European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

1. The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) is a body of the Council of Europe, composed of independent members from each Member State. Its aim is to combat racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and intolerance at a pan- European level and from the angle of the protection of human rights.

    2. One of the pillars of ECRI’s work programme is its country-by-country approach, in which racism and intolerance in each of the Member States of the Council of Europe, including Ireland, is analysed. Country visits are carried out roughly once every five years.

      3. A fourth round monitoring visit to Ireland took place in 2012 between 27 February and 1 March. On this occasion, it was a joint visit from ECRI and the Advisory Committee to the Framework Convention on the Protection of National Minorities. This was the first joint visit to any member state by Council of Europe monitoring bodies and represents a new, integrated approach designed to streamline resources and avoid duplication.
      4. The ECRI delegation met with a range of officials from Government Departments, the Equality Tribunal, the Irish Human Rights Commission, and the Press Ombudsman. They also met with a number of Irish NGOs, including the Galway Traveller Movement, Pavee Point, FLAC, Akidwa, and the Irish Council of Civil Liberties.
      5. ECRI's report on Ireland was adopted by the ECRI Committee in December 2012, adopted by the Committee of Minister's Deputies in January 2013and published on 19 February 2013. The report requested priority implementation of the following recommendations:

      ECRI recommends that the authorities draft and adopt as soon as possible the Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill so as to (inter alia)

        (a) Put in place one procedure for dealing with applications for asylum and subsidiary protection

        (b) Introduce a long-term residence status (granting same rights as those enjoyed by nationals in the field of university education)

        (c) Introduce procedures for registration of non-national minors under 16.

      ECRI recommends that the authorities, without neglecting the need to rationalise the various procedures for dealing with complaints concerning employment, ensure that there is an independent authority (other than the courts) competent to deal with cases of discrimination in the provision of goods and services.

      ECRI recommends that the authorities ensure foreseeability in the application of the habitual residence requirement by setting out clear and publicly available rules and publishing the decisions of the authorities dealing with appeals against negative decisions based on the requirement in question.

      7. A process of interim follow-up on these three priority recommendations will be conducted by ECRI within two years of publication of the report.

    ECRI Reports on Ireland

    Fifth Round Evaluation

    The date for Ireland’s Fifth Round Evaluation has not yet been decided but it is expected to start sometime in 2017 or 2018.

    ECRI assessment of Ireland's system for registering criminal offences

    "Ireland has a good system for registering racist criminal offences." (ECRI press release re publication of Fourth ECRI Report on Ireland on 19 February 2013)

    Ireland’s member of European Commission on Racism and Intolerance

    Ireland's current member of the European Commission on Racism and Intolerance is Mr. Michael Farrell. Mr Farrell's term (his second term) is effective from the 30th November 2016 for a period of 5 years (i.e. to 29 November 2021).

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