Anti-racism bill on combatting racism and xenophobia (Greece)
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The bill of the Ministry of Justice to combat racism and xenophobia, adopting the http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:32008F0913:EN:NOT, received the unanimous approval of the cabinet. The Bill was filed in February 2011 by former minister Haris Kastanidis and came after a public consultation. It provides the automatic prosecution of racism and xenophobia and the protection of people not only based on criteria such as nationality, color or religion and sexual orientation. It establishes the administrative liability of legal persons involved in any way to racism and xenophobia or having commited crimes with such incentives and gives to civic legal persons or associations of persons resident in Greece the right to attend in trials involving crimes of racism and to support only the complaint, provided that the legal persons and associations are incuded in the list of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC). FInally, it clarifies that if a radio or television medioum commits such an offense, the National Broadcasting Council is responsible for the the imposition of administrative sanctions.