On 2 March 2010, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) published its fourth report on racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and intolerance in the UK.
ECRI’s Chair, Nils Muiznieks, pointed out positive steps in fighting discrimination, but also expressed concern that racist incidents had become more frequent, police powers were exercised in a manner that disproportionately affected minority groups; Gypsies and Travellers still faced serious discrimination; asylum seekers remained in a vulnerable position. With regards to positive developments, the legal framework for combating racism and discrimination has been strengthened. New criminal provisions on the prohibition of religious hatred have been enacted and police forces now apply a uniform definition of racist incidents. In addition, an Equality Bill has been introduced in Parliament with the aim of harmonising discrimination law and raising existing standards; it should provide similar protection against discrimination on the grounds of religion and belief to that provided on the grounds of race.
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