Syrian Refugees Illegally Pushed Back

ATHENS, Nov 20 2013 (IPS) – Human rights groups have circulated evidence in the last few days indicating that Greece, Italy and Egypt illegally detain and push back Syrian refugees. The reports were issued by the German refugee aid organisation Pro Asyl, Medici per i Diritti Umani – MEDU (Doctors for Human Rights – Italy),…

European Ombudsman: Frontex could also be held responsible of human rights violations

On Nov 14th European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, has closed its own-initiative inquiry against Frontex, concluding on Frontex’s view that human rights infringements are exclusively the responsibility of Member States (where Frontex operations take place) concerned, to be invalid. The Ombudsman’s consideration goes into the heart of the argument between human and refugee rights defenders and…

What lurks beneath the closure of ERT

The real reasons behind the ERT shutdown, the 300 million the state lost, and who benefits from it. The eviction of the remaining staff from former public television’s (ERT) building last night in Athens was a bitter showdown of an unequal brinkmanship. The picture of handcuffs used as a padlock at building’s gate has already…