Violently Attacked Gay Couple Deserve Justice

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Target: Nikos Paraskevopoulos, Minister of Justice in Greece

Goal: Find and punish the perpetrator of a hate crime against a homosexual man.

A man and his partner were violently attacked in Greece last year. The perpetrators, a large group of unidentified thugs, have yet to be identified and punished. Urge the Greek Ministry of Justice to launch an investigation into this crime and take a stand against the rise of hate crimes in Greece.

The man, a schoolteacher who chose to only release his first name Kostas, and his partner sustained multiple injuries after they were horrifically attacked for their open homosexuality. The persistent kicking and punching resulted in Kostas’ leg being broken in three places. They are only two of many victims to have suffered because of hate crimes in Greece. Between 2014 and 2015, hate crimes have more than doubled. The targets are often lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex individuals. Many of them are also refugees, like Kostas’ partner Zabi. Police are doing little to stop these attacks. While they may investigate an attack, they do not address the hateful motive behind it. This offers little deterrence to future perpetrators. Meanwhile, the victims of hate crimes go without justice and live with a perpetual fear of future attacks.

Since the initial attack in 2014, Kostas’ partner has been attacked for a second time and still nothing has been done to bring the perpetrators to justice. Sign below to demand that the Greek Ministry of Justice launch a full investigate into Kostas’ attack and put a stop to hate crimes in Greece.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Paraskevopoulos,

In August 2014, Kostas’ and his partner Zabi were violently attacked in Athens for showing affection in public. Kostas sustained multiple injuries including a broken leg. This attack is only one of the many hate crimes to emerge in Greece since 2014. We demand that you launch a full investigation into Kostas’ attack and punish those responsible.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex individuals have been singled out and attacked in increasing numbers. The police have done little to deter this behavior. In fact, the discrimination appears to be a problem even within justice departments. It is time to put away existing prejudices and take hate crimes seriously.

LGBTI individuals should not have to live in fear. We demand that you launch a full investigation into Kostas’ attack as well as the other hate crimes that have gone unpunished. In addition, we urge you to reprimand those responsible for this violence and take a stand against all hate crimes in Greece.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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