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Reply to the Minister of Shipping, Maritime Affairs and the Aegean (Greece)

Letter from the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, in reply to Mr Miltiadis VARVITSIOTIS, Minister of Shipping, Maritime Affairs and the Aegean (Greece) Read the reply to the Minister of Shipping, Maritime Affairs and the Aegean Read the letter of the Minister of Shipping, Maritime Affairs and the Aegean
Letter to Greek Ministers

Greece must end collective expulsions

14/1/2014 Strasbourg
"The large number of reported collective expulsions by Greece of migrants, including a large number of Syrians fleeing war violence, and allegations of ill-treatment of migrants by members of the coast guard and of the border police raise serious human rights concerns. I call on the Greek authorities to carry out effective investigations into all recorded incidents and take all necessary...

The Commissioner welcomes Greek State's action against Golden Dawn

[Strasbourg, 30/09/2013 9:30] - I welcome the Greek State's action against Golden Dawn. It is a major step forward in the protection of the rule of law and democracy in Greece, and hopefully a decisive move to end impunity for Golden Dawn's criminal activity. I encourage the Greek authorities to pursue with resolve their action and to apply both the common criminal and anti-racism legislation...
Report on Greece

Greece must curb hate crime and combat impunity

16/04/2013 Strasbourg
"Democracy in Greece is seriously threatened by the upsurge of hate crime and a weak state response. Sustained and concerted action, notably by the police and the courts, is necessary to protect the rule of law and human rights in the country" said today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, publishing a report based on the findings of his visit to Greece from 28...
Visit to Greece

Racist violence a real threat to democracy in Greece

01/02/2013 Strasbourg
"Impunity for the rising number of racist crimes in Greece has to end. The police, prosecutors and courts need to become fully acquainted with and give effect to existing anti-racism legislation, including the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination by which Greece is bound", stated Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, at...

Commissioner’s visit to Greece postponed

[10/12/2012 10:00] The Commissioner's visit to Greece scheduled for 9-13 December had to be postponed because of severe air traffic problems at the Frankfurt airport on Sunday. A new date for the visit in the first months of 2013 should be fixed soon.

Need to halt transfers of asylum seekers to Greece: Commissioner Hammarberg intervenes in the Strasbourg Court

Strasbourg, 01/09/10 – "Asylum seekers, including persons transferred under the ‘Dublin Regulation', face extremely harsh conditions in Greece" said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights in a hearing today before the Strasbourg Court concerning the case of an Afghan asylum seeker returned from Belgium to Greece. In his first-ever oral intervention as a third party before the...

Letter to the Minister for Citizen Protection of Greece

[13/04/2010] Letter from Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, to Mr Mihalis Chrysochoidis, Minister for Citizen Protection of Greece

Greece: Commissioner Hammarberg encourages initiatives concerning migrants, minorities and police

Strasbourg, 13.04.2010 - "I welcome the first steps taken by the Greek government towards the establishment of a fair, accessible and swift refugee protection system. Changes in the field of protecting the rights of migrants, especially asylum seekers, are particularly urgent" said Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, as he published today three letters sent to...
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