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!
 

19 May 2016 - ASYLUM CAMPAIGN: OPEN LETTER TO THE ASYLUM SERVICE for fast full registration and fair examination of asylum applications.

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AITIMA is delivering a project on MONITORING IMMIGRATION DETENTION.

 

During the second quarter of the project we visited detention areas in Northern Greece and Peloponnese. 

 

During this period we noted:

 

Increase of the overall number of detainees.

 

Increase in the number of detainees who are readmitted to Turkey, without prior proper procedures for the identification of people in need of international protection or special care.

 

Cases of detainees who declare they are minors but are detained as adults.

 

Problems regarding detention conditions and the procedures followed by the competent authorities.

 

 Quarterly Bulletin on MONITORING IMMIGRATION DETENTION,December 2015 - March 2016

AITIMA implemented activities for offering material support in Korinthos and in Peiraias. More specifically on 29 February we visited the Pre-Removal Center in Korinthos in order to deliver items for personal hygiene to be distributed to detainees with the cooperation of the Ngo PRAKSIS. On 2 March we visited the Port of Peiraias where over 3000 refugees have found shelter and we delivered to the volunteers that run the facility food and items for personal hygiene.

PRESS RELEASE – INVITATION TO PRESS CONFERENCE

 

Athens, 16 February 2016

 

The organizations participating in the network group “Campaign for the Access to Asylum”, would like to express our deepest concern about the harrowing developments in the political and social context, which lead to the dismantling of the legal acquis concerning the refugee and human rights protection, both in Greece and Europe.

 

Greece is about to implement policies in full and termless compliance with the european imperatives, subverting the up to date existing protection of refugees, as guaranteed by the International, European and National Law:

 

By sealing of Greek-Turkish border, which results to the refoulement of the refugees, the latter get excluded from their legally established right of protection.

 

By authorizing the involvement of the NATO forces, the refugee issue is being militarized. This revives distressing memories of the past, by stigmatizing the beneficiary of international protection as a potential enemy.

 

• The prospect of transferring the asylum applications examination and status recognition processes in third countries outside the European Union (externalization) leaves refugees exposed to countries’ legal orders that do not offer effective protection. However, the shifting of the "burden" does not absolve the EU Member States of their obligations under International and EU Law.

 

• The suggestion for the designation of Turkey -which massively violates human rights- as a safe third country, constitutes a mockery and mimicry of the framework for international protection of refugees as we know it until today.

 

Our organizations point out that the new policies mark the collapse of the rule of law and the end of the asylum acquis communautaire, as endorsed in the aftermath of World War II by the International Convention on the Status of Refugees, the European Law and the case law of the European Court of Human Rights, leading to new unnecessary human sacrifices at the borders of Europe.

 

Our organizations, believing that in the current critical times, more than ever, the protection of refugees and the defense of our values is, despite all the difficulties, not only necessary but possible, call to a press conference on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 5 pm at the Athens Bar Association hall.

 



 

THE ORGANIZATIONS (in alphabetical order):

 ΑΙΤΗΜΑ http://www.aitima.gr

 ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth http://arsis.gr

 Network for the Social Support of Immigrants and Refugees http://migrant.diktio.org

 Greek Helsinki Monitor https://greekhelsinki.wordpress.com

 Greek Council for Refugees http://www.gcr.gr

 Greek Forum of Refugees http://www.refugees.gr

 PRAKSIS http://www.praksis.gr

 Initiative for the Detainees' Rights. http://www.tokeli.gr

 

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