Activists call German gov’t to act against far-right groups

Human rights activists criticise German government for not taking enough measures against far-right xenophobic and Islamophobic movements

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Far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) supporters protesting against a refugee asylum in the Hellersdorf district of Berlin, August 24, 2013. Germany's constitutional court said Dec 7, 2015, it would open proceedings in March on whether to ban or not

Human rights activists have blamed German authorities and institutions for ignoring the growing enmity and threat of violence of far-right extremists in country.

Coordinator of the Amadeu Antonio Foundation human rights organisation, Timo Reinfrank told Anadolu Agency that “xenophobic hate crimes” have increased by 40 percent in 2015 but that authorities haven’t taken enough measures in order to prevents acts of right-wing extremism.

German police recorded 3,155 “xenophobic hate crimes” in the first nine months of 2015, where last year police recorded 2,207 such crimes.

According to official statistics, police arrested 151 suspects and nine detention orders were issued in November.

Reinfrank said that the lack of effective and consequent investigation on far-right crimes was further encouraging right-wing extremists to protest violently.

“Today we are facing the danger of the emergence of new far-right terror structures like the National Socialist Underground,” he warned.

National Socialist Underground (NSU) killed eight Turks, a Greek immigrant and a German policewoman between 2000-2007, which was all done without arousing suspicion of the German police and intelligence services.

NSU is a neo-Nazi far-right German militant group which was uncovered in November 2011. They claimed responsibility of the Cologne bombings in 2001 and 2004, and also 14 banks robberies.

The Attorney General of Germany called the NSU a “right-wing extremist group,” that have the purpose to “kill out of xenophobic and anti-state sentiments all citizens of foreign origin."

Reinfrank said that authorities should take measures to address the growing threat of far-right groups.

“There should be new units at the police specialised in investigating far-right crimes. We also need specialized prosecutors. By recruiting more personnel, by effective investigation and prosecution we can weaken the far right groups,” he said.

Left Party lawmaker Katharina Konig also criticised federal authorities for not taking necessary steps concerning far-right extremists.

“More than 800 attacks against asylum accommodations this year is a terror, this is far-right terror. Federal police and federal prosecutors should have stepped in,” Konig said.

“This can be a reflection of lack of political will. Maybe, they don’t want to acknowledge that we have a problem with racism, with the far right,” she added.

In Germany, there has been a rise in acts of racism after European countries were faced with the refugee crisis in 2014 and 2015, in where almost all of the refugees came from war-torn countries such as Syria and Iraq.

Germany has announced it will take in 1 million refugees this year.

TRTWorld and agencies