NGO “AITIMA” together with other organizations visited the building of Attica Aliens Directorate at Petrou Ralli street every Friday evening until the dawn from Saturday 17 February 2012 to 7 April 2012, day on which the police authorities have arbitrarily decided to receive asylum applications. Our purpose was to register, document and denounce the unacceptable practice by Greek authorities of refusing to receive and register asylum applications.  This practice has continued until this day, while the entry into force of the infamous new Asylum Service, originally due to start operating in January 2012, has been deferred once more until March 2013.

Our findings and conclusions were recorded in the report entitled “Campaign on access to asylum in Attica”,which comprises also all pertinent information about access to asylum in Greece and documents the relevant violations of international, European and domestic law by the Greek authorities and more specifically the violations of:            

  • The right to seek asylum and make an asylum application;

  • The principle of non-refoulement;

  • The right of every human being to safety and liberty;

  • The right to human dignity and the right of every human being not to be subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment, 

while it also deprives these people from their rights as asylum seekers.


Read the report:  [ Download ]