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Greece dismiss U.S. State Dept “Human Rights report” blaming NGOs

Greece turned sour against the USA, after the Human Rights report of the State Department sharply criticized the Greek government on a series of issues. The Greek Foreign Ministry issued a statement questioning the credibility  of the State Department sources. It is the same Greek tactic applied also to reports …

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European Parliament adopts resolution critical of Greece, other EU member states

The European Parliament voted in favor of a resolution on “Liberties, equality and dignity threatened in Greece.”The EP expressed concern over media freedom, corruption and individual liberties. “Freedoms, equality and dignity are threatened,” the European Parliament emphasizes on Thursday, January 18, 2024. In its resolution on fundamental rights, put at …

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Human rights activists on trial after complaint against Bishop’s antisemitic hate speech

Humanists International is deeply concerned that two members of the Humanist Union of Greece, Mr. Panayote Dimitras and Ms. Andrea Gilbert, are to stand trial this month after making a complaint about a high-ranking Greek Orthodox Bishop’s antisemitic hate speech. In April 2017, after a high-level religious leader in the …

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Athens tells Ankara “Turkey clearly not entitled to teach human rights”

Prompt was the response of the Greek Foreign Ministry to Turkish counterpart that that accused Athens of “barbaric treatment” of migrants wanting to cross into Europe. “Those convicted by the international community of instrumentalizing human suffering for the sake of political expediency are clearly not entitled to teach human rights,” …

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Commission report slams Turkey over human rights, relations to EU member-states

In one of its more critical reports towards Turkey, the European Commission urged Ankara to improve relations with EU member-states, lift the state of emergency as soon as possible and improve human rights. Turkey is taking “major steps” in the wrong direction and it is shifting towards authoritariarism, the Commission …

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China welcomes Greece’s veto on EU Human Rights statement

As expected, China welcomed Greece’s move to block a European Union statement on the country’s human rights record. “Chinese experts on Sunday called for fairness and greater understanding of human rights record in China, Chinese Global Times writes. According to the experts and analysts, China and EU have different approach …

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Greece alleged to illegally push-back to Turkey Erdogan’s critics seeking asylum

A Human Rights institute in Sweden accuses Greece of breach of European and International laws by sending back Turkish citizens seeking asylum in an effort to escape the purge by the country’s political leadership. According to allegations, the Greek government has started to apply these practices “as of mid-May”. The …

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Prosecutor to investigate Bishop of Chios over “hate speech”

Greece’s General Secretary for Human Rights made an unprecedented move: Kostis Papaioannou He collected the recent “hate” statements made by Bishop of Chios Markos and forwarded them to the prosecutor in charge of Racism Crimes. The prosecutor should investigate whether the Bishop has committed any offenses. The General Secretary allegedly …

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UNHR “Humanitarian crisis in Greece has worsened” after 5 years of fiscal adjustment

The independent investigator from the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner concluded his mission on the effects of the foreign debt crisis, the creditors’ adjustment program and the impact on economic, social and cultural Human rights. In the UNHR website, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky posted his preliminary report …

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FIDH: “Austerity measures constitute an unprecedented assault on human rights”

Austerity measures adopted in response to the economic crisis have adversely impacted human rights. The austerity measures traumatized the labor market and the healthcare system,  fuelled a sharp increase in unemployment,  triggered disastrous social effects, curtailed fundamental freedoms in Greece, denounce the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) and its …

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UN Expert: “Greek Austerity Could Violate Human Rights”

 The appeal of a Greek citizen to International Criminal Court of the Hague raised some eyebrows and triggered some ironic comments. Can the Greek political leadership be accused of ‘genocide and crimes against humanity’ due to the harsh austerity? It is certainly an issue of definition. However, here comes United …

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