Germany Failing Victims to Racist Violence

Germany has been home to a diverse population for over decades. It has also set an example by taking the maximum number of refugees and asylum seekers within the European Union, providing aid and asking others to follow the practice to welcome those in need. However, while opening its doors to the wider public, it may be going down the racist violence road.

Amnesty International has issued a report, Living in Insecurity: How Germany is Failing Victims of Racist Violence, to highlight the increasing number of hate crime in Germany. Attacks on shelters used by asylum seekers, and other ethnic groups has widely increased, and Amnesty has asked for an increase in protection and a proper investigation of such crimes. The number of crimes on shelters for asylum seekers has increased from 63 in 2013 to 1,031 in 2015. Crimes against minorities and various ethnic communities have increased from 693 in 2013 to 1,295 in 2015.

Amnesty International’s EU Researcher, Marco Perolini said, “With hate crimes on the rise in Germany, long-standing and well-documented shortcomings in the response of law enforcement agencies to racist violence must be addressed. German federal and state authorities need to put in place comprehensive risk assessment strategies to prevent attacks against asylum shelters. Further police protection is urgently needed for shelters identified at highest risk of attack.”

In September 2013, a group of nine men beat a Turkish national Abdurrahman, while he was closing his Kebab shop in Bernburg train station. There have been around six anti-refugee protests taken place in 2015 in Germany, while the government and law enforcement agencies have failed to investigate and prosecute those involved. Germany also fails to rectify its complex system to differentiate between hate crimes and those that are politically enticed.

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