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Greece joins a pan-European coalition that aims to reflourish solidarity and respect towards refugees Athens, 23rd May 2018 – For the first time, a coalition of 130 civil society organisations have launched a European Citizen’s Initiative (ECI) for a shift in migration policy. The aim of the We are a Welcoming Europe campaign is to […]

Greece: Government Defies Court on Asylum Seekers

Reinstates Containment Policy That Keeps People Trapped on Islands (Athens, April 25, 2018) – The Greek government’s move on April 20, 2018, overturning a binding court ruling ordering it to end its abusive policy of trapping asylum seekers on Greece’s islands raises rule of law concerns, 21 human rights and humanitarian organizations said today. Rather […]

GEOGRAPHICAL RESTRICTION OF ASYLUM SEEKERS ON THE GREEK ISLANDS: WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF THE RECENT GREEK COUNCIL OF STATE’S DECISION?

Athens, April 19, 2018 SolidarityNow welcomes Ruling No 805/2018 of the Greek Council of State (the country’s Supreme Administrative Court) (“the Ruling”), which annuls the Asylum Service’s Decision (No 10464/31.5.2016) imposing geographical restrictions on six islands of the Eastern Aegean Sea (Lesvos, Samos, Chios, Leros, Rhodes and Kos). The case was brought forward by the […]

Racist Violence Recording Network – Annual report 2017

In its annual report for 2017 the Racist Violence Recording Network (RVRN) analyses the quantitative and qualitative results of the over 100 incidents of racist violence and hate crime reported last year by its 42 members, including SolidarityNow. The RVRN report documents the coexistence of opposing trends in Greek society. On the one hand, the […]

RATIFICATION OF THE INSTANBUL CONVENTION

The Greek Parliament has finally ratified the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention), and revised the relevant Greek law provisions. The Istanbul Convention is the first complete framework for combating gender violence, and a very important step towards the Council of Europe’s efforts to ensure […]

Τimeline of the major events since the implementation of the EU-Turkey Deal

Since January 2015, more than 1 million people fleeing war, persecution and poverty entered or passed through Greece in search of safety and a better life, and more than 1,200 were reported dead or missing. During the latter part of 2015 and early 2016, selective and arbitrary admission policies were put in place by various European […]

Joint Press Conference: Two years after the EU-Turkey Deal

To mark the occasion of the second anniversary of the EU-Turkey Joint Statement (Deal, in essence), yesterday we held, along with other NGOs, a joint press conference titled: “Two years after the EU-Turkey Deal: a humanitarian tragedy for refugees and asylum seekers”. The press conference was hosted at the Journalists’ Union of Athens Daily Newspapers […]

Two years after the EU-Turkey Deal: a humanitarian tragedy for refugees and asylum seekers

Athens, 16 March 2018. Two years following the implementation of the EU-Turkey Deal, many refugees and asylum seekers continue to be trapped in the Greek islands, deprived of their basic human rights and access to international protection. On this second anniversary, and whilst legal appeals against the geographical limitation of asylum-seekers to the islands are […]

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