Greece in institutional decline: Civil society tracks persisting rule of law backsliding

Executive Summary

Defending and strengthening the rule of law in remains a core priority for Greek civil society against the backdrop of ongoing institutional decline in the country.

Independent organisations Vouliwatch, Greek Council for Refugees (GCR), Refugee Support Aegean (RSA), HIAS Greece, Hellenic League for Human Rights (HLHR) and Reporters United document persisting deficiencies and emerging threats to the rule of law in Greece in their contribution to the European Commission’s annual monitoring of Member States’ systems through its Rule of Law Report.

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40 survivors of the Pylos shipwreck file a criminal complaint before the Naval Court of Piraeus

Athens, September 14, 2023: Forty survivors of the deadly shipwreck in Pylos filed yesterday a criminal complaint against all responsible parties before the Naval Court of Piraeus.

The survivors, represented by the Network for Refugee and Migrant Rights, the Hellenic League for Human Rights (HLHR), the Greek Council for Refugees (GCR), the Initiative of Lawyers and Jurists for the shipwreck of Pylos, and Refugee Support Aegean (RSA), denounce a series of violations of the Greek authorities’ obligations to protect the lives of those on board and demand an effective investigation into the circumstances of the deadliest shipwreck to occur in the Mediterranean in recent years.

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Πόστερ με φωτογραφία του Γιαννη Μπεχρακη που απεικονίζει εναν άνρα με αδιαβροχο να περπαταει στην ασφαλτο κρατωντας στην αγκαλια του ενα παιδι. Το ποστερ λεει Share Dignity.

No monitoring of fundamental rights violations in Greece without independent and effective mechanisms

Athens, June 21, 2023: Greece must guarantee independent and effective monitoring of violations of the human rights of refugees and migrants to restore the rule of law, following the European Commission request to the Greek authorities for an investigation of a push back of refugees by the Hellenic Coast Guard on Lesvos island, documented by the New York Times. The Greek authorities have entrusted the National Transparency Authority (NTA) with the investigation.

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Towards Improving Access to Greek Citizenship

After two years of continuous research, recording and substantial interventions in the process of granting citizenship in our country, we are publishing our final report. The text Towards Improving Access to Greek Citizenship attempts to include all the experience of monitoring the new naturalization system as a whole and synthesize the conclusions drawn from the individual actions of the project during the past two years.

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GCR and HLHR appeal: safeguard the Rule of Law in Greece

Athens, 28 March 2023: On 17 March, the Greek Council for Refugees (GCR) and the Hellenic League for Human Rights (HLHR) sent a joint letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of migrants, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe and the European Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs.

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Athens, 19 December 2022

European and international human rights monitoring bodies record systematic and continuous complaints regarding pushbacks (which are always illegal) of refugees at Greece’s borders. These complaints have become commonplace[1]; yet, instead of being investigated, the people and the organisations who denounce them and address the competent bodies are themselves targeted and accused of criminal charges.

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Greek Citizenship: A Mythbuster

Is there a difference between Citizenship and Nationality? Is everyone born in Greece automatically entitled to Greek citizenship or must they meet more conditions? Do they receive a national ID within a few months? And what about honorary naturalizations? How easy is it to become a Greek after all?

How much do we really know about Greek citizenship?

The publication “Greek Citizenship: A Mythbuster” aims to fill the information gap and the lack of meaningful dialogue on an issue that concerns us all: citizenship.

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Alliance of civil society organizations & independent media on the Rule of Law in Greece

Hellenic League of Human Rights along with 11 civil society organizations and independent media addressed a letter to the Vice-President and Commissioner for Values and Transparency,  Vera Jourova and the member of LIBE committee of the european parliament, to express our serious concerns with regards to the continuous deterioration of the state of the Rule of Law in Greece.

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The Item Bank and the new naturalization system: a critical assessment

The report entitled “The Items Bank and the new naturalization system: a critical assessment” is published as part of the project “Citizenship in practice”, implemented under the Active citizens fund program, by Generation 2.0 for Rights, Equality & Diversity in partnership with the Hellenic League for Human Rights.

Specifically, it is part of the action “monitoring and highlighting issues in the procedure for granting citizenship” and is published in view of the first examinations for acquiring the Certificate of Knowledge Adequacy for Naturalization (Π.Ε.Γ.Π.) on May 16 2021, with the aim of raising some of the important issues concerning the upcoming written test included in the new naturalization system.

Read the report here.

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Η κοινωνία των πολιτών ζητά την εκτίμηση της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής για την τήρηση των ενωσιακών εγγυήσεων για το άσυλο στα ελληνικά σύνορα

Με επιστολή τους της 27ης Απριλίου 2021 προς την Ευρωπαία Επίτροπο Εσωτερικών Υποθέσεων, Ylva Johansson, πέντε οργανώσεις της κοινωνίας των πολιτών αιτούνται από την Επιτροπή την εκτίμησή της ως προς τη συμμόρφωση της Ελλάδας με τις διαδικαστικές υποχρεώσεις της σχετικά με την αρχή της μη επαναπροώθησης και την υποχρέωση παροχής πρόσβασης στο άσυλο στα χερσαία και θαλάσσια σύνορα.

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