The arrest a few days ago of the Turkish refugee inside the building of the Asylum Service undoubtedly constitutes an unprecedented unlawful action against the very core of the rule of law. The Turkish refugee had been granted international protection by virtue of a decision of the Independent Appeals’ Committee and he was subsequently put in administrative detention following the issuance of an interim order by the President of the Administrative Court of Appeal of Athens suspending the aforementioned decision.

This unlawful arrest and detention is part of a series of violations committed by the Executive against the rights of the 8 Turkish military asylum seekers and refugees and lies in contravention with fundamental principles of the rule of law, namely the presumption of innocence, the principle of confidentiality, the right to liberty. They also mark the continuous slippage of the Government and of the Minister of Migration Policy into policies, obviously, of expediency at the expense of legality.

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AITIMA is always close to refugee and migrant communities and often participates in Info-Sessions.

At the beginning of the new year we start a new round of info-events. The first event is taking place at Khora Community Center Khora on 15 January.

Here is the poster of the event created by Khora Community Center.

AITIMA together with 18 other civil society organizations, in a JOINT LETTER TO THE GREEK PRIME MINISTER urge him to end the “containment policy” of confining asylum seekers to the Aegean islands.

“The policy of implementing the EU-Turkey Statement has been violating asylum seekers’ rights under international law, and has contributed in disrupting social cohesion in the Greek islands affected,” said Spyros Rizakos, director of AITIMA. “It is high time the EU and Greek authorities abandoned this policy.

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Following an invitation from PICUM and ICMC, Aitima participated in a meeting of European Civil Society actors, regarding the development of the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. During the consultation, our Organisation insisted on the importance of unimpeded access to the European territory of everyone in need of protection, as well as on the respect of the principle of non-refoulement.

In the second photograph at the right, Angeliki Loucaidi of AITIMA. The discussion for the serious issues of the meeting didn’t stop even during the coffee-breaks (Photos from ICMC).