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Is there an independent assessment of the impact of anti-racist legislation and its application in practice?

Key Area:
Anti-racist Crime Legislation & Implementation
11/01/2012 - 12:26
Short Answer

No, except a brief reference in the last ECRI report of 2011.

Qualitative Info

ECRI’s fourth country report on racism and intolerance in Cyprus published on 31.05.2011 mentions that:

  • - Anti-racist legislative provisions are rarely applied; 
  • -There have been no prosecutions for racist crime and that the tendency is for racist incidents to be prosecuted as offences not invovling a racist motive;
  • -There is no system of recording Court decisions,as neither the Attorney General’s Office nor the Courts collect data on cases with racial elements. Court cases are recorded by the name of the case and the case number, not by the subject, which renders monitoring of the implementation of the law impossible.
  • - Public prosecutors and judges do not receive any special training in the field of racism and racial discrimination



Groups affected/interested Migrants, Refugees, Roma & Travelers, Muslims, Ethnic minorities, Religious minorities, Asylum seekers
Type (R/D) Extremism - organised Racist Violence, Anti-migrant/xenophobia, Anti-semitism, Islamophobia, Afrophobia, Arabophobia, Anti-roma/zinghanophobia, Religious intolerance, Inter-ethnic, Intra-ethnic, Nationalism
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Policing - law enforcement, Political discourse -parties - orgs, Anti-racism, Daily life
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