Government puts anti-racism bill to public consultation

The Justice Ministry on Tuesday put to public consultation a draft law that foresees fines of between 15,000 and 150,000 euros and jail sentences of up to three years for anyone found guilty of racist or xenophobic behavior.

The proposed law would make it an offense to disseminate material expressing racist ideas, to publicly encourage hate of a particular group or to publicly deny cases of genocide.

The bill would also allow authorities to investigate suspected racist or xenophobic acts without having to wait for a complaint to be filed.

The draft law would also make insulting symbols or places of worship an offense.