09 December 2008

EU - Framework Decision on racism and xenophobia

(Consilium)
The Council adopted a Framework Decision on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law. The text lays down that the following intentional acts will be punishable in all the EU Member States:
  • publicly inciting violence or hatred directed against a group of persons or a member of such a group defined by reference to race, colour, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin, even by the dissemination or distribution of tracts, pictures or other material;
  • publicly condoning, denying or grossly trivialising crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes as defined in Articles 6, 7 and 8 of the Statute of the International Criminal Court, directed against a group of persons or a member of such a group defined by reference to race, colour, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin;
  • crimes defined by the Nuremberg Tribunal (Article 6 of the Charter of the International Military Tribunal appended to the London Agreement of 8 August 1945), directed against a group of persons or a member of such a group defined by reference to race, colour, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin.
The Member States will make these acts punishable by a maximum sentence of at least one to three years' imprisonment. Following its adoption, the Member States will have two years to comply with the Framework Decision.