New bill against racism causes reactions

New bill against racism causes reactions

 

By Spiros Sideris – Athens

The immediate adoption of the so-called “anti-racist” bill with the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity ask the gay organizations in Greece. Organizations denounce the tergiversation of the government and ask to incorporate provisions in the bill that will protect victims of racist violence and guarantee the social rights of homosexuals.

Specifically, in their annnouncement, the organizations point out:

The signed organizations of Civil Society that support the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and mesophylic citizens and allied organizations declare their deep concern for the retractions of the government and invite all the democratic citizens of the country to join and unite their voices demanding from the Greek Government:

– The immediate adoption of the so-called “anti-racist” bill with the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity.

– The integration and adoption of an amendment, in compliance with the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), on the civil partnership for all couples regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression and the vesting of essential social rights.

– The integration and adoption of amendments for the protection of victims of racist hate crimes.

– Our country’s refusal to comply with its European obligations and the retractions in providing a framework for the protection of all citizens from bigotry, constitutes an institutionalized expression of racism that is not consistent with the position of our country in the European Union”.

The anti-racism bill has caused multiple reactions. One third of the Parliamentary Group of the New Republic, a total of 38 MPs signed a letter to the president of the CR and Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, with which they declare that they are not going to vote for the “anti-racist” bill, if several provisions are not eliminated, and particularly if a provision on the Pontian Genocide is not included.

Five bishops of the Greek Orthodox Church have also expressed their reactions on the government’s anti-racism bill, because they believe that “the bill is contrary to the Bible, to the Greek wisdom and education, and to the simple human reason and sentiment”.

Finally, with an announcement, the Supreme Council of National Greek refers to an on-demand anti-racism law and asks to also be recognized as genocide the massacres of Greeks by Christians, which, as mentioned, lasted from antiquity to the Renaissance.