Thursday, 11 September 2014 10:33
After a long period of political debate, on September 9, 2014, the Greek Parliament voted for the new antiracism bill, which will replace law 927 into force in Greece since 1979. The bill under the general title “Fight against Xenophobia” conforms with the European Council Framework Decision of 2008 and it stipulates jail terms of up to three years and large fines for those who incite attacks against people based on their race, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation. Similar treatment is foreseen for individuals who publicly deny genocides and other crimes against humanity that are recognised by the Greek Parliament and international courts.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) issued the following announcement:

“The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the Greek Jewry’s satisfaction for the decision of the Greek Parliament to reinforce our country’s antiracism legislation with the new bill which we hope will effectively tackle phenomena of neo-Nazism, intolerance and anti-Semitism in Greece.

Today more than ever we need to safeguard the principles of Democracy and Freedom –in Greece and in Europe alike- against the threat posed by the powers of darkness aiming at repeating the crimes of Nazism and Fascism that have cost the lives of millions of innocent people”. 
Athens, September 10, 2014
Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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