Τμήμα Σεξουαλικού Προσανατολισμού και Ταυτότητας Φύλου του Ελληνικού Παρατηρητηρίου των Συμφωνιών του Ελσίνκι
«Με δεδομένη την επικρατούσα ομοερωτοφοβία στην ελληνική κοινωνία που καθιστά ιδιαίτερα ευάλωτες μερικές ομάδες, όπως οι αστυνομικοί, αλλά και ακόμα περισσότερο οι κληρικοί, τα Prides είναι ιδιαίτερα σημαντικά ως σύμβολο στη μάχη κατά της ομοερωτοφοβίας και κατά του «κλεισίματος σε ντουλάπες» ΛΟΑΤΚ αυτών των ομάδων. Η συμμετοχή ΛΟΑΤΚ αστυνομικών από άλλες χώρες είναι καθοριστική, για την απομυθοποίηση της ΛΟΑΤΚ ταυτότητας σε όλους/ες τους/τις ένστολους/ες. Μακάρι μιαν ημέρα να μετάσχουν και κληρικοί ανοικτά ΛΟΑΤΚ, αν όχι και παντρεμένοι ή νυμφευμένες από άλλες χώρες, για να καταστήσουν σαφές πως το «ομοφυλοφιλία=αμαρτία» δεν είναι κυρίαρχη αξία του Χριστιανισμού, αλλά περιχαράκωση του σκοταδισμού».
13 Οργανώσεις στέλνουν ανοιχτή επιστολή στους Έλληνες βουλευτές: Αντισταθείτε στα σχέδια της E.E. για περιορισμό της προστασίας των αιτούντων άσυλο στα ελληνικά νησιά.9 March 2017
Η Καμπάνια για την Πρόσβαση στο Άσυλο στηρίζει τις αιτήσεις ακυρώσεως που συζητούνται αύριο στο Συμβούλιο της Επικρατείας9 March 2017
13 organisations including JRS Greece, urge the Greek government to reject any changes in the legislation, based on the European Commission’s Joint Action Plan (JAP) on the implementation of the EU-Turkey deal which will worsen the situation for the refugees on the islands and erode the rights of people arriving to the islands and asking for protection.
Athens, 9 March 2017
Dear Member of the Parliament,
We are writing to urge you to reject any changes to legislation, based on the European Commission’s Joint Action Plan (JAP) on the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement1, which will worsen the situation for Greek islanders and further erode the rights of people arriving to the islands in search of safety and protection in Europe.
The protections enshrined in Greece’s asylum legislation, as you voted for in April 2016, are vital in ensuring that the rights of people entering Greece are protected, in accordance with the letter and spirit of the 1951 Refugee Convention.
The Greek Parliament took a stand for those most in need and proved to be an example, when it mitigated the implications of the EU-Turkey statement, by making sure those most vulnerable would be protected under provisions in 4375/20162.
Unfortunately, the JAP recommends amending Greek Law 4375/2016, and we urge you not to support such amendments.
More specifically, the legislation you put in place in April 2016 exempts from border procedures vulnerable persons and those eligible for family reunification under the Dublin Regulation. This makes it possible for individuals who have family elsewhere in Europe, or who have been tortured, children, disabled persons, pregnant women and those with health concerns to leave the overcrowded islands and have their asylum applications processed on the mainland.
Removing this safeguard would mean that significantly larger numbers of people would be required to remain on the islands for prolonged periods of time to go through admissibility procedures that have proven slow. We fear that this would have negative impacts on the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable asylum seekers while putting further undue pressure on the islands’ population causing additional overcrowding. It could also result in the return to Turkey of very vulnerable people, those entitled to be reunited with their families in Europe, and even unaccompanied children.
Alarmingly, these changes in procedures, making vulnerable people and those with family in Europe go through the admissibility procedure, and potentially be returned to Turkey, are already reflected in a Greek Asylum Service flowchart illustrating current island procedures under the EU-Turkey Statement, published in February 20173. We find this odd, as you have not yet voted to make the necessary amendments to current law.
Proposed changes to Law 4375/2016 will make reunification with family members already in Europe less likely and can have terrible consequences for vulnerable people.
In general, the JAP recommends further restricting freedom of movement by keeping more people on the islands, creating more detention centres, fast-tracking asylum proceedings and limiting appeals steps all with the goal of facilitating deportations, possibly sending people into harm’s way. Many of our organizations have documented the negative impact of these policies and practices on people seeking safety in Europe. It seems that the EU has transformed Greece into a laboratory for testing policies deter arrivals and create a fortress Europe.
We believe that you can and should stand up to external pressures and reject any changes to legislation that will further worsen the situation for people seeking safety and a better life in Europe. It is in your hands to give to Greece the opportunity to become an example of a country upholding human rights and protecting the rights of people seeking safety and a better life in Europe.
Representatives from our organisations are willing to meet with you for further information and clarification.
3. Danish Refugee Council
4. Greek Council for Refugees – Ελληνικό Συμβούλιο για τους Πρόσφυγες
5. Greek Forum of Refugees- Ελληνικό Φόρουμ Προσφύγων
6. Greek Helsinki Monitor- Ελληνικό Παρατηρητήριο των Συμφωνιών του Ελσίνκι
7. Human Rights Watch
8. Integration Center for Migrant Workers – Ecumenical Refugee Program- Κέντρο Συμπαραστάσεως Παλιννοστούντων και Μεταναστών – Οικουμενικό Πρόγραμμα Προσφύγων
9. International Rescue Committee
10. Jesuit Refugee Services
11. Norwegian Refugee Council
13. Save the Children
Για τη (μη) δίκη του Φίλιππου Λουίζου έγινε αναφορά στις ειδήσεις της ΣΚΑΙ TV της 3 Μαρτίου 2017 με δηλώσεις Φίλιππου Λουίζου και Παναγιώτη Δημητρά (στο 43:20-45:20 http://www.skai.gr/player/TV/?MMID=286287)
Δεκέμβριος 2016: Συνελήφθη άτομο και για κακόβουλη βλασφημία στην Κρήτη
The man at the centre of the pasta-based Facebook “blasphemy” trial in Greece, has had his suspended 10-month prison sentence quashed in the appeals court.
However, the conviction was quashed only due to an administrative process aimed at clearing out “misdemeanor” crimes that had taken too long to process. The court reportedly activated article 8 of law 4411/2016 which cancels misdemeanors committed up until March 31, 2016.
An image from the Elder Pastisios Facebook page, for which one Greek man has suffered years in the courts under “blasphemy” laws
Philippos Louizos was convicted in January 2014 and handed a suspended sentence of ten months for making Facebook posts in which he depicted a revered Orthodox monk, Elder Paisios, with pasta for a face, thus making a pun on his name, and borrowing imagery from the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. He had given the pasta-faced satirical figure the name “Elder Pastitsios”. Pastitsio is a local dish made from pasta and béchamel sauce.
Louizos’ initial arrest in 2012 was reportedly linked to pressure by the Greek neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party.
The Humanist Union of Greece (HUG) comments: “The quashing of blasphemy charges against Philippos Louizos because of the conditional prescription of all small crimes to alleviate the work of overburdened Greek courts ended his judicial harassment on 2 March 2017. Philippos and the Humanist Union of Greece that offered him free legal aid are not satisfied though as he was not given a chance to be acquitted on the merits during the appeals trial.”
HUG comments: “They also regret that the international campaign by humanist organizations in 2016 and the UN CERD recommendations in August 2016 that Greece abolishes the effectively discriminatory Articles 198 and 199 of the Criminal Code criminalizing blasphemy did not lead to the abolition of the charges before the trial, despite repeated Greek government pledges before three UN bodies and through public statements that they would have done so.
“Once more, the supposedly progressive SYRIZA-led government gave in to the aggressive public opposition of Greek Orthodox bishops. On the contrary, Hellenic Police reports frequent arrests and fresh charges for blasphemy, the most recent in December 2016 and January 2017. The campaign to end blasphemy laws in Greece will now take new forms including before the domestic courts.”
The Greek “blasphemy” law remains on statute.
Submission to the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) on Greece by GHM, MRG-G and SOKADRE27 February 2017
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