In a letter sent on 27 April 2021 to the European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, five Greek civil society organisations request the Commission’s assessment of compliance by Greece with procedural requirements attached to the non-refoulement principle and obligations to provide access to asylum at its land and sea borders.


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New Pact on Migration and Asylum

In September 2020, as part of the New Pact on Migration and Asylum, the European Commission tabled legislative proposals aiming, in conjunction with the package of proposals presented in 2016, at an in-depth reform of the EU asylum acquis.


This note provides an overview of recent jurisprudence of the Greek administrative courts on the interpretation of provisions in force governing the border procedure, the suspensive effect of remedies, as well as administrative detention. The note aims to contribute to the legislative process by highlighting legal issues and risks in the Commission proposals.

Greece’s decision to close a good-practice refugee camp must be questioned. The shutting down of Kare Tepe, which functions as an alternative living space, is disappointing especially when the alternative is the unsafe and unsanitary living conditions in Mavrovouni (Moria 2.0). 

Nearly 1000 people live in Kara Tepe, a camp with playgrounds, recreation areas for adults and community living conditions. The decision to close the camp was not accompanied by a communicated plan for its residents, some who have already been moved to Mavrovouni in recent days. These residents have been designated as particularly vulnerable – families, single mothers, people with physical health challenges and survivors of sexual abuse.

Διαδικτυακή στρογγυλή τράπεζα

«Παιδιά-πρόσφυγες εκτός σχολείου: Η σχολική κοινότητα αναζητά λύσεις»

Τρίτη 20 Απριλίου

Το Ελληνικό Συμβούλιο για τους Πρόσφυγες (ΕΣΠ)

σε συνεργασία με τις οργανώσεις της Κοινωνίας των πολιτών :

 ΆΡΣΙΣ- Κοινωνική Οργάνωση Υποστήριξης Νέων, Changemakers Lab, DRC Greece, PRAKSIS, SolidarityNow, Terre des hommes Hellas

διοργανώνουν στρογγυλή τράπεζα με θέμα :

«Παιδιά-πρόσφυγες εκτός σχολείου: Η σχολική κοινότητα αναζητά λύσεις»

Τρίτη 20 Απριλίου 2021

Ώρα: 19:00-21:00

70 civil society organisations, including GCR, co-signed an open letter to the Deputy Minister of Finance, Theodoros Skylakakis, initiated by Common Ground and Greenpeace, outlining their priorities for a green and just recovery and seeking more public involvement in developing policies.
Read the Open Letter here

Over the last years, the undersigned organisations have been receiving allegations of push-backs at the country’s land and sea borders. This practice seems to have now acquired systematic characteristics and constitutes an official state policy aiming at the prevention of refugee and migrant flows.

Although not a new phenomenon, this policy of land and sea push-backs has, however, escalated in an unprecedented fashion over the last year, both in terms of frequency of incidents and of the means employed. Dozens of complaints, substantiated by evidence (videos, testimonies and photos), have been recorded.

Of the utmost concern is the reported tolerance and/or involvement of FRONTEX as well as the inaction in conducting a substantial inquiry into the public allegations connected to it. This policy not only constitutes a violation of fundamental principles of international law but also poses a direct threat to people’s lives.

We emphatically point out that:

  • The deterrence of entry as well as the return of persons who have entered Greece, without respecting the legal procedures for the apprehension and registration of the latter and without examining their potential application for international protection, infringes the fundamental principles of international law which prohibit the return of persons to a country where they are at risk of persecution, torture and inhuman or degrading treatment.
  • The protection of human life is the ultimate responsibility and obligation of the authorities
  • Targeting and criminalising civil society organisations and citizens who record and publicise push-back incidents at the land and sea borders of the country is dangerous for the Rule of Law and aims at consolidating a climate of fear and of tolerance towards illegal practices

Το Ελληνικό Συμβούλιο για τους Πρόσφυγες (ΕΣΠ) έχει επανειλημμένα υπογραμμίσει ότι οι διαδοχικές αλλαγές στη νομοθεσία (Νοέμβριος 2019 και εκ νέου Μάιος 2020),  με σκοπό τη γενικευμένη και συστηματική εφαρμογή μέτρων διοικητικής κράτησης εις βάρος αιτούντων άσυλο και μεταναστών, αποτελούν επιλογές οριακής νομιμότητας, μη συμβατές με τα βασικά πρότυπα προστασίας των δικαιωμάτων του ανθρώπου.

Τα δύο πρόσφατα τραγικά περιστατικά του θανάτου κρατουμένου στο ΠΡΟΚΕΚΑ Κω, λόγω αναφερόμενης ελλιπούς παροχής ιατρικής φροντίδας και η αυτοκτονία κρατουμένου στο ΠΡΟΚΕΚΑ Κορίνθου, ο οποίος παρέμενε σε παρατεταμένη διοικητική κράτηση για 16 μήνες, υπογραμμίζουν την ανάγκη οι ελληνικές αρχές να εγκαταλείψουν άμεσα τις ακολουθούμενες πολιτικές σε ότι αφορά στην εφαρμογή μέτρων κράτησης και να τροποποιήσουν την εθνική νομοθεσία και πρακτική σε συμφωνία με βασικά πρότυπα προστασίας των δικαιωμάτων του ανθρώπου.

Read the Greek Council for Refugees (GCR) and Save the Children (SC) new Advocacy Partnership here

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