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Is racial discrimination defined in national law?

Key Area:
Anti-discrimination Legislation & Implementation
Racism, Discrimination
16/12/2011 - 15:38
Short Answer


Yes. Discrimination on grounds of race, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin is defined as unlawful by legislation.
Qualitative Info

In implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination a Federal Constitutional Act has entered into force in 1973, which declares as unlawful any form of discriminaton on grounds of the race, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin (Art. I). Moreover treating persons in a discriminatory manner without justification on the sole ground of their race, colour, national or ethnic origin, religion, creed or disability or preventing them from entering places or making use of services which are intended for general public use is identified as an administrative offence, which can be fined with up to EUR 1090,- by Art. III no. 3 Introductory Provisions to the Code of Administrative Procedure (EGVG).

Groups affected/interested Migrants, Refugees, Roma & Travelers, Muslims, Ethnic minorities, Religious minorities, Linguistic minorities, Asylum seekers, Persons with disability
Type (R/D) Anti-migrant/xenophobia, Anti-semitism, Islamophobia, Afrophobia, Arabophobia, Anti-roma/zinghanophobia, Religious intolerance, On grounds of disability, On grounds of other belief
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Policing - law enforcement, Anti-discrimination
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