Apr 3, 2001 -- (Agence France Presse) The Council of
Europe on Tuesday expressed concern about police abuse and
violence in Macedonia, particularly against the former
Yugoslav republic's ethnic Albanian and Roma minorities.
"Although the situation is improving due to efforts of
the ministry of the interior, unlawful arrest and detention,
excessive use of force and physical ill-treatment of detainees
remains a problem," a report by the European Commission
against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) said.
The ECRI report, which was adopted in June last year after a
fact-finding mission to Macedonia in March, also called on the
government to intensify its efforts to improve integration for
ethnic minorities, in particular Albanians.
While the report admitted the government was aware of the need
to encourage further integration, it said: "The
organizations and associations of civil society ... are in
large part divided along ethnic lines, as are the political
It also noted that Albanians and other minority groups were
greatly under-represented in state-institutions at the
national and local level, police and judiciary.