- Sworn testimony for the racist attacks in Aspropyrgos.
On Friday 20/4/2018, the Deputy Director of HumanRights360 gave a sworn testimony before the Department for Combatting Racist Violence of the Hellenic Police regarding the recurring Racist Violence in Aspropyrgos.
We remind that, along with representatives of other organizations [Hellenic League for Human Rights, Pakistan Community of Greece UNITY, Migrants Integration Council of Athens and the Movement United against Racist and the Fascist Threat (K.E.E.R.F.A.)], we had submitted a formal complaint to the Athens Prosecutor’s Office last June.
The racist attacks in Goritsa Aspropyrgos are coordinated and recurring. These are acts of extreme and murderous violence by a group of perpetrators with a reoccurring modus operandi. The victims were mainly Pakistani land workers, however their Greek employers have also been targeted. It should be noted that the local police station has shown throughout this time unacceptable tolerance towards organized racist violence, given that the victims have already recognized the perpetrators of the attacks, but without any results.
The prosecution report includes details of the attacks while photographic material and videos in relation to the actions of the group were filed to facilitate the authorities’ investigations and to clarify the attacks in order to ascribe responsibilities. The organizations’ request is to create a single case for all correlated lawsuits and to give the appropriate importance and priority to a criminal phenomenon that directly threatens our social cohesion and democratic freedoms.
We reiterate our request for a speedy and efficient prosecution by the police and the judicial authorities.
- End of detention of a recognized refugee whose detention and return decision are illegal.
The Administrative Court of First Instance of Athens accepted the objections against detention and ordered the withdrawal of the detention until the completion of the administrative examination procedure regarding the revocation of his international protection status (refugee status) by the competent Service. According to the court’s ruling, the administration illegally based the detention decision of this person on a first instance sentence to one year and five months imprisonment for which he has already filed an appeal which is still pending. Therefore, in any case, this conviction has become final, as required by Article 21 par. 2 b of Law 4636/2019 on protection against return from the country of a foreigner with international protection status in accordance with the principle of non- refoulement.Athens 30/11/2020 – AA requested the withdrawal of his detention, arguing that both the detention and the return decision are illegal, as the administrative detention of a recognized refugee, like himself, is not provided for neither in Law 4636/2019, which provides for the detention of asylum seekers, nor in Law 3386/2005 and 3907/2011 which exclude recognized refugees from their scope. Furthermore, according to the competent Regional Asylum Office, no decision has been issued on revocation of refugee status and AA has not been convicted with a final decision up to date. The withdrawal of his detention was granted to AA until the conclusion of the examination from the competent authority of the proposal on the revocation of his refugee status.