Amnesty International

Amnesty International Blasts Greek MPs for Voting Against Discrimination Ban

Amnesty International has condemned the failure of the Greek Parliament to adopt a constitutional amendment prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender, gender identity or sexual orientation. A total of 170 MPs out of the 300-seat House voted against the...

Greek Government Backs Down Over Definition Of Rape After Outcry

The Greek government announced on Thursday a “legislative improvement” of a controversial definition of rape included in a reformed penal code, after women's organizations and Amnesty International expressed deep concerns. Justice Minister Mihalis Kalogirou said in Parliament “in consultation with...

Lesvos Migrant Camp 'a Scar on the Conscience of Europe', Says Amnesty International

The secretary-general of Amnesty International, Kumi Naidoo, has sent an open letter to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, calling on him to take all necessary measures to improve living conditions at migrant reception centers on the Greek islands. Naidoo, who visited...

Amnesty Int'l. Among 12 Groups Asking Greece to Move Refugees Before Winter

The Greek government, with the support of EU leaders, should act now before the onset of winter to end Greece’s “containment policy,” twelve human rights and humanitarian organizations -Amnesty International among them-, said in a campaign that began today. The...

Amnesty International "Concerned" Over Greece's Saudi Arms Deal

A leading global rights organization is urging the Greek government to scrap a controversial arms sale to Saudi Arabia, saying the weapons could be used against civilians in the ongoing war in Yemen. Amnesty International voiced deep concern on Monday...

Amnesty International: Greek Court's Rejection of Asylum Appeals Sets Bad Precedent

Two Syrian refugees are at risk of being forcibly returned to Turkey after Greece’s highest administrative court rejected their final appeals against earlier rulings declaring their asylum claims inadmissible. This could set a dangerous precedent for future returns of...

Amnesty International Urges Greek Authorities to Provide Safe Housing to Elliniko’s Refugees

Greek authorities must ensure that refugees and migrants expected to start being evacuated from three Elliniko camps on Tuesday, are provided with safe, adequate, alternative housing, Amnesty International said in a press release on Monday. “Whilst no one will mourn...

Amnesty International Condemns Living Conditions in Migrant Camps in Greece

Amnesty International has condemned the living conditions of one thousand refugees and migrants camping at former Athens airport at Elliniko. According to the organization, women and underage girls are at a constant risk of sexual and verbal abuse, making it all...

Amnesty International: 18 Years Before Refugees Stranded in Greece are Relocated

Amnesty International's report on the refugee crisis in Greece states that while images of men, women and children trudging through the Balkans have stopped, the humanitarian crisis has not. In 2015, almost 60,000 refugees and migrants continue to be...

42nd Anniversary of the Turkish Invasion of Cyprus Remembered [photos]

On July 15, 1974, the Greek military junta known in Greece as "The Junta," attempted a coup by Greek Army officers in Cyprus to achieve the reunification of Cyprus with Greece. A mere five days after the coup attempt, Turkey...