The multiplication of violent acts motivated by intolerance,
racism and xenophobia in Europe and the entry into national parliaments
of parties circulating messages of a racist and xenophobic nature
are worrying trends. Constant vigilance and opposition to intolerance,
racism and xenophobia are more than ever political imperatives.
Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are the natural allies
of parliaments in the performance of their function of oversight,
prevention and awareness raising in this matter.
In order to combat this evil together, member and observer
States, in particular parliaments, are invited to take concrete
action to support and promote the role of NGOs in order to improve
policies and legislation in the field of racism and xenophobia and
to ensure that the point of view of minority groups is taken into
account in their preparation, implementation and monitoring.