ACTION AGAINST REPRESSION IN GREECE
- Written by DEad WOrkers Union (DEWOU-DAMTP)
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Greece: http://www.omct.org/human- rights-defenders/urgent- interventions/greece/2016/04/ d23733/
The Observatory strongly condemns this crackdown on civil society actors in Greece, calls on the Greek authorities to put an end to the ongoing attempts to criminalise NGOs and volunteers working in the country in the field of humanitarian assistance to migrants and asylum-seekers or otherwise prevent them from carrying out their work and urges them to lift the ban on civil society activists and journalists to enter army-run camps.
Therefore I hereby urge You to:
i. Guarantee in all circumstances the physical and psychological integrity of Mr. Salam Kamal-Aldeen and other activists, as well as of all human rights defenders and humanitarian activists in the country;
ii. Put an end to all acts of harassment - including at the judicial level - against Mr. Salam Aldeen and other volunteers, including members of Aid Delivery Mission ADM, as well as against all human rights defenders in Greece so that they are able to carry out their work without hindrances;
iii. Undertake a thorough, impartial and transparent disciplinary and criminal investigation into reported acts of violations of human rights defenders’ procedural rights, in order to identify all those responsible, bring them before a competent, independent and impartial tribunal and prosecute them according to the law;
iv. Repeal the joint Ministerial Decision on registration and state control of NGOs and volunteers, and Article 96 of the Law 4368/16 in order to put its legislation in line with international human rights standards ratified by Greece;
v. Conform with the provisions of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 9, 1998, especially:
Article 1, which states that “everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to promote and to strive for the protection and realisation of human rights and fundamental freedoms at the national and international levels”; and
Article 12.2, which provides that “"the State shall take all necessary measures to ensure the protection by the competent authorities of everyone, individually and in association with others, against any violence, threats, retaliation, de facto or de jure adverse discrimination, pressure or any other arbitrary action as a consequence of his or her legitimate exercise of the rights referred to in the present Declaration”; and
vi. More generally, ensure in all circumstances the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and with international and regional human rights instruments ratified by Greece.