Video: Migration and refugees – a moment of truth for community relations in Europe

“We have to understand the people who say they are scared,” says Eva Smith Rasmussen, the former chair of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI). “Our societies are built on democracy and humanity and we should not forget these principles in these days of pressure.”

France: Anti-racism commission concerned at rise of hate speech and violence motivated by intolerance

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland endorses a new report on France which reveals a rise in hate speech and racist violence. “I call on political leaders in particular to refrain from making comments which stigmatise already vulnerable groups and fuel tensions in French society,” he said.

Poland : Nationalism, intolerance and racism are on the rise

In its report published today, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) revealed concern over hate speech directed at LGBT people, the mobilisation of extremist groups, “occasionally in conjunction with racist football supporters’ associations or foreign nationalist groups” and manifestations of racism at sports events.

ECRI urges Albania to tackle hate speech and Roma inclusion

The ECRI report also confirms that access to justice for victims of discrimination remains difficult and no reliable data on hate crime exists.

Greece: New report reveals rising xenophobia, anti-migrant violence and ‘Roma-phobia’

“Worrying levels of xenophobia and violence against refugees, asylum seekers and migrants and the ongoing segregation of Roma children in some schools,” are noted in a new report by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI).