The Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe is reportedly to visit Athens to investigate allegations of attacks against immigrants and journalists by the elected far-right Golden Dawn.
Nils Mouiznieks, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, told the known Greek newspaper “To Vima” that the council is closely monitoring the situation in Greece. He will visit Athens to investigate any links between the far-right political party, and the Greek police, given that half of the Greek police force voted for Golden Dawn in the election.
Mr. Mouiznieks said, “We received information that the Greek police is not doing its job in terms of racist crimes. We must thoroughly investigate any links of the Golden Dawn with police, as well as how to deal with racist violence by the police.”
His remarks follow a report issued this week by Human Rights Watch (HRW) that Greek police are ignoring racist attacks on immigrants.
The Commissioner went on to say that the rise of the far-right is not unique to Greece but Golden Dawn “is more open to extremist and Nazi views than any other party in Europe.” However, he acknowledged that Golden Dawn is a legitimate political party under Greek legislation.
(Source: Katerina Nicholas/Digital Journal)