Racist Violence Recording Network
The initiative for the establishment of the Racist Violence Recording Network was taken in mid-2011 by the Greek National Commission for Human Rights (GNCHR) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Greece (UNHCR) on the basis of two major findings: a) the identified absence of an official and effective data collection system on racist violence and b) the need to coordinate organisations which recorded, on their own initiative, incidents of racist violence against people who sought their services. Ever since October 2011, when the RVRN began effective operation, its scope of activity has been constantly growing.
The RVRN is comprised of actors offering medical, social and legal services or/and coming in direct contact with victims of racist violence or victims of other hate- or bias-motivated violent attacks as well as organizations established by the groups which are usually targeted by racist violence themselves. To join the RVRN a necessary precondition is respect for human rights, diversity, multiculturalism, and freedom of religion as well as action in tackling discrimination and intolerance. Apart from the coordinators, the UNHCR and the GNCHR, the RVRN is comprised of 42 Non-Governmental Organisations and civil society actors, as well as the Greek Ombudsman and the Migrants’ Integration Council of the Municipality of Athens, as observers.
International Detention Coalition (IDC)
The International Detention Coalition (IDC) is a unique global network of over 400 civil society organisations and individuals in almost 90 countries, that advocate for, research and provide direct services to refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants affected by immigration detention.
Network for the Rights of Children on the Move
The “Network for the Rights of Children on the Move” is an informal network operating under the initiation and coordination of the Greek Deputy Ombudsman for Children Rights. Its operation started in January 2017 and its main objectives are a) to support the monitoring of the situation of children on the move across Greece, and b) to promote evidence – based advocacy actions on issues of shared concern related to children.
Cross-European civil society partnership launches amid increased reports of pushbacks
10 organisations, including HumanRights360, in 11 European countries have launched a partnership with the aim of denouncing and countering the unlawful use of pushbacks and other rights violations at borders across Europe. The partnership is demanding accountability: calling on the European Commission to play a more decisive role in holding member states to account, and to ensure the inclusion of stronger solidarity mechanisms in the New Pact on Migration.
In the current period of increasingly narrow space for civil society and wide-spread disillusionment surrounding the notion of human rights and the criminalization of solidarity we believe that we are stronger when working together.
Members of the Partnership
The Network was founded in 2010 by twenty social and nonprofit organizations that contribute to the fight against housing shortages in Greece, support socially excluded groups and the homeless and advocate for the right to quality housing for all citizens.
The Network, by “homeless”, identifies all people living in the country who do not have access to adequate privately owned, rented or allotted housing, which has the basic services of water supply, electricity and heating. There are several categories of homeless people, including those who are homeless on the street and those who are temporarily and in need of accommodation in institutions and hostels, as well as those who live in a precarious or unsuitable home. (See Greek translation of ETHOS)