

- 42nd plenary meeting: 13-15 March 2007
- 43rd plenary meeting: 26-29 June 2007
- 44th plenary meeting: 11-14 December 2007

Meetings of the Bureau:

- Monday 12 March 2007
- Monday 25 June 2007
- Monday 10 December 2007

Meetings of CBC groups:

- CBC 2: 30 January 2007
- CBC 3: 2 February 2007
- CBC 5: 29 January 2007
- CBC 7: 31 January 2007
- CBC 9: 1 February 2007

Meeting of the ad hoc working group responsible for preparing the fourth round of CBC work:

- 2 March 2007

Meeting of the working group responsible for preparing GPR No 11:

- 26 February 2007

National Round Tables:

- Italy: April 2007
- Georgia: June 2007
- Russian Federation: September 2007

Seminar with national specialised bodies to combat racism and racial discrimination on the issue of positive action

- 22-23 February 2007

Appendix III

Statement of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance on recent events affecting persons of Georgian origin in the Russian Federation
(adopted on 15 December 2006 at ECRI’s 41st plenary meeting)

From the standpoint of its mandate to combat racism and racial discrimination in the 46 member States of the Council of Europe, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) wishes to express its deep concern about recent events affecting Russian citizens of Georgian origin and Georgian citizens in the Russian Federation.

These events, which have in many cases occurred under the pretext of the need to clamp down on crime and illegal immigration, have included detentions, deportations, in some cases resulting in deaths, and reported cases of harassment. ECRI deeply regrets these measures, which have been directed by certain public authorities specifically at a particular ethnic group.

In keeping with the recommendations contained in its third report on the Russian Federation published on 16 May 2006, ECRI emphasises the need for the Russian authorities to ensure that, in respect of persons of Georgian origin as well as all other minority groups within the Russian Federation, the rule of law is maintained and the principle of non-discrimination as embodied in Council of Europe standards is strictly observed.

Note 1 This document has been classified restricted at the date of issue. Unless the Committee of Ministers decides otherwise, it will be declassified according to the rules set up in Resolution Res(2001)6 on access to Council of Europe documents.


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