Ευάγγελος Κωφός ένας ιδεοτυπικός Ελληνομακεδόνας

“Οποιαδήποτε θετική αποτίμηση του έργου του τη σκιάζει ωστόσο μια ύστερη μαύρη σελίδα: η καθοριστική δημόσια παρέμβασή του, με την οποία ανατράπηκαν οι εξαγγελίες του αναπληρωτή υπουργού Εξωτερικών της κυβέρνησης Σημίτη, Ανδρέα Λοβέρδου, για επίλυση της ανθρωπιστικής εκκρεμότητας που είχε αφήσει το 1982 η ρατσιστική απαγόρευση επαναπατρισμού όσων πολιτικών προσφύγων του Εμφυλίου δεν κρίνονταν «Έλληνες το γένος».

Μ’ ένα φλογερό άρθρο του στο «Βήμα» (25/6/2003), ο Κωφός δεν δίστασε τότε να κινδυνολογήσει, ως εκφραστής της θεσμικής μνήμης του βαθέος κράτους, πως η επιστροφή των υπέργηρων αγωνιστών στις εστίες τους ισοδυναμούσε με «αυθαίρετο εποικισμό αλλογενούς εθνικιστικής μειονότητας στις παραμεθόριες περιοχές». Τα ΜΜΕ ξεσάλωσαν στο ίδιο μήκος κύματος, η κυβέρνηση αναδιπλώθηκε κι οι προγραμμένοι αγωνιστές του ΕΑΜ-ΕΛΑΣ και του ΔΣΕ καταδικάστηκαν οριστικά να σβήσουν στην ξενιτιά.

Να πλήρωσαν άραγε, άθελά τους, εκείνη την αθυρόστομη προκήρυξη του μακρινού 1945;”

Non-Implementation of European Court Judgments and the Rule of Law [in Europe including Greece]”

Humanists’ engagement with UN Bodies (including by Humanist Union of Greece)

As part of our advocacy work at Humanists International, we are keen to work with members and associates to support their advocacy efforts and help amplify their voices at the international level. This past quarter has seen us work with and support a number of members and associates in this way, so we wanted to share their work with you.

Members engagement with the UN’s Universal Periodic Review

As mentioned in previous correspondence, we started the year with training sessions for members and associates who are based in countries whose human rights record is up for examination by the UN (Universal Periodic Review – UPR).Three members have subsequently made submissions to the UN on the human rights situation in their countries: the Finnish Humanist Association and the Union of Freethinkers of Finland made a joint submission, and Humanists UK also made a submission. Whilst at the March session of the Human Rights Council, we worked with two other members to make oral statements following up on their previous UPR written submissions (available here and here).Gáspár Békés, on behalf of the Hungarian Atheist Association, made a statement during the adoption of Hungary’s UPR report, warning against the Hungarian government’s misguided use of “traditional family values” as a pretext for normalizing discrimination and undermining human rights. Watch Békés’ full intervention here:

We also worked with the Humanist Union of Greece (HUG) to deliver a joint statement during the adoption of Greece’s UPR report, which focused on the issue of systemic racism and hate speech. The video statement was delivered by Panayote Dimitras, a lifelong human rights activist and co-founder of HUG, who has faced harassment and intimidation in response to his anti-racism campaigning and human rights work. 

Watch Dimitras’ full intervention here:

To date, we have worked with members to make 23 UPR interventions at the UN.

Members engagement with the UN Special Procedures and Human Rights Council 

Earlier this year, we worked with a member in India to make a detailed submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, which described how Dalits and other Scheduled Castes in India are at much greater risk of modern slavery practices, as a result of centuries of caste and gender-based discrimination.At the Council in March, we then raised growing concerns over the issue of reprisals against anti-slavery and anti-caste activists in India, where a draconian anti-terrorism law known as the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) is being used to stifle dissent.

“Efforts to abolish modern slavery in India are stalling because the act of challenging caste discrimination is now considered ‘terrorism’” 

During another session at the Council – a dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the situation in Myanmar – we delivered a message from our Myanmar associate, Burmese Atheists, whose members are involved in the pro-democracy movement. During the 49th Council session, Member States also adopted – by consensus – a resolution which reiterated the Council’s “full support for the people of Myanmar and their aspirations for democracy and civilian government”, and called on States to cease the “illicit” transfer of arms to Myanmar.

“We want the military to face consequences for the atrocities they have inflicted, and the futures they have stolen from us” – Burmese Atheists

Notably, with both these Council statements, due to fear of reprisals, our members could not deliver the statement themselves, so we did so on their behalf. We are immensely grateful to all of our members and associates who we have worked with recently, especially those who continue to speak out despite the challenges associated with publicly criticizing their government. Not only do your insights and authentic voices enrich and strengthen our advocacy program, more importantly, they also serve as a reminder to world leaders that humanists and humanist values will prevail, and continue to call out injustices, even in the most trying of circumstances.

UN advocacy opportunities for members and associates 

Finally, we also want to highlight some upcoming opportunities for our members and associates to engage with the UN on human rights issues of concern:

The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions is preparing a report on “the imposition and the enforcement of the death penalty”. Civil society organizations are invited to provide input by 29 April 2022.

The UN Secretary General will present a report “highlighting actions taken within the last three years to eliminate racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance” at the next session of the UN General Assembly. Civil society organizations are invited to make submissions by 16 May 2022.

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child is inviting young people ages 17 and under to participate in an online consultation sharing their views and experiences on human rights and climate change. Their responses will help to shape the content of General Comment No. 26. The deadline for responding to the online consultation is 30 June 2022.
Elizabeth O’Casey, Director of Advocacy

Lillie Ashworth, Advocacy Officer
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Global Alliance Against Digital Hate and Extremism Holds Inaugural Event, Sends Letter to Tech Companies Demanding Action to Protect Users and Democracies [GHM is a member of GAADHE]

New Alliance Has Support from More than 70 Civil Society Organizations from Around the World

13 April 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — On Tuesday the Global Alliance Against Digital Hate and Extremism held its inaugural event and sent a letter to  major tech companies demanding they take action to protect their users and inclusive democracies around the globe. 

The event, The Urgent Need for Action Against Online Harms: Global Stories From Frontline Activists, was held virtually. Speakers included Alliance members, researchers, and people directly harmed by online hate from Iraq, India, Poland, Myanmar, and the United States.  

“We have come together to demand action and  transparency from tech companies,” said Wendy Via, co-founder of the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism. “Tech companies say they are doing what they can, they say their policies are global, but the truth is that there is not enough transparency in how tech companies designate dangerous organizations, too many authoritarian leaning politicians continue to enjoy dangerous exemptions, and content moderation and user safety in non-English languages is lightyears behind. All of this is causing real harm around the world.”

The speakers’ stories exemplified how tech companies are complicit in the spread of real life hate, violence, and extremism, and speakers implored tech companies to take immediate action in the name of safety for people around the world. 

On December 9, a number of Rohingya groups in Cox’s Bazar refugee settlement filed a complaint against Facebook before Ireland’s Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Ro Sayedullah with Rohingya Student Network and Lucky (last name withheld for security reasons), Rohingya activist and student, shared their experience of living through a genocide in which Facebook played a role. 

Facebook destroyed our life,” said Lucky. “It changed our life into an unacceptable situation. Facebook knows what it did to us, but is still not listening to our voices. Facebook is rejecting our call.  Let’s get hand in hand to fight against Facebook’s oppression.”

“The contributions of Facebook have created hell for us,” said Sayedullah. “I will not give up, I will fight and will inspire people continuously to fight against the human rights violations of Facebook.”

The wide array of speakers showed how widespread the problem of digital hate is throughout the globe, and how people everywhere are actively harmed by tech companies inaction — from genocide, to online harassment, to real-life discrimination, to far-right and anti-democractic events.

“The vile pro-war propaganda of the Putin regime was enabled on global social media platforms and the companies have been slow to remove it,” said Rafal Pankowskifounder of the NEVER AGAIN Association in Poland. “In fact, contrary to the platforms’ claims, it is often still present there. Moreover, far-right disinformation and incitement against the refugees from Ukraine is rampant and the platforms again fail to react.

Another speaker, Hayder Hamzoz, founder of Iraqi Network for Social Media, said “hate speech on the Internet in Iraq has kidnapped the lives of our friends, and strong voices like Dr. Reham Yaqoob who fought for human rights and women’s voices. Social media companies must bear responsibility for the double standards they follow in content moderation and deliberate ignorance of the hate speech on their platforms in our region”.

While the people and communities in the Global South are particularly harmed by the tech companies’ inaction, people in the United States have also been harmed by online violence and hate.

A letter from the Steering Committee of the Alliance laying out demands to tech companies was also sent on Tuesday to Meta (Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp), Twitter, TikTok, Google, and YouTube. The letter asked tech companies to ensure that their policies, community standards, and algorithms are designed to minimize harm and that those policies are appropriately and globally enforced.

According the letter, “real-world, systemic issues — from far-right extremism to genocide to caste and religious discrimination to gender bias and racism — are made worse by the business practices of major internet and social media companies. We cannot strengthen democracies and protect human rights while companies amplify and reward hate and extremism.”

Specifically, in the letter, the Alliance asked tech companies to take the following actions: 

● End exemptions from content moderation for the politically powerful and influencers globally and implement fact-checking for all political ads. 

● Clarify and improve definitions of “dangerous individual and organization” designations and ensure their enforcement, with the input of civil society and experts, not only in the U.S. and Europe, but in the Global South. For those companies that do not have such a policy, we strongly believe one must be put in place.

● Expand and ensure proportionate resources for content moderation in all languages and cultural competency for all regions of the world where your business operates.

● Fix and design algorithms to end their amplification of disinformation, hate and extremism. 

“Through international collaboration and collective action, we’re confident that we can, and will, achieve transparency from ad tech companies and the more equitable and consistent application of fairer and stronger hate speech and community standard policies across the globe,” said Bissan Fakih, Senior Campaigner with Digital Action. “The time is now.”

Steering Committee members of the Global Alliance Against Digital Hate and Extremism are Avaaz, Digital Action, Equality Labs, Faith Matters, Global Project Against Hate and Extremism, and The NEVER AGAIN Association

Έναρξη λειτουργίας του Ευρωπαϊκού Δικτύου για τα Δικαιώματα των Ρομά (με συμμετοχή ΕΠΣΕ)

Βουδαπέστη, Βρυξέλλες, 8 Απριλίου 2022: Σήμερα, Παγκόσμια Ημέρα των Ρομά, ξεκίνησε τη λειτουργία του το Δίκτυο για τα Δικαιώματα των Ρομά του Ευρωπαϊκού Κέντρου για τα Δικαιώματα των Ρομά (ERRC), μετά την πρώτη του συνάντηση που πραγματοποιήθηκε σε υβριδική μορφή στη Βουδαπέστη. Το δίκτυο περιλαμβάνει 18 οργανώσεις ανθρώπινων δικαιωμάτων από 15 διαφορετικές χώρες και επιδιώκει να ενώσει ακτιβιστές, Ρομά και μη Ρομά, που αγωνίζονται για την προστασία των ανθρώπινων δικαιωμάτων των Ρομά σε όλη την Ευρώπη.

«Όποιος παρατηρεί τι συμβαίνει σήμερα στην Ευρώπη μπορεί να δει ότι τα ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα – τα δικαιώματα των Ρομά – απειλούνται περισσότερο από όσους θέλουν να μας αρνηθούν αυτά τα δικαιώματα από οποιαδήποτε άλλη στιγμή τα τελευταία χρόνια. Οι ακτιβιστές των ανθρωπίνων δικαιωμάτων έχουν αποδείξει ξανά και ξανά ότι η ενεργός υπεράσπιση των δικαιωμάτων των Ρομά μέσω δράσης, και όχι μόνο με λόγια ή πολιτικές φιλοδοξίες, φέρνει πραγματική και ουσιαστική αλλαγή στις κοινότητες των Ρομά που απειλούνται περισσότερο. Αυτό το δίκτυο έχει πολύ περισσότερες δυνατότητες να ενώσει αυτούς τους γενναίους ακτιβιστές των ανθρωπίνων δικαιωμάτων προς έναν κοινό στόχο, που έχει τις ρίζες του στη σταθερή πίστη στον αντιρατσισμό, στον αντιφασισμό και στο αναμφισβήτητο χαρακτήρα των θεμελιωδών δικαιωμάτων για όλους» δήλωσε ο Πρόεδρος του ERRC Đorđe Jovanović.

Το Δίκτυο για τα Δικαιώματα των Ρομά υπάρχει για να προωθήσει μια προσέγγιση στον ακτιβισμό των Ρομά βασισμένη στα ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα. Τα μέλη του είναι τόσο οργανώσεις υπό την ηγεσία Ρομά όσο και ομάδες ανθρώπινων δικαιωμάτων που επικεντρώνονται στη βελτίωση της πρόσβασης στα βασικά δικαιώματα για τις κοινότητες των Ρομά. Το δίκτυο στοχεύει να επηρεάσει την ατζέντα των ανθρώπινων δικαιωμάτων για τους Ρομά στην Ευρώπη, να βελτιώσει τις προσπάθειες υπεράσπισης των δικαιωμάτων, να προωθήσει τη συζήτηση σχετικά με θέματα Δικαιωμάτων των Ρομά και να αυξήσει τη χρήση δικαστικής διεκδίκησης για τα ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα ως εργαλείο ακτιβισμού.

Το δίκτυο υποστηρίζεται από το Ευρωπαϊκό Κέντρο για τα Δικαιώματα των Ρομά (ERRC) το οποίο λειτουργεί ως ισότιμος εταίρος μαζί με άλλα μέλη. Προβλέπεται ότι το δίκτυο θα αναπτυχθεί και τα μέλη είναι ανοιχτά σε νέες συνεργασίες με μη κερδοσκοπικούς φορείς που επικεντρώνονται στα ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα και δραστηριοποιούνται στην καταπολέμηση των παραβιάσεων των δικαιωμάτων των κοινοτήτων Ρομά.

Το Δίκτυο για τα Δικαιώματα των Ρομά του Ευρωπαϊκού Κέντρου για τα Δικαιώματα των Ρομά (ERRC)  αποτελείται από τις οργανώσεις:

European Roma Rights Centre, Βέλγιο
Macedonian Young Lawyers Association, Βόρεια Μακεδονία
Equal Opportunities, Βουλγαρία
Organization Drom, Βουλγαρία
La Voix des Rroms, Γαλλία
Rom e.V, Γερμανία
Ελληνικό Παρατηρητήριο των Συμφωνιών του Ελσίνκι (Greek Helsinki Monitor), Ελλάδα
Fundación Secretariado Gitano, Ισπανία
Associazione 21 luglio Onlus, Ιταλία
Naga, Ιταλία
Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, Ουγγαρία
Vested, Ουκρανία
RomaJust, Ρουμανία
Group for Children and Youth Indigo, Σερβία
Vojvođanski Romski Centar, Σερβία
EduRoma, Σλοβακία
Forum for Human Rights, Τσεχία
The Finnish Roma Association, Φινλανδία

Το δελτίο είναι επίσης διαθέσιμο στα αγγλικά εδώ

Για περισσότερες πληροφορίες, ή για συνέντευξη, επικοινωνήστε με:

Jonathan Lee (in English)
Advocacy & Communications Manager
European Roma Rights Centre
jonathan.lee@errc.org
+32 49 288 7679
 
Παναγιώτης Δημητράς (Ελληνικά – Αγγλικά – Γαλλικά)
Εκπρόσωπος
Ελληνικό Παρατηρητήριο των Συμφωνιών του Ελσίνκι
panayotedimitras@gmail.com
+30 210 3472259  
 

Statement from Trusted Flaggers on the Digital Services Act negotiations [including Greek Helsinki Monitor]

Brussels, 31 March 2022

Trusted Flaggers raise a red flag: don’t prevent NGOs from becoming Trusted Flaggers due to disproportionate reporting obligations

INACH and many of its members particpated in the creation of this statement, as we are concerned about NGOs being prevented from becoming Trusted Flaggers due to disproportionate reporting obligations in regards to the DSA. We believe that what is in our statement is the only way the Trusted Flagger programme under the DSA can guarantee participation of diverse, competent, and independent non-governmental organisations:

We are 21 civil society organisations who are Trusted Flaggers with several different social media platforms, some for many years already. As experts, we are doing this work diligently and, in most cases, our Trusted Flagger activity is complementary to the core activities of our organisations: defending human rights and supporting people affected by online harms. However, we are deeply concerned with the tabled DSA compromise proposals that outline the functioning and obligations for Trusted Flaggers, under Article 19. It could prevent NGOs from becoming Trusted Flaggers. Therefore, we urge lawmakers to:

1. Remove reporting obligations for Trusted Flaggers under point cb of Article 19(2). The majority of our organisations would not be able to fulfill these obligations, as they would require significant additional resources, including staff and technological equipment. Do not prevent organisations that are experts and that use these channels to support victims of hate attacks, to obtain Trusted Flagger status just because of disproportionate reporting obligations. Alternatively, NGOs could be supported by establishing a fund that Trusted Flaggers could access to cover reporting costs.

2. Enable the European Commission to award Trusted Flagger status independently from Digital Services Coordinators under the introductory part of Article 19(2). We urge you to enable the European Commission to award Trusted Flagger status to organisations, allowing NGOs to maintain independence, protecting them from retribution and ensuring that diverse organisations can become Trusted Flaggers, in line with common European values. It would be a logical step to enable the European Commission to award Trusted Flagger status independently from the DSCs, considering ongoing cooperation with a network of Trusted Flaggers for monitoring the implementation of the Code of Conduct against Illegal Hate Speech online since 2016.

Furthermore, prospective coordination and cooperation between the Trusted Flaggers and DSCs in various national and international contexts, might be perceived as “state interference” and might compromise the entire process. The European Commission’s commitment to independently monitor, assess and award Trusted Flagger status would strengthen the credibility of the entire process. This is the only way the Trusted Flagger programme under the DSA can guarantee participation of diverse, competent, and independent non-governmental organisations.

We hope to count on your support!

Yours Sincerely,

ActiveWatch (Romania)
Centre for Peace Studies (Croatia)
CESIE (Italy)
digiQ (Slovakia)
Estonian Human Rights Centre (Estonia)
FSM (Association for Voluntary Self-Regulation of Digital Media Service Providers, Germany)
Greek Helsinki Monitor (Greece)
Háttér Society (Hungary)
HateAid (Germany)
Human Rights House Zagreb (Croatia)
Integro Association (Bulgaria)
International Network Against Cyber Hate (INACH)
In IUSTITIA (Czech Republic)
Latvian Centre for Human Rights (Latvia)
Media Diversity Institute Global Media Diversity Institute UK
‘NEVER AGAIN’ Association (Poland)
Plataforma Khetane (Spain)
ROMEA (Czech Republic)
The Swedish law and internet institute (Sweden)
ZARA – Zivilcourage und Anti-Rassismus-Arbeit (Austria

Νέες προσφυγές στο ΕΔΔΑ κατά της Ελλάδας για βασανιστήρια κατά 3 Ρομά και 13 κρατούμενων στις φυλακές Νιγρίτας

RACIST CRIMES WATCH - Παρατηρητηριο Ρατσιστικων Εγκληματων

Νέες προσφυγές στο ΕΔΔΑ κατά της Ελλάδας για βασανιστήρια

Η εκδίκαση νέων προσφυγών στο Ευρωπαϊκό Δικαστήριο εναντίον αστυνομικών της ΕΛ.ΑΣ για βασανιστήρια δείχνει ότι, παρά τις πρωθυπουργικές και υπουργικές εξαγγελίες περί του αντιθέτου, οι ελληνικές διωκτικές αρχές παραμένουν ανεξέλεγκτες.

THE MANIFOLD

31 ΜΑΡΤΙΟΥ, 2022

Εικονογράφηση: Φάνης Κόλλιας


Δεκατέσσερις νέες προσφυγές κατά της Ελλάδας για βασανιστήρια που φέρονται να διέπραξαν αστυνομικοί εκδικάζονται στο ΕΔΔΑ (Ευρωπαϊκό Δικαστήριο Δικαιωμάτων του ανθρώπου). Η πρώτη προσφυγή αφορά περιστατικό της 8ης Οκτωβρίου 2016 και κοινοποιήθηκε στην Ελλάδα στις 18 Μαρτίου 2021. Οι υπόλοιπες 13 προσφυγές είναι συνδεδεμένες, αφορούν περιστατικό της 22ας Μαΐου 2020 και κοινοποιήθηκαν στην Ελλάδα στις 7 Μαρτίου 2022.

Βασανισμοί με ρατσιστικό κίνητρο

Σύμφωνα με την πρώτη προσφυγή, αστυνομικοί, στους οποίους περιλαμβανόταν ομάδαΟΠΚΕ(Ομάδες Πρόληψης και Καταστολής Εγκλήματος), βασάνισαν με ξυλοδαρμό τρεις Έλληνες Ρομά, κατά τη διάρκεια της σύλληψής τους, της μεταφοράς τους και της παραμονής τους στο αστυνομικό τμήμα. Για έναν από…

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UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances Asks Greece about Detention and Disappearances of Migrants and Asylum Seekers, including Unaccompanied Minors

UN human rights recommendations to Greece fully or partly accepted or just noted (i.e. rejected)

RACIST CRIMES WATCH - Παρατηρητηριο Ρατσιστικων Εγκληματων

Summary: 
Adoption of the final outcomes of the reports of the Universal Periodic Review Working Group, for Greece whose review took place in January 2022 — Under Agenda Item 6: Universal periodic review

Description: 
Adoption of reports by the Universal Periodic Review Working Group of Greece

SPEAKERS:
H.E. Mr Panayotis Stournaras, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Greece (Additional Information)
Nepal, Mr. Amar Rai
Nigeria, Mr. Thompson Oyemade
Russian Federation, Ms. Guzal Khusanova
Saudi Arabia, Ms. Asma Al Farsy
South Africa, Ms. Portia Mngomezulu
Turkey, Ms. Muzaffer Uyav Gültekin
UNICEF, Ms. Anne Grandjean
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Mr. Félix Peña Ramos
Viet Nam, Mr. Pham Van Trung
Albania, Ms. Alnbiona Zeka
Algeria, Mr. Mohamed Bakir
Armenia, Mr. Andranik Hovhannisyan
Botswana, Mr. Gaolatlhe Pule
SOS Kinderdorf International, Mr. Stergios Sifnios
World Evangelical Alliance, Mr. Wissam Al Saliby
Defence for Children International, Ms. Cecile Pilot
Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants, Ms. Eleni…

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