Spain: Comprehensive anti-discrimination laws needed to fight rising prejudice against migrants and Roma and Jewish people

New and comprehensive anti-discrimination laws are needed to make Spain a safer for migrants and Roma people.

That is the verdict of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM), in its 23 June report on the country.

Its Fourth Opinion on Spain notes that “prejudice and intolerance against Roma, as well as islamophobia, anti-Semitism and intolerance against migrants, continue to be expressed, notably in the print and audiovisual media and on the Internet, as well as in political life.

“There were also some worrying anti-Roma incidents in the second half of 2014 Comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation should also be enacted and the structures in place to promote equal treatment and address individual cases of discrimination should also be strengthened.”

According to the report, Spain should now “ensure that all alleged cases of hate speech, including those committed on the internet and in the print and audiovisual media, are effectively investigated, prosecuted and sanctioned.”

National authorities should also “ensure that austerity measures taken in the context of the economic crisis, including in the fields of education, housing and health, do not disproportionately impact, directly or indirectly, on Roma and take resolute measures to redress problems of this nature that have already been identified.”

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