Mytilene, 11th of January 2021: Starting from today 11th of January, and for the first time in 4 months, the Regional Asylum Office of Lesvos will begin notifying applicants on Lesvos with first instance rejections and will also start accepting appeals against these decisions. However, the procedure is restarting without the guarantee of state free legal aid from the Register of Lawyers of the Asylum Service.

The provision of reliable information is a basic precondition for access to fundamental rights

In an effort to provide information to detainees on their rights, and to enhance their ability to exercise their basic rights, the Greek Council for Refugees, in cooperation with Border Criminologies, University of Oxford, created an information brochure on the rights of refugees and migrants in detention, in five languages (English, French, Arabic, Farsi, Urdu).

The publication contains basic information on the rights of detainees and describes the various procedures for challenging detention, access to asylum, family reunification, etc.

The brochure is also available online at the link:

Although the provision of reliable information is a prerequisite for access to fundamental rights, as has repeatedly been documented by national and international monitoring mechanisms, detained third-country nationals are deprived of adequate information even with regards to the grounds for their detention or their basic rights.

At a time of significant increase in the number of third-country nationals being detained, frequent changes of the legal framework, and limited access to detention facilities (due to restrictions under the COVID-19 prevention measures), the Greek Council for Refugees with the support of Border Criminologies, University of Oxford, aims to provide simple and comprehensible information to third country nationals about the grounds for their detention, the procedures applied and the rights provided by the law in the case of persons in detention.

This publication was funded by Open Society Foundations and the ESRC Impact Acceleration Accounts at Oxford.

Mytilene, December 8: On October 8, 2020, the Regional Asylum Office (RAO) of Lesvos started the implementation of the pilot program for remote asylum interviews. Two months later, amid contradictory announcements from the RAO and while access to legal aid or other basic services[1] is not yet ensured for all asylum seekers, we as lawyers of legal organizations in Lesvos wish to highlight a number of important issues. Specifically:

The serving of interview invitations, if it takes place at all, is usually done on the day before the interview and often even on the same day, just a few hours before the interview. On several occasions it has also been observed that applicants are pressured into conducting interviews at extremely short notice and in a language other than their native language. As a result, applicants are effectively deprived of their lawful right to prepare properly prior to the interview and to consult a legal or other counselor.


[1] See the Press Release published on the 17th of September, by Legal Organizations operating in Lesvos on the procedures concerning asylum seekers during the emergency situation.

Προσφυγή του ΕΣΠ ενώπιον του Ευρωπαϊκού Δικαστηρίου Δικαιωμάτων του Ανθρώπου

Το Ελληνικό Συμβούλιο για τους Πρόσφυγες (ΕΣΠ) καταγράφει, το τελευταίο χρονικό διάστημα, την πρακτική της εφαρμογής μέτρων διοικητικής κράτησης εις βάρος πολιτών τρίτων χωρών οι οποίοι έχουν αναγνωριστεί ως δικαιούχοι διεθνούς προστασίας (αναγνωρισμένοι πρόσφυγες/δικαιούχοι επικουρικής προστασίας). Η πρακτική αυτή λαμβάνει χώρα επί τη βάσει επικαλούμενων λόγων δημόσιας τάξης, οι οποίοι λαμβάνοντας υπόψη τις υποθέσεις που είναι σε γνώση του ΕΣΠ, σε κάθε περίπτωση δεν αιτιολογούνται επαρκώς.

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European Child Rights Helpdesk new report

To mark World Children’s Day, the European Child Rights' Helpdesk published its reflection paper on "Putting children's rights at the heart of decision-making in cases involving children on the move: gathering momentum in Europe".

Across the countries covered by the European Child Rights Helpdesk, partners are assisting children on the move to and through Europe, and the professionals working to support them, to secure their rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), adopted on November 20, 1989.

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Έως την Πέμπτη 31 Δεκεμβρίου παρατείνεται η εκστρατεία συμμετοχικής χρηματοδότησης του Ελληνικού Συμβουλίου για τους Πρόσφυγες για την ΠΥΞΙΔΑ στο:

To Διαπολιτισμικό Κέντρο ΠΥΞΙΔΑ του Ελληνικού Συμβουλίου για τους Πρόσφυγες ξεκίνησε να λειτουργεί το 1996 μετά από την έκκληση προσφύγων και των οικογενειών τους, οι οποίες υπέφεραν από κοινωνική απομόνωση και ένιωθαν αποκλεισμένες από την ελληνική κοινωνία.

Εδώ και δύο δεκαετίες, το Διαπολιτισμικό Κέντρο έχει εξελιχθεί λειτουργώντας με διεπιστημονική ομάδα προσωπικού και με τη βοήθεια εθελοντών, προσφέροντας μια ευρεία γκάμα προγραμμάτων ένταξης που συμπεριλαμβάνουν: εκπαιδευτικά προγράμματα, κοινωνική στήριξη και καθοδήγηση για την εγγραφή και την ένταξη των παιδιών των προσφύγων στα σχολεία καθώς και συμβουλευτική προετοιμασία για εύρεση εργασίας. Η προσέγγιση της ΠΥΞΙΔΑΣ εστιάζει στις ανάγκες της οικογένειας του πρόσφυγα και επιδιώκει να ενδυναμώσει όλα τα μέλη της.

A shelter that has for years been a symbol of humanity and solidarity is forced to close today

Athens, October 30, 2020 –

Police forces are evacuating PIKPA in Lesvos, a place that hosted thousands of vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees since 2012. They are doing it with no previous notification, on the same day that the European Court of Human Rights was about to judge on the applications for interim measures of two vulnerable cases who had asked for the suspension of their removal. They are doing it despite the fact that, throughout all its years of operation, PIKPA has provided dignified living conditions to its residents in stark contrast to reception facilities run by the state.


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