Two new reports on the fight against racism and discrimination in Denmark and Serbia show mixed results in both countries.
The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) states that Denmark’s authorities efforts to support civil society organizations working with integration, increase diversity in policing and address the social marginalization of members of the Greenlandic Inuit community.
However, newly tightened rules for family reunification are a cause for concern, the report reveals. Racist hate speech remains a problem, as well as the authorities’ failure to tackle the problem of school segregation.
The report’s authors welcomed Serbia’s anti-hate legislation and practices, its efforts to reconcile with the war past.
The fact that Radio and Television of Serbia recognized its role as propaganda tool in the 90’s, and that parliament and the president apologised for the Srebrenica massacre, was also commended by ECRI.
Bu the report “deplores” the fact that neither of them has explicitly recognised these massacres as genocide and deeply regrets the slow progress made in the prosecution of and sentencing for war crimes.
Other negative developments identified were the rise of hate speech in public discourse, violence against Roma and LGBT persons, as well as racist behaviour of football fans. ECRI stresses the need for authorities to address the problem and to ban racist sports fan clubs.