On the occasion of a legislative debate, the government proposes an amendment providing to deport foreigners filing a complaint against the police or coastguard if the complaint is dismissed. When serious cases of violence against exiles are emerging, a way to ensure the impunity of the security forces.
An appeal and a petition:
Why this is important
We wish to declare our deepest concern. While impunity of racist violence remains a persistent problem in Greece, the Greek government not only refrains from addressing it, but is proceeding to institutionalize it, and furthermore to penalize its victims! Last week it submitted to parliament an amendment to the country’s Immigration Code that mandates the deportation of immigrants who accuse state employees of using violence against them, in case their claims are officially rejected. It is hair-raising: this provision is a deterrent, punishing not the aggressors but the victims.