ATHENS- Human rights groups have been protesting delays for months, but parliamentary discussion of Greece’s proposed new anti-racism bill will be delayed for yet another week.
Haralambos Athanassiou, the Minster of Justice, asked for another extension on August 22.
The bill was scheduled to be discussed August 26 and 27 and a vote was to take place during Parliament’s summer session. Now is looks like the debate will take place September 1 or 2. Athanassiou said the reason was “unforeseen obstacles.”
“The bill, which foresees stiffer penalties for individuals and political parties who engage in racism or incite racist violence, was first submitted to Parliament in November but objections from the then cabinet secretary Panayiotis Baltakos forced the government to withdraw the would-be legislation. It was resubmitted to the House but has not moved beyond the committee stages for several months,” according to Kathimerini.