Anti-racism Bill Gets Necessary Parliamentary Majority

greek parliamentAfter the request of SYRIZA and Golden Dawn for roll call vote, Greece ‘s anti-racism bill got the necessary Parliamentary majority.

As expected, there was a diversity of opinions within the parties, especially regarding article 2 on genocide, for which there was an open discussion in the past few days on whether its refusal should be criminalized or not.

In total, 99 MPs took part in the voting. For article 1, 58 voted yes, 10 no and 31 present. For the disputed article 2, 54 MPs were in favor, 42 against while 3 declared present. Finally, for article 3, 60 voted yes, 10 no and 29 present.

Greece becomes the third European country after Switzerland and Slovakia to adopt such measures.

The bill, known as “Fight against Xenophobia”, stipulates heavy fines and imprisonment terms for individuals who publicly deny genocides and other crimes against humanity that are recognized by the Greek Parliament and international courts.