Monday, 17 June 2024 15:19

ENHANCING THE VOICES

Το Ελληνικό Συμβούλιο για τους Πρόσφυγες (ΕΣΠ) και το Ίδρυμα Ρόζα Λούξεμπουργκ - Παράρτημα Ελλάδας, έχουν την χαρά και την τιμή να σας προσκαλέσουν σε ανοιχτή εκδήλωση στις 20 Ιουνίου και ώρα 19:30, στη Δημοτική Αγορά της Κυψέλης.


H εκδήλωση, που θα γίνει στο πλαίσιο του Refugee Week την Παγκόσμια Ημέρα των Προσφύγων, διοργανώνεται με αφορμή τη δημοσίευση της έκθεσης «Ενισχύοντας τη φωνή όσων πλήττονται από τις πολιτικές της Ε.Ε. για τη μετανάστευση και το άσυλο» που συντάχθηκε από το ΕΣΠ, με την υποστήριξη του Ιδρύματος Ρόζα Λούξεμπουργκ.


Οι συνεντεύξεις με προσφύγισσες και πρόσφυγες στις οποίες βασίστηκε η έκθεση, υποδεικνύουν με καθαρότητα ποιο είναι το ανθρώπινο κόστος της αποτροπής που επιβάλλουν οι ευρωπαϊκές πολιτικές και πως η παντελής έλλειψη ασφαλών διαύλων πρόσβασης στο άσυλο, εκθέτει σε κινδύνους όσες κι όσους αναγκάζονται να αναζητήσουν προστασία στην Ευρώπη.


Στην εκδήλωση θα μιλήσουν συμπολίτες μας, με προσφυγικό και μεταναστευτικό υπόβαθρο. Αυτή την Ημέρα των Προσφύγων, ας έρθουμε μαζί για να ακούσουμε επιτέλους τις φωνές τους.


Μετά τη συζήτηση θα ακολουθήσει προβολή εικαστικών και ερευνητικών βίντεο, και η παρουσίαση του νέου γραφικού έργου του Αλέξανδρου Σιμόπουλου. Οι δράσεις πραγματοποιούνται από το Counterpoints (GR) σε συνεργασία με την Døcumatism


Επικοινωνία: Ηλέκτρα Αλεξανδροπούλου (ΙΡΛ) 6944156644

Athens, 14 June 2024 On Thursday 13/6/2024, a Press Conference was held at the Athens Bar Association on the occasion of the one-year anniversary of the deadly shipwreck off Pylos, which cost the lives of hundreds of people.

53 of the 104 survivors have filed a complaint against all those responsible and are awaiting the completion of the investigation by the prosecutor's office of the Maritime Court. They are represented by the organisations: Network for Social Support of Refugees and Migrants, Hellenic League for Human Rights (HLHR), the Greek Council for Refugees (GCR), Initiative of Lawyers and Jurists for the shipwreck of Pylos, and Refugee Support Aegean (RSA).

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One year after the deadliest shipwreck in the Mediterranean in recent years, the dead, missing, relatives, and survivors are seeking justice.

They are awaiting the conclusion of the investigation into a tragedy that could have been avoided. The allegations in the lawsuit filed by the 53 survivors -so far- concerning the responsibilities of the Greek port authorities, are currently being investigated as part of a preliminary examination by the Public Prosecutor of the Piraeus Naval Court.

The plaintiffs accuse the Greek port authorities of criminal acts and omissions related to search and rescue that resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives off the coast of Pylos: the fatal negligence—specifically, the failure to declare a search and rescue operation until after the fishing vessel had sunk, despite the vessel being identified by Greek authorities as in distress for over 12 hours; the failure of the authorities to activate and use appropriate means - even the distribution of life jackets - to rescue the passenger even during the post-sinking rescue operation; and, of course, the fatal towing of the vessel.

However, Frontex's responsibilities are also under investigation. Despite detecting the ship's distress situation early on and transmitting this information to the Greek authorities, Frontex did not issue an emergency alert (mayday) either initially or later, even when it did not receive information about the launch of a search and rescue operation from the Greek side.

The tragedy of Pylos demands answers and accountability, primarily from the Greek justice system.

At the same time, it holds both the Greek state and the European Union responsible. The shipwreck off Pylos is not an isolated incident but the consequence of the European Union's now institutionalized policies of deterrence. These policies, aimed now at preventing refugees’ arrival, have progressively deviated from the rule of law and the EU's proclaimed values, neglecting even the fundamental obligation to protect human life.

For some, life goes on. For others, the lives of the dead and missing were deemed less valuable because they were seen as “Others,” “strangers,” “not ours,” “not like us.”

But for those who lost their lives and for their loved ones still hoping for justice in their memory, life ended on June 14.

For them, for us, and for our societies, for the sake of democracy, we will continue to fight for justice. The life of every human being holds the same value, and its protection should not be subject to discrimination, compromises, or exceptions.

To discuss these issues and update you on the developments, the organisations representing the survivors in the lawsuit filed in the Piraeus Naval Court invite you to:

Press Conference

On Thursday 13 June

At 11.00 am Greek time

At the Athens Bar Association (60 Akadimias Street, Athens)

Speakers:

  • Yanna Kourtovik, Network for Social Support of Refugees and Migrants
  • Dimitra Linardaki, Initiative of Lawyers and Jurists for the shipwreck of Pylos
  • Maria Papamina, Greek Council for Refugees (GCR)
  • Katerina Poyrnara, Hellenic League for Human Rights (HLHR)
  • Eleni Spathana, Refugee Support Aegean (RSA)

The press conference will be moderated by Vassilis Papadopoulos, lawyer and Chairman of the Board of the Greek Council for Refugees (GCR).

***The press conference will be conducted entirely in Greek.

 

Organisations:

Network for Social Support of Refugees and Migrants

Hellenic League for Human Rights (HLHR)

Greek Council for Refugees (GCR)

Initiative of Lawyers and Jurists for the shipwreck of Pylos

Refugee Support Aegean (RSA)

Βρείτε το πρόγραμμα των επισκέψεων στα μουσεία παρακάτω

Video of the oral hearing before the European Court of Human Rights, where lawyers of GCR represented the applicant - victim of pushback by the Greek authorities, in the first pushback case in the Evros region being examined by the Court (Application A.E. v. Greece).
 
 
More info at the relevant Press release https://tinyurl.com/mrckhsev
 
The case was jointly examined with the case G.R.J. v. Greece concerning a pushback complaint from Samos.
Wednesday, 05 June 2024 14:47

Summer Camp PYXIDA 2024

Βρείτε το πρόγραμμα του Summer Camp PYXIDA 2024 παρακάτω:

 

Implementation period: 01/03/2024 – 28/02/2026
Funding: GA: 101143162 CERV-2023-CHAR-LITI-CHARTER
Partners:

Leader: GCR, Greece
Beneficiaries
• BRIDGE EU (BREU), Belgium,
• AWEN AMENCA ZS (A A), Czechia,
• EUROPEAN NETWORK ON INDEPENDENT LIVING BRUSSELS OFFICE (ENIL), Belgium,
• STOWARZYSZENIE INSTYTUT NIEZALEZNEGO ZYCIA (INZ), Poland,
• NEZAVISIMA EKSPERTNA MREZHA NIE SDRUZHENIE (NIE), Bulgaria,
• FUNDATIA POLICY CENTER FOR ROMA AND MINORITIES - PCRM (PCRM), Romania,
• VALIDITY ALAPITVANY- KOZPONT A MENTALIS SERULEK JOGAIERT (V F), Hungary
• PARTNERS FOR DEMOCRATIC CHANGE HUNGARY PARTNERS HUNGARY ALAPITVANY (PH), Hungary

Place of implementation:

Athens

Goals:

- Raise awareness on the applicability of the Charter in EU funding;
  Monitor the implementation of the Charter in EU funding
- Ensure compliance of EU funding with the Charter.
- The project aims to strengthen the capacity of relevant stakeholders at EU and national level 6 Member States in Bulgaria, Czechia, Hungary Greece, Poland, Romania

Activities and Deliverables:

- Raise awareness on the Charter’s scope of application specific objectives
- Collect and analyse cases of alleged fundamental rights violations in EU funds projects targeting and/or (in)directly impacting marginalised groups (Roma, persons with disabilities, persons with migrant background etc.)

  

             

      

 

 

 

On Tuesday 4 June 2024 the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg will hear two cases against Greece filed by G.R.J. and A.E. Both were forcibly expelled to Turkey by Greek officials in 2019 and 2020. This is the first time the Court will hear Greece in a court hearing for illegal pushbacks, as the practice of illegal pushbacks has not yet come to an end. It is also the first time that the Court will examine Greece's practice of "drift-backs" – abandoning asylum seekers at sea in inflatable rafts, since this practice was first reported in 2020. The applicants are represented by lawyers from Prakken d’Oliveira, the Dutch Refugee Council, the Irish Human Rights Centre and the Greek Council for Refugees.

Athens, 28 May 2024: On 4 June 2024, lawyers of the Greek Council for Refugees (GCR) will represent a refugee woman from Turkey, a victim of a pushback operation by the Greek authorities, at an oral hearing before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in the case of A.E. v. Greece.

This is the first case to be examined by the ECtHR in relation to a complaint of pushback in the Evros region by the Greek authorities.

The applicant, a young woman from Türkiye, was forced to leave her country for reasons of political persecution. She entered Greece in 2019, via the Evros region, seeking international protection. However, despite her request, the applicant complains that she was never given the opportunity to apply for asylum in Greece.

Instead, as per her complaint, after her arrival and after first being informally arrested and informally detained for some hours in police stations in the Evros region, she was transferred alongside other third country nationals to the Evros river. There, she was deprived of her personal belongings, such as shoes, mobile phone and money, and forced to board an inflatable boat, which was used to push her back to Türkiye.

After being pushed back to Türkiye, she was arrested by the Turkish authorities and imprisoned on the basis of her previous criminal conviction on charges of being a member of an illegal organisation in Türkiye.

The applicant complains before the ECtHR that the actions of the Greek authorities violated her rights enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights, namely, inter alia, the right to life, the prohibition of torture and the right to an effective remedy. The application is being joined with the case of G.R.J. v. Greece, an unaccompanied minor who alleges that he was abducted from a reception centre in Samos, Greece, where he sought asylum and was pushed back to Türkiye by the Greek authorities.

The applicant had previously filed a criminal complaint against all those responsible, which was dismissed at the second instance as well by the Prosecutor of the Thrace Appeals Court on the ground that there was no evidence against the police and that Greece, in particular the Greek police, never conducts pushback operations back to Türkiye.

We note that in recent years numerous reports have been issued by international, European and national organisations, which document a gradual and steady consolidation of the characteristics of pushback operations.[i] As the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of migrants has stated: "In Greece, pushbacks at land and sea borders have become de facto general policy."[ii]

GCR intervenes daily with the Greek authorities and also represents before the European Court of Human Rights a significant number of victims in pushback cases. In particular, since January 2022, GCR has sent at least 553 interventions to the Greek authorities for the cases of more than 3826 refugees, including many children, from Syria, Turkey, Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine, who entered Greece from the Evros region seeking international protection. At the same time, since March 2022, the GCR has represented before the ECtHR, hundreds of refugees from Syria, Turkey, Afghanistan, Palestine, etc., by filing 60 applications for interim measures (R39), requesting not to be removed from the country and to be granted access to the asylum procedure. The Court has granted the requested interim measures in all cases. Some of the refugees in these cases have been formally arrested by the Greek authorities, but most of them complain that they were pushed back to Turkey while the ECtHR judgment was pending or even after its delivery.[iii] 

Notes to editors:

  • Journalists wishing to attend the public hearing need to first contact the ECHR Press Unit at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information please see here.
  • All the Court’s public hearings are filmed and a webcast placed on the Court’s Internet site.
  • For all additional information on the case and for interview requests, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Interview requests with A.E. need to be sent separately and are subject to the applicant’s consent.

[i] UNHCR, ‘UNHCR warns of increasing violence and human rights violations at European borders’,

21 February 2022, available at: https://www.unhcr.org/news/press/2022/2/62137a284/news-commentunhcr-warns-increasing-violence-human-rights-violations-european.html

IOM, ‘IOM Alarmed over Reports of Pushbacks from Greece at EU Border with Turkey’, 11 June

2020, available at: https://www.iom.int/news/iom-alarmed-over-reports-pushbacks-greece-eu-borderturkey

CED, Concluding observations on the report submitted by Greece, CED/C/GRC/CO/1, 12 April 2022, paras 28-31, available at: https://digitallibrary.un.org/record/3987990

CRC, ‘Experts of the Committee on the Rights of the Child Ask Greece about Roma Children and

Push Backs of Refugees at the Border’, 4 May 2022, available at: https://www.ohchr.org/en/pressreleases/2022/05/experts-committee-rights-child-ask-greece-about-roma-children-and-push-backs

UN Human Rights Council, Report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review: Greece,

A/HRC/49/5, 6 January 2022, paras 130.96, 130.202, 130.204, 130.209, 130.214, 130.215, 130.216,

130.223, 130.226, https://documents-ddsny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G22/002/15/PDF/G2200215.pdf?OpenElement

WGAD, Report of visit to Greece, A/HRC/45/16/Add.1, 29/07/20, paras 87-88, available at: https://www.ohchr.org/en/documents/country-reports/ahrc4516add1-visit-greece-report-working-group-arbitrary-detention  

UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, https://documents-ddsny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G22/328/57/PDF/G2232857.pdf?OpenElement

UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights defenders, ‘Statement on preliminary observations and

recommendations following official visit to Greece’, 22 June 2022, https://srdefenders.org/statement-onpreliminary-observations-and-recommendations-following-official-visit-to-greece/

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, ‘Greek authorities should investigate allegations

of pushbacks and ill-treatment of migrants, ensure an enabling environment for NGOs and improve

reception conditions’, 12 May 2021, https://www.coe.int/en/web/commissioner/-/greek-authoritiesshould-investigate-allegations-of-pushbacks-and-ill-treatment-of-migrants-ensure-an-enablingenvironment-for-ngos-and-improve-recept

‘Council of Europe’s anti-torture Committee calls on Greece to reform its immigration detention

system and stop pushbacks’, 19 November 2020, https://www.coe.int/en/web/cpt/-/council-of-europe-santi-torture-committee-calls-on-greece-to-reform-its-immigration-detention-system-and-stoppushbacks

[ii] UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, para 32, https://documents.un.org/doc/undoc/gen/g22/328/57/pdf/g2232857.pdf?token=rAWPwIZptAwtMYJ9cl&fe=true

[iii] GCR’s Information Note on interventions and on interim measures granted by the ECtHR in cases regarding pushbacks, Updated on 2/5/2024 https://www.gcr.gr/el/news/press-releases-announcements/item/1984-information-note

 GCR’s report “AT EUROPE’S BORDERS: BETWEEN IMPUNITY AND CRIMINALIZATION”  https://www.gcr.gr/media/k2/attachments/GCR_Pushback_Criminalization_Report.pdf

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