Country

Cyprus Cyprus

Title

KISA, National Report on hate crime monitoring, in the framework of the transnational project 'Together fighting against hate crimes' funded by the Fundamental Rights and citizenship program of the EU

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Year

2016

Type of publication

Report

Geographical coverage

National

Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution

Civil society organisation

Institution

KISA

Main Thematic Focus

Hate crime Hate speech

Target Population

Migrants Ethnic minorities Refugees & asylum seekers

Key findings

The report assessed an on-line mechanism for recording hate speech/crime set up in 2014, which had experienced under –reporting problems, presumably due to the vulnerable position in Cyprus of those most affected by hate speech: migrants and refugees. The low rate of on-line reporting was attributed to the preference of migrants and refugees to report personally to NGOs rather than to an impersonal on line tool. The police mechanism for recording hate crimes also suffers from underreporting, since the vast majority of complainants recorded are Cypriots, whilst CSO reports find that the most vulnerable groups to hate crime are migrants, refugees and Turkish Cypriots. The report found that undocumented migrants tend not to report hate crime to the police due to a well-founded fear of arrest and deportation. The same was also true for documented migrants, whose residence permits are attached to specific employers, as employers are likely to be disturbed if their workers “have issues” with the police.

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

The report relies on desk top research and on the feedback from the evaluation of the training delivered in the course of the project. The evaluation of the training has been incorporated into the report.

Sample details and representativeness

N/A

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