ADVOCACY

The new Civic Space Watch report for 2020

The report showcases the challenges civil society faced throughout the year 2020, with a particular focus on how the public measures triggered by the #COVID-19 pandemic affected civic space, and how civic actors responded. On page 106 you can also find the analysis about Greece written by the SolidarityNow Advocacy Officer, Dominika Spyratou. You can […]

COVID-19 and Human Rights

By Salma Mohamed, Solidarity Now, Advocacy Intern COVID-19, an infectious disease that was first detected in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, has had and will continue to have widespread and devastating impacts on numerous facets of everyday life, from the economy to human rights. The global pandemic, in particular, has highlighted many human rights failures, exasperated […]

Respect PIKPA spirit – Respect humanity and dignity

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

Joint Statement: The Pact on Migration and Asylum: to provide a fresh start and avoid past mistakes, risky elements need to be addressed and positive aspects need to be expanded

The commitment to a more human approach to protection and the emphasis on the fact that migration is needed and positive for Europe with which the European Commission launched the Pact on Migration and Asylum is welcome. However, this rhetoric is reflected only sparsely in the related proposals. Instead of breaking with the fallacies of […]

FEANTSA Homeless in Europe

The Autumn 2020 issue of @FEANTSA’s Homeless in Europe Magazine is now available! This issue is full of interesting articles about the impact of #covid19 on #homeless #migrants, #LGBTQ youth and more, including a piece by our own Advocacy Officer, Dominika Spyratou, about how Covid-19 has highlighted the anti-migration agenda in Greece. Read it here

Legal, but without a residence permit

The measures taken by the Ministry of Migration and Asylum in order to extend the validity of residence permits have already created a huge problem for the entire migrant population in Greece. Although the Ministry of Migration and Asylum has issued an extension of the residence permits (from March until December 31, 2020), the complaints […]

Protect dignity and human rights: call for solidarity gathering in support of PIKPA on Wednesday, 14 October 2020.

The Greek government is about to close a historic shelter for vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees, with no care for the future of its residents. The Secretary General of Social Solidarity and Poverty Alleviation of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs asked the Police to evacuate the PIKPA Shelter in Neapoli Mytilene until 15-10-2020. […]