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Cyprus: Experts urge strengthening of police training as hate crimes increase

A new report on Cyprus reveals an increase in racially-motivated hate crime and violence towards migrants, refugees, Turkish Cypriots and Roma people.

Now the authors of the report from the Council of Europe’s Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) want the country’s authorities to strengthen police human rights and anti-discrimination training and to ensure that all cases of police misconduct are adequately and promptly followed-up.

The FCNM report points to recurrent cases of excessive use of force by the police, alleged racial profiling and cases where the police failed to intervene appropriately. It also confirms that victims of racially motivated offences lack trust in the country’s police.

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