Council of Europe, Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities , Fourth Opinion on Cyprus adopted on 18 March 2015, published 2 November 2015.
Council of Europe, Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities , Fourth Opinion on Cyprus adopted on 18 March 2015, published 2 November 2015.View full Research
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Not applicable - national level
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Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Council of Europe
Main Thematic Focus
Discrimination Hate speech
Muslims Migrants Ethnic minorities People with migrant background
The report highlights that in order to gain votes, political parties, amplified by media outlets, have been nurturing xenophobic sentiments by publicly blaming migrants for unemployment. It found there is an upsurge in racial crime against migrants, refugees, Turkish Cypriots and Roma by neo-Nazis, which is underreported, and condemned the lack of accountability of perpetrators. It found that the police and law enforcement officers are not sufficiently aware of their role in recording racial crime and identifying otivation. It added that victims are reluctant to turn to the police, fearing that the involvement of the police may exacerbate their situation, adding that there are recurrent reports of discriminatory conduct and excessive use of force by the police. Recommendations included training of both the police and the judiciary in human rights standards and ensuring that both racial crime and police misconduct are dealt with.
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The report is based on consultations with NGOs, monitoring bodies and public authorities
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