Racial discrimination and hate. Recall from the council of Europe to Italy
The fifth report on Italy published in Strasbourg by the “European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)” detected some gaps in anti-discrimination legislation: discrimination due to skin color or language is not a criminal offense and the law does not provide for effective penalties against these behaviors. In addition, the report notes, the National Anti-Racial Discrimination Office (UNAR) is not a body independent from the government, and although it plays many activities against discrimination, it has a limited mandate. As such the ECRI addresses the Italian authorities with the following recommendations:
- Ensure full independence of the UNAR de jure and de facto, and extend its powers to discrimination based on color, language, religion, nationality and national origin.
- To promote in schools, mutual tolerance and respect, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.