US Department of State Religious Freedom Report for 2017: Greece

US Department of State
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor

International Religious Freedom Report for 2017: Greece

Executive Summary

The constitution states freedom of religious conscience is inviolable and provides for freedom of worship with some restrictions. The constitution recognizes Greek Orthodoxy as the “prevailing religion.” The law prohibits offenses against “religious peace,” including blasphemy and religious insult, punishable by prison sentences of up to two years. The government continued enforcing the blasphemy laws, leading to the arrests of at least five citizens in four separate cases. The constitution prohibits proselytizing, and no rite of worship may “disturb public order or offend moral principles.” At least 28 different religious communities are officially registered with the government under various laws, and a 2014 law outlines the procedures for other groups to obtain government recognition. Religious groups without legal recognition are able to function but may face administrative difficulties and additional tax burdens. The Greek Orthodox Church and, to a lesser extent, the Muslim minority of Thrace and the Catholic Church receive some government benefits not available to other religious communities. A court granted legal recognition to the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian community. The government granted a permit for the first time for a polytheistic group to operate a house of prayer. Some members of the Thrace Muslim community opposed the government’s appointment of muftis, advocating that the community elect them. The government amended a series of laws to allow private citizens and municipal authorities to apply for permits to operate crematory facilities for those whose religious beliefs do not permit burial in Greek cemeteries; to allow Muslim students in primary and secondary schools to be absent from school on Islamic religious holidays; and to establish an administrative committee for a mosque in Athens. The law also allowed for the descendants of deceased Greek Jews born in the country prior to May 9, 1945 to obtain Greek citizenship. The government improved the process for mosque modifications in Thrace. Jehovah’s Witnesses said, the government did not approve their requests to be exempted from military service in several instances. The criminal trial of 69 members and supporters of the Golden Dawn (GD) political party, widely considered anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim, continued. They were charged with multiple attacks, including several against Muslim migrants, from 2011 to 2014. GD members of parliament (MPs) continued to make anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim comments. The government continued to fund Holocaust education programs and commemorate Greek Holocaust victims.

Media reports of incidents of anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim discrimination and hate speech continued, including some directed at immigrants. Jehovah’s Witnesses continued to report incidents of discrimination by some private citizens while preaching or when distributing information material in Athens and in other cities. There were reports of vandalism against religious properties, including Holocaust memorials and a Greek Orthodox church. Police launched investigations and made some arrests; however, the prosecutor had not filed charges in these cases by the end of the year.

The U.S. Ambassador, visiting U.S. officials, and other embassy and consulate representatives met with officials and representatives from the Ministry of Education, Research, and Religious Affairs, including the minister of education and the secretary general for religious affairs. They confirmed minority communities could apply for and establish houses of worship, learned about government initiatives that affect the Muslim minority in Thrace and immigrants, and expressed concern about anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim acts and rhetoric. Embassy officials also engaged the archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church and other metropolitans, as well as members of the Muslim, Jewish, Catholic, Bahai, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), and Jehovah’s Witness communities to promote religious tolerance and encourage interfaith dialogue. The embassy sponsored two international exchange participants for a program on minority migrant integration and tolerance. The embassy promoted religious tolerance through the Ambassador’s remarks via social media, including his remarks at the Conference on Religious Pluralism and Peaceful Coexistence in the Middle East.


Section I. Religious Demography 

The U.S. government estimates the population at 10.8 million (July 2017 estimate), of whom it estimates 98 percent are Greek Orthodox, 1.3 percent Muslim, and 0.7 percent other religions. According to a 2015 poll by Kappa Research Firm, a local private research firm, 81.4 percent of the population self-identifies as Greek Orthodox, 2.9 percent identifies with other religious groups, and 14.7 percent is atheist.

Muslims constitute a number of distinct communities including, according to the Council of Europe’s European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance, approximately 100,000-120,000 individuals in Thrace descending from the Muslim minority officially recognized in the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne. According to local religious leaders and migrant activists, approximately 150,000 Muslim immigrants and foreign workers from Southeastern Europe, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa continue to reside mostly in and around Athens, clustered together based on their countries of origin. Additionally the UN High Commissioner for Refugees estimated that approximately 49,000 recently arrived migrants and asylum seekers remained in the country at year’s end – mostly from Muslim-majority countries.

Other religious communities report that their members combined constitute between 3 and 5 percent of the population. These include Old Calendarist Orthodox, atheists and agnostics, Roman Catholics, Protestants, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jews, members of polytheistic Hellenic religions, Scientologists, Bahais, Mormons, Sikhs, Seventh-day Adventists, Buddhists, and members of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKON).


Section II. Status of Government Respect for Religious Freedom

Legal Framework

The constitution recognizes Greek Orthodoxy as the “prevailing religion.” The constitution states freedom of religious conscience is inviolable and provides for freedom of worship under the protection of the law with some restrictions. The constitution prohibits proselytizing, and no rite of worship may “disturb public order or offend moral principles.” The constitution allows prosecutors to seize publications that offend Christianity or other “known religions.” The law prohibits offenses against “religious peace,” including blasphemy and religious insult, which are punishable by prison sentences of up to two years. Blasphemy cases may be brought before civil and criminal courts. Development of religious conscience among citizens is listed as one of the goals of state education according to the constitution. Greek Orthodox priests and government-appointed muftis and imams in Thrace receive their salaries from the Greek government but are not considered to be state officials.

The constitution stipulates ministers of all known religions shall be subject to the same state supervision and the same obligations to the state as clergy of the Greek Orthodox Church. It also states individuals shall not be exempted from their obligations to the state or from compliance with the law because of their religious convictions.The Greek Orthodox Church, the Jewish community, and the Muslim minority of Thrace have long-held status as official religious legal entities. The Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, two evangelical Christian groups, and the Ethiopian, Coptic, Armenian Apostolic, and Assyrian Orthodox Churches automatically acquired the status of religious legal entities under a 2014 law. The same law also provides for groups seeking recognition to become religious legal entities under civil law. The recognition process involves filing a request at the civil court, providing documents proving the group has open rituals and no secret doctrines, supplying a list of 300 signatory members who do not adhere to other religious groups, demonstrating that there is a leader who is legally in the country and is otherwise qualified, and showing that their practices do not pose a threat to public order. Once the civil court recognizes the group, it sends a notification to the Secretariat General for Religions.With legal status, the religious group may legally transfer property and administer houses of prayer and worship, private schools, charitable institutions, and other nonprofit entities. Some religious groups have opted to retain their status as civil society nonprofit associations that they acquired through court recognition prior to the 2014 law. Under this status, religious groups may operate houses of prayer and benefit from real estate property tax exemptions, but they may face administrative and fiscal difficulties in transferring property and operating private schools, charitable institutions, and other nonprofit entities.The law allows religious communities without status as legal entities to appear before administrative and civil courts as plaintiffs or defendants.A religious group that has obtained at least one valid permit to operate a place of prayer is considered a “known religion” and thereby acquires legal protection, including a tax exemption for property used for religious purposes. Membership requirements for house of prayer permits differ from the requirements for religious legal entities. The granting of house of prayer permits is subject to approvals from local urban planning departments attesting to the compliance of a proposed house of prayer with local public health and safety regulations, and the application requires at least five signatory members of the group. Once a house of worship receives planning approvals, a religious group must submit a file including documents describing the basic principles and rituals of the religious group, as well as a biography of the religious minister or leader; the file must be approved by the Ministry of Education, Research, and Religious Affairs. The leaders of a religious group applying for a house of prayer permit must be Greek citizens, European Union nationals, or legal residents of the country and must possess other professional qualifications, including relevant education and experience. A separate permit is required for each physical place of worship.The 1923 Treaty of Lausanne gives the recognized Muslim minority of Thrace the right to maintain mosques and social and charitable organizations (auqafs). Government-appointed muftis are allowed to practice sharia and render religious judicial services in the area of family law for those members of the Muslim community in Thrace who opt to use the services of a mufti instead of civil courts. The government, in consultation with a committee of Muslim leaders, appoints three muftis in Thrace to 10-year terms of office, with the possibility of extension. Civil courts in Thrace routinely ratify the family law decisions of the muftis. The muftis also appoint imams to serve in the community’s mosques.The law protects an individual’s right to predetermine his or her form of funeral service and burial location in the presence of a notary. Individuals are allowed to designate the location and the method of funeral service under conditions that relate to public order, hygiene, or moral ethics, as well as a person responsible for the execution of funeral preferences. On July 28, the parliament amended existing legislation to allow private citizens and municipal authorities to apply for permits to operate crematory facilities to benefit those whose religious beliefs do not permit burial in Greek cemeteries. On October 18, the parliament passed an amendment changing the use of land in Eleonas region, in central Athens, thus paving the way for the construction by the local municipality of a crematory facility.All religious groups are subject to taxation on their property used for nonreligious purposes. Property used solely for religious purposes remains exempt from taxation, as well as municipal fees, for groups classified as religious legal entities or “known religions.”A law passed by parliament on August 8 exempts monasteries on the peninsula of Mount Athos from paying pending property tax on any properties owned inside or outside Mount Athos.Home schooling is not permitted for children. The law requires all children to attend nine years of compulsory education in state or private schools and one year of compulsory preschool education in accordance with the official school curriculum. Greek Orthodox religious instruction in primary and secondary schools is included in the curriculum. School textbooks focus mainly on Greek Orthodox teachings; however, they also include some basic information on some other “known” religions – ones the courts define as having “open rituals and no hidden doctrines.” Students may be exempted from religious instruction upon request, but parents of students registered as Greek Orthodox in school records must state the students are not Greek Orthodox believers in order to receive the exemption. There are no private religious schools, although certain foreign-owned private schools and individual churches may teach optional religious classes on their premises, which students may attend on a voluntary basis. The law provides for optional Islamic religious instruction in public schools in Thrace for the recognized Muslim minority and optional Catholic religious instruction in public schools on the islands of Tinos and Syros.A law passed on August 4, effective for the 2017-2018 school year, enables members from the Muslim minority and Catholic communities who teach in state schools to retain these positions if they are also called to serve as muftis or bishops. The law also provides for excused absences for Muslim students in primary and secondary school for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha and the following day.The government operates secular Greek-Turkish bilingual schools and two Islamic religious schools in Thrace. The law in Thrace provides for Islamic religious instructors to teach Islam to the Muslim minority in Greek-language public schools in lieu of mandatory twice weekly Greek Orthodox religious courses. Muslim students in Thrace wishing to study the Quran may also attend after-hours religious classes in mosques.The law establishes an annual 0.5 percent quota for admission of students from the recognized Muslim minority to universities, technical institutes, and civil service positions. Two percent of students entering the national fire brigade school and academy should be from the Muslim minority in Thrace. On February 14, the parliament amended existing legislation to standardize and simplify the certification process for teaching staff from the Muslim minority in Thrace.The law provides for alternative forms of mandatory service for religious conscientious objectors in lieu of the nine-month mandatory military service. Conscientious objectors are required to serve 15 months of alternate service in state hospitals or municipal and public services.The law prohibits discrimination and criminalizes hate speech on the grounds of religion. Individuals or legal entities convicted of incitement to violence, discrimination, or hatred on the basis of religion, among other factors, may be sentenced to prison terms of between three months and three years and fined 5,000 to 20,000 euros ($6,300 to $24,000). Violators convicted of other crimes motivated by religion may be sentenced to an additional six months to three years, with fines doubled. The law criminalizes approval, trivialization, or malicious denial of the Holocaust and “crimes of Nazism” if that behavior leads to incitement of violence or hatred, or has a threatening or abusive nature towards groups of individuals. The National Council against Racism and Xenophobia, an advisory body under the Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights, is charged with preventing, combating, monitoring, and recording racism and intolerance and protecting individuals and groups targeted on several grounds, including religion. The National Commission for Human Rights, comprised of government and nongovernmental organization (NGO) members, serves as an independent advisory body to the government on all human rights issues.An amendment passed by the parliament on March 28, allows the descendants of deceased Greek Jews born in the country prior to May 9, 1945 to obtain Greek citizenship.The law requires all civil servants, including cabinet and parliament members, to take an oath before entering office; individuals are free to take a religious or secular oath in accordance with their beliefs. Witnesses in trials must also take oaths before testifying in court, and can also select between a religious and a secular oath in both civil and criminal cases.The country is a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.


Government Practices

Summary paragraph: The government continued enforcing the blasphemy laws, leading to the arrests of at least five citizens in four separate cases. All blasphemy cases during the year related to statements against Orthodox Christianity. Charges against six of the organizers of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGTBI) group Thessaloniki Pride for malicious blasphemy were dropped, but the case remained open as authorities continued to search for the individuals who created the artwork cited in the complaint. A soccer player was suspended for several games because he “cursed the divine.” An appeals court annulled the sentence of a blogger convicted in 2014 of “habitual blasphemy and offense of religion.” The criminal trial of 69 party members and supporters from the GD political party, widely considered anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim by scholars, media, and other observers, on charges including murder, membership in a criminal organization, conspiracy, weapons possession, and racist violence, continued through the end of the year. Some of the victims were Muslim migrants. A court granted legal recognition to the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian community. The government approved, for the first time, a permit to operate a prayer house for the Supreme Council of Ethnic Greeks (YSEE). Two religious groups – an Old Calendarist and an evangelical Christian – applied to courts seeking legal recognition. Religious groups without religious entity status and no house of prayer permits were still able to function as registered nonprofit civil law organizations. The government continued to provide funding and other benefits to the Greek Orthodox Church and, to a lesser extent, the Muslim community of Thrace and the Catholic Church. Muslim leaders continued to criticize the lack of Islamic cemeteries outside of Thrace and the absence of a mosque in Athens. Deputy Foreign Minister Ioannis Amanatidis issued a statement on May 25 supporting the opening of an Athens mosque. GD MPs made anti-Semitic references, portraying Jewish individuals as those with the most decision-making and economic power.In January police announced the arrest of two individuals in Epirus who each accused the other of committing multiple crimes, including malicious blasphemy. In April police in Volos reported that a suspect refused to comply with police instructions. He was charged with resisting arrest, insulting an officer, and malicious blasphemy, and sentenced to a 17-month suspended prison sentence, only to be served if he repeats the offense within three years. According to police statistics, another individual in central Greece was charged with malicious blasphemy in March; additional details were not available in this case. In May, according to local press reports, coast guard officials in Rafina charged a 17-year-old with resisting arrest, criminal threats, physical injury to an officer, and malicious blasphemy. In February a soccer player was suspended for four games by the soccer association in northern Greece because he “cursed the divine.” On March 2, an appeals court annulled the 10-month sentence of a blogger convicted in 2014 of “habitual blasphemy and offense of religion” for creating a satirical page on social media mocking a dead Orthodox monk who was later proclaimed a saint. The acquittal was the result of a legal provision that cleared a backlog of misdemeanor offenses committed up until March 31, 2016.According to research conducted by the Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM), in 2016 the Hellenic (national) Police opened 254 cases for malicious blasphemy involving 328 defendants, 312 of whom were Greeks and 16 foreigners. The Hellenic Police arrested 159 of these suspects; in the vast majority of cases, malicious blasphemy was not the only charge. Additionally, in 2016 police opened 43 cases for disturbing the religious peace; 46 individuals were arrested in these cases.In October, according to GHM, authorities dropped malicious blasphemy charges against the organizers of Thessaloniki Pride after concluding that the group was not responsible for producing the poster cited in the case. In 2016 Metropolitan of Kalavryta Amvrosios and five private citizens had filed separate police complaints for malicious blasphemy and offending religion against a group of six individuals involved in the organization of the Thessaloniki Pride. The complaint centered on an unofficial version of the 2016 Thessaloniki Pride poster, which featured an artistic depiction of Jesus on a cross with the text, “He was crucified for us too.” At the end of the year, the case remained open and had been referred to the cyber police to identify the creators of the poster.The criminal trial of 69 GD party members and supporters, including 18 of its current and former MPs, continued through the end of the year, with the examination of witnesses. The charges were related to a string of attacks, including against Muslim migrants and Greeks; they included murder, conspiracy, weapons possession, and membership in a criminal organization.On April 12, the media reported that the national police took precautionary measures to protect the three Coptic churches in Athens following attacks against Copts in Egypt. Measures included adding undercover police, frequent patrolling around the churches’ locations, and contacting the churches’ leaders to urge them to establish direct communication with police if they noticed something unusual or suspicious.Early in the year a court granted legal recognition to the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian community as a religious entity. Two religious groups – an Old Calendarist and an evangelical Christian – applied to courts seeking legal recognition as religious entities. Rulings for these two applications were pending at year’s end.Religious groups without religious entity status and no house of prayer permits, including Scientologists and the ISKCON, were still able to function as registered nonprofit civil law organizations. The government did not legally recognize weddings conducted by members of those religious groups, whose only option was a civil marriage.The government approved permits for 18 houses of prayer, including the first prayer house for the YSEE, a polytheistic group revering the ancient Hellenic gods. The government did not deny any applications for permits during the year. The government granted 12 permits to Jehovah’s Witnesses. It also granted a permit to a group of Muslims from Bangladesh and three permits to Pentecostals. The government revoked one permit at the request of a small religious community that no longer wished to operate its house of prayer. There were no pending applications at year’s end.The government continued to provide funding for religious leaders’ salaries and other benefits to the Greek Orthodox Church and, to a lesser extent, to the Muslim community of Thrace and the Catholic Church. The government also supported seminars for teachers to raise awareness of the Holocaust among students and funding for educational visits for students to Auschwitz.The government continued to provide direct support to the Greek Orthodox Church, including for religious training of clergy and funding for religious instruction in schools. Greek Orthodox priests continued to receive their salaries from the state. Some Greek Orthodox officials stated this direct support was given in accordance with a series of legal agreements with past governments, and in exchange for religious property previously expropriated by the state. The Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs continued to partially fund retirement pensions of Orthodox monks and monitor vocational training for Orthodox clergy.The government continued to state that Muslims not part of the recognized minority created by the Treaty of Lausanne were not covered by that treaty and therefore did not have the rights related to it, such as the right to bilingual education, special quotas for university entry and jobs in the public sector, the optional use of sharia in family and inheritance matters, and optional Islamic religious classes in public schools.Some members of the Thrace Muslim community continued to object to the government’s practice of appointing muftis, pressing for direct election of muftis by the Muslim community. The government continued to state that government appointment was appropriate because the muftis had judicial powers and the constitution requires the government to appoint all judges. Academics and activists said the ability of courts in Thrace to provide judicial oversight of muftis’ decisions was limited by the lack of translation of sharia into Greek and lack of familiarity with sharia in general. On November 13, the prime minister announced the government’s plans to make the use of sharia in Thrace optional and consensual by all parties. The Ministry of Education, Research, and Religious Affairs subsequently issued a draft legislative amendment and an explanatory framework. The bill was approved in principle by the relevant parliamentary committee on December 21 and scheduled for a plenary vote after the end of the year.On November 13, the media reported that a Thessaloniki Misdemeanor Court convicted the unofficial mufti in Xanthi of impersonating a public authority and an unofficial local imam of disturbing the peace for unlawfully and violently preventing the official mufti from performing the funeral service for a Muslim soldier in Glafki village in 2016. The sentences were suspended for three years, only to be served if the defendants commit a repeat offense during this time. The defendants appealed the decision.On March 28, the minister for education, research and religions issued a decision establishing a working group on the upgrading and modernization of the muftiates in Thrace. The group comprised four employees of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs – three from the Directorate for Religious Administration under the Secretariat General for Religions and one from the General Directorate of the ministry’s Financial Services. The minister tasked the working group with drafting an analytical report on the existing situation and compiling recommendations for operational improvements. The decision also called for assistance from other individuals, including the head of the Directorate for Minority Education and the school advisor for the minority program in minority schools, a member of the Muslim minority. The group was granted full access to all archives, information, books, and financial data kept in the muftiates, with guarantees to respect data protection laws.Some members of the Muslim minority in Thrace continued to criticize the appointment by the government, rather than the election by the Muslim community, of members entrusted with the administration of the auqafs, which oversee endowments, real estate, and charitable funds of the minority community. Muslim leaders also continued to criticize the lack of Muslim cemeteries outside of Thrace, stating this obliged Muslims to transport their dead to Thrace for Islamic burials. They also continued to state that municipal cemetery regulations requiring exhumation of bodies after three years because of shortage of space contravened Islamic religious law. Several MPs supported the Muslim leaders’ complaints. On May 19, 34 MPs from the ruling political party SYRIZA submitted a question in the parliament asking about the delayed implementation of a 2016 decision by the Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church, which had been made at the request of the government, to grant 20,000 square meters (215,000 square feet) inside an existing cemetery at Schisto, in greater Athens, for the burial of Muslims. The MPs also inquired about the status of a similar government proposal to the Holy Synod for the granting of land inside the cemetery of Evosmos, in Thessaloniki. At least three sites continued to be used unofficially on an ad hoc basis for the burial of Muslim migrant and asylum seekers on Lesvos Island, in Schisto, and near the land border with Turkey in Evros.At year’s end, there were still no crematories in the country. In 2016, three municipalities – Athens, Thessaloniki, and Patras – had initiated the process to establish crematories by searching for suitable land and seeking approval of the necessary municipal committees. The cities of Athens and Patras reportedly had identified suitable plots of land. The latter had also requested the issuance of a presidential decree pre-certifying the land transfer as constitutional in an effort to deter potential legal complaints.The Ministry of Education, Research, and Religious Affairs continued to have three Islamic experts assigned to offer religious services in camps hosting Muslim refugees and migrants in the region of central and eastern Macedonia. The three included an imam from Xanthi, the director of one of the two Islamic religious schools in Thrace, and a scholastic expert in Islamic law and studies. Government authorities again issued directives to managers of reception facilities hosting migrants and refugees, instructing them to alter food distribution times and the type of food served to allow Muslims to observe the Ramadan fast.A law passed by parliament on May 30 provided for the establishment of an “administrative committee for the Athens Islamic Mosque” as a nonprofit legal entity under private law, supervised by the minister of education, research and religions. Media and government sources reported progress on the construction of an official mosque in Athens, originally expected to be completed in August, but the mosque was not operational at year’s end. GD held protests against the mosque in January and throughout the year. MP Ilias Panagiotaros said at the January rally that GD would step up protests, and that “this mosque will not have a good end.”Deputy Foreign Minister Amanatidis issued a statement on May 25 supporting the opening of the Athens mosque, commenting that such a measure would allow Greeks and other EU Muslims to perform their religious duties unhindered. He encouraged to vote in favor of the draft education bill with provisions for the operation of the mosque, which he said would enhance the country’s international image with respect to human rights. Passed on May 25, the law provided for the establishment of a seven-member administrative committee for the Athens Mosque as a nonprofit legal entity under private law, to be supervised by the minister of education, research, and religions and to include at least two Muslim community representatives. Committee members were officially named on August 21 and began their work soon after. The administrative committee was tasked with selecting the imams who will preach at the mosque, de-conflicting requests from various communities to use the space, and overseeing the general administration of the property.On September 8, the Migration Ministry transferred 82 Yazidi Kurds from the Yiannitsa Migrant Center to an all-Yazidi migrant camp located at a former agricultural training facility in Serres. Yazidis at Yiannitsa had stated Syrian Sunni Arabs were harassing them because of the Yazidis’ religious beliefs. According to the NGO The Liberation of Christian and Yazidi Children, as of September 7, there were 2,535 Yazidis migrants in the country, with the majority living in an open air camp at the base of Mount Olympus.On April 3, the Ministries of Education, Research, and Religious Affairs; Environment and Energy; and Culture and Sports issued a joint circular codifying the process for construction, expansion, repair, and demolition of existing or new mosques in Thrace. The government stated this codification was necessary to provide an accessible, transparent, unified, and coherent framework. Some religious groups, including Muslims, reiterated complaints from previous years that the house of prayer permit process – for example, requirements that buildings used for prayer have fire exits – constrained freedom of religion by making it difficult to find a suitable location.Central and local government authorities continued to provide public space free of charge to groups of Muslims whose members requested places of worship during Ramadan and for other religious occasions.On June 27, following discussions between the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs and the Greek Orthodox Church, the Standing Holy Synod of the Church of Greece approved guidelines provided by the ministry in 2016 on religious instruction. According to the guidelines, religious education should not be based solely on the official textbook, which primarily covers Greek Orthodox doctrine. The government stated students needed to become more familiar with other religions present in the country and the world. Some Greek Orthodox Church leaders had objected to the new guidelines, stating the government was disrespectful to the constitution and to the faith of the majority of the country’s citizens.The government continued to provide funding to the Muslim minority in Thrace to select and pay salaries of teachers of Islam in state schools and the salaries of the three official muftis and some imams, in accordance with Greece’s obligations under the Lausanne Treaty. It also continued to fund Catholic religious training and teachers’ salaries in state schools on the islands of Syros and Tinos, as well as to fund awareness raising activities and trips for non-Jewish students to Holocaust remembrance events, and for Holocaust education training for teachers.Some leaders of the recognized Muslim minority continued to press for fully bilingual kindergartens in Thrace, modeled after the already operating bilingual primary schools. Government authorities historically asserted that Greek-language kindergartens helped students to better integrate into the larger society, and that kindergarten classes are not mentioned in the Lausanne Treaty. In response to the Muslim community’s concerns, the Institute for Educational Policy, an agency supervised by the minister for education, research, and religious affairs, announced in March a plan to fund, under a pilot project, assistant teachers in kindergarten classrooms fluent in the child’s native language to facilitate the children’s integration into school life. This program had not yet begun at year’s end.Some religious groups and human rights organizations continued to state the discrepancy between the length of mandatory alternate service for conscientious objectors (15 months) and for those serving in the military (nine months) was discriminatory. Jehovah’s Witnesses reported that in several instances, government committees, tasked with examining requests for exemption from military service as conscientious objectors on religious grounds, denied requests for unbaptized members of their community. The committees, consisting of two army officials, one psychologist, and two academics, decided that unbaptized individuals, despite studying the Bible and attending sessions jointly with Jehovah’s Witnesses, “are not yet ready to fully embrace their teachings.” The committees ordered the immediate conscription of those individuals into the armed forces and did not allow the applicants to defend their cases in person to the committee.The Union of Atheists filed a complaint on August 1 with the Data Protection Authority and the ombudsman objecting to the listing of students’ religion on school transcripts; the inclusion of religion in the administrative school databases and university records; and the need for parents to officially declare and justify their request to have their children exempted from religion classes. The union argued that religious and philosophical beliefs constitute sensitive personal data and should not be recorded.GD MPs, as well as the GD official website and weekly newspaper, continued making references to conspiracy theories portraying Jewish individuals as those with the most decision-making and economic power. On October 5, GD MP Elias Panagiotaros stated during an interview on the web-based television channel “Eleftheri Ora” that nonperforming business and household loans in the country would be administered by a company headed by the President of the Jewish Community in Athens, whom he incorrectly categorized as the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS). Panagiotaros also said the company was successful because of the Jewish community’s connections to the minister of finance.There continued to be numerous instances of anti-Semitism online. In May the European Jewish Pressestimated there were at least 48 active anti-Semitic blogs in the country and called GD, which had issued more than 30 cases of anti-Semitic speeches and multiple anti-Semitic articles, “one of the most dangerous neo-Nazi parties in Europe.”On July 18, the secretaries general for human rights and for religious affairs each independently referred the case of an excommunicated Old Calendarist monk, Father Kleomenis, to the public prosecutor, the racist crimes department of the police, and the cybercrime police department for investigation. The monk had posted a video on July 17 on social media showing him in front of the Jewish Martyrs Holocaust Monument in Larissa, cursing the Jews, denying the Holocaust, spitting, kicking, and throwing eggs at the monument, and calling for its destruction. The Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church and the local Metropolitans of Larisa and Tyrnavos issued statements disassociating themselves from Kleomenis and condemning his actions. The Municipality of Larissa also issued a statement denouncing the attack. On July 19, the prosecutor in Larissa filed charges against Kleomenis and three more individuals for vandalizing the Holocaust memorial and for violating the law against racism.On May 2, GHM announced it had filed a lawsuit against Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Bishop Seraphim of Piraeus on hate speech grounds. GHM’s lawsuit also referred to legislation about “aggravating” conditions when a “state official” commits a hate speech offense. The lawsuit was in response to a statement Seraphim publicized on the official website of the Archdiocese of Piraeus on April 28, in which he complained he had been selected by the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece to light the holy light of Easter at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, but that he was replaced because Israel declared him as persona non grata. In the statement, he quoted the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and referred to Freemasonry and other organizations as “the arms used by Zionism to secure infiltration and state manipulation.” He accused Israel of interfering with the Church’s issues. The KIS denounced Seraphim’s statement.On January 26, the minister of education, research, and religious affairs, the president of the Jewish Museum of Greece, and the president of Yad Vashdem cosigned a memorandum of understanding regarding the implementation of programs on the teaching of Holocaust. One program entailed a July 9-12 seminar for 39 public high school teachers. The seminar was organized by the Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights in cooperation with the Jewish Museum of Greece, under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Research, and Religious Affairs.On January 27, the minister for education, research, and religious affairs unveiled in a school in Athens an honorary plaque in memory of the Greek Jewish children killed in concentration camps during World War II. During the German occupation, German troops had ordered the school’s closure, and the pupils, along with their parents, had been arrested and sent to concentration camps in central Europe. Also on January 27, the Department for Preschool Education of the University of Thessaly, the local Jewish community, and the Piraeus Bank Foundation organized an event entitled “Approaching the Holocaust in the School and in the Museum.”The head of the central board of Jewish communities, David Saltiel, welcomed the amendment passed in March allowing all descendants of deceased Greek Jews, mostly Holocaust survivors, to apply for citizenship as “a moral victory” and a “fresh step forward in the recognition of the history of the Holocaust and of Greek Jews.” The GD, the fourth largest party in the parliament, voted against the legislation.On January 21, opposition MP Adonis Georgiadis posted on social media the following announcement: “In the past I’ve coexisted with and tolerated the views of people who showed disrespect to Jewish co-patriots, and for this reason I feel the need to apologize to the Jewish Community. I feel even sorrier for supporting and promoting the book of Kostas Plevris, which is insulting for the Jews. The Holocaust of the Jewish people constitutes the greatest disgrace of our contemporary culture and its sacrifice strengthened democracy, anti-racism, and the belief in the equality and freedom of nations.”The Secretariat General for Religious Affairs funded in May an annual commemorative trip to Auschwitz for 82 high school students and 10 teachers from schools throughout the country. The students took part in a contest organized by the Ministry of Education, Research, and Religious Affairs, which involved producing a video on “The Kid and the Holocaust.” Participating schools were from the Athens, Thessaloniki, Chania, Arcadia, Aetoloakarnakia, and Evrytania regions.On March 22, the minister for education, research, and religious affairs issued a statement expressing his sorrow for the damages caused to a mosque of historic significance in Thrace from a fire. The minister committed to take steps for the prompt investigation of the fire’s causes and to restore the mosque. Although no official report was made public, firefighters on the scene told local press that electric welding during restoration likely caused the fire.The Inter-Orthodox Center of the Greek Orthodox Church organized a training program under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and funded by the German government entitled, “Getting to know and teaching Judaism through the coexistence of Christians and Jews in Greece.”On September 8, in the garden of a former middle school in Thessaloniki and the location of the cultural foundation of the National Bank of Greece, a metal commemorative plate was placed in memory of 40 Jewish students sent to concentration camps in 1943.On September 27, the Aristotle University Law School, the Aristotle University School of Theology, and the Religious Studies Institute of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople organized a conference on “Church and the Constitution: The issue of Constitutional Reform.” Participants discussed Greek Orthodox Church relations with the state, including whether constitutional reform should encompass continued reference to Orthodox Christianity as the official and dominant religion; whether the state should be involved with administrative matters of the Greek Orthodox Church; whether state officials should appoint priests or determine their number; and whether the Church should be involved with civil issues it opposes, such as the cremation of the dead.From October 19-21, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Research, and Religious Affairs, the Jewish community in Thessaloniki, the Holocaust Memorial of the Jews in Skopje, and the Memorial de la Shoah in Paris, organized a training seminar on Holocaust education. The seminar, entitled “The Holocaust as a Starting Point: Comparing and Sharing” involved 40 teachers.On October 29 and 30, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized for the second time an international summit on the protection of religious communities and civilizations in the Middle East, hosted by the minister of foreign affairs, with the participation of the Archbishop of Athens and all Greece, several Greek Orthodox metropolitans, representatives of Jewish, Catholic, Protestant communities from abroad, and two Muslim muftis from Thrace.


Section III. Status of Societal Respect for Religious Freedom

Summary paragraph: Incidents of anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim discrimination and hate speech, including against immigrants, continued. The Racist Violence Recording Network and the GHM reported several incidents of vandalism against religious property, including Holocaust memorials and a Greek Orthodox church. Jehovah’s Witnesses reported instances of societal discrimination when preaching or while distributing and displaying information and religious material in public. On October 23, hundreds of demonstrators, including members of parents and ecclesiastical associations, theologians, and clergy, nuns, and monks, gathered outside the Ministry of Education, Research, and Religious Affairs to protest against the reforms to the government-mandated religious course. The protestors objected to five new chapters referring to Judaism and Islam.

Police statistics for 2016, the most recent year available, showed 84 potentially racially motivated incidents, 24 of which were believed to be linked to the victim’s religion. On September 28, the Ministry of Education published a report on acts against religious sites in 2016. According to the report, there were 209 incidents against Christian sites including vandalism, robberies, and arson attacks. The previous year the ministry recorded 147 such incidents. All targeted Greek Orthodox churches and cemeteries, except one incident against a Catholic site.

The report also recorded five incidents of vandalism against Jewish sites and one against a Muslim site.

The linking of “international Zionism” with alleged plans for the “country’s Islamization,” that was related to the ongoing construction of an official mosque in Athens, continued on ultranationalist blogs. During a May 21 protest, a group of Old Calendarist Orthodox followers, opposing the building of the mosque, chanted anti-Islamic and anti-Semitic slogans such as, “Islam out” and “Resist the plans of Jewish Zionists who want you servants in the world empire of the anti-Christ.”

On May 3, the Heinrich Boell Foundation, in cooperation with the Seat for Jewish Studies at the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, presented a study on anti-Semitism in Greece. The study showed that despite the small percentage of Jews in the country (approximately 0.05 percent) vandalism recorded against Jewish monuments and sites was proportionally higher than vandalism directed at other religious groups. The study found more than six out of 10 Greeks held anti-Semitic attitudes. Sixty-five percent of respondents in the study’s questionnaire “agreed” or “absolutely agreed” with the statements “Jews have been using the Holocaust to receive better treatment from the international decision-making centers” and “Israel treats Palestinians exactly like Nazis did the Jews.” When asked whether “Jews enjoy much greater power in the world of business,” more than 92 percent of respondents “agreed” or “absolutely agreed.” According to the findings, 64.3 percent of those surveyed believed that the proposed Holocaust Museum in Thessaloniki should be built by private funding, while 72.1 percent of respondents believed a Pontian (Greek-Russian) refugee museum should be built with government funding. The survey also indicated a large percentage of individuals were indifferent to the concept of a Holocaust museum and 11.3 percent opposed the idea altogether. The mayor of Thessaloniki said he was concerned about how to ensure future operating costs, given societal indifference to and rejection of the project.

Some metropolitan bishops of the Greek Orthodox Church made anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim statements and statements against Jehovah’s Witnesses in public letters and on social media, while others said Catholicism was heresy. On June 15, in a letter addressed to Metropolitan of Argolida, the Metropolitan of Gortynia in the Peloponnese stated Orthodox followers believed that Catholicism and ecumenism were heresies and that Christians should stay away from Jehovah’s Witnesses.

The KIS continued to voice concerns about anti-Semitic comments by some journalists in the media and some Greek Orthodox Church leaders. The KIS also reiterated its concerns that political cartoons and images in the media mocked political controversies through the use of Jewish sacred symbols and comparisons to the Holocaust or through drawing parallels among “Jews,” “Zionists,” and “Nazis,” equating the first with the latter. On May 16, the KIS denounced journalist and cartoonist Stathis (Stavropoulos) for his May 10 article published on the news site “enikos.gr.” The article, entitled “In Bloody Ink,” stated it is impossible to criticize Israel because doing so would be interpreted as anti-Semitism. The article included a cartoon depicting Israel killing free opinion.

On an Alpha television channel morning show on January 12, journalist Dimos Verykios stated, “Global finance is concentrated in three centers: they are actually dominating the planet. One center is the banks, the global banking system. Through this banking system, two main centers are ruling the game. One of these centers is the Jewish lobby, powerful, extremely powerful in America and elsewhere! In all big deals, one will meet a Jew! Or a Mason!”

Academics, activists, and journalists stated the Greek Orthodox Church continued to exercise significant social, political, and economic influence. Members of non-Orthodox religious groups reported incidents of societal discrimination, including being told by Orthodox followers that they were “heretics” or “not truly Greek.” Jehovah’s Witnesses reported incidents of societal discrimination while preaching or when distributing informational and religious material in Athens and in other cities. In five separate cases, the excommunicated Old Calendarist monk, Father Kleomenis, attacked and completely destroyed Jehovah’s Witnesses’ information carts. Kleomenis’ partners filmed the incidents for later posting on social media. The Jehovah’s Witnesses in response asked for police intervention. Charges were pending but no hearing had taken place by year’s end.

On March 30, the KIS reported vandalism of the Holocaust monument in Arta, western Greece, noting that the incident happened “only a few days after the remembrance events organized by the municipality of Arta for the deportation and extermination of the city’s Jews in the Nazi concentration camps.”

On June 27, an anarchist group called “Nuclear FAI-IRF” set fire to Saint Basil Church in central Athens. In its statement claiming responsibility, the group cited “the sexism that the Church perpetuates, the Church’s opposition to homosexuality, and the fact that Christianity treats bodily satisfaction and sexuality as non-sacred” as reasons for the attack. The group also stated it “deliberately targeted a profitable business, as the Church owns land and untaxed wealth which is hidden behind charities to supposedly promote its humanist profile.” On August 3, anarchists threw paint on the exterior walls of Saint Basil Church and broke the windows of the nearby Zoodochou Pigi Church. There was no government reaction to any of these incidents. The main opposition party, New Democracy, issued a statement accusing the government of treating anarchists in a lenient way.

On July 7, human rights activists reported on social media that unknown perpetrators had vandalized the Athens Holocaust monument by writing with a marker “Hi, my name is death!” On July 11, police reported the arrest of four male individuals for shattering the marble facade of the Holocaust monument in Kavala in the northern part of the country on March 30. By April 5, the city of Kavala had restored the monument. The city of Kavala, government officials, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and various political parties condemned the attack.

On September 15, the media reported on the application filed by a parent in Mytilene, Lesvos, requesting his child be exempted from the teaching of certain chapters of the restructured course of religious teaching in the official curriculum. The parent listed five chapters referring to Judaism and Islam, stating that the content “did not match his family’s religious beliefs” and objecting to the teaching of “prayers from other religious traditions” to his child. According to media, several parents in other schools also filed similar requests, and they returned the course’s new folder and book to the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs as “unacceptable.” On October 23, hundreds of demonstrators, including members of parents and ecclesiastical associations, theologians, clergymen, nuns and monks, gathered outside the headquarters of the Ministry of Education, Research, and Religions to protest against the new way the religious course was taught, arguing it was unconstitutional, anti-Orthodox, and antipedagogical.

On September 24, vandals desecrated a large banner advertising a cultural event in Thessaloniki entitled “Sacred Places” and bearing the symbols of the Jewish star, Muslim crescent, and Christian cross. The banner was spray-painted with the slogan “Jews Out,” and the Jewish star was ripped in half. The perpetrator was not identified by year’s end.

On December 1, unknown vandals stripped the inscriptions from two of the panels on the Athens Holocaust memorial. The secretary general for religious affairs and the city of Athens “’strongly condemned the attack.”’ The city of Athens said it would contribute to the monument’s restoration.


Section IV. U.S. Government Policy and Engagement

The Ambassador, visiting officials, and embassy and consulate representatives met with officials and representatives from the Ministry of Education, Research, and Religious Affairs, including the minister of education and the secretary general for religious affairs. They discussed access for minority communities to establish houses of worship, and government initiatives that affect the Muslim minority in Thrace and immigrants. U.S. officials expressed concerns about anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim acts and rhetoric.

On September 7, the Consul General in Thessaloniki visited a new Yazidi Kurd migrant camp in Seres, in which the government segregated the Yazidis from other migrant groups for their protection.

Embassy officials met with religious leaders, including the archbishop and other representatives of the Greek Orthodox Church, as well as members of the Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, Bahai, Mormon, and Jehovah’s Witness communities to promote interfaith dialogue, religious tolerance, and diversity, as well as to express concern about anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim acts and rhetoric. Through these meetings, the embassy monitored the ability of religious minority groups to freely practice their religion and the extent of societal discrimination against both indigenous religious minorities and newly arrived migrants from religious minorities. The embassy sponsored two participants for a U.S. government exchange program on minority migrant integration and tolerance. The embassy also promoted religious tolerance via social media, using several platforms to promote the Ambassador’s remarks at the Conference on Religious Pluralism and Peaceful Coexistence in the Middle East, in which he emphasized tolerance, cultural and religious pluralism, and peaceful coexistence.

The Ambassador met with representatives from the Greek Orthodox Church, including Patriarch Bartholomew, Metropolitan Anthimos of Thessaloniki, Metropolitan Anthimos of Alexandroupolis, Metropolitan Iakovos of Lesvos, Metropolitan Markos of Chios, Metropolitan Dorotheos of Syros, and Deputy Metropolitan of Rhodes Ioannis. In all meetings with religious leaders and other members of the communities, the Ambassador discussed the role of the Greek Orthodox Church in responding to the needs of 49,000 asylum-seekers, mostly from Muslim-majority countries, remaining in Greece. The Ambassador also discussed with Greek Orthodox leaders the importance of religious tolerance and dialogue.

In March an embassy official met with Greek Orthodox and Catholic leaders on the island of Syros to emphasize the importance of interfaith dialogue and religious tolerance. On August 17, the Ambassador met separately with the local Orthodox Metropolitan and the former Roman Catholic Bishop in Syros, discussing the communities’ peaceful coexistence and mutual acceptance.

On July 10, the Ambassador delivered opening remarks on the Holocaust in Greece to 39 public school teachers at a seminar on teaching about the Holocaust. In his remarks he emphasized tolerance. The Ministry of Education, in cooperation with the Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies, organized the seminar.

The Ambassador also met with representatives from the Athens and Thessaloniki Jewish communities, and the president and curator of the Jewish Museum in Athens, to discuss preserving Jewish history in Greece, combating anti-Semitism, and other concerns of the community. On January 27, the Ambassador laid a wreath at the Holocaust Monument in Athens in honor of the Day of Commemoration of the Greek-Jewish Martyrs and Heroes of the Holocaust.

The Thessaloniki Consul General participated in Holocaust Memorial ceremonies in Larissa, a wreath-laying in Hortiatis village, the National Day of Remembrance of the Greek Victims of the Holocaust in Thessaloniki, the Memorial Holocaust Walk in Thessaloniki, and a Holocaust Memorial event at the Thessaloniki Synagogue. On April 24, the Thessaloniki Consul General and her staff briefed members of the Jewish community and others about the killing by the Nazis of David Tiano, a Greek staff member of the consulate, and the need to never forget the Holocaust. She highlighted the new Human Rights and Holocaust Memorial Museum to break ground in 2018. In June the Thessaloniki Consul General attended a dinner to honor the longest living Thessalonikian Jew, Heinz Kounio, who survived the concentration camps.

In September the Thessaloniki Consul General attended a panel discussion at an exhibition which highlighted mixed religious communities that have coexisted throughout history. In her remarks, the Consul General highlighted the importance of societal respect of the freedom to worship.

On October 30, the Ambassador delivered introductory remarks for a video message from the special advisor for religious minorities in the Near East and South/Central Asia at the Second Athens International Conference on Religious and Cultural Pluralism and Peaceful Coexistence in the Middle East. In his introduction, the Ambassador highlighted the role religious freedom plays in combatting instability, human rights abuses, and religious extremism. The special advisor’s videotaped remarks further commented on the importance of protecting religious diversity.

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17/05/2018: UN recommendations to Greece on elimination of discrimination based (also) on GHM report

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) published on 17 May 2018 its recommendations to Greece on the implementation of three priority recommendations it had made to Greece in August 2016. When examining Greece‘s related report, CERD had also one NGO parallel report submitted by Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM): CERD picked up several recommendations from GHM‘s report. CERD‘s recommendations, along with links to Greece‘s and GHM‘s reports are available below:

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Greece’s submission to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on the follow-up to the concluding observations on Greece

GHM submission to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on the follow-up to the concluding observations on Greece (also on the UN website here)

This page is available also in Greek here.

17/05/2018: Συστάσεις ΟΗΕ σε Ελλάδα για εξάλειψη διακρίσεων με βάση (και) έκθεση του ΕΠΣΕ

Η Επιτροπή του ΟΗΕ για την Εξάλειψη των Φυλετικών Διακρίσεων (CERD) δημοσίευσε στις 17 Μαΐου 2018 τις συστάσεις της προς στην Ελλάδα για την εφαρμογή των τριών συστάσεων προς την Ελλάδα στις οποίες είχε δώσει προτεραιότητα τον Αύγουστο 2016. Κατά την εξέταση της σχετικής έκθεσης της Ελλάδας, η CERD είχε στη διάθεσή της μόνο μια παράλληλη έκθεση από ΜΚΟ, που είχε υποβληθεί από το Ελληνικό Παρατηρητήριο των Συμφωνιών του Ελσίνκι (ΕΠΣΕ). Η CERD ενσωμάτωσε στις δικές της συστάσεις αρκετές συστάσεις από την έκθεση του ΕΠΣΕ. Οι συστάσεις της CERD (μεταφρασμένες στα ελληνικά από το ΕΠΣΕ), μαζί με συνδέσμους προς τις εκθέσεις της Ελλάδας και του ΕΠΣΕ (στα αγγλικά) ακολουθούν:

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Greece’s submission to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on the follow-up to the concluding observations on Greece

GHM submission to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on the follow-up to the concluding observations on Greece (also on the UN website here)

Η σελίδα αυτή είναι διαθέσιμη και στα αγγλικά εδώ

Greece: Hate crime report for 2017 by Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM) sent to the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR)

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Greece: Hate crime report for 2017

 

14 May 2018

 

In 2017, Greek Helsinki Monitor recorded racist crimes in Greece by uploading all related documentation on its special blog Racist Crimes Watch. The 315 entries for 2017 correspond to a larger number of events as several entries concern more than one incident. Racist crimes recorded include incidents of racist profiling, racist speech, racist desecrations & vandalisms, racist discrimination and racist violence, as defined in their recommendations to Greece by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), the UN Human Rights Committee (HRCttee) and the UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

 

Out of the 315 entries, 117 concerned incidents against migrants and refugees, 98 were anti-Semitic incidents (of which 69 were “burning of Judas/Hebrew” around Easter), 36 were incidents against persons based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, 31 were incidents against Roma, 16 were incidents against persons with disabilities, 9 were incidents against national minorities, 13 were Islamophobic incidents, 4 were incidents against human rights defenders, and 3 concerned apology of genocides: the sum exceeds 315 as several entries concerned incidents against more than one victims’ group. All 315 incidents were or will be reported in criminal complaints to the Prosecutor for Racist Crimes in the Athens First Instance Court.

 

Additionally, GHM’s experience with the complaints filed with the Athens Prosecutor for Racist Crimes is that in 2017 she found them all admissible and opened case files for each one. Some were sent to local Prosecutors in other cities where the alleged crimes occurred.

 

What continues to be very important is that the fact that the Athens Prosecutor for Racist Crimes, having so many other duties, can only slowly and with considerable delay handle the case files related to racist crimes. Additionally, that Prosecutor keeps changing: since the first one was appointed in mid-2016, there have been four different prosecutors in that position through early 2018.

 

List of racist crimes recorded in 2017

 

  1. 26 and 27/12/2017: Anti-Semitic, conspiracy-theory articles and cartoons portraying the “secret relationship” among the Greek government, the Rouvikonas anarchist group and the Israeli Embassy.

 

  1. 24/12/2017: Threatening anti-Roma comments and targeting of young children in Markopoulos Attica in Facebook posts.
  2. 22/12/2017: Anti-Semitic post in Greek Atheist Facebook group.
  3. 22/12/2017: Anti-Roma fake news in many media outlets about Roma who “rob drivers trapped in the snow.”
  4. 20/12/2017: Charge of police abuse of a migrant outside the Moria center in Lesvos.
  5. 20/12/2017: Xenophobic fake news post by a Golden Dawn police officer, with thousands of “shares” and re-postings in electronic platforms.
  6. 20/12/2017: Racist statements by the Mayor of Oreokastro about “PWD mechanisms” in the Municipality.
  7. 18/12/2017: Anti-Semitic Facebook post by a cadre of the far-right Ellinon Synelevsis (Greeks’ Assembly) party.
  8. 17/12/2017: Video of police violence inside the Moria refugee camp in Lesvos.
  9. 16/12/2017: Racist abuse of power by a Prosecutor in a brief against DEB (Party of Friendship, Equality and Peace) for using the term “Turkish minority”.
  10. 12/12/2017: Lesvos municipal council member calls for “drastic, non-peaceful actions” against refugees and NGOs.
  11. 12/12/2017: Anti-Semitic article about the Macedonian issue with the equation Tsipras = traitor = “Jew-boy”.
  12. 11/12/2017: Mayor of Lesvos, the village council president and other authorities obstruct the unloading of housing units for those asylum seekers living in tents in Moria.
  13. 10/12/2017: Anti-Semitic, conspiracy-theory articles against the president of the Athens Jewish Community.
  14. 08/12/2017: Attack (eggs thrown) against the Muslim Educational Cultural Association of Macedonia-Thrace, in Thessaloniki.
  15. 07/12/2017: Harassment of Turkish Minority members in Komotini with crosses sprayed on walls of homes and offices and leaflets.
  16. 06/12/2017: Greek fans throw racial insults (monkey sounds) at Cameroonian volleyball player Nathan Wounembaina every time he touched the ball during a match between French club team VB Tours and Greek club team Olympiakos Piraeus.
  17. 05/12/2017: Report by Generation 2.0 charges conditions of racial discrimination and violence in hotspots in Lesvos and Samos islands.
  18. 04/12/2017: High-ranking Greek Police officer in Lesvos is inciting to racial violence against migrants and refugees.
  19. 04/12/2017: Extreme anti-Roma article and comments in the local Laconia newspaper NotosPress.
  20. 02/12/2017: Lesvos Municipal vehicles attempt to block containers meant to house unaccompanied minor refugees.
  21. 02/12/2017: Another desecration of the Athens Holocaust Memorial.
  22. 30/11/2017: Racist fake news posted on Facebook by a retired army officer in Lesvos, reprinting by a newspaper and sharing by more than 650 users.
  23. 29/11/2017: Desecration of memorial to drowned refugees on Thermi beach, Lesvos.
  24. 28/11 to 01/12/2017: Racist comments praising the desecration of the memorial to drowned refugees & reproducing of fake news about the “church burned” by refugees in Lesvos.
  25. 26/11/2017: Violent attack on religious gathering of Pakistani Muslims in Athens by hoodlums, fans of PAOK football club.
  26. 26/11/2017: Racist bullying of Jordanian doctor by a colleague at the Agioi Anargyroi Hospital in Kifissia (Athens suburb).
  27. 06/02/2017: Islamophobic cartoon tweeted by a lawyer in Veria.
  28. 22/11/2017: Attacks by Nazis and racists, with the cooperation of the Greek Police, on refugees and a lawyer in Lesvos.
  29. 22/11/2017: Violent racist attacks on the Imam Syed Ghulam Qambar and an African migrant in a Piraeus street market.
  30. 20 και 21/11/2017: Racist comments against refugees on the Facebook page of the Chios newspaper Politis.
  31. 19/11/2017: Attack by anti-migrant militant group (probably Golden Dawn) on Mohammed Mahdi in Amerikis Square, Athens.
  32. 17/11/2017: Anti-Roma tweet by ex-Minister Andreas Andrianopoulos
  33. 15/11/2017: Republication of old racist article against Roma and migrants, by the editor of Vradini newspaper and other media.
  34. 09/11/2017: Discriminatory treatment of Turkish minority members in the Didymoteiho General Hospital.
  35. 08/11/2017: Racist slurs against Greek-African NBA player Giannis Antetokounmbo by UCL London professor Evangelos Markopoulos.
  36. 07 και 08/11/2017: Racist fake news on ANT1 TV news broadcast and many sites, about the “migrant in Mytilini who made a vulgar gesture at a Christian icon.”
  37. 06/11/2017: Corinth Migrant Detention Center is reportedly refusing to provide medical assistance to the detainee Aftab Begikpou after his suicide attempt.
  38. 05/11/2017: Public ambulance driver refuses on racial grounds to pick up a female migrant hunger-striker in Lesvos after she fainted.
  39. 03/11/2017: Stoning of the home of 11-year-old Amir, who was to be a flag-bearer in a National Parade.
  40. 29/10/2017: Classes suspended in a Sepolia (Athenian district) Primary School, due to threats and bullying by Golden Dawn members against the families of Pakistani students.
  41. 01/11/2017: Statement of support by the parents of the 6th Primary School of Daphne for the school’s Principal, who denied the Greek flag to young Amir (see entry no. 40).
  42. 31/10/2017: Municipality of Santorini prejudicially rejects a disabled person’s application for reimbursement of broken wheelchair.
  43. 30 and 31/10/2017: Racist comments against hunger-striking refugees on the Facebook page of Lesvosnews newspaper.
  44. 28/10/2017: Students Parade led by an Albanian flag-bearer in Santorini canceled due to Golden Dawn bullying.
  45. 28/10/2017: Complaint lodged for the barring 11-year-old Amir (see entries 40 and 42) from the position of flag-bearer in the Daphne Students Parade.
  46. 26/10/2017: Racially motivated automobile drivers in Rhodes attack a Nigerian with a screwdriver, whom they had just hit with a car.
  47. 22/10/2017: Neo-nazis with police protection stage protest march with racist slogans against the draft law for the recognition of gender identity.
  48. 20/10/2017: Anti-Roma statement by PASOK parliamentarian Leonidas Grigorakos.
  49. 19/10/2017: Abusive racist Facebook posts by Golden Dawn member about the young refugee who became a flag-bearer.
  50. 18/10/2017: New Democracy Vice President Adonis Georgiadis’ racist and slanderous verbal attack on the Roma population in Halandri, a suburb of Athens
  51. 18/10/2017: Crowd of extreme rightists with the cultish, self-proclaimed cleric, “father Kleomenis”, spouting anti-Semitic hate-speech outside a theatre in Thessaloniki.
  52. 17/10/2017: Violent gay-bashing in Rethymno, Crete.
  53. 16/10/2017: PM and leader of the Union of Centrists party Vassilis Leventis continues his transphobic raving: “it’s a brain disorder”.
  54. 14/10/2017: Lawsuit against unprecedented online anti-Roma intimidation and slander.
  55. 11/10/2017: Transphobic cover page in the newspaper Dimokratia.
  56. 11/10/2017: Extreme homophobic and transphobic front-page, inciting to violence, in the newspaper Eleftheri Ora.
  57. 10/10/2017: Anti-Semitism and transphobia on banner carried by “father Kleomenis” (see entry 52) and other ultra-rightists outside the Hellenic Parliament during the voting for the gender identity law.
  58. 10/10/2017: Complaints of racist abuse and institutional racism lodged by Doctors Without Borders.
  59. 10/10/2017: Vassilis Leventis (see entry 54) calls transgender identity a “mental illness”, “abnormality” and “animals” during Parliamentary session.
  60. 07/10/2017: Racially biased decision by the Parents Association of Molos Thermopylae to block refugee children from attending school.
  61. 07/10/2017: Brutal attack by anti-migrant militant groups in Aspropyrgos, on Asfak Mahmud and Vakas Husain.
  62. 07/10/2017: Violent racist assault of Ousman Mohammed in the Athens suburb of Neo Iraklion.
  63. 06/10/2017: Stoning of the Feres branch of the Cultural and Educational Association of Didymoteicho Muslims immediately after it opened.
  64. 04/10/2017: Gay police officer receives threatening homophobic message.
  65. 03/10/2017: Ultra-rightists target trans woman activist in Lesvos.
  66. 03 και 04/10/2017: Transphobic and homophobic Facebook posts by footballer V. Tsiartas.
  67. 02/10/2017: Racist targeting of members of the board of the Xanthi Turkish Union.
  68. 30/09/2017: Football club owner Alexis Kougias makes another racial slur against a player on his team.
  69. 29/09 and 07/10/2017: Racism and threats of “shootings” and “blood” from the president of the Mytilini Municipal Community and the anti-migrant group Kinisi SOS in Samos.
  70. 29/09/2017: Anti-Roma Facebook post by Golden Dawn member in Lesvos.
  71. 28/09/2017: Hate speech against migrants by the former Prime Minister and New Democracy cadre Antonis Samaras.
  72. 27/09/2017: Non-accessibility to PWD in the showers in the Moria camp reported by a refugee and Human Rights Watch.
  73. 25/09/2017: Attack on employees of Arsis (the Association for the Social Support of Youth), discussion by ultra-rightist participants, and refusal to rent lodgings to refugees in Samos.
  74. 25/09/2017: Barring of refugee children from education in Lavrio.
  75. 23/09/2017: Video of “father Kleomenis” (see entries 52 and 58) intimidating Jehovah’s Witnesses.
  76. 22 και 23/09/2017: Ultra-rightists make racist posts on Facebook with continuous targeting of a refugee in Lesvos.
  77. 22/09/2017: Article in Liberal.gr targeting Roma as a “health problem” by a doctor and New Democracy cadre.
  78. 19/09/2017: Racist attack by police on a street musician in Monastiraki Athens.
  79. 19/09/2017: Migrant Kawar Ambas beaten with brass knuckles in Aspropyrgos. Police show insulting indifference.
  80. 18/09/2017: Violent racist attack in the Athens suburb Nea Ionia against members of the Pakistani Community and KEERFA (anti-racist group).
  81. 14/09/2017: Ablest comments by Thanos Tzimeros, founder and president of the party Creation, Again! responded by the Hellenic Federation of People with Disabilities.
  82. 13/09/2017 (and later): Reprinting of anti-Roma article in the newspaper Makeleio and elsewhere.
  83. 12/09/2017: Iraklion Police Department refusing to translate deportation documents and a slew of other racially motivated violations.
  84. 06 και 07/09/2017: Barrage of anti-Roma comments on an article in the weekly Lifo that appeared on its Facebook page.
  85. 05/09/2017: Letter from NGOs Solidarity Now and Generation 2.0 to the Ministry of Labor regarding discrimination against insured citizens of third countries
  86. 04/09/2017: Anti-Semitic and racist tirade in an article on auctions of foreclosed homes.
  87. 04 ως 06/09/2017: Racial profiling in many media against Roma.
  88. 04/09/2017: Migrant attacked by ultra-rightists using a broken bottle and brass knuckles in Athens suburb Nea Iraklion.
  89. 02/09/2017: Racist graffiti against African-Greek NBA player Giannis Antetokounmbo, signed by Golden Dawn.
  90. 31/08/2017: Police pretending to be doctor’s “supervisors” torture a mentally ill migrant detainee in the Dromokaiteio Mental Hospital.
  91. 31/08/2017: (Another) anti-Semitic and racist front page of the newspaper Eleftheri Ora.
  92. 31/08/2017: Charges lodged against the port authority, police and a UNHCR representative for obstructing a pregnant refugee.
  93. 30/08/2017 (και 11/04/2015): Reproduction of Islamophobic fake news about “men eating their wives in Saudi Arabia”
  94. 30/08/2017: Xenophobic attack and threats against Afghan refugees in Lesvos by a Moria hotspot guard.
  95. 29/08/2017: Racist opposition in Rhodes to the relocation of the Roma camp to the
    districts of Tsairi and Asgourou.
  96. 26/08/2017: Violent attack on a disabled person who demanded a disabled parking place in Iraklion Crete.
  97. 25/08/2017: Intercity bus driver in Siteia Crete illegally refused to let a blind woman and her guide dog board his bus.
  98. 25/08/2017: Complaint lodged against the police in Imeros Rhodope for removing a woman who was swimming in the sea wearing Islamic swimsuit
  99. 23/08/2017: Islamophobic front page article in the newspaper Eleftheria tou Typou.
  100. 22/08/2017: Islamophobic article by Golden Dawn on the mosque in the Votaniko district of Athens.
  101. 18 and 20/08/2017: Racist tweets by Democratic Alignment MP A. Loverdos, on the connection between terrorism and migration and a “solution” to the matter.
  102. 17/08/2017: Threatening comments about refugees and their advocates on Facebook by a special forces lieutenant colonel.
  103. 17 and 18/08/2017: All Muslims are “beasts” according to the “liberal” Andreas Andrianopoulos, longtime politician and founder of Olympiakos sporting club.
  104. 16/08/2017: Extreme anti-Semitism in comments on the Facebook pages of the magazines Lifo and Athens Voice, in response to articles on an anti-Semitic incident Switzerland.
  105. 15/08/2017: Islamophobic and anti-refugee rant by Bishop Dionysius of Corinth.
  106. 13/08/2017: Series of homophobic attacks and threats on Facebook.
  107. 12/08/2017: Racist ablest statement by Deputy Mayor of Livadia, K. Kaplanis
  108. 12/08/2017: Holocaust denial by Nazi attorney Kostas Plevris and newspaper Eleftheri Ora.
  109. 08/08/2017: Anti-Semitic conspiracy-theorist Facebook post by former ANEL PM Rahil Makri.
  110. 08/08/2017: Illegal behavior and unlawful recording of religion (of an atheist as Christian Orthodox despite his will) by a police officer.
  111. 04 and 05/08/2017: Facebook page with almost exclusive anti-Roma content by the “residents” of Megara.
  112. 02/08/2017: Far-right group claims responsibility on its Facebook page for an attack and further targeting of a refugee in Lesvos.
  113. 31/07/2017: Vicious racist attack by an employer on Egyptian farm workers who asked for their wages in Gastouni Ileia.
  114. 30/07/2017 (approximately): Young Romni girl pelted with water inside a church in Kozani.
  115. 29/07/2017: Destruction of UNHCR refugee housing on Oinousses Island.
  116. 29/07/2017: Teenagers violently attack Bangladeshi peddlers in Rhodes.
  117. 28/07/2017: Bus driver in the Rendi district of Athens forces a refugee woman and her baby from his bus.
  118. 27/07/2017: Association of Private Schools shows racism against the disabled.
  119. 27/07/2017: Ad to let an apartment in the Gyzi district of Athens contains multiple racially discriminatory criteria.
  120. 24/07/2017: Racist violence and abuse of young male asylum seekers by police officers in Omonia district of Athens.
  121. 23/07/2017: Beating of a Pakistani migrant in Menidi.
  122. 21/07/2017: Homophobic attack in Paros Island over a pair of socks. Police are indifferent.
  123. 17 και 20/07/2017: Doctor posts homophobic rant on Facebook.
  124. 17/7/2017: Holocaust Memorial desecration (on camera) in Larisa by the self-proclaimed “father Kleomenis” (see entries 52, 58, 76).
  125. 16/07/2017: Knife attack on a 19-year-old Afghani boy by a militant group outside the Schisto camp near Athens.
  126. 13/07/2017: Report of incidents of racist violence committed by island “residents” and polices as well as discrimination against refugees on a beach in Lesvos.
  127. 11/07/2017: Anti-Roma article in the mainstream newspaper To Vima.
  128. 10/07/2017: Facebook threats and racist comments about the refugees in Lesvos.
  129. 10/07/2017: Condemnation of the desecration of the Holocaust Monument in Kavala.
  130. 09/07/2017: Racist bullying of a refugee by the Vice Mayor of Lesvos.
  131. 09/07/2017: Lawsuit on an alleged racially motivated murder of an African-American in Laganas Zante.
  132. 08/07/2017: Typical anti-Semitic conspiracy theories in Facebook groups.
  133. 07/07/2017: Discrimination against people with disabilities by Aegean Airlines.
  134. 07/07/2017: Desecration of the Athens Holocaust Monument with the graffiti “Hi, my name is Death”.
  135. 07/07/2017: African-American man, Bakari Henderson, murdered in Zante.
  136. 05/07/2017: “Trainose” (Greek railroad company) accused of non-assistance to a person with disability.
  137. 04/07/2017: Greek Police statistics showcase illegal, abusive arrests and racial profiling.
  138. 04/07/2017: Army officer’s discriminatory refusal to serve in the Dervenion Thessaloniki refugee hotspot.
  139. 02 and 07/07/2017: Police exhibit extreme homophobia in reaction to statements from an openly gay colleague.
  140. 29/06/2017: Migrant worker Mohammed Avzel stabbed by fascists in Menidi.
  141. 28/06/2017: Anti-Roma prejudice from Makis Voridis, head of Nea Dimokratia Internal Affairs, in a parliamentary question.
  142. 28/06/2017: Anti-Roma assembly at the Koropi Police Dept, with the participation of the Mayor and union police officer (with articles praising the event)
  143. 25 and 26/06/2017: Golden Dawn coast guard officer posts transphobic and homophobic comments on Facebook
  144. 24/06/2017: Greek performer Tzimis Panousis trivializes the Holocaust.
  145. 24/06/2017: Mayor of Maroussi (Athens suburb) and the President of the National Union of Municipalities & Communities – the Medical Association of Athens – the National Intergovernmental Network of Healthy Cities – Health Promotion are responsible for installing a kiosk on the pedestrian path designated for the blind.
  146. 23/06/2017: Formal complaint regarding a petrol bomb attack on a migrant-owned shop in Patissia Athens.
  147. 22/06/2018: Anti-Roma statements by political cadre Pangalos and journalists Voulgarinos and Doulgeridis in newspapers To Vima and Ta Nea and TV channel SKAI.
  148. 22/06/2017: Golden Dawn MP recites the Third Reich anthem in Aspropyrgos.
  149. 20/06/2017: Accusations of xenophobic bullying of migrants and addicts on city buses to Menidi.
  150. 19 to 26/06/2017: Anti-Roma article on numerous websites.
  151. 17/06/2017: Hate Speech against Roma in Halandri, suburb of Athens, by representative of far-right LAOS, K. Aivaliotis in Art TV broadcast.
  152. 16 και 17/06/2017: Racist reprinting of fake news about “refugees who demand that Greek women be modest”.
  153. 15/06/2017: Anti-refugee protest in Chios Island
  154. 15/06/2017: Hate speech on the grounds of skin color by a neo-Nazi on Facebook.
  155. 14/06/2017: Bus drivers in Skaramanga district continuously refusing to serve refugees (Lawsuit by the Hellenic League for Human Rights).
  156. 12/06 to 04/07/2017: Onslaught of hate crimes committed by the Nazi organizations Apella and AME/Combat 18 – Nazi style pogrom against the Menidi Roma.
  157. 10/06/2017: Anti-Roma tirade in Facebook post and comments.
  158. 08/06/2017: Neo-Nazi TV channel Ted Greek reposts anti-Semitic video of Kostas Plevris on YouTube.
  159. 07/06/2017: Minor government coalition partner ANEL paty’s MP Kostas Katsikis verbally assaulting a representative of the Greek Forum of Migrants in the parliament.
  160. 07/06/2017: Police vehicles parked on walkway for visually impaired outside Athens Court of Appeal.
  161. 06/06/2017: Abuse of detainees by racist police officers in the Petrou Ralli Migrant Confinement Center.
  162. 22/05 to 06/06/2017: Many sites publishing an anti-Roma article
  163. 04/06/2017: Islamophobic Facebook post and comments against the minority in Thrace by an organizer of the “Resign!” anti-government campaign.
  164. 03/06/2017: Brutal racist assault by hoe on a 24-year-old Bangladeshi in Lappa Achaia.
  165. 31/05/2017: Homophobic and transphobic discussion event in Tripoli.
  166. 29/05/2017: Homophobic harassment by police and unprecedented mobilization by Directorate of Internal Affairs.
  167. 27/05/2017: Homophobic statements by Nea Dimokratia cadre.
  168. 21/05/2017: Anti-Semitic protest gathering by Orthodox Christian fundamentalists against the erection of a mosque.
  169. 16/05/2017: Homophobic video clip by Golden Dawn rapper Stathis Kiou, which glorifies Golden Dawn MP Ilias Kasidiaris.
  170. 15/05/2017: Homophobic speech by Ilias Kasidiaris goes unpunished after his attack on MP and former Minister Nikos Dendias.
  171. 14/05/2017: Violent racial attacks with rocks and threats against migrants in the homes in Aspropyrgos.
  172. 13/05/2017: Islamophobic and libelous tweet by former MP Andreas Andrianopoulos.
  173. 13/05/2017: Successful racist obstruction to settle refugees in apartments in Giannitsa, Northern Greece.
  174. 11/05/2017: Violent homophobic attack, in Iraklio, Crete
  175. 10/05/2017: Anti-Semitic cartoon and article by journalist and cartoonist, Stathis.
  176. 09/05/2017: Migrants threatened by armed henchmen (prompted by the owner of the house) to pay the rent, in Petrou Ralli street, Athens.
  177. 04/05/2017: Greek Police vehicles parked on the pedestrian path designated for the blind, right in front of the Court of Appeal, in Athens.
  178. 02 ως 04/05/2017: More than 14 violent attacks against refugees (some of them were also gay or trans) in Leros island.
  179. 01/05/2017: 17-year-old boy from Bahrain beaten up by club doormen in Gazi district, Athens
  180. 28/04/2017: Metropolitan of Piraeus, Seraphim’s anti-Semitic hate speech.
  181. 27/04/2017: Racist anti-Roma police raid in Perea, Salonica
  182. 23/04/2017: Greek Police racist sweep operation against Roma in Mykonos. They actually deported Greek citizens from a Greek island.
  183. 20/04/2017: Municipality council voting and protests in Chios, led by a priest, against NGOs and a clinic for migrants.
  184. 20/04/2017: 3 refugees injured, attacked with rocks by Golden Dawn in Souda camp, Chios. Police brought the …refugees in detention.
  185. 19/04/2017: 6 homophobic lawsuits (by Metropolitan bishop of Thessaloniki Anthimos) targeting Thessaloniki Pride (concerning posters not published by the Pride) accusing them of blasphemy.
  186. 18/04/2017: Anti-Roma hate speech by Golden Dawn MP Christos Pappas in Twitter

188-256. Anti-Semitic festival 2017: Burning of “Judas” or ”Jew” all around Greece during April 2017 (69 cases)

  1. 11/04/2017: Theology teacher distributed homophobic leaflet in school (exact dates unknown).
  2. 08 to 22/04/2017: 4 more, cruel racist attacks in Aspropyrgos, Attica, against Pakistani Asek Ali, Ranja Anser, Zhia Oul Chlak and Azim Anouer.
  3. 31/03/2017: Anti-refugee hate speech and threats, during Stylida Municipality’s public conference.
  4. 29/03, 02 to 03/04/2017: Continuing violent attacks against Pakistani migrants in Aspropyrgos, Attica. (More than 40 recorded since August.)
  5. 28/03/2017: Racist threats against Pakistani migrants in Greece, by far-right “Makelio” newspaper, responding to a hoax about a non-existent “Pakistani Islamic Party of Greece”.
  6. 28 και 30/03/2017: 2 Holocaust Memorials desecrated in Arta and Kavala
  7. 24/03/2017: Homophobic bullying and threats against a woman by a group of men in Gazi area, Athens.
  8. 23/03/2017: 70 refugee and migrant children reported to be banned from school in Filippiada, following racist reactions.
  9. 22/03/2017: Men, women, children refugees held in a cage in Chios
  10. 21/03/2017: Fire burning down Beyazit Mosque in Didymoticho, Thrace. Speculations on arson attack and incomplete fire extinction are being researched by Intelligence Service.
  11. 21/03/2017: Extreme anti-Semitic and racist comments below a Facebook post by Action Aid.
  12. 19/03/2017: Transphobic and homophobic conference organized by the Municipality of Korinthos and the Greek Union of Theologists.
  13. 11/03/2017: Homophobic discrimination during a job interview in Mykonos: the applicant was asked on her sexual preferences.
  14. 08/03/2017: Mob bullies the representative of the local Metropolitan in Pelopio, following discussions on a possible refugee hotspot in the area.
  15. 07 και 08/03/2017: Teacher unions in Thrace state they will not accept the Turkish language to be taught in kindergartens.
  16. 06/03/2017: Campaign in Kifisia district, Athens, against adolescent refugees’ housing.
  17. 05/03/2017: Three migrants chased down, beaten, and shot at by five police officers in Samos, after replying they are Algerians.
  18. 04/03/2017: Police violence against arrested Roma in Liosia area, Athens
  19. 03 through 07/03/2017: Underage Algerian tortured by the Police in Samos, right after his suicide attempt.
  20. 03/03/2017: Homophobic leaflets signed by “Athenian Orthodox Christian Youth”
  21. 02 και 24/03/2017: Hate Speech by local paper called “Free Thrace”, targeting Turkish minority union in Alexandroupoli.
  22. 28/02/2017: Racist physical assault and insults against a migrant woman in a bus, in Athens: “Here in Greece, we spit on foreigners and illegals”.
  23. 26/02/2017: Discriminatory behavior and decision of a tax officer against a woman with disability.
  24. 24/02/2017: Greek Police vehicles parked on the pedestrian path designated for the blind, right in front of the Court of Appeal building, in Athens.
  25. 20/02/2017: 45 year-old man with disability, beaten up by a man whose car he photographed while he was parking it in the seat for people with disabilities.
  26. 17/02/2017: Far-Rightists chain themselves in the door of a primary school in Oreokastro district, Thessalonica, to obstruct refugee students from entering the class. Police is there but arrests only antifascist demonstrators.
  27. 15/02/2017: Car arson attack against the Turkish minority journalist Ilhan Tahsin
  28. 10/02/2017: Anti-Semitic article in a far-right newspaper of Thrace on the apology of the Imam of Glafki, concerning his anti-Semitic hate-speech.
  29. 09/02/2017: “Collection” of homophobic and transphobic hate-speech articles and speeches by clerics, politicians, academics and others, responding to a thematic week on gender issues in secondary school.
  30. 06/02/2017: Algerian detained migrant dies because the guards didn’t inform the doctors on his serious health problems.
  31. 06/02/2017: Islamophobic delirium in a Vice documentary about the Mosque that isn’t built in Athens. Interview with the leader of the far-right occupiers of the site.
  32. 03/02/2017: Metropolitan of Piraeus Seraphim’s homophobic and anti-Semitic hate speech.
  33. 02/02/2017: 86 parents in Perama, Attica, apply for their children to change school due to refugee children attending primary school.
  34. 01/02/2017: Extremely violent racist attack against Pakistani Zisan Elachi, in Aspropyrgos, Attica.
  35. 31/01/2017: Extreme anti-migrant article in the Nazi blog “Arma”
  36. 27/01/2017: Anti-Semitic comments and articles against New Democracy Vice president Adonis Georgiadis, after he apologized for his past anti-Semitic hate speech.
  37. 27/01/2017: Migrant street-sellers bullied in Piraeus by a racist.
  38. 27/01/2017: Nazi homophobic article against thematic week on gender issues in secondary school.
  39. 26/01/2017: Metropolitan of Kalavryta Amvrosios’ racist and islamophobic hate speech.
  40. 26/01/2017: Parody video in a far-right YouTube channel, portraying refugee children as future jihadists.
  41. 25/01/2017: Homophobic attack in the center of Athens
  42. 24/01/2017: New homophobic outburst by Nazi Konstantinos Plevris during his trial on homophobia.
  43. 24/01/2017: Homophobic delirium by Metropolitan of Piraeus, Seraphim and call to parents to keep their children away from school during thematic week on gender issues.
  44. 21/01/2017: Homophobic delirium by actor K. Prekas: “Gay people shouldn’t exist”
  45. 21/01/2017: Racist decision by the parents’ union in a Larisa primary school not to accept refugee children and threats against the school principal.
  46. 19/01/2017: G. Giakoumatos, doctor, ex-Minister and New Democracy MP: “Homosexuality is a contagious disease”
  47. 19/01/2017: Report by an actor on a law discriminating against people with disabilities in theater schools.
  48. 17 & 18/01/2017: Anti-Semitic statement and statement against Turkish minority by, V. Leventis (see entry 54).
  49. 17/01/2017: Golden Dawn members and MP G. Lagos violently attack teachers and parents in a primary school in Perama, Attica, to support other parents who wanted refugee children out of school.
  50. 16/01/2017: Racist occupation of school in protest against the presence of refugee children, in Killini – Andravida.
  51. 15/01/2017: Racist text and picture targeting migrant and refugee children, in Nazi Meandros magazine.
  52. 14/01/2017: Anti-migrant conspiratorial comments by “Greeks’ Assembly” far-right party leader, Artemis Sorras.
  53. 13/01/2017: Anti-Semitic delirium in far-right newspaper Makelio.
  54. 12/01/2017: Anti-Semitic conspiratorial comments, during popular morning show in Alpha TV by journalist Dimos Verykios.
  55. 12/01/2017: ANEL co-governing party’s politician (and ex-army officer) on refugees: “May they die in their tents”
  56. 11/01/2017: Mohammed Yousouf, a migrant from Pakistan gets bludgeoned with bats by 10-12 racists in Elefsina, Attica and gets detained due to lack of residence permit.
  57. 11/01/2017: Roma kids refused entry in the public hospital of Pyrgos.
  58. 09/01/2017: Lesvos hotel owners effectively refuse providing shelter to refugees and to cooperate with UNHCR.
  59. 05/01/2017: Racist conference targeting the Roma community in Pyrgos with participation of the Mayor, the local police chief and the manager of the local public hospital and article praising the conference.

14/04/2018: Μήνυση για μισαλλόδοξες ρατσιστικές θέσεις κατά μειονοτικών της Θράκης από Χρυσή Αυγή και Πρώτο Θέμα

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13/04/2018: Μισαλλόδοξη ρατσιστική επίθεση κατά μειονοτικών Θράκης από Δημήτρη Δανίκα στο Πρώτο Θέμα

Ο δημοσιογράφος Δημήτρης Δανίκας διατύπωσε στο επισυναπτόμενο κείμενο στο ιστολόγιό του στο Πρώτο Θέμα ρατσιστικές και μισαλλόδοξες θέσεις (ανάλογες εκείνων βουλευτών της Χρυσής Αυγής που θεωρήθηκαν ρατσιστικές και οδήγησαν στην τιμωρία τους από τη Βουλή πριν ένα μήνα) κατά δεκάδων μαθητών και των γονέων τους ζητώντας επί πλέον την απέλασή τους από την Ελλάδα (κάτι που δεν επιτρέπεται για άτομα που έχουν την ελληνική ιθαγένεια όπως όλοι οι μειονοτικοί της Θράκης) επειδή “φωτογραφήθηκαν με φόντο την σημαία της λεγόμενης “Ανεξάρτητης Δυτικής Θράκης”” σε επίσκεψή τους στα γραφεία του Συλλόγου Αλληλεγγύης Τούρκων Δυτικής Θράκης στην Προύσα, “διαπράττοντας το κακούργημα της εσχάτης προδοσίας.”
Ας σημειωθεί πως στη φωτογραφία δεν φαίνεται καμιά σημαία “Ανεξάρτητης Δυτικής Θράκης” αλλά χάρτης της Δυτικής Θράκης (στα σημερινά της όρια) στο έμβλημα του συλλόγου, όπως χάρτες της Βόρειας Ηπείρου υπάρχουν στα γραφεία βορειοηπειρωτικών συλλόγων στην Ελλάδα. Σημειώνεται επί πλέον πως η Αυτόνομη Κυβέρνηση Δυτικής Θράκης (“Ανεξάρτητη Δυτική Θράκη”) ήταν βραχύβια ιστορική οντότητα που ανακήρυξαν Έλληνες, Εβραίοι, Τούρκοι, Πομάκοι και Αρμένιοι της Θράκης και περιλάμβανε το μεγαλύτερο μέρος της σημερινής ελληνικής δυτικής Θράκης αλλά και το μεγαλύτερο μέρος της σημερινής βουλγαρικής βόρειας Θράκης για να αποτρέψει τότε -το 1913- ανεπιτυχώς την προσάρτηση της Θράκης από τη Βουλγαρία (Πηγή).

13 Απριλίου 2018

Δημήτρης Δανίκας

Να ξεκουμπιστούν οι επίορκοι Έλληνες Μουσουλμάνοι

Οι περιστάσεις είναι τόσο κρίσιμες όσο ποτέ άλλοτε. Φυσικά από το το τέλος του Β παγκοσμίου πολέμου και την τελευταία πνοή του Εμφυλίου το 1949

Υπό τη σκιά του ¨περίεργου” όσο και ηρωικού θανάτου του Γιώργου Μπαλταδώρου Βορειανατολικά της Σκύρου. Του πιλότου ενός από τα είκοσι πέντε Mirage 2000-5 που διαθέτει ο εναέριος στόλος της αμυντικής μας αεροπορίας. Και με την σοβαρή πιθανότητα μιας ενδεχομένης ανάφλεξης στο Αιγαίο

Οι περιστάσεις λοιπόν είνα τόσο σκληρές και τόσο καταλυτικές. Επομένως δύο πράγματα είναι απαραίτητα και τόσο επιθυμητά. Ενα αραγές εσωτερικό μέτωπο. Ας αφήσουν τα κόλπα τα επικοινωνιακά. Ολα τα κόμματα και όλοι οι πολιτικοί

Το δεύτερο να περιοριστεί η ανοχή. Οπως, για παράδειγμα συμβαίναι με την περίπτωση των εβδομήντα μουσουλμάνων μαθητών λυκείου της Ξάνθης. Που τις προάλλες επισκέφτηκαν την Προύσα. Για τουριστικούς λόγους θα πείτε. Μπα η ιδέα σας

Η επίσκεψη έγινε για να ενημερωθούν για τις σπουδές που μπορούν να ακολουθήσουν εκεί. Και μάλιστα τους φιλοξένησε ο λεγόμενος αλυτρωτικός «Σύλλογος Αλληλεγγύης “Τούρκων” δυτικής Θράκης» (BTTDD) , ενώ τον συντονισμό είχε η παράνομη “Τουρκική” Ένωση Ξάνθης

Μάλιστα οι ίδιοι μουσουλμάνοι μαθητές έφτασαν στο σημείο μιας απίστευτης πρόκλησης. Να φωτογραφηθούν με φόντο την σημαία της λεγόμενης “Ανεξάρτητης Δυτικής Θράκης”

Δικαίωμά τους. Και στον Αλλάχ να προσκυνάνε. Και να σπουδάσουν σε όποιο Πανεπιστήμιο γουστάρουν. Και να φωτογραφίζονται με φόντο τη σημαία της τάχα μου “Ανεξάρτητης Δυτικής Θράκης”

Ομως εμείς τι κάνουμε; Ωραία παιδιά. Ωραία εσείς γονείς αυτών των παιδιών. Αφού τόσο πολύ γουστάρετε Ερντογάν και “Ανεξάρτητη Δυτική Θράκη”, τότε άριστα θα πράξετε να πάρετε τα πραγματά σας, να φορτώσετε τις αποσκευές σας και να εγκατασταθείτε σ αυτό το υπέροχο μέρος όπου λάμπει το αστέρι του ψευτοσουλτάνου και πρυτανεύουν οι αρχές της Δημοκρατίας και της Ισονομίας

Οσο για την περιουσία σας, να είστε σίγουρη. Δεν πρόκειται να δημευθεί όπως οι πρόγονοί σας έκαναν στους ¨γκιαούρηδες” της Κωνσταντινούπολης, της Σμύρνης και της Κύπρου. Αντιθέτως. Είναι δική σας. Να την πουλήσετε. Και τα ¨γρόσιᨔ να τα πάρετε μαζί σας

Πραγματικά δεν καταλαβαίνω, ούτε κατανοώ την ανεκτικότητα των ελληνικών αρχών. Να ανεχόμαστε μέσα στον κόρφο μας και μάλιστα σε τόσο κρίσιμες στιγμές, την επώαση του μουσουλμανικού φιδιού. Και δεν εννοώ τους μουσουλμάνους η τους βουδιστές η όλους εκείνους που πιστεύουν στο δικό τους θεό. Αρκεί να εκτιμούν την πατρίδα που τους στεγάζει, τους ταίζει, τους εκπαιδεύει και τους βρίσκει δουλειά. Ολοι αυτοί καλώς μένουν εδώ και καλώς απολαμβάνουν όλα τα ¨προνόμια” μιας ευρωπαικής, δημοκρατικής, περιοχής

Ομως όσοι πιστεύουν, ορκίζονται και επιθυμούν την αλυτρωτική λογική μιας “Ανεξάρτητης δυτικής Θράκης” (BTTDD)δεν έχουν καμιά δουλειά ανάμεσά μας. Ως Ελληνες πολίτες με βούλα και υπογραφή, διαπράττουν το κακούργημα της εσχάτης προδοσίας. Να ξεκουμπιστούν. Να μετακινηθούν. Και στην αγκαλιά του Ερντογάν να προσγειωθούν. Αμάν πια. Ολα τα χαμε εδώ στη μισοχρεοκοπημένη Ελλάδα, οι εβδομήντα “πειραγμένοι” μαθητές με τους γονείς τους μας έλειπαν. Ουστ απ εδώ. Εκεί εκεί στην τουρκοφυλακή!

06/04/2018: “Κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα” για τη Μαρία Γιαννακάκη

Στις 22 Μαρτίου 2018, η ναζιστική οργάνωση “Κρυπτεία” παρενόχλησε και απείλησε τη Μη Κυβερνητική Οργάνωση (ΜΚΟ) Ελληνική Ένωση για τα Δικαιώματα του Ανθρώπου (ΕλΕΔΑ) και στη συνέχεια έκανε εμπρηστική επίθεση στα γραφεία της Αφγανικής ΚοινότηταςΤα δύο συμβάντα καλύφθηκαν εκτενώς από τα ΜΜΕ και αναφέρθηκε πως η ΕλΕΔΑ προχώρησε στην υποβολή μήνυσης την ίδια ημέρα.

Οκτώ ημέρες αργότερα, στις 30 Μαρτίου 2018, η διεθνής ΜΚΟ Παρατηρητήριο για την Προστασία των Υπερασπιστών Ανθρώπινων Δικαιωμάτων μετά από πρόταση του Ελληνικού Παρατηρητηρίου των Συμφωνιών του Ελσίνκι (ΕΠΣΕ), όπως αναφέρεται στο κείμενο, έκανε επείγουσα έκκληση στην κυβέρνηση περιλαμβανόμενης της Γενικής Γραμματέα Ανθρώπινων Δικαιωμάτων Μαρία Γιαννακάκη, για την άμεση δικαστική διερεύνηση των επιθέσεων και την προστασία των υπερασπιστών ανθρώπινων δικαιωμάτων των δύο φορέων και γενικότερα.

Προφανώς ανταποκρινόμενη (και) στην έκκληση αυτή, η Μαρία Γιαννακάκη, στις 2 Απριλίου 2018, ζήτησε την παρέμβασή της Εισαγγελέα του Αρείου Πάγου Ξένης Δημητρίου προκειμένου να διαπιστωθεί η τέλεση αδικήματος.

Την ίδια ημέρα 2 Απριλίου 2018, το ΕΠΣΕ έστειλε στη Μαρία Γιαννακάκη, όπως και στο Τμήμα Αντιμετώπισης Ρατσιστικής Βίας της ΓΑΔΑ και στην Ειδική Γραμματεία Ρομά Κατερίνα Γιάντσιου  τη συνημμένη συμπληρωματική αναφορά σε αρχική μήνυση και αναφορά της 14 Οκτωβρίου 2017 για πρωτοφανή τσιγγανοφοβικό εκφοβισμό και κατασυκοφάντηση μέσω διαδικτύου ενός Ρομά ότι δήθεν “βίασε 5χρονο κοριτσάκι έξω από σχολείο των Αχαρνών” και ότι δήθεν “Η Ελληνική αστυνομία Αχαρνών καλεί τους γονείς ανηλίκων παιδιών να είναι προσεκτικοί”.  Σε αυτή επισημαινόταν πως το διαδικτυακό bullying του Ρομά συνεχιζόταν με πάνω από 40000 (ανα)δημοσιεύσεις ενώ η πολιτεία δεν είχε κάνει σχεδόν τίποτε μετά την αρχική μηνυτήρια αναφορά.

Την επόμενη ημέρα 3 Απριλίου 2018, τόσο η Ειδική Γραμματεία Ρομά όσο και το Τμήμα Αντιμετώπισης Ρατσιστικής Βίας της ΓΑΔΑ ενημέρωσαν προφορικά το ΕΠΣΕ για τις άμεσες ενέργειές τους προς την Εισαγγελία Ρατσιστικής Βίας και τον Αναπληρωτή Υπουργό Προστασίας του Πολίτη καθώς οι δύο τελευταίοι είχαν και την ευθύνη της μέχρι τώρα αδράνειας αλλά και της ενδεχόμενης επίσπευσης.

Αντίθετα η Μαρία Γιαννακάκη απάντησε την ίδια ημέρα (απάντηση συνημμένη) πως “εφόσον έχει επιληφθεί η Δικαιοσύνη της εν λόγω υπόθεσης, το θέμα δεν άπτεται της αρμοδιότητάς μας, λόγω της συνταγματικής επιταγής για διάκριση των λειτουργιών.” Όμως και για την υπόθεση των επιθέσεων κατά της Αφγανικής Κοινότητας και της ΕλΕΔΑ είχε επιληφθεί η δικαιοσύνη αλλά αυτό δεν την εμπόδισε να θεωρήσει εαυτήν αρμόδια, όπως είχε κάνει και σε άλλες περιπτώσεις. Αντίθετα, η σχεδόν εξάμηνη αδράνεια της δικαιοσύνης στην υπόθεση του Ρομά καθιστούσε την ηγεσία του Υπουργείου Δικαιοσύνης αρμοδιότατη τουλάχιστον να επισημάνει την καθυστέρηση, επίσης όπως έχει κάνει πολλές φορές στο παρελθόν.  Η επίκληση της διάκρισης των λειτουργιών αποτελεί στην ουσία τη διαχρονική αιτιολόγηση άρνησης παρέμβασης από το Υπουργείο Δικαιοσύνης. Πέρα του ότι στην προκείμενη περίπτωση η δικαστική έρευνα δεν είναι το μόνο ζητούμενο για να σταματήσει η τρισάθλια διαπόμπευση του Ρομά, καθώς η πολιτεία έχει την υποχρέωση και της ευρύτατης διάδοσης της διάψευσης όπως και της αναζήτησης ευθυνών για το ψεύδος και τη ρατσιστική συκοφαντία.

Σήμερα, προπαραμονή της Παγκόσμιας Ημέρας Ρομά, το συμπέρασμα είναι πως το αρμόδιο κυβερνητικό στέλεχος για τα ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα και την καταπολέμηση του ρατσισμού ασχολείται μόνο με “πιασάρικα” θέματα, όπως οι διακρίσεις σε βάρος μεταναστών/προσφύγων, ομοερωτικών, ΑμεΑ, ενίοτε και Εβραίων, αλλά σιωπά όταν ο ρατσισμός πλήττει τους Ρομά (καθώς και τις εθνικές μειονότητες). Αυτό άλλωστε χαρακτηρίζει και σχεδόν το σύνολο του πολιτικού, πνευματικού, δημοσιογραφικού και δικαιωματικού κόσμου στην Ελλάδα…

Μήνυση για πρωτοφανή τσιγγανοφοβικό εκφοβισμό και κατασυκοφάντηση μέσω διαδικτύου


Panayote Dimitras   <panayotedimitras@gmail.com> 2 Απριλίου 2018 – 4:37 μ.μ.
Προς: “Δ.Α.Α. /Υ.Κ.Α.6” <daa.yka6@astynomia.gr>
Κοιν.: Ειδική Γραμματέας Ρομά <egroma@yeka.gr>, Λευτέρης Κωνσταντινιδης <left.konstantinidis@gmail.com>, SITAROPOULOS Nikolaos <nikolaos.sitaropoulos@coe.int>, Maria Yannakaki <myannakaki@gmail.com>, Genikos Grammateas Diafaneias kai Anthropinon Dikaiomaton <ggdad@justice.gov.gr>, Commissioner <Commissioner@coe.int>,

Κύριοι/Κυρίες

Στα τέλη Μαρτίου 2018 υπήρξε νέος καταιγισμός αναρτήσεων με επανάληψη του ψευδούς και ακραίου τσιγγανοφοβικού εκφοβισμού σε βάρος του Βασίλη Καλαμιώτη, στον οποίο κοινοποιούμε και το παρόν μήνυμα. Στην ανάρτηση με τη μήνυσή μας https://racistcrimeswatch.wordpress.com/2017/10/14/1-421/ έχουμε επικαιροποιήσει τις πληροφορίες.

Παρακαλώ λάβετε υπόψη πως η ανάρτηση  https://newsthessaloniki.gr/aftos-ine-o-roma-pou-viase-5chrono-koritsaki-ke-katazitite-kinopiiste-ta-moutra-tou/ και http://archive.is/hDwn1 έχει 34600 κοινοποιήσεις μέχρι τώρα!!!

Αυτή η αθλιότητα διευκολύνθηκε από την απραξία της πολιτείας που πέρα από μια εξαιρετικά λιτή και συγκρατημένη ανακοίνωση της ΕΛΑΣ (http://www.astynomia.gr/index.php?option=ozo_content&lang&perform=view&id=74770&Itemid=1963) που σχεδόν κανένας δεν δημοσίευσε γιατί δεν στάλθηκε σε αυτούς που ανάρτησαν τα συκοφαντικά κείμενα δεν κινήθηκε ποινική διαδικασία παρά τη μήνυση που υποβάλαμε.

Σήμερα απαιτούμε να κινηθεί επιτέλους η πολιτεία με εφαρμογή και της αυτόφωρης διαδικασίας κατά των ΜΜΕ που έχουν αναρτημένη την αθλιότητα ακόμα και σήμερα και την κατεπείγουσα διεξαγωγή της προκαταρκτικής εξέτασης για τη δικογραφία που είναι στο Τμήμα Αντιμετώπισης Ρατσιστικής Βίας. Επίσης παρακαλούμε τις αρμόδιες Ειδική Γραμματεία Ρομά και Γενική Γραμματεία Ανθρώπινων Δικαιωμάτων να πάρουν δημόσια θέση ώστε να σταματήσει αυτή η διαπόμπευση ενός Ρομά με την συνενοχή της πολιτείας λόγω σιωπής της>

Ο Βασίλης Καλαμιώτης και το ΕΠΣΕ περιμένουμε την απάντησή σας μέχρι αύριο Τρίτη 3/4/2018 δεδομένου ότι ανάλογα με αυτές θα προχωρήσουν σε άλλες κινήσεις.

Με τιμή

Παναγιώτης Δημητράς

Στις 14 Οκτωβρίου 2017 – 8:05 μ.μ., ο χρήστης Panayote Dimitras <panayotedimitras@gmail.com> έγραψε:

Κύριοι/Κυρίες

Σε συνέχεια των παραπάνω, εντοπίσαμε ενυπόγραφο προφίλ στο Facebook του αρχικού δράστη Γιώργου Σοφρώνη (εργαζόμενου στο oscarpet Θρακομακεδονων 10 Αχαρνές) που είχε και το προφίλ “Φιλοζωική Αχαρνών” ο οποίος έχει κάνει δύο φορές τη ρατσιστική συκοφαντική ανάρτηση που έχει 2000 κοινοποιήσεις και τη συνομιλία του με το θύμα. Σας τα στέλνουμε και ζητούμε τη σύλληψη του δράστη καθώς και τη δίωξη και των 2000 που έκαναν κοινοποίηση.

Στις 14 Οκτωβρίου 2017 – 3:40 μ.μ., ο χρήστης Panayote Dimitras <panayotedimitras@gmail.com> έγραψε:

ΠΡΟΣ ΤΟ ΤΜΗΜΑ ΑΝΤΙΜΕΤΩΠΙΣΗΣ ΡΑΤΣΙΣΤΙΚΗΣ ΒΙΑΣ

14 Οκτωβρίου 2017

Κυρίες/Κύριοι

Σας υποβάλουμε μηνυτήρια αναφορά για αυτεπάγγελτα διωκόμενα αδικήματα με ρατσιστικό χαρακτήρα, στα πλαίσια του προγράμματος του Παρατηρητηρίου Ρατσιστικών Εγκλημάτων, με αντικείμενο τον πρωτοφανή τσιγγανοφοβικό εκφοβισμό και κατασυκοφάντιση μέσω διαδικτύου επί δεκαήμερο σε βάρος του Ρομ Βασίλη Καλαμιώτη ότι δήθεν “βίασε 5χρονο κοριτσάκι έξω από σχολείο των Αχαρνών” και ότι δήθεν “Η Ελληνική αστυνομία Αχαρνών καλεί τους γονείς ανηλίκων παιδιών να είναι προσεκτικοί” . Επισυνάπτουμε την αρχική ανάρτηση και αρκετές αναρτήσεις που ακολούθησαν και εντοπίσαμε, κυρίως σε λινκς.

Θεωρούμε απαράδεκτο πως η Ελληνική Αστυνομία μεταξύ άλλων δεν προχώρησε σε άμεση δημοσίευση διάψευσης αν όχι και στην αναζήτηση και σύλληψη τουλάχιστον μερικών από τους ρατσιστές συκοφάντες. Θεωρούμε επίσης απαράδεκτο πως όταν πήγε αυθημερόν στις 5 Οκτωβρίου 2017 στο ΑΤ Αχαρνών να καταθέσει μήνυση, αρνήθηκαν να την παραλάβουν και τον παρέπεμψαν στη Δίωξη Ηλεκτρονικού Εγκλήματος στη ΓΑΔΑ η οποία την επόμενη ημέρα με τη σειρά της αρνήθηκε να την παραλάβει και του ζήτησε να εκτυπώσει τις αναρτήσεις και να πάει στο ΑΤ Αχαρνών να την καταθέσει, όπως και έγινε αυθημερόν. Θεωρούμε τέλος απαράδεκτο να του ζητηθεί εκεί να πληρώσει παράβολο 50 ευρώ, να μη θεωρηθεί ως ρατσιστικό το αδίκημα αλλά απλή συκοφαντική δυσφήμηση και να μην καταθέσει δήλωση παράτασης ως πολιτικώς ενάγοντος. Όλα αυτά καταδεικνύουν πόσο ανεπαρκώς η ΕΛ.ΑΣ., εκτός του Τμήματος Αντιμετώπισης Ρατσιστικής Βίας, ουσιαστικά αδιαφορεί (ο επιεικέστερος όρος) για τη δίωξη του ρατσιστικού εγκλήματος, τουλάχιστον όταν τα θύματα είναι Ρομά.

Παρακαλούμε για τις άμεσες ενέργειές σας και των λοιπών υπηρεσιών της ΕΛ.ΑΣ. και στα πλαίσια του αυτοφώρου καθώς και να μας ενημερώσετε για τον αριθμό πρωτοκόλλου που θα δώσετε στη μηνυτήρια αναφορά αυτή. Ενεργούμε δε με την πλήρη συμφωνία και προφορική και διαδικτυακή εξουσιοδότηση του θύματος.Λόγω της εξαιρετικής σημασίας, η μηνυτήρια αναφορά κοινοποιείται στον Επίτροπο για τα Ανθρώπινα Δικαιώματα στο Συμβούλιο της Ευρώπης, στην Ειδική Γραμματέα Ένταξης των Ρομά και στη Γενική Γραμματέα Ανθρώπινων Δικαιωμάτων.

Με τιμή

Παναγιώτης Δημητράς – Panayote Dimitras

Ελληνικό Παρατηρητήριο των Συμφωνιών του Ελσίνκι – Greek Helsinki Monitor
address: PO Box 60820 – GR 15304 Glyka Nera Greece
Genikos Grammateas Diafaneias kai Anthropinon Dikaiomaton   <ggdad@justice.gov.gr> 3 Απριλίου 2018 – 4:37 μ.μ.
Προς: Panayote Dimitras <panayotedimitras@gmail.com>

Κοιν.: Ειδική Γραμματέας Ρομά <egroma@yeka.gr>, left.konstantinidis@gmail.com, nikolaos.sitaropoulos@coe.int, Commissioner@coe.int,

Αξιότιμε κύριε Δημητρά,

Σε απάντηση του εγγράφου σας,το οποίο έλαβε Α.Π. 424-02/04/2018 θα θέλαμε να σας ενημερώσουμε ότι εφόσον έχει επιληφθεί η Δικαιοσύνη της εν λόγω υπόθεσης,το θέμα δεν άπτεται της αρμόδιότητάς μας,λόγω της συνταγματικής επιταγής για διάκριση των λειτουργιών.

Με εκτίμηση,

Από το Γραφείο της Γενικής Γραμματέως Ανθρωπίνων Δικαιωμάτων

05/04/2018: Καταγραφή ρατσιστικών εγκλημάτων 2012-2017

28/03/2018: Θλιβερή διαστρέβλωση από Ελληνική Αστυνομία στοιχείων για δικογραφίες για ρατσιστικά αδικήματα

Βουλή: περικοπή αποζημίωσης Μιχαλολιάκου, Κασιδιάρη και Ηλιόπουλου για “απαράδεκτες ναζιστικές και φασιστικές συμπεριφορές” κατά Μουσταφά Μουσταφά

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Δεκτή από όλα τα κόμματα του λεγόμενου δημοκρατικού τόξου, έγινε στην ολομέλεια της Βουλής, η πρόταση του προέδρου του σώματος, Νίκου Βούτση, για μομφή κατά του αρχηγού της Χρυσής Αυγής Νίκου Μιχαλολιάκου και των δύο βουλευτών του κόμματος, Ηλία Κασιδιάρη και Παναγιώτη Ηλιόπουλου.
Η μομφή αποδόθηκε για αντικοινοβουλευτική συμπεριφορά την οποία επέδειξαν, ο κ. Κασιδιάρης και ο κ. Ηλιόπουλος στην διάρκεια συνεδρίασης της Επιτροπής Εξωτερικών και ‘Αμυνας της Βουλής, όταν στράφηκαν με βαριές και υβριστικές εκφράσεις κατά του βουλευτή Ροδόπης του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ Μουσταφά Μουσταφά – όπως επίσης και ο Ν. Μιχαλολιάκος στην ολομέλεια της Βουλής, καταφερόμενος με τον ίδιο υβριστικό τρόπο εναντίον συνολικά των 4 μουσουλμάνων βουλευτών οι οποίοι συμμετέχουν στην τρέχουσα κοινοβουλευτική σύνθεση.
Σύμφωνα με τον κανονισμό της Βουλής, η ποινή της μομφής συνοδεύεται και με παρακράτηση του 25% της μηνιαίας βουλευτικής αποζημίωσης.
Τόσο ο πρόεδρος της Βουλής Νίκος Βούτσης όσο και όλοι οι κοινοβουλευτικοί εκπρόσωποι των κομμάτων, καταδίκασαν την συμπεριφορά των βουλευτών της Χρυσής Αυγής, κάνοντας λόγο για κήρυγμα μίσους και μισαλλοδοξίας, ενώ τόνισαν την ανάγκη περαιτέρω αυστηροποίησης του κανονισμού της Βουλής απέναντι σε απαράδεκτες ναζιστικές και φασιστικές συμπεριφορές.
Από την πλευρά τους, τόσο ο κ. Μιχαλολιάκος όσο και οι κ.κ. Κασιδιάρης και Ηλιόπουλος, χαρακτήρισαν παράνομη και αντισυνταγματική την απόφαση για τη πρόταση μομφής, ενώ επέμειναν στις θέσεις τους και στους υβριστικούς χαρακτηρισμούς κατά των μουσουλμάνων βουλευτών.
Ο πρόεδρος της Βουλής Νίκος Βούτσης, χαρακτήρισε ανατριχιαστικά τα όσα ακούστηκαν από τους βουλευτές της Χρυσής Αυγής για τους βουλευτές της Θράκης, ενώ έκανε λόγο για στρατηγική έντασης από την πλευρά της ΧΑ και πρόσθεσε ότι υπάρχει κλιμάκωση της ακραίας συμπεριφοράς της και κανείς δεν έχει δικαίωμα να σιωπά ή να κάνει ότι δεν καταλαβαίνει.
«Δεν είναι δυνατόν η Βουλή να βρίσκεται υπό ομηρία, να σιωπά, να κάνουμε συμψηφισμούς, να εθελοτυφλούμε, να δίνουμε άλλοθι, ασυλία στο μίζερο, εμπαθή, ρατσιστικό λόγο της Χρυσής Αυγής. Αυτό δεν μπορεί να το επιτρέψουμε. Είναι σαφέστατο, ότι μέσα από τη στρατηγική της έντασης αποσκοπούν να σπείρουν διχασμό και μίσος και να δημιουργήσουν εμφύλιες διαμάχες», ανέφερε χαρακτηριστικά ο πρόεδρος της Βουλής.
Παράλληλα, υπογράμμισε ότι οι μειονοτικοί βουλευτές θα πρέπει, όχι απλώς να τιμώνται που βρίσκονται στην πρώτη γραμμή, αλλά να τύχουν και μιας σαφής πολιτικής και ηθικής υποστήριξης από το σύνολο των Ελλήνων Βουλευτών, ώστε να μην αποτολμήσει κανείς ξανά σε αυτή την αίθουσα, να μιλήσει για κατασκόπους και πράκτορες».
Η προεδρεύουσα του Σώματος Τασία Χριστοδουλοπούλου, χαρακτήρισε προκλητικό η Χρυσή Αυγή να επικαλείται το σύνταγμα, το οποίο όπως τόνισε, κατοχυρώνει τα ατομικά δικαιώματα όσων ζουν στην ελληνική επικράτεια, ανεξάρτητα από θρησκευτικές πεποιθήσεις.
Ο κοινοβουλευτικός εκπρόσωπος του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ Αριστείδης Μπαλτάς, έκανε λόγο για «ναζιστικό μόρφωμα», τονίζοντας ότι τεκμηριωμένα πια έχει χαρακτήρα εγκληματικής οργάνωσης και πρόσθεσε ότι «συνεχίζει να εγκληματεί και να προωθεί ναζιστικές ιδεολογίες που τις κρύβει από θρασυδειλία πίσω από τον εθνικισμό».
Ο κοινοβουλευτικός εκπρόσωπος της ΝΔ, Γιώργος Γεωργαντάς, μίλησε για απαράδεκτο, καταδικαστέο και μεμπτό επεισόδιο και πρόσθεσε ότι «δεν πρέπει να επιτρέψουμε να συμβεί ξανά αυτή η απαράδεκτη αντιδεοντολογική συμπεριφορά».
Η κοινοβουλευτική εκπρόσωπος της ΔΗΣΥ Εύη Χριστοφιλοπούλου, υπογράμμισε ότι «πρόκειται για κήρυγμα μίσους, ρατσισμού, μισαλλοδοξίας και ανθελληνισμού». «Η ανεκτικότητα, όταν ασκείται πέρα από τα όρια, μπορεί να οδηγήσει σε κατάλυση της Δημοκρατίας. Δεν είναι κολυμπήθρα του Σιλωάμ η Δημοκρατία», πρόσθεσε.
«Η στάση των βουλευτών της Χρυσής Αυγής, πέρα από απαράδεκτη είναι και επικίνδυνη. Αυτή την περίοδο, με την αύξηση της τουρκικής προκλητικότητας και του τουρκικού εθνικισμού, ρίχνει νερό στο μύλο του Ερντογάν όταν χαρακτηρίζει ένα βουλευτή, Τούρκο πράκτορα», επεσήμανε ο κοινοβουλευτικός εκπρόσωπος του ΚΚΕ Γιάννης Γκιόκας.
«Θέλω να δηλώσω το σεβασμό μου στους 4 Έλληνες μουσουλμάνους βουλευτές που κοσμούν το ελληνικό κοινοβούλιο», υπογράμμισε ο κοινοβουλευτικός εκπρόσωπος των ΑΝΕΛ Θανάσης Παπαχριστόπουλος.
«Κορυφαίο ζήτημα για εμάς είναι να προστατεύσουμε τη δημοκρατία χωρίς αστερίσκους και οφείλουμε να επιβάλουμε αυστηρά μέτρα απέναντι στον μισαλλόδοξο λόγο της Χρυσής Αυγής, χωρίς να έχουμε την ψευδαίσθηση συνετισμού της», ανέφερε ο κοινοβουλευτικός εκπρόσωπος του Ποταμιού, Σπύρος Δανέλης.
«Είπε ο γάιδαρος τον πετεινό κεφάλα. Αυτοί που προσκυνούν την ναζιστική σημαία ισχυρίζονται ότι είναι καλύτεροι από τους άλλους», είπε χαρακτηριστικά ο κοινοβουλευτικός εκπρόσωπος της Ένωσης Κεντρώων, Μάριος Γεωργιάδης.

Πηγή: ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ

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