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Institutional racism is prevalent in criminal justice systems across the European Union and has created a "justice gap" in such cases, a new study has found.

The research, carried out by the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), has found "deeply-rooted institutional racism" affects all parts of the justice process, from the very reporting of the crime to sentencing.

This is despite data suggesting that the occurrence of racially-motivated crimes are on the rise in many EU...

Theodoros Giannaros, member of ruling conservative New Democracy party and the party’s working group for Health launched a vicious racist attack on a refugee, describing him as a “monkey”.

Arash Hampay, a refugee from Iran living in Greece, posted a photo on twitter and wrote: “Fascists, I’m OK with my new homeland, I will continue to work to change my city. Our city must be cleansed of fascism. ”

Giannaros commented on this post in an extremely racist way and wrote: “You are...

It’s just after 5am in the central Athens neighbourhood of Exarcheia. A group of Afghans and Iranians are sitting down together for breakfast in the middle of the street, with a banner that reads “No Pasaran” (“They shall not pass”) strung between the buildings above their heads. They laugh and joke as they help themselves to bread and cheese pies from the communal table.

The public breakfast is outside Notara 26, a self-organised refugee accommodation squat. Since opening in...

A Turkish cultural association said on Aug. 5 that almost all mosques and graveyards on Greece’s Kos (Istankoy) island were “ruined” and closed to worship.

The Rhodes, Kos and the Dodecanese Turks Culture and Solidarity Association urged Greece to respect the freedom of religion of the Kos Turkish community prior to the Eid-al Adha (Muslim feast of sacrifice) festival.

The organization’s president, Mustafa Kaymakçı, said in a written statement that the Algerian Gazi Hasan Pasha...

Arsonists targeted two vehicles owned by Turkish nationals, one of them a diplomat, in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, destroying the cars and damaging another four, Greek authorities said Monday.

Police said the arsonists struck in the pre-dawn hours of Monday, pouring flammable liquid over the two cars before torching them.

One is owned by a diplomat working at the Turkish consulate, the other by a Turkish national employed at an international financial institution...

The new face of Greece’s hard right has called for a border wall along Greece’s northern frontiers to block illegal migrants.

Kyriakos Velopoulos, 53, founder of the new Greek Solution party - which won a seat in Brussels on Sunday - suggested laying a minefield and building a wall on the border with Turkey and expressed support for “an air tight zone” along the Evros river, a natural frontier with Turkey and Bulgaria

“The Pakistan or Afghan national sneaking into Greece isn’t...

Three migrants allegedly tortured by Greek security forces and illegally pushed back to neighboring Turkey were found by Turkish border units and are being provided medical treatment in northwestern Edirne province.

Iraqi national Ibrahim Khidir (35) and Egyptian nationals Hassan Mahmoud (18) and Ahmed Samir (26) were found in a rural area, half-naked and exhausted with deep marks from plastic bullets and battering on their bodies. They were taken under protection by soldiers, who...

Suspected supporters of the neo-fascist Golden Dawn party desecrated the Muslim cemetery of Alexandroupoli in northern Greece, local media reported.

The vandals spray-painted the cemetery with nationalist graffiti and the party’s swastika-like emble, while scattering fliers saying “Greece belongs to the Greeks.”

Golden Dawn – currently on trial for running a criminal organization – gathered 4.9 percent of the vote in Sunday’s elections for European Parliament, earning two seats...

Monitoring group says racist hate crimes have gone up 14 percent, with members of the far-right Golden Dawn movement often responsible.

After a long day searching for a new job, Gulbaz Mohammed made his way home on foot, following the same path he walked each day in the Athens suburb of Peristeri.

The sun had already gone down on May 13, 2018, and the Pakistani migrant worker turned down the dimly-lit street leading to his home, spotting a group of six black-clad youth.

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Police have used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse refugees and migrants during a second day of scuffles outside a camp in northern Greece.

Since Thursday, hundreds of people stuck in Greece have arrived at a field next to the camp in Diavata, close to the second city of Thessaloniki, in the hope of travelling towards more prosperous countries in Northern Europe.

The move was reportedly spurred by false posts on social media claiming that years-long movement restrictions...

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) raised concerns Tuesday over the “inhuman and degrading” conditions in Greece’s refugee camps.

The committee’s report said the situation was particularly alarming at the Fylakio camp near the Turkish border — one of the “hot spots” set up with backing from the EU to speed up refugee processing.

There was a lack of doctors, medicines, food and drinking water in several camps along Turkey’s land border, in...

Some 60,000 people took to the streets of the Greek capital on Sunday to protest the Macedonian parliament's decision to ratify a controversial constitutional amendment to rename the former Yugoslav republic.

Sputnik stringer Kostis Dadamis has been taken to hospital after receiving a head injury while covering the rally against the Prespa Agreement, the June 2018 treaty between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia which agreed to rename the latter country as the '...

Migrant and refugee women who give birth on the Greek island of Lesbos are being sent to live in squalid, unheated tents with their babies after as little as four days, according to a new report by Oxfam.

There is no hot water and newborns, along with toddlers and older children, have to be washed outside in the cold.

Around 5,000 asylum seekers are crammed into the island’s notorious Moria camp, which was designed to hold 3,100 people.

It is so overcrowded that another...

The EU has been strongly criticised over conditions in Greece’s largest refugee camp, where Oxfam reported women are wearing nappies at night for fear of leaving their tents to go to the toilet.

The British-based NGO described the increasingly dangerous state of the EU-sponsored Moria camp on the island of Lesbos, where a 24-year-old man from Cameroon was found dead in the early hours of Tuesday as temperatures fell below freezing.

Under a landmark deal agreed between the EU...

Thousands of asylum seekers in Greece, living in tents on one of the Aegean Islands, are enduring another winter without heat or running water as there is no space at the official camp that is supposed to house them.

They are compelled to continue waiting in the cold until the government makes some arrangement for them to live.

 

Source: Aljazeera...