On 25 August 2016 the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Mr. Filippo Grandi had a meeting with the organizations which support refugees, so that they would express their views regarding the situation of refugees in Greece.

 

AITIMA participated to the meeting and expressed its deep concern regarding the human rights situation of the refugees.

 

More specifically AITIMA referred to:

 

-The situation after the EU- Turkey statement, which –according to Greek and International human rights organizations-is not complying to International Law.

 

-The fact that the asylum cases of tens of thousands refugees have not even started to be examined, since the authorities have so far proceeded only to pre-registration and not to full registration of their asylum applications.

 

-The fact that a big number of refugees which according to estimations may amount to over 10.000 have not been registered, which means that they are undocumented and they face the danger of arrest, detention and readmission/deportation.

Moreover it was pointed out that this situation is causing on one hand frustration to refugees who realize that their cases are not proceeding and on the other social tensions. Especially at the islands the situation is alarming as the 11.000 refugees who are stranded there also experience big uncertainty, since they face the danger of readmission to Turkey as well.

AITIMA is delivering a project on MONITORING IMMIGRATION DETENTION.   During the third quarter of the project we visited detention areas in Evros and follow-up visits to detention areas in Attica and Korinthos.    We found that the problems we have already documented regarding detention conditions and decision-making procedures persist.

 

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On 25-26 June the 3 X 3 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT “BLOCK VIOLENCE AND RACISM” was held in Galatsi, Athens.

AITIMA participated for third time aiming at promoting the participation of children belonging to vulnerable groups as well as at combating racism.

This year we contributed to the participation of unaccompanied minors who stay in Athens as well as of a team from the Center for the Support of Children and Families.

See photos from the Press Conference and the Event

 

 

 

 

 

AITIMA was invited to participate to the Multi-stakeholder meeting on the protection of the human rights of migrants in large movements, co-organized by the Office of the High Commissioner of the United Nations for Human Rights and the Platform for the International Cooperation on Undοcumented Migrants. The meeting took place on 1 st June in Geneva..

PHOTO From left to right: George Joseph (Caritas Sweden), William Gois (Global Coalition on Migration), Michele Levoy (PICUM director), Spyros Rizakos (AITIMA).

This year, just like in 2015, the staff and the customers of the A-B Super Market in Koukaki area gathered food and personal hygiene items and offered them to AITIMA in order that they will be distributed to refugee families.
 
We thank them!