Press release - 233(2010)

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March)

Statement by Micheline Calmy-Rey, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

Strasbourg, 19.03.2010 - “Racial discrimination is one of the scourges of our contemporary societies and must be combated resolutely and relentlessly.” Those were the words of Micheline Calmy-Rey, Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

“Treating an individual differently because of his or her ‘race’, colour, language, religion, nationality or national or ethnic origin is an unacceptable violation of human rights. The Council of Europe will keep up its efforts against discrimination of this kind with the aid of all the instruments at its disposal and, in particular, by strengthening the action of its European Court of Human Rights, which the Swiss Chairmanship will continue to work for.

The vital work done by the Council of Europe’s anti-racism body – the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) –, to which I pay tribute, must also be encouraged in order to back up member states’ policies for combating racism and racial discrimination,” she added.

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