Isil Gachet

Isil Gachet is the Executive Secretary to the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI). Mandated to combat racism and racial discrimination in Europe by protecting human rights, ECRI combats violence, discrimination and prejudice faced by persons or groups on grounds of race, colour, language, religion, nationality or national or ethnic origin. The ECRI secretariat is based in the Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs of the Council of Europe.

In today's world, contemporary forms of racism and racial discrimination are complex and disturbing. In Europe, these issues increasingly lie at the heart of political and social concerns. Faced with persistent expressions of racism and xenophobia, the Council of Europe Member States have, for several years now, been taking firm and sustained action to combat these trends.