Sunday April 26, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
14o C
09o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Amnesty International slams Greek police for 'culture of abuse and impunity'

Greek law enforcement forces use excess force against protesters and ill-treat migrants and refugees, Amnesty International said in a report published on Thursday.

In the study, titled A law unto themselves: A culture of abuse and impunity in the Greek police, the human right organization accused Greek police of entrenched racism and endemic violence. The report was conducted following an official investigation probing police ties to ultranationalist party Golden Dawn.

Our investigation shows that the Golden Dawn debacle is only the tip of the iceberg. Entrenched racism, excessive use of force and deep-rooted impunity are a blight on the Greek police. Successive Greek governments have so far failed to acknowledge, let alone tackle, these human rights violations by police and on-going impunity, said Jezerca Tigani, Europe and Central Asia Deputy Programme Director at Amnesty International. There is an urgent need for a comprehensive structural reform of law enforcement including the creation of an independent police complaint mechanism to investigate allegations of unlawful police conduct.

The human rights watchdog's study found that over the past three years there had been an escalation in attacks against refugees and migrants, as well as crimes against the Roma community and the LGBTI community. The report noted that members of the Greek police force had reportedly failed to prevent attacks and had failed to investigate the motives behind them.

The study cited the murder of rapper Pavlos Fyssas on September 2013 by a member of Golden Dawn which subsequently led to a crackdown on the party.

The study also referred to Xenios Zeus, a police operation for controlling undocumented migrants that led to over 120,000 foreign nationals being stopped for identity checks between April 2012 and June 2013. In the report a Syrian refugee described being hit by policemen at the Corinth immigration detention center last year.

The report also referred to the fatal stabbing of Pakistani national Luqman Shahzad in Athens in January 2013, a crime that was allegedly racially motivated.

With their actions Greek police pander to xenophobic far-right groups who are intent on attacking anyone who does not conform to their idea of mainstream society, said Tigani.

Police have been used as an indiscriminate tool by the authorities. Instead of maintaining law and order, all too often they have been tasked with stifling dissent and persecuting members of vulnerable groups. Their actions have been left without independent scrutiny and their transgressions unpunished. This has to change.

ekathimerini.com , Thursday April 3, 2014 (15:01)  
FM warns against a lose-lose situation [Update]
PM tries to appease mayors, regional governors over cash bill
Poll: Large majority of Greeks want compromise with lenders
Police rescue 69 migrants from Evros River
Construction material costs slide anew
The decline in oil rates has contributed to the further fall in construction material prices and the cost of building new residential properties, according to data released on Friday by the ...
Navios taps German shipping opportunities
The wide margin of difference between the health of Greek and German shipping is clearly illustrated by the deal for the sale of 14 oceangoing vessels by German bank HSH Nordbank AG debtor c...
Inside Business
WATER POLO
Olympiakos wins Euro crown in womens water polo
The womens water polo team of Olympiakos won its first ever LEN Euro League at the Final Four it hosted in Piraeus by beating holder Sabadell from Spain 10-9 in Saturdays final. After defe...
SOCCER
Rival soccer fan clashes leave man stabbed
One man was stabbed and several others slightly injured as rival Thessaloniki club fans clashed late on Friday at an event held by Aris supporters. Reports from Greeces second city stated t...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Five years ago
This week marks five years since Greece officially entered a period of crisis when then Prime Minister George Papandreou announced that the country would seek a bailout from the eurozone and...
EDITORIAL
Slippery slope
The extremely divisive language that is currently being used by parliamentary deputies and coalition ministers is both unacceptable and dangerous. It is high time that the tired, old argumen...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. Olympiakos wins Euro crown in womens water polo
2. FM warns against a lose-lose situation [Update]
3. PM tries to appease mayors, regional governors over cash bill
4. Poll: Large majority of Greeks want compromise with lenders
5. Police rescue 69 migrants from Evros River
6. Thessaloniki nanny denies abusing toddler
more news
Today
This Week
1. Five years ago
2. PM tries to appease mayors, regional governors over cash bill
3. Poll: Large majority of Greeks want compromise with lenders
4. FM warns against a lose-lose situation [Update]
5. Greece not playing a game of chicken on debt
6. Slippery slope
Today
This Week
1. Greek government's popularity takes a hit as talks drag on
2. It's up to the Greek government to ensure deal with lenders, says ECB's Coeure
3. Europe's collision course with Greece
4. Leaving the past in the past
5. The price of compromise
6. Denialism
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.