Greece regularly reports hate crime data to ODIHR. Greece's Criminal Code contains a general penalty-enhancement provision for hate crimes. The Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights, the Public Prosecutor's Office and the State Security headquarters of the Greek Police collect hate crime data.
In 2015, five public prosecutors were appointed to the Public Prosecutors’ Offices of Athens, Piraeus, Thessaloniki, Patras and Heraklion to investigate hate crimes.
Incidents reported by civil society, international organizations and the Holy See
The Greek Helsinki Monitor reported a physical assault on a man of South Asian origin. The Racist Violence Recording network (RVRN) reported 27 physical assaults, of which three resulted in serious injuries; 45 incidents of threats; and three cases of damage to property. Victims were mostly of Bangladeshi, Pakistani, North African or Middle Eastern background.read more ›
The Racist Violence Recording Network (RVRN) and the Greek Helsinki Monitor reported an incident in which a teenage Roma boy was attacked and injured by a group of older students.read more ›
The Greek Helsinki Monitor and the Racist Violence Reporting Network (RVRN) reported a physical assault and two incidents of vandalism targeting Jewish cemeteries. The Greek Helsinki Monitor, the RVRN, the Kantor Center and the European Centre for Democracy Development reported two additional incidents of vandalism in which Holocaust memorials were vandalized with graffiti, one of which was also reported by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The Kantor Center reported two additional incidents of graffiti.read more ›
The Greek Helsinki Monitor, the Western Thrace Minority University Graduates Association and the Federation of Western Thrace Turks in Europe reported an arson attack on a mosque. The Western Thrace Minority University Graduates Association and the Federation of Western Thrace Turks in Europe reported the desecration of graves in a cemetery adjacent to a mosque on the same day as the arson attack. The Greek Helsinki Monitor also reported one incident of graffiti on the same mosque. SETA reported an additional arson attack on a mosque.read more ›
Jehovah's Witnesses – Greece reported two incidents of vandalism targeting places of worship.read more ›
The Racist Violence Recording Network (RVRN) reported eight incidents of sexual assault, 48 physical assaults, two of which also targeted people with disabilities, one robbery and 131 threats. The RVRN and the European Centre for Democracy Development also reported an incident in which a transgender woman was insulted and shot at.read more ›
The Racist Violence Recording Network (RVRN) reported two physical assaults on people with disabilities, both of which also had homophobic motivation.read more ›
In its "Concluding observations on the twentieth to twenty-second periodic reports of Greece", the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) recommended strengthening the use of anti-racism provisions, including through training for law enforcement and judicial officials. CERD further recommended strengthening the reporting and registration of hate crimes.
In his report following a mission to Greece, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance praised the establishment of a public prosecutor for racist crimes and of special police units. The Rapporteur also recommended that the mandates of police and prosecutors be expanded to include homophobic and transphobic hate crimes. The rapporteur further recommended the inclusion of language and citizenship among protected characteristics in Greek hate crime law and that prosecutors and judges be trained on the use of hate crime laws.
ODIHR observes that the law enforcement agencies of Greece have not recorded the bias motivations of hate crimes.