Representatives from 47 member countries of the Council of Europe, the UN and other international organizations will gather in Ankara next week for a seminar to discuss increasing discrimination and intolerance in Europe, the Foreign Ministry has said.
The seminar will be organized jointly by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), a human rights body of the Council of Europe, and the Turkish Foreign Ministry within the framework of the Turkish chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. Turkey has held this chairmanship since Nov. 10, 2010.
“The seminar will discuss negative sentiments that have been rising in Europe, such as intolerance, discrimination and extremism,” the Foreign Ministry said in its statement on Friday.
The Council of Europe said the seminar, which will convene Jan. 10-11, will discuss the implementation of recommendations by ECRI to combat discrimination based on racial, ethnic, religious or other bias. The Council of Europe listed some of the themes to be discussed at the seminar such as freedom of speech and the fight against racism and racial discrimination, specialized bodies and the fight against racism and racial discrimination and new challenges.
The meeting will be opened by ECRI Chairman Nils Muiznieks and Turkish Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Birnur Fertekligil. The event will bring together representatives from Council of Europe member states and states with observer status, representatives of international organizations and ECRI members, and representatives of NGOs.