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Greece marginalising gays, Roma, migrants – report

Greece must work tougher to fight intolerance of its LGBTI and Roma communities in addition to migrants, the Council of Europe mentioned in a report Thursday.

Regardless of a authorities plan to enhance inclusion by 2025, the report discovered that Greece’s LGBTI group continues to face intolerance and discrimination — with even lecturers making homophobic remarks in faculties, mentioned the report by the council’s fee in opposition to racism and intolerance (ECRI).

“The ECRI delegation heard stunning testimonies about some lecturers’ statements to intersex pupils,” the report mentioned, pointing to at least one youth research that discovered the state of affairs in Greek faculties “deplorable”.

“The stance and notion of Greek society in the direction of intersex folks strikes between ignorance, (medical) pathologisation and hostility,” the report mentioned.

The fee mentioned it had “credible accounts” of docs advising the abortion of unborn intersex kids.

Homophobic assaults should not unusual in Greece the place the highly effective Greek Orthodox Church formally disapproves of gay relations.

The ECRI known as for particular coaching for lecturers, docs and different professionals to fight intolerance, and for public opinion campaigns to focus on destructive attitudes in the direction of Roma and migrants.

Greek authorities recorded 164 circumstances of hate crime in 2018, up 1 / 4 on the earlier yr, the report mentioned.

However simply 4 circumstances resulted in convictions in 2018, with solely six the earlier yr.

The UN-backed Racist Violence Recording Community (RVRN) recorded 521 incidents of racist violence from 2016 to 2020, the ECRI added. 

“A complete monitoring system for hate speech incidents, together with on-line, ought to be established, accompanied by public consciousness campaigns,” the report mentioned.

It added that regardless of particular police coaching, specialised prosecutors and a 24-hour hotline, there was “little systematic gathering” of hate speech knowledge by police.

The fee additionally famous that the Greek ombudsman’s workplace, the only real organisation selling equality throughout the board in Greece, didn’t have authorized powers to deliver discrimination circumstances to court docket.

“ECRI due to this fact recommends as a matter of precedence that the authorities strengthen the help and litigation perform of the Greek ombudsman,” the report mentioned.

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