EU states urged to probe hate crimes, racism
European Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova has urged all EU member states to prosecute and investigate racism and hate crimes.
3/10/2015- "[The] Internet knows no borders; we clearly need better and [more] serious recording of hate crimes," Jourova said in Brussels on Thursday, the second day of a seminar on anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim hatred. "It is unacceptable to hear that when a victim reports an assault, their case is dropped; how can we expect victims to trust in police forces?" she asked. Jourova’s comments are part of European Commission’s framework which wants EU member states to penalize hate speech, as verbal and physical violence against Muslims continues to rise in Europe. A Eurobarometer public opinion survey reported on Thursday that Muslims suffer from the lowest levels of social acceptance among all religious groups. The EU Fundamental Rights Agency survey on discrimination and hate crime against Jews also showed a rise in anti-Semitism in Europe, with 73 percent of respondents saying they felt anti-Semitism online has become worse over the last five years.
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