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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On Monday 28 December 2015 a Christmas event was held for the children of the open reception center in Elaionas Athens. The event was organized by AITIMA in cooperation with the administration of the Reception Center and the Greek Basketball Players' Union.

The event was also attended by the Alternate General Secretary of the Minister of the Interior Mr. Janetos Filippakos. The children were given presents (sport shoes and balls) which were supplied by AITIMA.

After that, the children played basketball with the members of the Greek Basketball Players' Union Yannis Kalampokis, Andreas Glyniadakis and Alexandros Spyrithonidis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AITIMA is delivering a project on MONITORING IMMIGRATION DETENTION.

 

During the first quarter of the project we visited detention areas in Attica and we investigated detainees’ cases. 

 

Our main finding is that there is significant decrease in the number of detainees and in the length of detention;  however - despite this - the detention system still presents serious problems regarding both the procedures that are applied by the competent authorities and the detention conditions.

 

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On 2 December 2015 an event was held in Oslo to discuss refugee issues, and more specifically to present the situation in Greece and the rest of Europe. 

 

The event aimed on one hand at informing the Norwegian public, and on the other at supporting AITIMA in order to offer more assistance to refugees.

 

In the event, which was organized by the Norwegian Organization for Asylum Seekers (NOAS) apart from AITIMA (Spyros Rizakos), there was participation by the Norwegian authorities who deal with migration and asylum, volunteer groups such as Drapen I Havet (Drop in the Ocean) - which during the previous months sent 400 volunteers to Lesvos in order to offer help to refugees - as well as artists of migrant or refugee origin.