I ny rapport konkluderer Europarådets senter mot rasisme (ECRI) med at rasisme er blitt utbredt i Europa, konsolidert av ekstreme høyrepartiers fremvekst og folkeavstemninger om religiøse minoriteter og utlendinger.

This is an synthesis of the alarm raised by the Council of Europe in the commission’s report against racism and intolerance published today. According to the ECRI commission document, in 2010 racist and intolerant speech and behaviours ceased definitively to be solely the domain of extremist and marginal groups in European societies. Over the past year growing electoral success was achieved by extreme right-wing parties in many European states, accompanied by an ever more frequent use of xenophobic arguments by political leaders and a worrisome increase in referendums against religious minorities and foreigners.

Ifølge ECRI har denne «legitimeringen av intoleranse og rasisme mot minoriteter» ført til at de nåværende lovene mot hatefull tale ikke lenger gjør nytten. I rapporten advarer ECRI særlig mot den utbredte oppfatningen at «noen grupper er så forskjellige fra hverandre at de ikke kan leve sammen»:

According to the Council of Europe body, members of parliament must take on a clear ethical code which makes it »impossible» to make use of racist speech, and that all parties and politicians voluntarily sign a document obliging them to adhere to »good practices». ECRI has also warned of the danger inherent in the ever-more widespread speeches based on the idea that some communities are so different form each other that they cannot live together.

»This ideology,» reports ECRI, »threatens social cohesion as much as the ideology based on racial superiority.»