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16 Mar

Επειδή η μάθηση δεν γίνεται μόνο μέσα στις αίθουσες, αλλά και μέσα στην κοινωνία που ζούμε και δημιουργούμε, την Κυριακή 5 Μαρτίου, 45 μαθητές/ριες, και όχι μόνο, από το Διαπολιτισμικό Κέντρο «Πυξίδα» του Ελληνικού Συμβουλίου για τους Πρόσφυγες, επισκεφθήκαμε το Μουσείο Ελληνικής Λαϊκής Τέχνης και τις τρεις εκθέσεις του. Εργαλεία από μακρινές εποχές, μουσικά όργανα από διάφορες περιοχές της χώρας και μία επίσκεψη στο χαμάμ, ολοκλήρωσαν ένα ταξίδι μέσα στον χρόνο και τον χώρο. Οι μαθητές βρήκαν κοινά σημεία με μουσικές και στοιχεία από τις χώρες τους και μπόρεσαν να τα συνδέσουν με γνώσεις που έχουν αποκτήσει μέσα στις αίθουσες της «Πυξίδας».

Ευχαριστούμε πολύ τη διεύθυνση του Μουσείου για την πολύτιμη βοήθειά τους και ανανεώνουμε το ραντεβού μας για τις νέες εκθέσεις τους.  

14 Mar

To Ελληνικό Συμβούλιο για τους Πρόσφυγες (Ε.Σ.Π) διοργανώνει Εκπαιδευτική Ημερίδα με θέμα «Αξιολόγηση αναγκών των θυμάτων βίας και βασανιστηρίων» στο πλαίσιο τουευρωπαϊκού προγράμματος “TimeforNeeds: Listening, Healing, Protecting . A joint Action for an Appropriate Assessment of Special Needs of Victims of Torture and Violence”.

13 Mar

One year after the EU-Turkey Deal for refugees and migrants


Athens, March 10, 2017. One year after the EU-Turkey deal, a “non-deal” on which the General Court of the European Union recently ruled that it has no jurisdiction to examine, the status of reception and asylum in the EU borders is unprecedently undermined:

  • Undermined in terms of legality, since the expedited border procedures often take place without any procedural safeguards as regards the asylum process, and thousands of people live for months in detention and/or in geographical restriction without knowing why and for how long this will last.
  • Undermined in terms of transparency and accountability, especially as regards the political and legal liability that returning refugees to Turkey entails.
  • Undermined in humanitarian terms, since thousands of people live stranded in hotspots or in camps in the mainland without access to basic services, without protection and without knowing what will happen to them in the future.
18 Feb

In February the 15th 2017, Decision No. 447/2017 issued by the 4th Chamber of the Council of State was published, following the Petition of GCR for Annulment of regulatory administrative acts that were implementing the summer amendment introduced by the Deputy Minister for Migration Policy, regarding the participation of two active judicial officers in secondary asylum committees, which have replaced the already existing refugee committees foreseen in the Presidential Decree no.114/2010.The Greek Council for  Refugees participated in this important trial, as per its constitutional objectives and in response to the request made by organizations that protect the rights of the refugees.  The participation of the same judges in administrative bodies that adjudicate on matters of international protection, as well as (their participation) in judicial bodies that will subsequently adjudicate on the legality of individual administrative acts rejecting asylum applications, raises major issues of constitutional order as well as of conformance to Community law. Article 86 par.3 of Law 4399/2016,is not establishing a court or tribunal, comprising of exclusive “asylum judges” assigned to examine asylum requests on a secondary level, based on the example of other European countries. In order to eliminate any possible “conflict of interest” regarding the involved judges, a relevant constitutional ban is already in place. The requirement for an independent court or tribunal that will safeguard the fundamental right of any refugee “to an effective remedy” presupposes that the judiciary body will be protected from external interventions or pressures that could threaten the independent judgment of its members. This requirement should be viewed in the light of the whole administrative and judicial machinery of each Member State. The legalization of the involvement of the same judges in two independent state functions (executive and judicial)  in the Greek legal framework, constitutes a legal peculiarity and distorts the concept of “independent court” as per the European Asylum Procedures Directive. The decision that was issued refers the matter in question to the Plenary of the Supreme Administrative Court of Greece, in order to reach a final decision.

22 Dec

The Greek Council for Refugees, SolidarityNow, NGO Aitima, and members of the European Council for Refugees and Exiles, have addressed a letter to the President of the European Commission and the Greek Minister of Migration Policy.

The European Commission Recommendation of 8 December 2016 to resume transfers of certain groups of asylum seekers to Greece as of 15 March 2017 under certain conditions and the Joint Action Plan adopted by the EU Coordinator for the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement together with the Greek authorities raise fundamental questions relating to the functioning of and the future of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS).

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Δίκτυο Καταγραφής Περιστατικών Ρατσιστικής ΒίαςEuropean Council on Refugees and ExilesEuropean Network on StatelessnessSeperated Children in Europe ProgrammeEuro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network