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Press Release – The letter of thirty-six NGOs to Pope Francis about refugees’ condition in Greece

AThirty-six civil society organizations have sent a letter to Pope Francis regarding the refugee situation in view of his upcoming visit to Greece.

In a letter released at an online press conference on Thursday, December 2, the NGOs asked, among other things, to meet with the leader of the Roman Catholic Church and inform him about the living conditions of refugees in Greece, as well as the need to support refugees quest for access to asylum with a message of solidarity towards our persecuted fellow humans.

Attached is the letter to Pope Francis

in Greek

in English

in Italian

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.

Urgent appeal of humanitarian and human rights organizations for Carola Rackete

On  June 30, Carola Rackete, captain of the Sea-Watch 3 rescue boat, disembarked 42 people to Lampedusa. People who had  fled Libya and were rescued in the Mediterranean She was arrested after spending two weeks at international waters. Today, she faces serious persecution and the possibility of sentencing to several years of imprisonment, because she has, under necessity,  entered the Italian waters and docked the vessel in the port of Lampedusa, defying the Italian authorities’ prohibition.

By implementing the deterrence policy of the European Union, Italy has adopted legislation that effectively criminalizes rescuing people at sea with banning entry and docking of rescue ships in the ports of the country by imposing fines and deprivation of liberty sentences. However, the solution to people’s displacement, which comes out of an absolute necessity, cannot be the return to countries where they will be placed under detention, exposed to torture, or live in life threatening or physical integrity conditions. Libya is a country, where people who are returned are imprisoned in detention centers for indefinite periods and are subject to systematic violence, as has been documented in many reports.

Improving the Greek Reception System through Site Management Support and Targeted Interventions in Long-Term Accommodation Sites

One of the major gaps which ARSIS found at the beginning of the refugee crisis, already from 2015, was the lack of appropriate Accommodation Facilities for Unaccompanied Minors. Having in mind that refugee flows keep on rising to unprecedented levels, the existing Facilities could offer accommodation only to a few hundred minors, when thousands more were waiting for an accommodation or being on homeless status or in “protective custody” which in our country means, unfortunately, detention  in absolutely inappropriate conditions for minors at Police Stations.

ARSIS, trying to contribute and respond to this significant issue, presented, in 2016, a new idea: the creation of “Safe Zone”, i.e. special hosting areas for unaccompanied minors within camps. The idea was accepted for the first time in 2016 and with the support of the international organization Save the Children the first “pilot” implementation of this new model was made by Arsis  to Refugees Reception Centre of Diavata, Thessaloniki. After that, it was established and expanded.

ARSIS’ CODE OF PRINCIPLES AND VALUES FOR ARSIS’ STAFF AND MEMBERS

ARSIS’ Code of Principles and Values requires our employees, our volunteers, our friends, our members and other representatives of our organization conduct ARSIS’ activities honestly, with integrity, good judgment, equality and independence, following transparent and integer procedures, always in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, and in the best interests of ARSIS’ and the children, families and communities we serve. The Code also contains specific requirements addressing financial transactions, conflicts of interest, beneficiary safety, gifts and gratuities, and confidentiality.

See the document here.