Press release - 693(2010)

Council of Europe Anti-Racism Commission to prepare report on Cyprus

 Strasbourg, 24.09.2010 - A delegation of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) visited Cyprus from 13 to 17 September 2010 as the  first step for the preparation of a monitoring report. During its visit, ECRI´s delegation gathered information on the implementation of the recommendations it made to the authorities in its 2006 report and discussed new issues that have emerged since.

The delegation held meetings in Nicosia and Limassol with representatives of all relevant ministries, public officials, human rights NGOs and minority groups.

Following this visit, ECRI will adopt a report in which it will make a fresh set of recommendations on measures to be taken by the authorities to address racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance in the country. Among these, three will be revisited in two years’ time as part of an interim follow-up procedure.

In its 2006 report, ECRI found that the lack of a comprehensive immigration and integration policy made migrants, especially domestic workers, particularly vulnerable to human rights violations, exploitation and discrimination. Asylum seekers were also found to experience serious difficulties in exercising their rights and ECRI was concerned by the extensive use of detention in immigration and asylum procedures.

In the same report,  ECRI expressed unease about the conduct of law enforcement officials and allegations of ill treatment. Manifestations of prejudice and discrimination affecting the Turkish Cypriot community, including persons of Roma origin, still needed to be addressed and ECRI highlighted the need for education to reflect the needs of an increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse society.

ECRI is a human rights body of the Council of Europe, composed of independent experts, which monitors problems of racism and intolerance, prepares reports and issues recommendations to member states.

For more information on ECRI: www.coe.int/ecri

Link to 2006 ECRI report on Cyprus

Press contact: Stefano Valenti, Tel: +33 (0)3 90 21 43 28, stefano.valenti@coe.

Council of Europe Directorate of Communication
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 25 60
Fax:+33 (0)3 88 41 39 11

pressunit@coe.int

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