When will racism be completely eliminated?

Although a number of legal instruments offer protection against racism and related forms of intolerance, ethnic and religious minorities across the EU continue to face racism, discrimination, verbal and physical violence and exclusion.

In order for political decision-makers to be able to make informed decisions about measures to combat racism, in addition to their knowledge of international and European legal provisions, they also need information from the everyday lives of the people concerned. FRA research shows incidents of racism and related intolerance as well as discrimination against ethnic minorities; At the same time, however, they also use specific examples to provide information on how racism is combated in key areas of social life.

All EU member states have adopted the International Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). You are therefore obliged to prevent, prohibit and eliminate all forms of racial discrimination and incitement to racial hatred.

The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights prohibits discrimination based on race, skin color, ethnic origin, religion or belief. With its Racial Equal Treatment Directive (2000/43), which prohibits discrimination in various areas of life, the EU has enacted extensive legislation. Member States are also required to prosecute public incitement to violence and hatred against people of any other race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin.

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