GREECE: THE COAST GUARD ACCUSED OF TORTURE ACQUITTED

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Coastguards have fun. Hitting an exile, dip his head in the water to the edge of asphyxiation the threat of a weapon by saying we’re going to kill him, put his head in a plastic bag to the limits of suffocation.

Exceptionally, for what happened in 2007 an investigation was conducted, the authors brought to trial and convicted.

The Court of Appeal of Athens has to acquit them, despite evidence and testimony, the victim in a position of accused at the hearing.

In French on the Okeanews website :

http://www.okeanews.fr/20141114-les-avez-embetes-gardes-cote-acquittes-condamnation-torture

 

 

GREECE: A COMMITTEE FOR THE PREVENTION OF TORTURE REPORT

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The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has published its report following its last visit to Greece. It focuses on police and coast guard stations, detention centers and prisons. It concludes at the persistence of inhumane conditions, abuse and racist behavior by staff.

Presentation in English in the ECRE weekly Bulletin :

http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=8e3ebd297b1510becc6d6d690&id=a541bf16b9

You can download the CPT report (in English) here.

 

GREECE: REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL EUROPEAN FUNDS FOR MARITIME BORDERS CONTROL

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The entrance to Greece’s land border with Turkey was made more difficult (deployment of ground units of the European agency Frontex, erection of a fence, technology enhanced control, back at the border), so exiles take again the sea, from the coast of Turkey to the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea.

Greece therefore requires additional European funds to strengthen controls at the maritime border, arguing the growing number of Syrian and Iraqi refugees trying to reach Europe.

Articles in English :

http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_04/09/2014_542667

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/04/us-greece-immigration-idUSKBN0GZ27I20140904

 

TURKEY: SINKING OF A BOAT OF EXILES AT THE EXIT OF THE BOSPHORE

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Monday, November 3, a ship carrying about forty exiles was wrecked at the exit of the Bosphorus. At least 24 people died, including children. The ship was heading to Romania.

Strengthening land borders with Greece and Turkey (fences, patrols, refoulement of persons to Turkey) leads the exiles to turn to the Greek Islands of the Aegean Sea, or here in the Black Sea. The situation in Bulgaria is an effective deterrent for boats to avoid and go to Romania.

In French on Le Courrier des Balkans website :

http://balkans.courriers.info/article25918.html

 

GREECE: TRIAL AGAINST THE REBELS OF AMYGDALEZA DETENTION CENTER

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In August 2013, inmates detention center Amygdaleza revolted against the length and conditions of confinement. Sixty-five of them were prosecuted. The trial of those who have not been expelled or have not escaped starts today November 3rd. A demonstration of support was organized.

In French on Okeanews website :

http://www.okeanews.fr/20141102-solidarite-les-immigres-revolte-du-camp-damygdaleza

 

GREECE – ITALY : JOINT CONDEMNATION BY THE ECHR

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Les condamnations de la Grèce pour traitement inhumain et dégradant s’additionnent.

Celles d’autres pays pour renvoyer en Grèce aussi. Après la Belgique, l’Italie. Cette fois pour le refoulement d’exilés à la frontière maritime avec la Grèce.

Cet arrêt de la Cour Européenne des Droits de l’Homme s’additionne à d’autres pour remettre en cause la présomption de respect des droits de l’homme par les pays de l’Union européenne. Ce qui questionne à la fois les réadmissions dans le cadre du règlement Dublin III et celles dans le cadre de Schengen et d’autres accords européens.

En français, l’arrêt de la CEDH :

http://hudoc.echr.coe.int/sites/eng/pages/search.aspx?i=001-147287#{%22itemid%22:[%22001-147287%22]}

et son communiqué :

http://hudoc.echr.coe.int/sites/eng/pages/search.aspx#{%22itemid%22:[%22003-4910682-6007008%22]}

Le communiqué en anglais :

http://hudoc.echr.coe.int/sites/eng/pages/search.aspx#{%22itemid%22:[%22003-4910702-6007035%22]}

et sur le site de ECRE :

http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=8e3ebd297b1510becc6d6d690&id=f9a6650abc

 

GREECE: INTEGRATION BACK AWAY

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During the period of economic growth in turn of the 1990s and 2000, Greece was a country of immigration. Several regularization of undocumented migrants were conducted. Integration programs have also been established – this is evident today when they disappear. The two hundred teachers who taught Greek and to foreign children have so lost their jobs.

In French on La Courrier des Balkans website :

http://balkans.courriers.info/article25774.html

 

KOSOVO: EMIGRATION CONTINUE TO THE EUROPEAN UNION

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Faced with the economic situation in kosovo, part of the population leaves in the Diaspora, especially to the European Union. Other possibilities to obtain a residence permit and work being considerably reduced, the asylum appears to be one of the only ways to access legal status. But it also reflects the reality of discrimination, which may be the case for the Roma and Ashkali communities.

Article in French on Le Courrier des Balkans website :

http://balkans.courriers.info/article25791.html

 

GREECE: NEW CONDEMNATION BY THE ECHR

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Greece has again been condemned by the European Court of Human Rights to inhuman and degrading treatment. An Iranian exile was placed and held in detention for six months in inhumane conditions, although he said he wanted to seek asylum, which resulted in psychological problems which led to several suicide attempts.

The judgement (in French):

http://hudoc.echr.coe.int/sites/eng/Pages/search.aspx#{%22fulltext%22:[%22H.H%20v%20Greece%22],%22languageisocode%22:[%22FRA%22],%22respondent%22:[%22GRC%22],%22itemid%22:[%22001-146777%22]}

A presentation (in English) in the ECRE weekly Bulletin:

http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=8e3ebd297b1510becc6d6d690&id=1758f394bc

 

EUROPEAN UNION: INCREASE IN ASYLUM SEEKERS FROM THE BALKANS

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The European Union is confronted to the contradictions of its policy vis-à-vis the countries of the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia). On the one hand a very restrictive immigration policy that significantly limits the possibilities of going on diaspora. The other a policy of rapprochement and a concept of stability in the region that leads to condone violations of human rights. Asylum seekers from these countries are considered as bogus asylum seekers and their countries of origin are supposed to prevent them from coming out and seek asylum in the European Union.

In fact, the number of asylum seekers from these countries is increasing according to the last Eurostats’ paper.

In French on Le Courrier des Balkans website :

http://balkans.courriers.info/article25757.html

The Eurostats paper in English :

http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cache/ITY_OFFPUB/KS-QA-14-011/EN/KS-QA-14-011-EN.PDF

 

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