Cyprus Cyprus


Cyprus Anti-discrimination Authority (2013), Self-initiated intervention of the Anti-Discrimination Authority regarding the response of schools to racial incidents (Αυτεπάγγελτη παρέμβαση της Αρχής κα των Διακρίσεων αναφορικά με την ανταπόκριση των σχολείων σε ρατσιστικά περιστατικά), Ref. AKR/AYT.3/2011 & AKR/AYT.1/2012, 11 March 2013

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Type of publication


Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution

Human rights or equality body


Cyprus, Anti-discrimination Authority

Main Thematic Focus

Hate crime Racism & xenophobia

Target Population

Migrants People with migrant background

Key findings

The report is the product of a own-initiative ex officio investigation criticizing the handling of two specific outbreaks of racial violence at schools by the school authorities and by the Ministry of Education for their failure to identify a otive in the acts. The report attributed the failure of the Ministry and of the school authorities partly to an effort not to amplify the problem and partly to ignorance as to what constitutes racial violence and how this differs from other types of violence. The report concludes that the perceptions and practices that victimize the foreign students are not condemned and dealt with decisively either by the Ministry of Education or by the schools and called on the Ministry to work with the Equality Body in order to compile a code of conduct against racism at schools.

Methodology (Qualitative/Quantitative and exact type used, questionnaires etc)

Equality body investigation; desk top research on the legal framework.

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