Greece: MPs of Golden Dawn far-right party attack minority rights defenders – no police action

January 10, 2017

On 6 January 2017 the International Secretariat of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) requested urgent intervention in the following situation in Greece.

OMCT-LOGOAccording to the information received, on December 12, 2016 six parliamentarians belonging to the Greek far-right party Golden Dawn and some of their followers violently interrupted a Human Rights Day conference organised in the Athens Journalist Union building by the Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM), along with the Party of Friendship Equality and Peace (Dostluk Esitlik Baris – DEB), on the topic of “National Minorities in Greece and Recommendations from International Organisations”. During the attack, the six Golden Dawn members and their followers entered the room shouting racist slogans and threatening the participants. Verbal abuses, death threats against the participants, particularly against DEB Party President Mustafa Ali Cavus, and slogans such as “Turks are unwelcomed in Greece” have been heard during this incident.

In spite of the warning received prior to the event and their written promises to GHM to ensure the smooth running of the conference, the Greek police did not take any measure to protect the integrity of the participants nor to ensure their freedom of speech and association. Moreover, the Greek Prosecution Offices did not take any ex officio action following this violent and threatening action by Golden Dawn members of the Parliament (MPs) and the failure of police to take any action. On December 21, 2016, GHM and DEB filed a complaint before the Athens Prosecutor for Racist Crimes against both the Golden Dawn MPs and the Hellenic Police leadership.

OMCT urges the Greek authorities to promptly and effectively investigate the complaint related to the events of December 12, 2016 and bring those responsible to justice.

Source: Greece: Attacks to freedom of assembly, threats and harassment against minority rights defenders by the Golden Dawn far-right party / January 6, 2017 / Urgent Interventions / Human rights defenders / OMCT

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