Council of Europe: Greece “within its rights” to ban extreme-right group Golden Dawn

April 16, 2013 12:28 PM

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Muiznieks said that Greece would be “fully within its rights under international human rights law” to ban the party from public office, but stopped short of saying that it should do so. The Council of Europe — a separate entity from the EU — runs the European Court of Human Rights, which enforces the rights code signed by the council’s 47 member states.

The commissioner, who visited Greece from Jan. 28 to Feb. 1, said in a 32-page report published by the Strasbourg, France-based organization Tuesday that he was “seriously concerned” by the increase in hate crimes targeting immigrants in Greece.

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