The phenomenon of racist violence in Greece and how it is combated

Special report 2013

Description

The present report includes the findings of the Ombudsman after the Independent Authority’s thorough probe into complaints submitted to the Greek Ombudsman during a 16-month period (January 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013), a probe which was combined with a study on the phenomenon’s characteristics as those ensue from the grouping of racist violence incidents recorded during that same time period by the Hellenic Police, the Press, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). The present report also takes into account the pertinent reports by international organizations and the proposals made by political bodies in response to a relevant invitation by the Greek Ombudsman. The report also evaluates the Police administration’s approach in combating racism and xenophobia. In a special chapter, the report records the manifestation of the phenomenon in schools and the manner in which the school administration has responded to it.

The findings and the conclusions, together with the recommendations and proposals of the independent authority included in the present report aspire at providing the State with institutional safeguards so that it may effectively combat the deplorable phenomena of racist violence, phenomena which, regrettably, have been escalating both in number as well as in the intensity of the violence exercised, thus breaching social cohesion and peace and undermining the principle of equal human value and the foundations of the rule of law itself.

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