CM(98)187...European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)..16th meeting, Strasbourg, Human Rights Building...Abridged Meeting Report

Committee of Ministers

Comité des Ministres

Strasbourg, 2 November 1998

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CM(98)187

For consideration at the 650th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies

(24-26 November 1998, A level, item 4.1)

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

AGAINST RACISM AND INTOLERANCE

(ECRI)

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16th meeting

Strasbourg, Human Rights Building

Room 20 RC Jardin

13-16 October 1998

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ABRIDGED MEETING REPORT

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Introduction

1.    The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) held its 16th meeting in Strasbourg (Human Rights Building) from 13 to 16 October 1998, with Mr Nikos FRANGAKIS (Greece) in the Chair.

2.    The list of participants is contained in Appendix I. The agenda, as adopted, appears in Appendix II.

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 reported on recent Council of Europe developments relevant to ECRI’s work.

Item 4: Intensification of the activities of ECRI

6. ECRI considered a draft document prepared by its Bureau on practical aspects of implementing its intensified programme of activites. It finalised and adopted the document and transmitted it to the Ministers' Deputies. The document, as adopted by ECRI, is reproduced in Addendum I hereto.

7. ECRI also considered a technical memorandum on various aspects of its country-by-country approach with a view to undertaking, from January 1999 onwards, the second stage in its country-by-country work. It instructed the Secretariat to revise the memorandum in the light of the discussion so that it could be considered at its next plenary meeting (24-27 November 1998).

8. The Secretariat was instructed to write to the ten national liaison officers concerned by the country-by-country reports to be prepared in 1999 to inform them of this fact and to request information on the follow-up given by their national authorities to the suggestions contained in the first ECRI reports on their countries. It was agreed to likewise write to relevant national NGOs requesting information.

Item 5: Texts prepared by the CBC working groups

9. ECRI discussed the draft preliminary texts concerning Andorra, Croatia, Sweden and "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" and held an in-depth discussion on each of these texts.

10. In accordance with the country-by-country procedure, it was agreed that the draft texts, as prepared at the present meeting, would be transmitted by the Chair of ECRI to the Permanent Representatives of the member States in question, so that they might be forwarded, for comments, to the national liaison officers to be nominated by the respective governments.

Item 6: Adoption of final country-by-country texts

11. ECRI examined the country-by-country texts which had been completed following a process of dialogue with the national liaison officers concerned and which were now submitted to ECRI for final adoption.

12. ECRI adopted the final reports on Denmark, Estonia, the Russian Federation, Spain and the United Kingdom. These texts are reproduced in Addendum II hereto.

13. In accordance with the country-by-country procedure, as agreed by the Ministers' Deputies at their 598th meeting (1-3 July 1997), the aforementioned texts will be transmitted by ECRI to the governments of the member States in question through the Committee of Ministers. These texts will be made public two months after their transmission to these governments unless the latter are expressly against making these texts public.

Item 7: Programme of co-operation with NGOs

14. ECRI approved the results of the workshop held from 30 September to 2 October 1998 for NGOs of a number of member States on "Combating racism and intolerance: action at European and national level", and took note that a second workshop would be organised on 16 to 18 November 1998.

Item 8: Specialised bodies to combat racism and intolerance at national level

15. ECRI noted the results of the meeting of the working group on specialised bodies held on 24 - 25 September 1998 (cf CRI(98)63), and agreed that at its next plenary meeting (24-27 November 1998) it would discuss in detail its future activities in this field, in the light, inter alia, of the results of the colloquy, "Combating racism: the place and role of specialist bodies" (Lausanne, 22-24 October 1998).

Item 9: Co-operation with the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia

16. An exchange of views was held on the possibilities of co-operation with the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia and the Secretariat was instructed to prepare, on the basis of the exchange of views, a memorandum containing specific proposals on the subject for discussion at the next plenary meeting (24-27 November 1998).

Item 10: Widening the scope of Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights (work by the DH-DEV and the CDDH)

17.    ECRI was informed of the latest developments on work relating to the drafting of an Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights which would enlarge, in a general fashion, the scope of Article 14 of the Convention. ECRI reiterated its interest in the Council of Europe organs responsible for drafting the Additional Protocol continuing their efforts with a view to a speedy and satisfactory conclusion, so that the Additional Protocol could be completed and adopted as quickly as possible.

Item 11: Contacts established with other Council of Europe bodies interested in the questions which ECRI deals with

18. Mr François SANT'ANGELO, the ECRI representative on the Specialised Group on Roma/Gypsies (MG-S-ROM), reported on MG-S-ROM's last meeting, held in Prague on 28 September-1 October 1998.

Item 12: Timetable of forthcoming meetings and items to be dealt with at the 17th ECRI meeting

19. ECRI decided to deal with the following items at its 17th plenary meeting (24-27 November 1998): texts prepared by the CBC working groups; adoption of final country-by-country texts; ECRI’s future programme of activities; preparations for the World Conference on Racism and Racial Discrimination (United Nations); specialised bodies existing at national level to combat racism and intolerance; the problem of the dissemination of racist messages via the Internet; programme of co-operation with NGOs; co-operation with the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia; widening the scope of Article 14 of the ECHR; elections.

 

APPENDIX I

LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

Albanie / Albania

Ms Admira SHEHU, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, TIRANA

Andorre / Andorra

Madame Patricia QUILLACQ, Représentante Permanente Adjointe d’Andorre auprès du Conseil de l’Europe, STRASBOURG

Autriche / Austria

(Excusé/Apologised)

Professor Stefan KARNER

, Boltzmann Institut für Kriegsfolgen-Forschung, GRAZ

Professor Dr Gerald SCHÖPFER

, Vorstand des Instituts für Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte der Universität Graz, GRAZ

Belgique / Belgium

(Excusé/Apologised)

Monsieur Johan LEMAN

, Directeur du Centre pour l’Egalité des Chances et la Lutte contre le Racisme, BRUXELLES

M. François SANT'ANGELO

, collaborateur au Centre pour l'Egalité des Chances et la Lutte contre le Racisme, BRUXELLES

Bulgarie / Bulgaria

Monsieur Luben KOULICHEV

, Assemblée Nationale de la République de Bulgarie, SOFIA

Croatie / Croatia

Ms Maja SERSIC

, Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches öffentliches Recht, und Völkerecht, HEIDELBERG

Chypre / Cyprus

Ms Maro CLERIDES-TSIAPPAS

, Counsel for the Republic of Cyprus, Office of the Attorney General of the Republic of Cyprus, NICOSIA

République Tchèque / Czech Republic

Mr Richard KRPAC

, Human Rights Office – International Law Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, PRAGUE

Danemark / Denmark

Professor Eva SMITH-ASMUSSEN

, Retsvidenskabeligt Institut A, COPENHAGEN

Estonie / Estonia

(Excusée/Apologised)

Mrs Aino LEPIK

, Head of Human Rights Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Legal Department, TALLINN

Mr Mart NUTT

, Member of Parliament, Riigikogu, TALLINN

Finlande / Finland

Professor Karmela LIEBKIND

, University of Helsinki, Department of Social Psychology, HELSINGIN

France

(Excusée/Apologised)

Madame Martine VALDES-BOULOUQUE

, Inspecteur des Services Judiciaires, Ministère de la Justice, PARIS

Allemagne / Germany

Dr Helga VOELSKOW-THIES

, Ministerialdirigentin, Bundesministerium der Justiz, BONN

Grèce / Greece

Mr Nikos FRANGAKIS

, President of the Hellenic League on Human Rights, ATHENS

Hongrie / Hungary

Mr Jenö KALTENBACH

, Parliamentary Commissioner for National, Ethnic and Minority Rights, Parliamentary Commissioners’ Office, BUDAPEST

Islande / Iceland

Reverend Baldur KRISTJÁNSSON

, THORLÁKSHOFN

Italie / Italy

Monsieur le Professeur Paolo UNGARI

, Presidente della Commissione per I Diritti Umani, della Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri, ROMA

Lettonie / Latvia

Mrs Ruta MARJAŠA

, Lawyer, RIGA

Liechtenstein

Monsieur Hans BRUNHART

, Ancien Chef du Gouvernement, Euroconsult AG, SCHAAN

Mme Christine STEHRENBERGER

, Office pour les Affaires Etrangères, VADUZ

Lituanie / Lithuania

Mr Vladimir YARMOLENKO

, Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, VILNIUS

Luxembourg

Monsieur Roger LINSTER

, Ambassadeur, 1er Conseiller de Gouvernement, Ministère des Affaires Etrangères, LUXEMBOURG

Malte / Malta

Mr Godwin MUSCAT-AZZOPARDI

, Judge, VALLETTA

Moldova

Monsieur le Professeur Victor VOLCINSCHI

, Academia de Studii Economice (ASE) dui Victor Volcinschi, Seful Catedrei de Drept, MOL-CHISINAU

Pays-Bas / Netherlands

Mr Willem MIJNSSEN

, Gerechtshof s-Gravenhage, DEN HAAG

Norvège / Norway

Mr Petter DREFVELIN

, Director General, Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI), LYSAKER

Pologne / Poland

Professor Andrzej SICINSKI

, Institute of Phillosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, WARSZA

Portugal

(Excusé/Apologised)

Monsieur Fernando FERREIRA RAMOS

, Procuradoria-Geral da República, Gabinete de Documentação e Direito Comparado, LISBOA

Monsieur José Antonio MESQUITA

, Juiz Conselheiro, Gabinet de Documentaçao e Direito Comparado, LISBOA

Roumanie / Romania

Mr Aurel-Viorel CIOBANU-DORDEA

, Assistant-professor in Public International Law, University of Bucharest – Faculty of Law, BUCHAREST

Fédération de Russie / Russian Federation

Mr Alexander VLADYCHENKO

, Doctor of History, Deputy Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs – European Cooperation Department, MOSCOW

Saint-Marin / San Marino

(Excusée/Apologised)

Madame Federica BIGI

, Ministère des Affaires Etrangères de Saint-Marin, Direction des Affaires Politiques, SAN MARINO

Slovaquie / Slovakia

Professor Juraj ŠVEC

, Rector of the University Comenius, BRATISLAVA

Slovénie / Slovenia

Mrs Alenka PUHAR

, Journalist-Publicist, LJUBLJANA

Espagne / Spain

Mr Tomás CALVO BUEZAS

, Catedrático de Antropología Social, Facultad de Ciencia Políticas y Sociología – Universidad Complutense, MADRID

Suède / Sweden

(Excusée/Apologised)

Ms Heléne LÖÖW

, National Swedish Council for Crime Prevention, STOCKHOLM

Suisse / Switzerland

Monsieur le Professeur Joseph VOYAME

, SAINT-BRAIS

«L’ex-République yougoslave de Macédoine» / «The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia»

Ms Elizabeta GORGIEVA

, Senior Officer at the Human and Minority Rights Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SKOPJE

Turquie / Turkey

Professor Gün KUT

, Bogaziçi University, Faculty of Political Science, ISTANBUL

Ukraine

Mr Oleg SEMENENKO

, Second Secretary of the European and Transatlantic Integration Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, KYIV

Royaume-Uni / United Kingdom

Mr Michael HEAD

, Byways, WOKING SURREY

 

Assemblée Parlementaire / Parliamentary Assembly

 

Commission des questions juridiques et des droits de l’homme/Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights

(Excusé/Apologised)

Monsieur José Luis LOPES HENARES

, Sénateur, MADRID

Mr Jerzy JASKIERNIA

, Chairperson of the Sub-Committee on Human Rights, Chancellerie de la SEJM, WARSAW

 

Commission de la culture et de l’éducation/Committee on Culture and Education

(Excusée/Apologised)

Mrs Anita Apelthun SAELE

, OSLO

 

Commission des questions politiques/Committee on Political Affairs

(Excusé/Apologised)

Mr András BÁRSONY

, Vice-President of the Parliamentary Assembly to the Council of Europe, Hungarian Parliament, BUDAPEST

 

Congrès des pouvoirs locaux et régionaux d’Europe / Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe

(Excusé/Apologised)

Monsieur Gianfranco MARTINI

, Segretario Generale dell’Associazione Italiana del Consiglio, dei Communi e Regioni d’Europa, ROMA

 

Commission des Communautés Européennes / Commission of the European Community

(Excusée/Apologised)

Madame Annette BOSSCHER

, Chef de Division Direction Générale V/D/4, RUXELLES

 

Observateurs / Observers:

Saint-Siège/Holy See

(Excusé/Apologised)

Monsieur Joël-Benoît d’ONORIO

, Directeur du Département des Sciences juridiques et morales, Institut Portalis, AIX EN PROVENCE

 

Secrétariat

 :

Mme Isil GACHET

, Direction des Droits de l’Homme, Secrétaire de la Commission européenne contre le racisme et l’intolérance / Human Rights Directorate, Secretary of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, Conseil de l’Europe, STRASBOURG, France

Mrs Isobelle JAQUES

, Administratrice / Administrator

Ms Louise BARTON

, Assistante Administrative / Administrative Assistant

Mr Giancarlo CARDINALE

, Assistant Administratif / Administratif Assistant

Mme Sylvia LEHMANN

, Assistante / Assistant

 

APPENDIX II

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Agenda

 

1.    Opening of the meeting

2.    Adoption of the agenda

Working documents

- Draft agenda         [ECRI (98) OJ 3 prov.]

- Annotations to the draft agenda              [CRI (98) 64]

3.    Communication by the Secretariat

Working document

- Annotations to the draft agenda          [CRI (98) 64]

4.    Intensification of the activities of ECRI

Working documents

- Annotations to the draft agenda          [CRI (98) 64]

Draft document on the practical aspects of the implementation of the future intensified programme of activities of ECRI [CRI (98) 59]

5.    Texts prepared by the CBC working groups

Working documents

- Annotations to the draft agenda               [CRI (98) 64]

- Texts prepared by the CBC working groups          [CRI (98) 60]

6.    Adoption of final country-by-country texts

Working documents

- Annotations to the draft agenda              [CRI (98) 64]

- CBC texts as reviewed after the dialogue with the NLO          [CRI (98) 61]

7.    Co-operation programme with NGO’s

Working documents

- Annotations to the draft agenda               [CRI (98) 64]

- Secretariat Memorandum              [CRI (98) 62]

8.    Specialised bodies to combat racism and intolerance at national level

Working documents

- Annotations to the draft agenda                  [CRI (98) 64]

- Report of the meeting of the working group on specialised bodies (24-25 September 1998)     [CRI (98) 63]

9.    Co-operation with the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia

Working document

- Annotations to the draft agenda               [CRI (98) 64]

10.    Widening of the scope of Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights (activity underway in DH-DEV and CDDH)

Working documents

- Annotations to the draft agenda          [CRI (98) 64]

- Report of the 23rd meeting of the DH-DEV (27-30 April 1998)         [DH-DEV (98) 3]

- Report of the 44th meeting of the CDDH (8-12 June 1998)          [CDDH (98) 15]

11.    Contacts established with other bodies of the Council of Europe interested in the questions dealt with by ECRI

Working document

- Annotations to the draft agenda              [CRI (98) 64]

12.    Time-table of forthcoming meetings and items to be dealt with at the 16th meeting of ECRI

Working document

- Annotations to the draft agenda     [CRI (98) 64]

- Secretariat Memorandum     [CRI (98) 65]

13.    Other business



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