Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 6 / Trend E.Ostapenko /
The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) will provide a new report and recommendations to the Azerbaijani authorities on the situation in the field of combating racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance, the organization said. The report will be developed upon the results of a five-day monitoring.
An ECRI delegation visited Azerbaijan from Sept.27 to Oct.1, 2010 as the first step in 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 previous report of 2007 and discussed new issues that have emerged since.
The delegation held meetings in Baku and Lankaran with representatives of all relevant ministries, public officials, human rights NGOs and minority groups.
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.Azerbaijan became the 43rd member of the Council of Europe in 2001.
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, antisemitism and intolerance in the country.
In its 2007 report, ECRI expressed concern that cases of racist and inflammatory speech against various minority groups or the promotion of religious intolerance by some media, politicians and members of the general public continued to occur. It also found that the unsolved conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh had a negative impact on the climate concerning Armenians.
In the same report, ECRI expressed concern over allegations of cases of harassment by law enforcement and other officials against members of some minority groups, as well as difficulties experienced by some categories of non-citizens in obtaining legal status. It also noted a lack of awareness on the part of the Azerbaijani population with respect to racism and intolerance in Azerbaijan and of the legal provisions designed to combat such phenomena.
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