Το Δέντρο - Ένα οπτικοακουστικό-παραμύθι σε έξι γλώσσες

23/07/2021

"Κόψε αυτό το δέντρο είναι ξερό !", έλεγαν τα πουλιά όμως ο δασάρχης δεν καταλάβαινε τι του έλεγαν τα πουλιά...

Μια ιστορία, μια παραβολή για τη ζωή που μας θυμίζει να συνεχίζουμε την προσπάθεια και μας ξυπνά την ελπίδα που ίσως να έχουμε χάσει.

Το οπτικοακουστικό-παραμύθι «Το Δέντρο» είναι μια ιστορία σε έξι γλώσσες (ελληνικά, τουρκικά, γαλλικά, αραβικά, λινγκάλα, φαρσί) για να συνεχίζουμε την προσπάθεια ακόμη κι αν δεν βλέπουμε να καρποφορεί αλλά και ένα μήνυμα για τα παιδιά ότι καμιά προσπάθεια δεν πάει χαμένη γιατί όλες οι εμπειρίες και τα ερεθίσματα μας ενισχύουν και μια μέρα ξεκινούν να ανθίζουν! 

Απάντηση της Επιτρόπου Εσωτερικών της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής, Ίλβα Γιόχανσον, για τις παράνομες επαναπροωθήσεις

19/07/2021

Αθήνα, 19 Ιουλίου 2021: Πρόσφατες δηλώσεις Ευρωπαίων αξιωματούχων και πορίσματα οργάνων των ευρωπαϊκών θεσμών υπενθυμίζουν αυτό που ήδη γνωρίζουν όσοι και όσες εργάζονται στο δύσκολο πεδίο του σύγχρονου προσφυγικού ζητήματος. Ότι δηλαδή, παρά τους ισχυρισμούς της Ελληνικής κυβέρνησης ότι οι καταγγελίες περί επαναπροωθήσεων στα ελληνικά χερσαία και θαλάσσια σύνορα αποτελούν «ψευδείς ειδήσεις» ή/και είναι αποτέλεσμα προπαγάνδας κέντρων που συνδέονται με την παράνομη διακίνηση ανθρώπων, οι ευρωπαϊκοί θεσμοί φαίνεται ότι δεν έχουν την ίδια γνώμη.

Greece: landmark European Committee on Social Rights decision upholds rights of migrant children

12/07/2021

A decision of the European Committee on Social Rights finding that the living conditions of migrant children in Greece violated their human rights, should herald a new approach to protecting the rights of children in migration, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), the European Council for Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and the Greek Council for Refugees (GCR) said today.

The European Committee on Social Rights (ECSR), in its decision on the collective complaint brought by the ICJ and ECRE with the support of the Greek Council of Refugees (ICJ and ECRE v Greece), found that in its treatment of migrant children, Greece violated a number of provisions of the European Social Charter, which is binding on the States party to it.

“We welcome this decision which upholds our complaint of systematic violations of the rights of migrant children in Greece.” said Róisín Pillay, Europe and Central Asia director at ICJ. “These include inadequate, unhealthy and dangerous living conditions, homelessness, and lack of access to adequate healthcare and education. Comprehensive and effective measures now need to be taken to bring an end to the violations which the Committee has identified, and we will work with the Council of Europe supervisory bodies to ensure that this happens.”

The Committee found that overcrowded and substandard accommodation for both unaccompanied and accompanied children on the Greek islands, and the lack of sufficient appropriate long-term accommodation for unaccompanied children on the mainland, violated their rights to shelter (Article 31.2 of the Charter) and to social and economic protection (Article 17.1). It also failed to meet their right to protection against social and moral danger (Article 7.10), by exposing them to risks of abuse, violence, sexual exploitation and trafficking. The right to adequate housing (Article 31.1) of asylum-seeking and refugee children on the islands and of unaccompanied asylum-seeking and refugee children on the mainland, was also found to have been violated.

Press Conference : Refugees excluded in Greece: Designation of Turkey as a “safe third country”

12/07/2021

Press conference: 14 July at 12:00 EEST time

Refugees excluded in Greece: Designation of Turkey as a “safe third country”

Athens, 09/07/2021 - The undersigned organisations are organising an online press conference on Wednesday, 14 July, at 12:00 EEST, on the tightening policy of exclusion of refugees fleeing to Greece, following the latest decision of the Greek government to designate Turkey as a “safe third country”.

On June 7, 2021, the Minister of Migration and Asylum and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs designated Turkey as a “safe third country” for all asylum seekers from Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Asylum seekers from these nationalities represent more than 67% of asylum seekers in the country.

The implementation of this decision leaves no room for misinterpretation. It has already resulted in asylum seekers being denied protection within barely a few days of their arrival, following asylum interviews of just a few minutes, without any assessment of their vulnerabilities and with no access to information and legal representation. It is the culmination of a policy that began in Greece in 2016, through the implementation of the EU-Turkey Joint Statement. It is a measure aimed at deterring refugees from reaching Greece and Europe, and at returning those that manage to arrive through any means – legal and illegal.

This measure will also lead to the emergence of a new population of undocumented and unprotected foreign nationals, intensifying the phenomena that led to Greece’s condemnation by the European Court of Human Rights in 2011 in the case of MSS vs Belgium and Greece. We also recall that Greece remains to this day under the supervision of the Council of Europe with regards to the execution of the Court’s 2011 Judgement.

The decision to designate Turkey as a “safe third country” also comes against the backdrop of:

  • ongoing pushbacks of refugees from Greece’s land and sea borders (Evros region and the Aegean islands), which have escalated since March 2020. This is a practice that puts refugees’ lives at risk, blatantly violates their rights, while undermining democratic values and the rule of law and shaming our country internationally.
  • the lack of a coherent policy to support the integration of recognized refugees, which, indeed, is challenged as a process by the country’s financial situation, but is also actively hindered by the policies of the competent Greek Ministry. The most recent example is the decision to terminate the small financial aid provided to self-accommodated asylum seekers through EU funds, which obstructs their efforts to regain self-reliance, at the expense of integration prospects in the country.
  • the gradual transformation of the country's reception facilities into closed (islands) and controlled centers (mainland), and the increase in detention places, which indicate a willingness to regress to a regime of generalised detention and to isolated and forced asylum seekers and refugees in a state of ‘ghetoisation’.

We invite you to join us on Wednesday, 14 July, at 12:00 EEST time at a live press conference that will be broadcasted through facebook,  https://fb.me/e/1yTuN4tY0  where we will discuss these developments and their significance for the rights of refugees and the rule of law in Greece.

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