Racist Violence Recording Network Δικτυο Καταγραφησ Περιστατικων Ρατσιστικης Βιας

The Racist Violence Recording Network primarily focuses on monitoring and recording of racist attacks against refugees and migrants in Greece.

Quanititative and qualitative analysis of the network’s data is used to alert authorities to changing trends or escalations in hate crime. The network also raises awareness of hate crime and methods for combatting it; supports victims to report incidents formally and search for legal aid; and organises training programmes for civil society and institutional bodies on how to identify, record and combat hate crime.

In addition, every year since its creation in 2011, the network produces an annual report. This contains:

  • Qualitative and quantitative trends of hate crimes in Greece, as recorded by members of the network;
  • Definitions and methodological clarifications related to recording;
  • Steps taken by the relevant police and judicial authorities to deal with racist violence;
  • Recommendations to the Greek State for tackling hate crime.

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Implementing the practice: step by step

All racist incidents reported to members of the network are recorded anonymously. The process and form used are common to all members. The process for reporting an incident to the network is:

  • An account is submitted to a member of the network based on the victim’s testimony.
  • The person coordinating the network collects all forms and then disaggregates the data. This acts as the basis for qualitative and quantitative analysis which is found in the annual report.
  • Victims are accompanied to the police if they decide to report the incident, with support provided beyond this point. This includes assistance in finding legal aid.

Evaluation of the practice

The evaluation of the project has been conducted by the groups involved in the initiative, along with their partners.

Some of the groups involved in the network include: 

  • Greek Forum of Refugees - Ελληνικό Φόρουμ Μεταναστών;
  • Greek Red Cross -  Ελληνικός Ερυθρός Σταυρός;
  • Afghan United Association -  Σύλλογος Ενωμένων Αφγανών;
  • Amnesty International - Διεθνής Αμνηστία.

The gradual increase of reported incidents between 2011-2015 indicate the effectiveness of the practice.

Official data is included in the network’s annual report. This, and the network’s recommendations to authorities, are widely disseminated. See below for a link to the 2014 annual report.

Critical success factors

Acting professionally and cooperating with civil society partners can lead to tangible, positive results.

Elements transferable to other EU Member States

The practice is transferable to Member States where no official data on racist violence is recorded or where the existing data is not deemed credible or proportionate in relation to the actual number of incidents.

Key Facts

Start date: the network was established in 2011.
End date: ongoing (as of April 2016).
Scope of the practice: National.
Target group: Victims of racist violence.
Beneficiaries: Migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, LGBT people, religious communities, human rights defenders.
Key objectives: To record and collect data on hate crime attacks and to establish trends, whilst also assisting authorities in combatting hate crime.

Legal basis of the practice

  • The practice is based on a specific hate crime legal framework: Article 81 A Penal Code, Racist Crime.

Designing bodies and partners consulted

  • Prior to setting up the network in 2011, the UN’s Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the National Commission for Human Rights consulted with 18 NGOs working with victims of racist violence.
  • The practice was designed by the UNHCR and the National Commission for Human Rights - Ύπατη Αρμοστεία του ΟΗΕ για τους πρόσφυγες και Εθνική Επιτροπή για τα Δικαιώματα του Ανθρώπο.

Implementing Bodies

  • The Greek Ombudsman (Συνήγορος του Πολίτη) is as an observer to the initiative.
  • UNHCR and the National Commission for Human Rights -  Ύπατη Αρμοστεία του ΟΗΕ για τους πρόσφυγες και Εθνική Επιτροπή για τα Δικαιώματα του Ανθρώπου
  • 35 non-governmental organisations and other bodies that provide support services to victims of racist violence form the network. Some of the members are listed above.

Further information

  • Full list of the partners involved in the network (Greek).
  • Network annual report 2014 (English)

Contacts

None provided.