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EU Anti-Racism Agency Publishes Report on Lithuania

(ECRI) The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) the fourth report on Lithuania. ECRI’s Chair, Nils Muiznieks, said that, while there are positive developments, some issues of concern remain, such as the continuing absence of a law on national minorities and the situation of the Roma.

In its report, ECRI has made a number of recommendations to the authorities, three of which require priority implementation and will be revisited by ECRI in two years’ time:

• set-up an inter-institutional body to coordinate the implementation of Roma integration programmes.

• continue training police officers, lawyers, judges and prosecutors on the provisions against racism and racial discrimination.

• swiftly adopt the draft law which extends access to social security to persons granted subsidiary protection. Make provision for financing the health coverage of all persons granted subsidiary protection.

The report, including Government observations, is available here.