Increasing and under-reported Racist crime in the EU 

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May 8, Brussels: The racist crimes have boost up in European Union specially against black, Asian ethnic minorities , roma, Jews and Muslim communities as Civil society organizations across the EU report show concerns about  an increase in racist crimes and the main concern is that many EU Member States do not even properly record and report racially motivated crimes.

According to the European Network against Racism’s latest Shadow Report on racist crime in Europe, covering 26 European countries. A total of 47,210 racist crimes were officially recorded but the investigation and prosecution of racist crimes is problematic, although most EU Member States recognize racially motived crimes in their legislation, narrow definitions of what constitutes racially motivated crime can result in incidents not being recorded, investigated or prosecuted properly.

There was an increase in anti-Semitic (Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands and Sweden) and Islam phobic (France, England and Wales) crimes in some countries, and these crimes increasingly take the form of online incitement to hatred and violence. There were cases of violence, abuse or incitement to violence against Roma in almost all EU Member States, and in particular those with a large Roma population. In many EU countries, including Estonia, Greece, Italy, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom, the most violent physical attacks reported are perpetrated against Black and Asian people.

In some EU members, there is no official or systematic data collection of racially motivated crimes; and in others, information about the racial, ethnic or religious background of the victims is not disaggregated. Only one third of EU countries have recorded and published information on racist crimes for 2013. In addition, because many feel ashamed, do not trust the police or think their testimony will not change anything; victims often do not come forward to report racist crimes.

ENAR Chair Sarah Isal said Racist crime is one of the worst implications of racism, a threat to people’s lives on the sole basis of their real or perceived race, ethnic origin or religion, and it should not go unpunished” and further said “Real political will is required to ensure better reporting, recording and sanctioning of racist crimes. EU Member States must step up their efforts in this area.”

The Oslo Times urges the EU member states to take major political steps to ensure a proper and easy channel for reporting of racist crimes with in their countries.                                                            The Oslo Times

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