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Racist violence a real threat to democracy in Greece

01/02/2013

Les violences racistes sont une menace réelle pour la démocratie en Grèce
Nils Muižnieks 

Athens, 01/02/2013. “Impunity for the rising number of racist crimes in Greece has to end. The police, prosecutors and courts need to become fully acquainted with and give effect to existing anti-racism legislation, including the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination by which Greece is bound”, stated Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, at the end of his five-day visit to Greece.

Between October 2011 and December 2012 more than 200 racist attacks were recorded by the racist violence recording network headed by UNHCR and the National Commission for Human Rights. “This is only the tip of the iceberg. The fatal stabbing of a young Pakistani worker in Athens a fortnight ago by two criminals, one of whom was linked to the neo-nazi party ‘Golden Dawn’, has rightly alarmed the authorities and made them more determined to fight and eliminate the scourge of racist and other hate crimes”. (more...)

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