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Amnesty says Greek police using pandemic to crush protests

Amnesty International accused Greek police of using the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to impose blanket bans on protests and apply excessive force to crush peaceful demonstrations. Street protests are common in Greece, and several have taken place in recent months on issues ranging from a new labour law to …

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Amnesty International calls for end of police violence, impunity in Greece

Amnesty International is calling for the end of police violence and officers’ impunity in Greece following the recent excessive use of force or the use of illegal force. In its call the Greek chapter of AI urges people raise their voices and to sign a petition that will be sent …

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Amended rape law in Greece is “a historic victory for women” says Amnesty International

Amnesty International hailed the last minute decision by the Greek government to amend the criminal code to recognize in law that sex without consent is rape. Eirini Gaitanou, Amnesty International Greece’s Campaigner, said: “This is a historic victory, not just for the campaigners who have fought long and hard for …

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Amnesty calls on Greece to change rape definition in draft Penal Code

The Greek chapter of Amnesty International called on the Ministry of Justice to amend the definition of rape in its new draft penal code article 336 to base it on the lack of consent rather than on resistance and violence committed. At a press conference on Tuesday, Amnesty International Greece …

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ECHR rules Greece to pay €12K-€16K to each of 42 strawberry pickers in Manolada shooting

A group of strawberry pickers from Bangladesh has won a case against Greece at Europe’s highest human rights court. They were shot at by employer’s foremen for demanding unpaid wages after they had worked for 5 month sin Manolada, Peloponnese. The Council of Europe’s Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday …

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AI urges EU to sanction Greece for its refugees and migrants practices

“The European Union  must sanction Greece for its widespread practice of pushing back refugees and migrants,” said Amnesty International in its “Greece: Frontier of hope and fear”” published on Tuesday. According to AI, with this practice Greece violates its international human rights obligations and urges the EU to use its …

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AI voices concern over inmate on 34th day of hunger strike; Costas Sakkas in 2.5-year detention without trial

Amnesty International’s Greek branch has expressed concern about the continued detainment of 29-year-old student Costas Sakkas, who was on the 34th day of a hunger strike on Monday in protest at his continued detention without trial. Sakkas, who is being treated at Nikaia General Hospital near Piraeus, is accused of …

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AI “Greek authorities cannot Photoshop their problems away

Amnesty International called on Greek authorities to investigate the accusations of torture of the four bank robbers also suspected of terrorism. Criticizing the publishing of the arrested’s  pictures after being altered with digital means, AI stressed that problems of police abuse cannot be photoshopped away.  “The Greek authorities cannot just Photoshop their problems …

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