Press Release – 
Moria is burnt. Europe’s pride, too. Europe’s double responsibility for human dignity.

In the early hours of September 9th something rather expected happened. The Moria Refugee Camp on the Greek island of Lesbos was engulfed in flames, just a few hours after the announcement of the detection of 35 cases of coronavirus in the structure. The camp, which for years was a place of degradation of human dignity on the eastern border of the European Union, was almost completely destroyed. More than 13,000 people no longer have a basic roof above their heads. The Greek government, the European Commission and the governments of the EU Member States, with Germany playing a key role holding the presidency of the European Council this semester, can no longer be inactive. They all share the responsibility for this disaster and they can only hold themselves responsible that are now called to face in emergency terms a reality that was allowed to stagnate for years in Lesvos.

The undersigned organisations of the network, who have worked both on the Greek islands and in the mainland to support the refugee populations call for immediate, twofold, action: 

Already today

  • Housing and care for all victims of the fire in the Moria Refugee Camp
  • Particular care, including psychological support for the most vulnerable parts of the population such as unaccompanied minors. 

Immediately

  • Move refugees and asylum seekers from Moria to safe housing conditions on the mainland
  • Call for an extraordinary EU Summit with the sole goal of agreeing on a European Solution based on
    • a collective response to the humanitarian crisis
    • sending specialized personnel to cover medical needs
    • concrete, binding commitments for the relocation of asylum seekers and refugees to all EU Member States which will prevent the creation of a new Moria.
    • The continuation of financing of any refugee housing programme
  • Implement the National Integration Strategy that has been left on hold for years

In these truly tough moments, it is crucial for everyone involved to stay calm and prudent to avoid at any cost the use of violence that may only aggravate the situation further. 

The time is up. Moria is burnt. Europe’s pride, too. Anyone making decisions over the next hours in Athens, Brussels or Berlin will have historic responsibility towards human dignity in Europe. 

Contact

E: info@selectrespect.org

W: www.selectrespect.org,

F: facebook.com/selectrespect

The Select Respect Network was created in the spring of 2016 in order to promote the cooperation of organizations active in the protection of human rights and the fight against discrimination and racism. Member organizations are united by the common belief that respect for diversity, discrimination and social exclusion of people on the grounds of sex, racial or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religious and political beliefs concern and affect us all.

Signing Organisations

ANTIGONE www.antigone.gr – Addart www.addart.gr – Greek Council for Refugees www.gcr.gr – Heinrich Boell Foundation- Thessaloniki Office, Greece www.gr.boell.org – Ecological Movement Thessaloniki www.ecology-salonika.org – Transgender Support Association www.transgender-association.gr   The Lighthouse- Youth Support Center www.farostoukosmou.gr – PRAKSIS www.praksis.gr – Symβiosis www.symbiosis.org.gr – Thessaloniki Pride www.thessalonikipride.com – UNESCO Youth Club https://unescoyouth.gr – OMNES https://www.omnes.gr/ – FIX in art https://www.facebook.com/fixinart/?ref=tn_tnmn – ARSIS https://arsis.gr  EDUCATIONAL INNOVATION https://educational-innovation.org/ ΝΑΟΜΙ Ecumenical Refugee Workshop www.naomi-thessaloniki.net

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ARSIS in collaboration with 68 other organisations, urging the government to reconsider the process of registration and certification of organisations.

Joint letter to:

• The Minister of Migration and Asylum, Notis Mitarachis

• The Alternate Minister of Migration and Asylum, Giorgos Koumoutsakos

Cc:

• The European Commissioner for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová

• The President of the Expert Council on NGO Law of the Council of Europe, Jeremy McBride

• The President of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe, Anna Rurka

• The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Clément Nyaletsossi Voule

• The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Felipe González Morales

The undersigned organisations welcome the ‘Opinion on the Compatibility with European Standards of Recent and Planned Amendments to the Greek Legislation on NGO Registration’ from the Expert Council on NGO Law of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe (hereafter Expert Council). The organisations appreciate the efforts of the Ministry of Migration and Asylum to centralize the registration of organisations active in the field of international protection, migration, asylum and social integration of third-country nationals, but endorse the recommendation that current legislation “should be substantially revised so that they are brought into line with European standards”. 

PRESS RELEASE International Day In Support Of Victims Of Torture.

“I couldn’t recognize myself. I was a shadow. It had been a long time before I could see a glimmer of hope. However, I often feel that even this hope is lost and that darkness surrounds me. But I keep fighting to live the life I know I deserve.”

25-year-old A. arrived in Greece in June of 2017 and his story resembles the stories of hundreds of other refugees who abandoned their countries because they were victims of torture. It is estimated that approximately 35% of the refugee population are men and women that survived torture.

After a long and dangerous trip, 25-year-old A. needed to remain in precarious conditions on the Greek islands until he moved to mainland Greece, in a refugee accommodation center on the borders of the Region of Central Macedonia.

Proclamation for the position of Dari Interpreter for the ARSIS Child Protection Mobile Unit in the region of Thrace

ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth, announces a new position for the Child Protection Mobile Unit in the Region of Thrace in the framework of the project “Supporting the Greek Authorities in Managing the National Reception System for Asylum Seekers and Vulnerable Migrants (SMS 2020) funded by the DG Home Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund – Emergency Assistance through the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Those interested are invited to send an email to the address hr.thessaloniki@arsis.gr until 08/07/2020 the following, with the title “Proclamation for the position of Dari Interpreter for the ARSIS Child Protection Mobile Unit in the region of Thrace”.

1. Curriculum vitae

2. Cover Letter for the position – job of interest

Protect the most vulnerable to ensure protection for everyone! ‘Restore legality to protect refugees and the society at large amidst the pandemic’

Open letter signed by 132 Organizations

To

The President of Greece, Katerina Sakellaropoulou

The President of the Hellenic Parliament, Constantine An. Tassoulas

The Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis

The President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli

The President of the European Council, Charles Michel

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet

The Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, Dunja Mijatović

The Director General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom

Athens, 25 March 2020 – Recalling the letter issued on 6 March 2020, signed by more than 250 organizations throughout Europe, the undersigned organizations reiterate the dangers stemming from persisting in current arrangements on the management of the reception of asylum seekers and the respect for their right to seek asylum in Greece. Apart from violating national, EU and international laws, amid the pandemic, these arrangements also pose a major public health danger, arising from overcrowding in Greece’s Reception and Identification Centers (RICs) and in the country’s detention centers.