Strasbourg, 15/10/13 – The Council of Europe’s European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) has published new reports on Malta, the Republic of Moldova, the Netherlands and the Russian Federation.
Each report includes three recommendations to the authorities that require priority implementation and will be revisited by ECRI in two years’ time:
In Malta, ECRI recommends making the naturalisation process more impartial and transparent, restricting cases where irregular migrants or asylum seekers are detained, and improving the legal rights of asylum seekers.
In Moldova, ECRI’s recommendations include ratifying Protocol No. 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights; recording and following up racist incidents and collecting data on vulnerable groups; informing vulnerable groups about legislation and bodies that combat racism, establishing regular contacts, and conducting effective investigations to provide appropriate redress and punishment.
ECRI recommends that the Netherlands recognise racist motivation in the criminal code, reduce the exploitation of temporary workers and develop a national strategy against racism and discrimination.
In Russia, ECRI recommends creating a system to identify and assist those facing obstacles to residence registration; ensuring application of anti-extremism legislation only to serious cases where hatred or violence are involved while clearly specifying the criteria to be met when declaring any material extremist; and restoring a programme on tolerance in Russian society.