Sunday May 3, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
14o C
09o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Anti-racism bill with tougher penalties due back in Parl't

New legislation that provides stiffer penalties for individuals and political parties who engage in racism or incite racist violence is to be discussed in Parliament on August 26, following months of delays, it was announced on Tuesday.

The anti-racism bill was first submitted to Parliament in November but objections from the then cabinet secretary Panayiotis Baltakos forced the government to withdraw the would-be legislation. It was resubmitted to the House but has not moved beyond the committee stages for several months. Now a new version of the bill is to be tabled in a bid to bring Greece’s anti-racism legislation, which has stood since 1979, up to date.

The draft law includes provisions that mean parties or associations which promote racism will be cut off from state funding of any kind for between one and six months. The justice minister will also have the right to fine the people involved in such acts between 10,000 and 100,000 euros.

Individuals engaging in racist acts can be jailed for between three months and three years. They will also face fines of 5,000 to 20,000 euros. If their actions lead to another crime being committed, this will carry a minimum six-month prison sentence.

Jail terms of three months to three years will also be handed down to anyone who praises or denies “the significance of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, the Holocaust and Nazism” in a manner that could incite racial hate or violence. If the perpetrator is an MP or public official then the jail sentence will be stiffened, rising to between three and five years.

Government sources told Kathimerini that the Justice Ministry would be taking on board the concerns voiced by 38 New Democracy MPs who asked in a letter that there be a specific reference to the genocide of Black Sea and Asia Minor Greeks, as well as Armenians and Assyrians. The Greek Parliament has recognized these slaughters as genocide since 1994.

ekathimerini.com , Tuesday August 19, 2014 (21:52)  
Fugitive Xeros nabbed thanks to tip-off, paper trail suggests
If SYRIZA misses targets it must go, says Lafazanis
Athens hopes for breakthrough
Greece to ask EU for extra funding for migrant influx
Deal creates aquaculture national champion
An agreement has been reached for Selonda Fish Farming to absorb Dias Aquaculture, with the former acquiring the latter’s assets while Dias’s obligations will be covered by banks, according ...
Plenty of action in the hotel business sector
Greece’s hotel sector is presently witnessing plenty of action in terms of new acquisitions and the opening of luxury units, with the involvement of domestic firms as well as companies from ...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Olympiakos´s Pereira, Kasami fined for stormy Greek Cup tie
Olympiakos's Portuguese coach Vitor Pereira and Swiss midfielder Pajtim Kasami were fined on Thursday for their behavior after the team's Greek Cup quarter-final win over AEK Athens. The dis...
SOCCER
Olympiakos and Xanthi to contest Cup final
Olympiakos and Xanthi have reached the final of the Greek Cup even though they both failed to beat their second-division opposition at the second-leg games they hosted on Wednesday. Recently...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Wrong from the start
If the prime minister had handled negotiations with Greece’s international creditors differently from the onset I would bet that he would have achieved an excellent deal both for himself and...
EDITORIAL
Mixed signals
A decision from Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is long overdue. Caught up in the internal contradictions and disagreements of his leftist SYRIZA party, Tsipras has been unable to make a...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Fugitive Xeros nabbed thanks to tip-off, paper trail suggests
2. If SYRIZA misses targets it must go, says Lafazanis
3. Athens hopes for breakthrough
4. Greece to ask EU for extra funding for migrant influx
5. No new bailout needed if Greek debt restructured, says finance minister
6. Police on trail of robbery gang
more news
Today
This Week
1. Athens hopes for breakthrough
2. If SYRIZA misses targets it must go, says Lafazanis
3. Wrong from the start
4. Fugitive Xeros nabbed thanks to tip-off, paper trail suggests
5. Mixed signals
6. No new bailout needed if Greek debt restructured, says finance minister
Today
This Week
1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
2. Greece’s day of reckoning inches closer as debt payments loom
3. Greek decision to exit euro would be disastrous for Greece
4. Greece’s decade-long relationship with Merkel
5. No need to widen the rift
6. Varoufakis attacked by anarchists while dining in Athens
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.