Council of Europe’s human rights body reproaches Greece

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), the Council of Europe?s human rights body, reproached Greece on Tuesday for inadequately implementing its guidelines for tackling racist violence and issuing residence permits to immigrants.

The ECRI said it was waiting for a reaction from Greek authorities two years after making the recommendations, which include empowering the Ombudsman to provide aid to victims of racist attacks and running public awareness campaigns.

In a related development, PASOK called for a bill aimed at curbing racist violence to be voted on in Parliament as ?an absolute priority.?

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