A new information brochure published on asylum seekers rights in detention

16/12/2020

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: https://www.gcr.gr/el/news/press-releases-announcements/item/1569-plirofories-gia-kratoymenous-se-5-glosses

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.

Report of Legal Organizations on the quality of remote asylum interviews at RAO Lesvos and the conditions they are conducted under, which pose a health risk to asylum seekers and employees.

08/12/2020

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.

Να τερματιστεί άμεσα η παράνομη πρακτική της κράτησης αναγνωρισμένων προσφύγων

04/12/2020

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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