Report Reveals Surge in Racist Violence in Greece

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A recent report has highlighted a disturbing surge in racist violence within Greece, amidst growing hostility towards migrants and minority groups. The report, compiled by the Refugee Rights Europe Network (RVRN), underscores the prevalence of ultra-nationalist sentiments, with three far-right parties securing parliamentary seats in the previous year's elections.

The findings come at a critical juncture as far-right parties across Europe gear up for the upcoming European Parliament elections, with promises to adopt tougher immigration policies. RVRN, established in 2011 by the UN refugee agency in Greece and the National Commission for Human Rights, defines racist violence as any criminal or violent acts targeting individuals based on their ethnic origin, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disabilities.

According to the annual report, Greece has witnessed a disturbing pattern of "intense and continuous" racist violence, particularly at its borders, where both individuals and organised groups have perpetrated attacks. The report also highlights systematic racist behaviour by security officials, with incidents of organised violence being particularly alarming.

Despite these revelations, authorities have been largely silent, with a police spokesperson failing to respond to requests for comment. The migration ministry, however, maintains that it rigorously upholds national, European, and international laws and thoroughly investigates all complaints. It emphasises the distinction between its responsibilities and those of other ministries or security agencies.

Meanwhile, rights groups have accused Greek authorities of mistreating migrants and refugees, alleging instances of forced deportations or "pushbacks" at the borders. The government has consistently refuted these claims, further exacerbating tensions.

The report also notes a concerning increase in violence against the LGBT community, with individuals falling victim to unprovoked attacks, often motivated by homophobia and transphobia. This comes despite a landmark victory for LGBT rights earlier in the year when Greece legalised same-sex marriage in February.

(Source: Reuters)

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