Εκτός από Τσιγγανο-Πατέρες είναι και ανιστόρητοι

ΕΚΤΟΣ ΑΠΟ ΤΣΙΓΓΑΝΟ – ΠΑΤΕΡΕΣ ΕΙΝΑΙ ΚΑΙ ΑΝΙΣΤΟΡΗΤΟΙ

Η Ελλάδα γέμισε από  ανιστόρητους  Τσιγγανοπατέρες, οι οποίοι όχι μόνο είναι πρόθυμοι αλλά είναι και καιροσκόποι. Αυτό φαίνεται με την συστηματική τους  προσπάθεια  να διαλύσουν το τριτοβάθμιο όργανο των Ελλήνων Τσιγγάνων. Επειδή ακριβώς, οι Τσιγγανοπατέρες με το μαύρο παρελθόν δεν χωράνε  στην Ελλάν Πασσε και ο λαός στις εκλογές τους καταψήφισε και τους αποδοκίμασε,  προσπαθούν τώρα απεγνωσμένα να επιβιώσουν πολιτικά, από διάφορα κινήματα φούσκα.

Δεν φτάνει μόνο αυτό, οι πρόθυμοι αυτοί, καιροσκόποι και Τσιγγανοπατέρες, δεν γνωρίζουν ιστορία, δεν γνωρίζουν τα στοιχειώδεις γραφή, ανάγνωση και αριθμητική, βγαίνουν και δηλώνουν εκπρόσωποι της Τσιγγάνικης κοινότητας, με επικεφαλής ορισμένους βασιλιάδες με πληρωμένα πτυχία. Καταρχήν δεν γνωρίζουν την ιστορία τους, δεν γνωρίζουν την καταγωγή τους, δεν γνωρίζουν το αυτοπροσδιορισμό  και χρησιμοποιούν ορολογίες από τρίτους.  Αν είχαν γνώσεις και πτυχία από Ελληνικά πανεπιστήμια θα γνώρισαν τουλάχιστον ότι δεν είναι Τσιγγάνοι, αλλά Έλληνες  πολίτες  Ρομά.

Η εμπειρία έδειξε ότι αυτοί, επιβιώνουν στο όνομα των Τσιγγάνων, με  οργανωμένες κομπίνες,  γεμάτες διαφθορά, αδιαφάνεια και μαύρο χρήμα. Όλοι αυτοί, θέλουμε να μας πουν, τι κάνανε για τους Τσιγγάνους, όλα αυτά τα χρόνια, που ήταν σε θέσεις κλειδιά των πολιτικών κομμάτων;

Προφανώς, δεν προσφέρανε εντελώς τίποτα και δεν κάνετε τίποτα, απεναντίας, συντηρούσαν τις οικογένειες τους και τους συγγενείς του, από τα προγράμματα και τις μαύρες χρηματοδοτήσεις.

Συνεπώς είναι  λογικό, μετά από την αφάνεια πολλών χρόνων και τις συνεχείς αποτυχίες στις εκλογές, έρχονται ως σωτήρες του Τσιγγάνικου λάου. Οι καιροσκόποι δεν χωράνε στην ΕΛΛΑΝ ΠΑΣΣΕ, τα πολιτικά βαρίδια του μαύρου παρελθόντος δεν έχουν θέσεις στα κεντρικά θεσμικά Τσιγγάνικα όργανα.

Εμείς  μπορεί να είστε μικροί, αλλά τα χέρια μας είναι καθαρά.

Αυτοί είναι μεγάλοι αλλά τα χέρια τους είναι λερωμένα.

Χαρίτος Παναγιώτης.

Joint statement: European governments must ensure safe and timely access to abortion care during the Covid-19 pandemic

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[JOINT STATEMENT] EUROPEAN GOVERNMENTS MUST ENSURE SAFE AND TIMELY ACCESS TO ABORTION CARE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Posted on the 08/04/20

Joint civil society statement – 8 April 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic and public health crisis is presenting grave challenges for health care systems across Europe. As European countries work to address the pandemic, protect their populations, and meet the increased demand on health care workers and health care facilities it is vital that they adopt measures to safeguard the health, human dignity, physical and mental integrity, and reproductive autonomy of women and girls in the region.

In many countries the lack of government measures to guarantee individuals’ safe and timely access to essential sexual and reproductive health services, goods, and information during the pandemic is of particular concern. Women and girls1 are facing significant restrictions in safely accessing essential sexual and reproductive health services, particularly timely abortion care, post abortion care, and emergency contraception. Such restrictions disproportionately impact individuals belonging to marginalized groups, including women living in poverty, women with disabilities, Roma women, undocumented migrant women, adolescents, and women at risk or who are survivors of domestic and sexual violence. These restrictions also create unnecessary risks of exposure to COVID-19 for women and girls and their families as well as for health care providers.

Particularly grave barriers are arising for women and girls living in European countries where abortion care is illegal or severely restricted, and where as a result they must travel to other countries to access legal care or must obtain abortion medication from outside their own jurisdiction. These issues can also arise in those European countries where individuals are forced to go through burdensome or harmful administrative processes to access abortion care or where they may have difficulty finding doctors in their country willing to provide care.

We applaud those governments that have moved swiftly to safeguard access to essential time-sensitive sexual and reproductive health care during this time, in particular through ensuring access to telehealth and early medical abortion from home. We call on all other European governments to follow suit and to follow the guidance of medical and public health experts.

We call on the six European countries where abortion is illegal or severely restricted to urgently reform these laws, which place women’s health and lives at risk.2 Limitations on travel and transport now compound the impact of these highly restrictive laws. Individuals in these countries may no longer be able to travel abroad or to obtain medication for abortion sent by post from medical providers in other countries. As a result, they face heightened risks to their health and wellbeing.

We call on those countries where abortion is legal but where clinical services are unavailable or difficult to access due to a range of barriers, including medically unnecessary requirements that oblige individuals to take multiple or unneeded trips to health care facilities or undergo mandatory hospitalization, to urgently eradicate those barriers and ensure access to services. Urgent steps should also be taken to ensure that refusals of care because of private beliefs by doctors do not jeopardize timely access to legal abortion care.

In accordance with human rights obligations3 and the recommendations of medical experts4 the following measures should be adopted, and at a minimum remain in place for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Ensure that abortion is treated as essential and time-sensitive health care and guarantee access to care in a timely manner.
  • Authorize and make available in a timely manner telehealth consultations for anyone who is seeking abortion care or information. Specific measures should be adopted to ensure that telehealth consultations are free or low cost and easily accessible for marginalized groups.
  • Guarantee timely access to early medical abortion throughout each jurisdiction and allow doctors to prescribe the necessary medication via telehealth consultation.
  • Allow individuals to take all abortion medication at home. Requirements in some European countries that one pill must be taken in the physical presence of a doctor or in a health care facility should be removed.
  • Remove mandatory waiting periods prior to abortion as well as mandatory counselling requirements or ensure counselling can be conducted through telehealth consultation.
  • Authorize primary care doctors and midwives to provide early medical abortion.
  • Adopt health system safeguards to guarantee access to care in cases where early medical abortion is not possible or is contraindicated, for individuals who need abortion care later in pregnancy or post-abortion care, or who may need to visit a health care facility for other reasons. Travel in such cases should be deemed essential and permitted even where governments have otherwise restricted free movement.
  • Where a doctor’s authorization is required, this should be limited to one doctor. Requirements for multiple doctors’ approval of an abortion should be removed.
  • Guarantee timely access to prenatal testing and psychosocial support where requested.
  • Guarantee an adequate number of providers willing and able to provide abortion care throughout the country and widely publicize information on how women can identify health care professionals willing and available to provide abortion care. Urgently ensure that refusals of care by doctors do not jeopardize access to abortion care in a time of crisis.
  • Widely disseminate information on those changes to SRHR policies and health care services that are being made in the context of COVID-19 responses.
  • Ensure access to contraception including emergency contraception, including through authorizing telehealth consultations and provision of emergency contraception over the counter in pharmacies without a prescription.

Finally, we call on all policy makers across the European region to reject proposals that purport to restrict access to safe abortion care during the COVID-19 pandemic. These disingenuous proposals simply serve to exacerbate the current public health crisis and have negative effects on the health, lives, and wellbeing of women and girls.

(1) This statement refers to women and girls, as the majority of individuals who are needing abortion care identify as such but it equally applies to all individuals who may become pregnant and need abortion care or other sexual and reproductive health care.

(2) Andorra, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, Poland and San Marino.

(3) For an overview of regional and international human rights obligations, see Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Issue Paper on Women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights in Europe.

(4) World Health Organization, Safe abortion: Technical & policy guidance for health systems, Legal and policy considerations – Key messages; Health worker roles in providing safe abortion care and post-abortion contraception; Expanding health worker roles for safe abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy, Summary.


Signatory organisations

Abortion Rights Campaign, Ireland

Albanian Center for Population and Development

Amnesty International

Amrita Association, Hungary

ASPEKT, Slovakia

Association des Femmes de l’Europe Meridionale

Association européenne pour la défense des droits de l’homme (AEDH)

Association for Human Rights and Civic Participation PaRiter, Croatia

Association for promotion of women’s action Tiiiit! Inc., North Macedonia

Association Mnémosyne, France

Association of Women of Southern Europe (AFEM)

Associazione italiana donne per lo sviluppo, Italy

Associazione Luca Coscioni, Italy ASTRA Network

Austrian Family Planning Association

Bibija Roma Women Center, Serbia

British Pregnancy Advisory Service

Bureau Clara Wichmann, Foundation for strategic litigation for gender equality, Netherlands

C.G.I.L. Confederazione Italiana del Lavoro, Italy

Center for Curricular Development and Gender Studies: FILIA , Romania

Center for Reproductive Rights

CESI – Center for Education, Counselling and Research, Croatia

Citizen, democracy and Accountability, Slovakia

Clio. Femmes, Genre, Histoire, France

Coalition to Repeal the 8th Amendment, Ireland

Concord Research Center for Integration of International Law in Israel

Cyprus Family Planning Association

Danish Family Planning Association

Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW)

Doctors for Choice Ireland

Doctors for Choice Malta

Doctors for Choice UK

Encore féministes

Equipop

Estonian Sexual Health Association

European Humanist Federation

European Parliamentary Forum for Sexual & Reproductive Rights European Roma Rights Centre

European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health (ESC)

European Women Lawyers Association

Family Planning Association of Moldova

Federación Planificación Estatal, Spain

Fédération des Centres Pluralistes de Planning Familial, Belgium

Federation for Women and Family Planning, Poland

Fédération laïque des centres de planning familial – FLCPF, Belgium

Femmes solidaires, France

Forum femmes méditerranée

Freedom of Choice / Možnosť voľby, Slovakia

Fundación para la Convivencia Aspacia, Spain

Garance, Belgium

German Women Lawyers’ Association

Helia Association, Spain

HERA – Health education and research association, North Macedonia

Human Rights Watch

Humanists UK

International Commission of Jurists

International Federation for Professionals in Abortion and Contraception (FIAPAC)

International Planned Parenthood Federation – European Network

IPAS

Irish Family Planning Association

Kosovar Gender Studies Center

L.A.I.G.A, Italy

L’ Associació de Drets Sexuals i Reproductius, Spain

La Ligue des droits de l’Homme, France

Latvian Association for Family Planning and Sexual Health

Le Planning Familial, France

London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign

Médecins du monde-France

Nane, Hungary

National platform for reproductive justice, Croatia

National Women’s Council of Ireland Patent Association, Hungary

Planning Familial Luxembourg

Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM)

pro familia Bundesverband, Germany

Rape Crisis Network Ireland

Regards de Femmes, France

Rutgers, Netherlands

Santé Sexuelle Suisse, Switzerland

Sarajevo Open Centre, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Šeimos planavimo ir seksualinės sveikatos asociacija / Family Planning and Sexual Health Association, Lithuania

Sensoa, Belgium

Serbian Association for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Sex og Politikk, Norway

Society Without Violence, Armenia

SOS Rijeka – Center for Nonviolence and Human Rights, Croatia

Swedish Association for Sexuality Education

Tajik Family Planning Association

Union des Familles Laïques – UFAL, France

Union Women Center, Georgia

Väestöliitto – The Family Federation of Finland

Vita di donna, Italy

Voice for Choice – L-għażla tagħha, Malta

Wales Assembly of Women

WAVE Network – Women Against Violence Europe

Women Center “Light Steps”, Albania

Women on Waves, Netherlands

Women on Web, Netherlands

Women’s Rights Foundation, Malta

Women’s circles, Slovakia

Women’s Resource Center Armenia

YouAct – European Youth Network on Sexual and Reproductive Rights

Young Feminist Europe

Humanists express concerns about practices of religious groups amid COVID-19 crisis

HUMANISTS EXPRESS CONCERNS ABOUT PRACTICES OF RELIGIOUS GROUPS AMID COVID-19 CRISIS

Posted on the 07/04/20

Exceptional measures deployed to slow down the spread of COVID-19 show the need for a collective response to an issue that affects all sectors in society, with no exceptions. In this context, the European Humanist Federation expresses concerns about the practices of certain religious groups that are putting public health in jeopardy.

Since the coronavirus outbreak started, we have witnessed how some Catholic groups continue to open doors, hold services and perform rituals. Even worse, some Neocatechumenal and Evangelical denominations continue using the same chalice for all worshipers during religious services, and most Orthodox churches persisted in the rite of kissing religious images, or even administering communion using shared spoons, before religious service with public was banned. Currently, there are voices inside the Orthodox churches calling for a lift of the ban on public religious ceremonies for the Easter service.

The EHF exhorts religious leaders to call for the respect of laws and administrative authorities not to make any exceptions. Sponsored by high-ranking religious leaders, these practices do not only put at risk the lives of worshippers who attend services, but also the lives of their fellow citizens.

Freedom of religion or belief is a fundamental right of paramount importance. However, it cannot be a ground for standing in the way of law and for justifying ongoing religious gatherings in times of confinement, when all other public or private gatherings are forbidden.

Therefore, the EHF urges all religious authorities to show respect and solidarity to all citizens, regardless their religion or lack thereof. We also call on all public authorities to prevent and inhibit further illegal gatherings and dangerous practices.

Religious groups must refrain from maintaining any religious practice that contravenes health measures. Public/State authorities should prosecute any person or institution that incites others to breach the law or to behave in a way that puts citizen’s health in danger.

We also regret the statements by some religious leaders about the nature of the pandemic. The position of the Orthodox Church in Greece and Serbia is that the Coronavirus infection cannot be spread by the Holy Communion, a claim that is factually false and dangerous to public health. Claims that Jesus does not carry the virus, that the pandemic is a punishment from God or that it is a Jewish conspiracy are other examples.

The EHF stresses the importance of resorting to scientific evidence and listening to scientific experts when addressing the issue. We all have a collective responsibility not to contribute to the spread of misinformation.

 

“New Humanitarian” article including statement by GHM’s Vassilis Tsarnas: “Greek island refugee camps face coronavirus ‘disaster’, aid groups warn”

“While the hostility has abated during the recent lockdown, Vassilis Tsarnas, co-administrator of the Greek Helsinki Monitor’s Racist Crimes Watch, said no one can predict how tensions will play out if the coronavirus really hits the camps. “Even if physical attacks (or our reporting capacity) might have been reduced these days due to the lockdown, things could go out of control when this moment comes,” he warned”

The complete statement by Vassilis Tsarnas, which was too long for the article, indeed:

” The Greek government is amassing asylum seekers in hellish conditions where access to simple hygiene and health treatment is almost impossible and is now further stripping newcomers from their fundamental right to register for asylum and directly subjecting them to arbitrary detention. The question is: do they realize that this policy is now also extremely dangerous for every single person in this country? Coronavirus doesn’t discriminate, unlike them and their stigmatization campaign which has already encouraged vigilantes to perpetuate so many hate crimes. Even if their (not so) secret wish is to “get rid of migrants” their racist policy is, simultaneously, a hygienic bomb set to reverse any positive measure to tackle the spread of the virus.

  Even though there are still zero cases of migrants and refugees in the camps diagnosed with the coronavirus, they are continuously targeted as a potential threat -even the PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis didn’t forget to do so- so no one can predict the way racism will strike back whenever the virus will really hit the camps. Even if physical attacks (or our monitoring capacity) might have been reduced these days due to the lockdown, it is obvious that things could go out of control when this moment comes and that our government is expecting, if not working for, this moment as an excuse to complete its policy of even more detention, disrespect for the rule of law even by a possible attempt to extend the asylum suspension and dehumanization of migrants and other minorities”

The whole article written by Sarah Souli for The New Humanitarian:

27 March 2020

Greek island refugee camps face coronavirus ‘disaster’, aid groups warn

‘We have not seen a credible emergency plan to protect and treat people living there.’

Asylum seekers wait outside Moria processing centre

Asylum seekers wait outside the Moria processing centre on the Greek island of Lesvos. (Eric Reidy/TNH)

 

Last week, residents battled a scorching blaze in one of the living containers inside the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesvos. A strong wind fuelled the fire, making it difficult for firefighters to extinguish. A child died.

Coming less than six months after another deadly fire at the camp, the incident underlined what asylum seekers, humanitarian workers, and aid groups have been saying for years: the massively overcrowded and unsanitary detention centre isn’t fit for purpose and is dangerous to human life.

As coronavirus sweeps across the world, they worry that if Moria was already unable to address basic health and safety needs, it is in no position to meet the challenges of COVID-19, as 20,000 asylum seekers inhabit a space intended for 3,000 and must obey lockdown procedures that trap them in close living quarters.

“It’s a disaster – more than a disaster,” Salam Aldeen, founder of the Lesvos-based Team Humanity NGO, told The New Humanitarian.

Aldeen described how food and medicine are scarce; how sanitation in Moria is worrisome: there is one water tap for every 1,300 people, and precious little soap; how the camp, where makeshift shelters spill out into surrounding olive groves, is an ideal site for the coronavirus to spread amongst an already vulnerable population.

“Hygiene and sanitation conditions are unsafe,” Boris Cheshrikov, the spokesperson in Greece for the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, told TNH. “Many cannot see a doctor as there are simply too few medical staff.”

Since 2016, when the EU signed a controversial deal with Turkey, the Aegean islands have become a holding area for asylum seekers waiting to have claims processed. Most are from Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Palestine, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and more than one in three are children. After crossing a narrow stretch of the Aegean Sea from Turkey on small boats, they remain in the island camps for up to a year, sometimes longer, before being transferred to the mainland or deported.

“It’s a disaster – more than a disaster.”

More than 20 humanitarian organisations – including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the International Rescue Committee – called this week on the Greek government to reduce the congestion in Moria and similar camps on other Aegean islands by relocating the most vulnerable to safer places on the mainland.

Read more → On Greece’s Kos, asylum seekers complain of inhumane conditions and neglect

Médecins Sans Frontières, which estimates the population of the five island camps at 42,000 and the total capacity at 6,000, went a stage further, calling for their urgent evacuation.

“It would be impossible to contain an outbreak in such camp settings in Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Leros, and Kos,” Dr. Hilde Vochten, MSF’s medical coordinator in Greece, said in a statement. “To this day, we have not seen a credible emergency plan to protect and treat people living there.”

Relocations and restrictions

Last week, Lesvos confirmed its first case of coronavirus: a 40-year-old woman returning from holidays in Egypt and Israel is now in quarantine. Nationwide, according to the official 26 March figures, Greece had 892 confirmed cases and 26 related deaths.

On Tuesday, the EU asked the Greek government to move the asylum seekers at greatest risk from coronavirus to the mainland – a call Athens has so far resisted, arguing that the chance of contracting COVID-19 is less on the islands. Earlier this month, the EU pledged to take in 1,600 unaccompanied minors from the camps, but that plan has stalled due to the coronavirus.

The EU has also been forced to put on hold a plan to pay those stranded on the Greek islands €2,000 per person to return home under a voluntary scheme targeting so-called economic migrants. The EU’s home affairs commission said it hoped at least 5,000 people would take part in the plan to alleviate the pressure in the camps. Again, the coronavirus made that impossible.

“There are too many travel restrictions right now,” Christine Nikolaidou of the UN’s migration agency, IOM, told TNH.

On 17 March, the government announced it would restrict visitors from accessing the camps and reception centres for two weeks, though aid organisations such as MSF, IOM, and UNHCR are exempt.

During this time, residents are also being discouraged from leaving the camps or circulating inside. It remains to be seen how residents are expected to socially distance from each other, given that standing in line for food remains a multi-hour activity in Moria. On 23 March, Greece implemented a full lockdown for all residents of the country.

Tent camp overspilling from Moria

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Thousands of asylum seekers live in a tent camp overspilling from Moria that has fewer services like electricity or sanitation, and no security protection.

On the island of Kos, Mayor Theodosis Nikitaras has said he believes locking down camps isn’t enough and called for stripping asylum seekers of their freedom of movement.

When coronavirus does hit, asylum seekers will be missing a key component of the social safety net. Last July, the ruling New Democracy party removed them from AMKA, the Greek social security system. Legislation passed late last year was supposed to provide an alternative to health insurance, but that is yet to be implemented.

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Anti-migrant backdrop

The looming threat of coronavirus overlays an already hostile landscape in Greece for migrants and asylum seekers. On 28 February, Ankara announced it would allow migrants to leave, and “opened the door” to the EU, reneging on its 2016 deal with Brussels – under which Turkey agreed to receive billions in funding in return for reducing migration to Europe.

In early March, over 10,000 people responded by heading for the borders, according to Turkish authorities. Most bolted for Greece by land or sea in scenes that echoed the height of the 2015 migration crisis, when 856,000 people arrived in a single year.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called the flood an “asymmetric threat”, and bolstered existing army and police patrols along the border.

As thousands of people desperately tried to enter Greece, the reaction from both state forces and some of the local population reflected the stance of Mitsotakis’ right-wing, anti-migrant government. In Evros, the land and river border separating Greece and Turkey, thousands of migrants were met by soldiers and police using tear gas and firing shots. One Pakistani migrant was killed. The Greek government denied using live ammunition.

In Lesvos, people arriving by boat were met by angry local mobs who refused to allow them to dock; boats were also reportedly attacked by the Greek Coast Guard.

“Greek island communities have shown commendable solidarity and compassion for the plight of refugees, especially since 2015,” Cheshrikov said. “But they have been facing a disproportionate responsibility to host large numbers of refugees and migrants for years, and support to ease this pressure has been continuously delayed,” he continued. “Lately, they have been expressing their anxiety and frustration through public protest, and this is understandable. However, the violent and aggressive attitudes that have been shown by some must be condemned and must remain isolated.”

Virulent anti-migrant rhetoric and physical violence by some has created a particularly tense situation in Lesvos. Journalists, doctors, and humanitarian workers were physically attacked in early March, warehouses storing food were burned, and asylum seekers were violently pushed back.

Several NGOs had to temporarily close their doors, including MSF. At least two children died when their boat capsized off the coast of Lesvos. The Greek government responded by announcing it would stop processing asylum applications for the month.

While the hostility has abated during the recent lockdown, Vasilis Tsarnas, co-administrator of the Greek Helsinki Monitor’s Racist Crimes Watch, said no one can predict how tensions will play out if the coronavirus really hits the camps. “Even if physical attacks (or our reporting capacity) might have been reduced these days due to the lockdown, things could go out of control when this moment comes,” he warned.

As the threat of COVID-19 becomes more real by the day, some camp residents have taken matters into their own hands. In Moria, migrants working with Team Humanity have begun sewing their own facemasks. And in Vathy camp on Samos, children have made educational posters about hand-washing and sanitation.

Ελλάδα: Πρέπει να σταματήσουν οι παραβιάσεις των δικαιωμάτων των αιτούντων άσυλο στα σύνορα Τουρκίας-Ελλάδας – Ειδικός Εισηγητής του ΟΗΕ για τα ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα των μεταναστών

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Ελλάδα: Πρέπει να σταματήσουν οι παραβιάσεις των δικαιωμάτων των αιτούντων άσυλο στα σύνορα Τουρκίας-Ελλάδας – Ειδικός Εισηγητής του ΟΗΕ για τα ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα των μεταναστών

 

ΓΕΝΕΥΗ (23 Μαρτιου 2020)-Η Ελλάδα πρέπει να αναλάβει άμεση δράση για να τερματίσει τη βία κατά των μεταναστών και των αιτούντων άσυλο στα σύνορα Τουρκίας-Ελλάδας και να ενισχύσει την προστασία τους, δήλωσε σήμερα ειδικός του ΟΗΕ για τα ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα.

“Είμαι πολύ ανήσυχος για τις αναφερθείσες επαναπροωθήσεις των αιτούντων άσυλο και των μεταναστών, κάτι που συνιστά παραβίαση της απαγόρευσης των συλλογικών απελάσεων και της αρχής της μη επαναπροώθησης”, δήλωσε ο Φίλιπε Γκονζάλεζ Μοράλες, Ειδικός Εισηγητής του ΟΗΕ για τα ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα των μεταναστών.

Ο εμπειρογνώμονας του ΟΗΕ εξέφρασε την ανησυχία του για τις αναφορες επιθέσεων και βίας κατά των αιτούντων άσυλο από Έλληνες αξιωματικούς ασφαλείας και άγνωστους ένοπλους με σκοπό να τους ωθήσει πίσω στην τουρκική πλευρά των συνόρων.

Οι μετανάστες που κατόρθωσαν να διασχίσουν τα σύνορα φέρονται ότι παρεμποδιστηκαν από Έλληνες συνοριοφύλακες, κρατήθηκαν, απογυμνώθηκαν, κατασχέθηκαν τα υπάρχοντά τους και επεστράφησαν στην Τουρκία. Αυτή η φερόμενη υπερβολική χρήση βίας φαίνεται να έχει οδηγήσει σε θανάτους και τραυματισμούς, συμπεριλαμβανομένου του θανάτου ενός Συριου αιτούντος άσυλο.

Ο González Morales εξέφρασε επίσης ανησυχίες για την αύξηση της εχθρότητας και της βίας κατά των εργαζομένων ανθρωπιστικών οργανώσεων, των υπερασπιστών των ανθρωπίνων δικαιωμάτων και των δημοσιογράφων που εργάζονται στη μεθοριακή περιοχή και στο Ελληνικό Αιγαίο.

“Η Ελλάδα έχει την ευθύνη να διασφαλίσει ότι οι μετανάστες και όσοι τους βοηθούν προστατεύονται από απειλές και επιθέσεις. Οι αρχές πρέπει να καταδικάσουν έγκαιρα και να εξασφαλίσουν λογοδοσία για τις εν λόγω πράξεις. “Η Ελλάδα αποφάσισε την 1η Μαρτίου 2020 να αναστείλει την πρόσβαση στην αίτηση ασύλου για 30 ημέρες για άτομα που διέσχισαν παράνομα τα σύνορα. Αυτά τα άτομα θα επιστρέφονταν στη χώρα από την οποία έφθασαν ή προς τη χώρα ή την προέλευσή τους χωρίς εγγραφή ή ατομική αξιολόγηση.

“Η Ελλάδα πρέπει να ανατρέψει αμέσως την απόφασή της σχετικά με την αναστολή της αίτησης ασύλου που δεν έχει νομική βάση στο διεθνές δίκαιο για τα ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα. Το δικαίωμα στην ατομική εκτίμηση αποτελεί τον ακρογωνιαίο λίθο των ανθρωπίνων δικαιωμάτων και της προστασίας των προσφύγων. Δεν μπορεί να τεθεί σε αναμονή “, δήλωσε ο εμπειρογνώμονας του ΟΗΕ.

“Η επιστροφή ατόμων χωρίς δίκαιη διαδικασία θα οδηγήσει αναπόφευκτα σε περιπτώσεις επαναπροώθησης σε καταστάσεις όπου ενδέχεται να αντιμετωπίσουν τον κίνδυνο θανάτου, βασανιστηρίων, κακομεταχείρισης, δίωξης ή άλλης ανεπανόρθωτης βλάβης”.

Ο Ειδικός Εισηγητής επικοινώνησε με την κυβέρνηση της Ελλάδας για τις ανησυχίες του σχετικά με την κατάσταση των μεταναστών, των αιτούντων άσυλο και των προσφύγων στα σύνορα Τουρκίας-Ελλάδας. Ενημερώθηκαν επίσης τα σχετικά θεσμικά όργανα της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης και η κυβέρνηση της Τουρκίας.

Τέλος

Ο κ. Felipe González Morales (Χιλή) διορίστηκε Eιδικός Eισηγητής για τα ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα των μεταναστών τον Ιούνιο του 2017 από το Συμβούλιο Ανθρωπίνων Δικαιωμάτων του ΟΗΕ. Ως Eιδικός Eισηγητής, είναι ανεξάρτητος από οποιαδήποτε κυβέρνηση ή οργάνωση και υπηρετεί μεμονωμένα.Είναι Καθηγητής Διεθνούς Δικαίου στο Πανεπιστήμιο Diego Portales, στο Σαντιάγκο της Χιλής, όπου είναι επίσης Διευθυντής του προγράμματος Μάστερ στο Διεθνές Δίκαιο Ανθρωπίνων Δικαιωμάτων.

Οι Ειδικοί Εισηγητές αποτελούν μέρος των  Ειδικών Διαδικασιών του Συμβουλίου Ανθρωπίνων Δικαιωμάτων. 

Οι Ειδικές Διαδικασίες, το μεγαλύτερο σώμα ανεξάρτητων εμπειρογνωμόνων στο σύστημα των Ηνωμένων Εθνών για τα Ανθρώπινα Δικαιώματα, είναι το γενικό όνομα των ανεξάρτητων μηχανισμών ανεύρεσης και παρακολούθησης του Συμβουλίου που αφορούν είτε συγκεκριμένες καταστάσεις χωρών είτε θεματικά ζητήματα σε όλα τα μέρη του κόσμου. Οι εμπειρογνώμονες ειδικών διαδικασιών εργάζονται σε εθελοντική βάση. δεν είναι προσωπικό του ΟΗΕ και δεν λαμβάνουν μισθό για την εργασία τους. Είναι ανεξάρτητοι από οποιαδήποτε κυβέρνηση ή οργάνωση και υπηρετούν μεμονωμένα. Για περισσότερες πληροφορίες και αιτήματα των μέσων ενημέρωσης, επικοινωνήστε με την Yiyao Zhang (+41 22 917 8594 / yzhang@ohchr.org) 

Για ερωτησεις ΜΜΕ που σχετίζονται με άλλους ανεξάρτητους εμπειρογνώμονες του ΟΗΕ, παρακαλώ επικοινωνήστε με τον Xabier Celaya (+ 41 22 917 9445 / xcelaya@ohchr.org) Ακολουθήστε νέα σχετικά με τους ανεξάρτητους εμπειρογνώμονες του ΟΗΕ για τα ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα στο Twitter: @UN_SPExperts.

Ανησυχείτε για τον κόσμο στον οποίο ζούμε; Τοτε σταθειτε STAND UP για τα δικαιώματα κάποιου σήμερα. #Standup4humanrights και επισκεφτείτε την ιστοσελίδα στο http://www.standup4humanrights.org

 

Greece: Rights violations against asylum seekers at Turkey-Greece border must stop – UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants

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Greece: Rights violations against asylum seekers at Turkey-Greece border must stop – UN Special Rapporteur

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GENEVA (23 March 2020) – Greece must take immediate action to end the violence against migrants and asylum seekers at the Turkey-Greece border and enhance their protection, a UN human rights expert said today.

“I am very concerned about the reported pushbacks of asylum seekers and migrants, which constitutes a violation of the prohibition of collective expulsions and the principle of non-refoulement,” said Felipe González Morales, UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants.

The UN expert expressed alarm at the reports of assaults and violence against asylum seekers by Greek security officers and unidentified armed men aiming to push them back to the Turkish side of the border.

Migrants who managed to cross the border were allegedly intercepted by Greek border guards, detained, stripped, confiscated of belongings and pushed back to Turkey. This alleged excessive use of force seems to have led to deaths and injuries, including the death of a Syrian asylum seeker.

González Morales also raised concerns about the increase in hostility and violence against humanitarian workers, human rights defenders and journalists working at the border area and in the Greek Aegean Sea. “Greece has the responsibility to ensure that migrants and those assisting them are protected from threats and attacks. The authorities should condemn promptly and ensure accountability for any such acts.”

Greece decided on 1 March 2020 to suspend access to asylum application for 30 days for individuals who have crossed the border irregularly. These individuals would be returned to the country they arrived from or to their country or origin without registration or individual assessment.

“Greece should immediately reverse its decision on the suspension of asylum application which has no legal basis in international human rights law. The right to individual assessment is the cornerstone of human rights and refugee protection. It cannot be put on hold,” said the UN expert.

“Returning people without due process will inevitably result in cases of refoulement to situations where they may face the risk of death, torture, ill-treatment, persecution or other irreparable harm.”

The Special Rapporteur has contacted the Government of Greece about his concerns regarding the situation of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees at the Turkey-Greece border. Relevant institutions of the European Union and the Government of Turkey were also notified.

ENDS

Mr. Felipe González Morales (Chile) was appointed Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants in June 2017 by the UN Human Rights Council. As a Special Rapporteur, he is independent from any government or organization and serves in his individual capacity. He is Professor of International Law at the Diego Portales University, in Santiago, Chile, where he is also the Director of a Master’s programme in International Human Rights Law.

The Special Rapporteurs are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system, is the general name of the Council’s independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Special Procedures’ experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity.

For more information and media requests, please contact Yiyao Zhang (+41 22 917 8594 / yzhang@ohchr.org)

For media inquiries related to other UN independent experts, please contact Xabier Celaya (+ 41 22 917 9445 / xcelaya@ohchr.org)

Follow news related to the UN’s independent human rights experts on Twitter: @UN_SPExperts.

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Ερωτήσεις της Gundem και απαντήσεις Παναγιώτη Δημητρά:

1 Πως σχολιάζετε τα τελευταία γεγονότα στο μεταναστευτικό – προσφυγικό, την κατάσταση στον Εβραίο και τον τρόπο αντιμετώπισης του προβλήματος από την κυβέρνηση?

Η τραγική κατάσταση στον Έβρο κατ΄αρχή επιβεβαιώνει πως Τουρκία – Ελλάδα και ΕΕ χρησιμοποιούν τους πρόσφυγες/μετανάστες για πολιτικούς σκοπούς με πλήρη περιφρόνηση του διεθνούς και του προσφυγικού δικαίου. Ειδικότερα η Ελλάδα αποφάσισε ωμά να το παραβιάσει. Πρώτα με την απόφαση για αναστολή της διαδικασίας ασύλου και την επαναπροώθηση των προσφύγων/μεταναστών χωρίς καταγραφή τους. Και στη συνέχεια με την άσκηση συστηματικής βίας για την υλοποίηση των αποφάσεων αυτών. Βέβαια, αυτά τα κάνει με τη συνενοχή της ΕΕ που επισκέφθηκε τον Έβρο για να νομιμοποιήσει ευρωπαϊκά την αντιδικαιωματική πολιτική.

2 Η άποψη σας για την ολοένα αυξανόμενη ρατσιστική βία – λόγο τον τελευταίο καιρό και οι πιθανές επιπτώσεις της?

Ο πολλαπλασιασμός ρατσιστικού λόγου και ρατσιστικής βίας είναι απόρροια τόσο της…

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