Ukraine is strengthening its efforts in the fight against racism and intolerance, Chair of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) Eva Smith Asmussen said at a roundtable in Kyiv on Thursday, UKRINFORM reports.

Speaking about clauses of the commission's third report on Ukraine, the participants in the roundtable pointed to positive results in the activities of the country's highest authorities in the field of interethnic relations. In particular, commission member Baldur Kristjansson paid attention to the ratification by Ukraine of Protocol No.12 to the European Convention on Human Rights, and the European Convention on Nationality.

Moreover, a program for supporting Rom Gypsies in the field of employment, healthcare, and the improvement of their housing conditions, has been drafted in the country. The institution of the human rights commissioner monitored the situation with national minorities, and full-fledged work is being conducted by the State Committee for Nationalities and Religions, a body considering statements from refugees and actively hindering any attempts to demonstrate racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and intolerance.

The participants in a professional debate, involving scientists and public figures from Ukraine and the ECRI, are considering the possibilities of a more detailed drafting of some acts of anti-discriminatory legislation, as well as the current practice of the court accompaniment of the implementation of the existing legal norms.

The ECRI is the Council of Europe's independent human rights monitoring body specialized in combating racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and intolerance.

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