There have been “some improvements” in Ukraine in the fight against racism and intolerance, but the situation is still a cause for concern, the Council of Europe’s European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) has said in a report on Ukraine.
The Council of Europe told Interfax-Ukraine on Tuesday that ECRI’s chair ad interim, François Sant’Angelo said, while commenting on the document, that “while there have been some improvements, there are still concerns in most areas covered by the commission’s mandate.”
The press release on the report notes that although the Ukrainian government has drawn up action plans against xenophobia and racial and ethnic discrimination, the disbanding of the State Committee for Nationalities and Religion has “left a vacuum” in this connection.
“The country has no comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation. Moreover, despite the authorities’ intention to strengthen the legislation on asylum, the refugee-status determination procedures have been frozen on several occasions,” reads the press release.