Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Minister of Justice,
Transparency and Human Rights,

Ministry of Justice,
Transparency and Human Rights,
96 Mesogeion Avenue,
115 27, Athens, Greece


Your Excellency,

I am writing to urge you to ensure that the men responsible for the attack on Paraskevi Kokoni and her nephew are convicted without delay, and that any sentence takes into account the racist motive of the crime.

Paraskevi Kokoni is a Roma woman living in western Greece. She and her 23-year old nephew Kostas, who is mentally disabled, were beaten in a violent, racist attack in October 2012, in the main square of their home town of Etoliko in western Greece.Paraskevi says that one of her attackers singled her out as a relative of a local Roma leader. Furthermore, before the attack she was the victim of one of a series of vicious racist raids on Roma families in the same village.

The police have since charged three men with serious bodily harm for the attack in October 2012, but the potentially racist motive has been ignored during the investigation. Any conviction which fully recognizes the racist intent behind the assault will send a strong message and help protect Roma people across Greece from further attacks. I thus urge you to ensure that the men responsible for the attack on Paraskevi Kokoni and her nephew are convicted without delay, and that any sentence takes into account the racist motive of the crime.


Yours sincerely,

Md. Hasanuzzaman Talukdar
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Bangladesh
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International Member and Volunteer Facilitator
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International Secretariat of Amnesty International



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