EU human rights agency: Racist crime up in 8 EU countries in 2000-06

Racist violence and crime have been on the rise in at least eight of the European Union's 27 member states in the last six years, the bloc's human rights agency said Monday. The figures were in a report that identified ethnic discrimination and unequal employment opportunities as serious EU-wide problems. The Vienna, Austria-based Fundamental Rights Agency said it was impossible to present a full picture of racist violence for all of the EU due to a severe lack of national data. It accused governments of failing to collect information about racist crime, saying five member states published no data at all for 2005-06.