Slovak Republic: Efforts by the authorities to protect foreigners from skinheads (June 1997 - June 1998)
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 June 1998|
|Citation / Document Symbol||SLK29467.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Slovak Republic: Efforts by the authorities to protect foreigners from skinheads (June 1997 - June 1998), 1 June 1998, SLK29467.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6acadc.html [accessed 6 December 2013]|
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A 29 December 1997 CTK article states:
The UNHCR stresses that in this year's European Struggle against Racism there have been recorded [in Slovakia] a number of verbal or physical attacks of young people, chiefly members of the skinhead movement, on foreigners, refugees, asylum seekers and foreign students, Cerna [UNHCR spokeswoman] said....According to UNHCR records, many asylum seekers from India, Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries have been subject to attacks this year. The Slovak police has registered a total of 20 racially-motivated crimes, of which 8 have been cleared up, and 28 people have been brought to trial. Organisations monitoring the observance of human rights warn against a high proportion of latent racially-motivated crime and criticise a lack of determination and sometimes even deliberate leniency displayed by the police in this respect.
Additional or corroborating information on the efforts by the authorities in the Slovak Republic to protect foreigners from skinheads could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
CTK (Czech News Agency). 29 December 1997. "Skinhead Attack and Injure Nigerian Student." (NEXIS)
Additional Sources Consulted
Electronic sources: IRB databases, NEXIS/LEXIS, REFWORLD, WNC.
Human Rights Watch World Report. 1998.
Transition [Prague]. June 1997 - June 1998.
Uncaptive Minds [Washington]. Summer 1997.
Resource Centre country file on the Slovak Republic. June 1997 - June 1998.
Unsuccessful attempts to contact oral sources.