Below you can see in details the networks, institutions and initiatives in which we participate:
The European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) is a pan-European alliance of NGOs that assist refugees. Their main concern is the needs of those people who seek asylum and protection in Europe. Their goal is to promote security and integration of refugees in Europe, based on the values of human dignity, human rights and solidarity.
GCR is the only Greek organization that is a member of ECRE.
The main concern of the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is the financial, social and environmental challenges of the modern world. Since it was established, in 1946, the Council‘s mandate has been the creation or development of studies and reports about international issues regarding, among others, international economy, society, culture, education and health and the formulation of relevant recommendations to the United Nations General Assembly.
Having all the above as its goal, ECOSOC meets with and consults regularly distinguished academics, representatives of the business sector and registered non-governmental organizations.
GCR is registered in ECOSOC and enjoys, since 2001, special consultative status.
National Commission for Human Rights
The NCHR constitutes a advisory body of the State regarding questions of Human Rights protection. The NCHR’s aim is to indicate regularly, to all State’s bodies, the need for efficient safeguard of Human Rights of all those living in the Greek territory.
Since 1998, GCR constitutes one of the Non-Governmental Organizations for the protection of Human Rights in Greece that participate in the National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR), under the law 2667/98. Furthermore, GCR’s Board President has the duties of NCHR’s vice-president.
International Detention Coalition
The International Detention Coalition (IDC) has more than 250 members (NGO, academics, religious groups, professionals and individuals) from 50 countries around the world. Coalition members research, support and provide direct services to refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants.
The IDC advocates for greater respect for the human rights of detainees; this includes preventing and limiting the use of, seeking alternatives to, and using the least restrictive forms of, immigration detention.
GCR has been a member of the IDC since 2011.
European Network on Statelessness
The European Network on Statelessness is an open and constantly expanding organizations’ network with active interest in people who are not recognized as citizens of a country, for those, namely, that are without citizenship, that do not appear to be anywhere on papers. Through its legal activities and its policy, it aims to raise the voice of stateless in Europe and to contribute on the full respect of their human rights.
GCR has been participating in this network since 2012.
Separated Children in Europe Programme
The Separated Children in Europe Programme (SCEP) constitutes an initiative that aims at improving the situation of unaccompanied minors through research, political analysis and advocacy in national and regional levels. SCEP’s function is based largely in the related NGOs’ European network (it includes at least one NGO from each EU member-state) that was founded with the goal to become a European platform of protection and advocacy of unaccompanied minors’ rights.
GCR participates in the SCEP since 2010.
Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network
The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN), by supporting the global principles of human rights and by believing in the value of cooperation and dialogue, promotes the networking and relations development among humanitarian NGOs, activists and wider society in the European region of the Mediterranean Sea. Since its establishment, it functions as a regional forum of the relevant NGOs and as a think-tank for the promotion and protection of human rights in the Mediterranean Sea.
GCR has been participating in the EMHRN since 2011.
Racist Violence Recording Network
The Racist Violence Recording Network, mainly through documentation but also by taking other actions (like formulating recommendations and raising public awareness) aims at fighting against racist violence. The Network consists of institutions that offer services and/or come in contact with victims of racist violence. The participating organizations, by employing the principle of confidentiality, document racist incidents and disclose them to the Network without any reference to personal information. The Network was created in 2011 under the initiative of the National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Greece (UNHCR) and nowadays there are 24 Non-Governmental Organizations and other institutions that participate. GCR was one of the first members of the Network.
Campaign for the access to asylum
The Campaign for the Access to Asylum constitutes an initiative of organizations that deal with human rights. This initiative began with the goal to draw attention and raise awareness regarding the violation of the right to asylum. More specifically, the campaign (using as its means fieldworks in Attica Aliens Directorate, reports drafting, articles writing and filing of complain and solidarity texts) focused on the situation that has been observed for years in Attica Aliens Directorate, where access in asylum procedure is obstructed. Currently, the organizations that participated in this initiative continue their regular cooperation by concentrating on and trying to highlight the major problems that unaccompanied minors deal with in Greece, while trying to contribute to a solution.
In 2012, GCR was one of the organizations that pioneered in taking the aforementioned initiative.
UNITED for Intercultural Action
GCR is a member of the UNITED Network since November 2011 and will be hosting the UNITED Conference (spring edition, May 2014) in Athens.
UNITED for Intercultural Action is Europe's largest anti-racist network, supported by 550 organizations from 48 countries, the European Commission, the Council of Europe and many Members of the European Parliament. It has consultative status with the COE and the UN ECOSOC. UNITED operates, amongst others, through the implementation of European-wide campaigns against racism (21 March), in support of refugees (20 June) and against fascism and anti-Semitism (9 November). Furthermore, every year UNITED organizes international network conferences bringing together around 80-90 NGO’s from up to 35 countries each time, in order to work and exchange good practices relative to themes that are chosen from the needs of the network thanks to a communication that goes on constantly, always on the basis of inter-cultural learning.