On Tuesday 4 June 2024 the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg will hear two cases against Greece filed by G.R.J. and A.E. Both were forcibly expelled to Turkey by Greek officials in 2019 and 2020. This is the first time the Court will hear Greece in a court hearing for illegal pushbacks, as the practice of illegal pushbacks has not yet come to an end. It is also the first time that the Court will examine Greece's practice of "drift-backs" – abandoning asylum seekers at sea in inflatable rafts, since this practice was first reported in 2020. The applicants are represented by lawyers from Prakken d’Oliveira, the Dutch Refugee Council, the Irish Human Rights Centre and the Greek Council for Refugees.

Athens, 28 May 2024: On 4 June 2024, lawyers of the Greek Council for Refugees (GCR) will represent a refugee woman from Turkey, a victim of a pushback operation by the Greek authorities, at an oral hearing before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in the case of A.E. v. Greece.

This is the first case to be examined by the ECtHR in relation to a complaint of pushback in the Evros region by the Greek authorities.

The applicant, a young woman from Türkiye, was forced to leave her country for reasons of political persecution. She entered Greece in 2019, via the Evros region, seeking international protection. However, despite her request, the applicant complains that she was never given the opportunity to apply for asylum in Greece.

Instead, as per her complaint, after her arrival and after first being informally arrested and informally detained for some hours in police stations in the Evros region, she was transferred alongside other third country nationals to the Evros river. There, she was deprived of her personal belongings, such as shoes, mobile phone and money, and forced to board an inflatable boat, which was used to push her back to Türkiye.

After being pushed back to Türkiye, she was arrested by the Turkish authorities and imprisoned on the basis of her previous criminal conviction on charges of being a member of an illegal organisation in Türkiye.

The applicant complains before the ECtHR that the actions of the Greek authorities violated her rights enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights, namely, inter alia, the right to life, the prohibition of torture and the right to an effective remedy. The application is being joined with the case of G.R.J. v. Greece, an unaccompanied minor who alleges that he was abducted from a reception centre in Samos, Greece, where he sought asylum and was pushed back to Türkiye by the Greek authorities.

The applicant had previously filed a criminal complaint against all those responsible, which was dismissed at the second instance as well by the Prosecutor of the Thrace Appeals Court on the ground that there was no evidence against the police and that Greece, in particular the Greek police, never conducts pushback operations back to Türkiye.

We note that in recent years numerous reports have been issued by international, European and national organisations, which document a gradual and steady consolidation of the characteristics of pushback operations.[i] As the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of migrants has stated: "In Greece, pushbacks at land and sea borders have become de facto general policy."[ii]

GCR intervenes daily with the Greek authorities and also represents before the European Court of Human Rights a significant number of victims in pushback cases. In particular, since January 2022, GCR has sent at least 553 interventions to the Greek authorities for the cases of more than 3826 refugees, including many children, from Syria, Turkey, Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine, who entered Greece from the Evros region seeking international protection. At the same time, since March 2022, the GCR has represented before the ECtHR, hundreds of refugees from Syria, Turkey, Afghanistan, Palestine, etc., by filing 60 applications for interim measures (R39), requesting not to be removed from the country and to be granted access to the asylum procedure. The Court has granted the requested interim measures in all cases. Some of the refugees in these cases have been formally arrested by the Greek authorities, but most of them complain that they were pushed back to Turkey while the ECtHR judgment was pending or even after its delivery.[iii] 

Notes to editors:

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[i] UNHCR, ‘UNHCR warns of increasing violence and human rights violations at European borders’,

21 February 2022, available at: https://www.unhcr.org/news/press/2022/2/62137a284/news-commentunhcr-warns-increasing-violence-human-rights-violations-european.html

IOM, ‘IOM Alarmed over Reports of Pushbacks from Greece at EU Border with Turkey’, 11 June

2020, available at: https://www.iom.int/news/iom-alarmed-over-reports-pushbacks-greece-eu-borderturkey

CED, Concluding observations on the report submitted by Greece, CED/C/GRC/CO/1, 12 April 2022, paras 28-31, available at: https://digitallibrary.un.org/record/3987990

CRC, ‘Experts of the Committee on the Rights of the Child Ask Greece about Roma Children and

Push Backs of Refugees at the Border’, 4 May 2022, available at: https://www.ohchr.org/en/pressreleases/2022/05/experts-committee-rights-child-ask-greece-about-roma-children-and-push-backs

UN Human Rights Council, Report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review: Greece,

A/HRC/49/5, 6 January 2022, paras 130.96, 130.202, 130.204, 130.209, 130.214, 130.215, 130.216,

130.223, 130.226, https://documents-ddsny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G22/002/15/PDF/G2200215.pdf?OpenElement

WGAD, Report of visit to Greece, A/HRC/45/16/Add.1, 29/07/20, paras 87-88, available at: https://www.ohchr.org/en/documents/country-reports/ahrc4516add1-visit-greece-report-working-group-arbitrary-detention  

UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, https://documents-ddsny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G22/328/57/PDF/G2232857.pdf?OpenElement

UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights defenders, ‘Statement on preliminary observations and

recommendations following official visit to Greece’, 22 June 2022, https://srdefenders.org/statement-onpreliminary-observations-and-recommendations-following-official-visit-to-greece/

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, ‘Greek authorities should investigate allegations

of pushbacks and ill-treatment of migrants, ensure an enabling environment for NGOs and improve

reception conditions’, 12 May 2021, https://www.coe.int/en/web/commissioner/-/greek-authoritiesshould-investigate-allegations-of-pushbacks-and-ill-treatment-of-migrants-ensure-an-enablingenvironment-for-ngos-and-improve-recept

‘Council of Europe’s anti-torture Committee calls on Greece to reform its immigration detention

system and stop pushbacks’, 19 November 2020, https://www.coe.int/en/web/cpt/-/council-of-europe-santi-torture-committee-calls-on-greece-to-reform-its-immigration-detention-system-and-stoppushbacks

[ii] UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, para 32, https://documents.un.org/doc/undoc/gen/g22/328/57/pdf/g2232857.pdf?token=rAWPwIZptAwtMYJ9cl&fe=true

[iii] GCR’s Information Note on interventions and on interim measures granted by the ECtHR in cases regarding pushbacks, Updated on 2/5/2024 https://www.gcr.gr/el/news/press-releases-announcements/item/1984-information-note

 GCR’s report “AT EUROPE’S BORDERS: BETWEEN IMPUNITY AND CRIMINALIZATION”  https://www.gcr.gr/media/k2/attachments/GCR_Pushback_Criminalization_Report.pdf

Κοινό ΔΕΛΤΙΟ ΤΥΠΟΥ του Δικτύου Συνηγορίας για τα Δικαιώματα του Παιδιού (Child Rights Advocacy Network– CRAN)

 

Η επιστροφή στην τάξη μετά τις διακοπές δεν είναι ίδια για όλα τα παιδιά


                                                                                                Αθήνα, 22 Μαΐου 2024

 

Οι υπογράφουσες οργανώσεις της Κοινωνίας των πολιτών, μέλη του Δικτύου Συνηγορίας για τα Δικαιώματα του Παιδιού (Child Rights Advocacy Network– CRAN), εκφράζουμε τις ανησυχίες μας σχετικά με τα μέτρα που πρόσφατα θεσπίστηκαν με την υπ’ αριθμ. 44879/ΓΔ4 Απόφαση της Υφυπουργού Παιδείας, Θρησκευμάτων και Αθλητισμού (ΦΕΚ Β 2531/29-4-2024) σε σχέση με την αντιμετώπιση της ενδοσχολικής βίας και του εκφοβισμού (bullying). Εκτιμούμε ότι μέτρα όπως η επαναφορά των πενθήμερων αποβολών και η διευκόλυνση αλλαγής σχολικού τμήματος ή σχολικού περιβάλλοντος,  δρουν κατασταλτικά και δεν συνάδουν με τις επιταγές της σύγχρονης παιδαγωγικής επιστήμης, αλλά ούτε και με τις νομικές δεσμεύσεις που έχει αναλάβει η χώρα μας δυνάμει της Διεθνούς Σύμβασης για τα Δικαιώματα του Παιδιού (ν. 2101/92) και συγκεκριμένα με τα άρθρα 28 (καθολικό δικαίωμα των παιδιών στην εκπαίδευση) και 29 (στόχοι της εκπαίδευσης). Επίσης, η εφαρμογή των εν λόγω μέτρων ενισχύει τον κίνδυνο περιθωριοποίησης μεγάλου αριθμού μαθητών/τριών και ιδίως αυτών που προέρχονται από ευάλωτες κοινωνικές ομάδες.

Είναι σαφές ότι κανένα παιδί δε γεννιέται βίαιο. Όταν εκδηλώνονται βίαιες συμπεριφορές, στις οποίες συμπεριλαμβάνεται και ο εκφοβισμός, δεν είναι τίποτε άλλο παρά αντανάκλαση της βίας που τα ίδια υφίστανται από διάφορες πλευρές. Προτεραιότητα πρέπει να είναι η επένδυση στην πρόληψη και στην αναζήτηση των παραγόντων που οδηγούν ένα παιδί να γίνει θύτης και παράλληλα στην ενδυνάμωση και επιμόρφωση των επαγγελματιών της εκπαίδευσης, αλλά και των γονέων, ώστε να συμβάλλουν στη δημιουργία  ενός δημοκρατικού σχολείου με τη συμμετοχή των παιδιών. Ένα σχολείο στο οποίο θα καλλιεργείται έμπρακτα η ιδιότητα του δημοκρατικού πολίτη, ώστε ένα παιδί να μη γίνει ούτε θύτης ούτε θύμα ούτε απλός παρατηρητής.

Για όλους τους παραπάνω  λόγους, εκφράζουμε τους προβληματισμούς μας για τα πρόσφατα μέτρα που θεσπίστηκαν, θεωρώντας ότι κινούνται σε στρεβλή κατεύθυνση και καλούμε το Υπουργείο Παιδείας, Θρησκευμάτων και Αθλητισμού να επανεξετάσει τα κατασταλτικά αυτά μέτρα, κατόπιν διαβούλευσης με την εκπαιδευτική κοινότητα, αλλά και φορείς της Κοινωνίας των Πολιτών που αναπτύσσουν δράσεις παιδικής προστασίας.

Οι υπογράφουσες οργανώσεις –μέλη του Δικτύου Συνηγορίας για τα Δικαιώματα του Παιδιού:

  1. Δίκτυο για τα Δικαιώματα του Παιδιού
  2. Σχεδία - Κέντρο Παιδαγωγικής και Καλλιτεχνικής Επιμόρφωσης
  3. Terre des hommes Hellas - Γη των ανθρώπων
  4. Ελληνικό Συμβούλιο για τους Πρόσφυγες
  5. Changemakers Lab
  6. Καλύτερες Μέρες Ελλάδα - Better Days Greece
  7. SolidarityNow
  8. ΑΡΣΙΣ Κοινωνική Οργάνωση Υποστήριξης Νέων
  9. Έλιξ – Προγράμματα Εθελοντικής Εργασίας

 

 

 

Implementation period:

1/01/2024-31/12/2024

Place of implementation:

Athens

Funded by:

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons

Objectives:

To provide direct assistance and protection to vulnerable victims of trafficking (women and girls) and their children; to improve health and well-being, facilitate social integration and prevent re-trafficking amongst vulnerable victims of trafficking.

Activities:

  • Provision of legal services to victims/suspected victims of trafficking

  • Provision of psychosocial support to victims/suspected victims of trafficking

  • Provision of education and integration services including job counselling

  • Connection and referral to public services and other services of civil society organizations

Implementation period:

1/07/2023 - 31/12/2024

Partner:

Save the Children International (SCI)

Objectives:

Child focused, evidence-based advocacy on the impact of EU and Greek migration policies in Greece

Activities:
  • Participation in national and regional/ local level relevant sectorial working groups and joint advocacy actions with other civil society organizations

  • Participation in relevant roundtable / conferences / talks at both Greece and EU level and additionally participation in external advocacy meetings in Brussels or other capitals as appropriate.

  • Coordination of the Child Rights Advocacy Network (CRAN), including coordination of regular meetings, leading/participating in advocacy initiatives

  • Drafting and publication of research and advocacy reports

  

             

      

 

 

 

Το ΕΣΠ ανταποκρίθηκε στο άιτημα για στοιχεία σχετικά με την κατάσταση των αναγνωρισμένων προσφύγων στην Ελλάδα. Τα στοιχεία ζητήθηκαν από το Norwegian Country of Origin Information Centre, Landinfo, έναν ανεξέρτητο φορέα με έδρα τη Νορβηγία, ο οποίος συνεργάζεται με τις νορβηγικές αρχές μετανάστευσης. 
 
Θα βρείτε το κείμενο συμβολής του ΕΣΠ εδώ

Children, even alleged ones, are not to be detained

A recent decision of the Administrative Court of Athens safeguards the rights of children and persons under age assessment procedure in Greece

Athens, 2 May 2024

Jamal*, a child from Pakistan, was repeatedly registered by different Greek authorities as an unaccompanied minor. After his arrest by the Greek police and his arbitrary registration as an adult, he was detained in order to be returned. Withoutreasonable doubt, as required by law1, an age assessment procedure was belatedly initiated while the child was already 3months in detention in a Pre-Removal Detention Centre together with adults unknown to him and under conditions completelyunsuitable for children.

For a total of six (6) months the child remained in detention, following a story of Kafkaesque proportions, during which theGreek authorities refused to apply the legal procedure that requires a person to be treated as a minor for as long asthere is doubt about his age2 ("presumption of minority"). It also requires that a Guardian is appointed and that the child willbe placed in a shelter for unaccompanied minors.

Wednesday, 24 April 2024 15:43

Summer Camp PYXIDA 2024

 Find the Easter Camp PYXIDA 2024 program below:

Easter Camp 2024


PIXIDA INTERCULTURAL CENTER | GREEK COUNCIL FOR REFUGEES

Monday 29/04 GROUP 7-12 years old
11:00 - 13:30
Theater play
GROUP 13-18 years old
15:30 - 17:00
Movie screening and discussion
Τuesday 30/04  GROUP 7-12 years old
11:00 - 13:30
Gardening in the balcony of Pyxida 
 GROUP 13-18 years old
15:30 - 17:00
Visit to the park Pedion tou Areos with boardgames 
Thursday 09/05  GROUP 7-12 years old
11:00 - 13:30
Board games
 GROUP 13-18 years old
15:30 - 17:00
Project My Athens
Part 1: Taking pitures of Exarchia
Friday 10/05 GROUP 7-12 years old
11:00 - 13:30
Movie screening and discussion 
 GROUP 13-18 years old 1
5:30 - 17:00
Project My Athens
Part 2: Video editting of the audiovisual material

Στο πλαίσιο της διαφάνειας και της λογοδοσίας, βασικών αρχών που διέπουν τη λειτουργία του ΕΣΠ, δημοσιεύουμε αναλυτικά στοιχεία για την οικονομική και διοικητική δραστηριότητα της οργάνωσης την χρονιά που πέρασε (2023), συμπεριλαμβανομένων του ταμιακού απολογισμού, του ισολογισμού και της έκθεσης πεπραγμένων.

Δείτε τον Ισολογισμό για το έτος 2023 εδώ

Δείτε τον Ταμιακό Απολογισμό για το έτος 2023 εδώ

Δείτε τον αναλυτική έκθεση πεπραγμένων για το έτος 2023 εδώ

Στο πλαίσιο της διαφάνειας και της λογοδοσίας, βασικών αρχών που διέπουν τη λειτουργία του ΕΣΠ, δημοσιεύουμε αναλυτικά στοιχεία για την οικονομική και διοικητική δραστηριότητα της οργάνωσης την χρονιά που πέρασε (2022), συμπεριλαμβανομένων του ταμιακού απολογισμού, του ισολογισμού και της έκθεσης πεπραγμένων.

Δείτε τον Ισολογισμό για το έτος 2022 εδώ

Δείτε τον Ταμιακό Απολογισμό για το έτος 2022 εδώ

Δείτε τον αναλυτική έκθεση πεπραγμένων για το έτος 2022 εδώ

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