Council of Europe
Europe’s Human Rights Body Slams Greece for ‘Criminalizing’ Refugee NGOs
The Council of Europe, the continent's human rights body, has criticized Greece for criminalizing NGOs and individuals assisting refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants. As the trial of a Syrian refugee and competitive swimmer whose story inspired the Netflix film The...
Erdogan to Expel European, US Ambassadors Over Kavala Support
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared 10 foreign ambassadors - including seven from Europe - as persona non grata after they called for the release of Osman Kavala. Kavala, a businessman and philanthropist, was jailed in 2017 despite having not...
European Rights Body Urges Greece to Stop Migrant Pushbacks
Europe's leading human rights body has urged Greece to end migrant pushbacks on its borders, a practice that Athens denies carrying out.
European Watchdog Blasts Greece on Migrant Detention Facilities
A committee report by the Council of Europe released on Thursday urges the Greek authorities to change their approach towards immigration detention and to ensure that migrants deprived of their liberty are treated with dignity and humanity. The report of...
Young Greek Piano Prodigy Dazzles Athenians at Temple of Olympian Zeus
Stelios Kerasidis, the seven-year-old Greek pianist and composer who has stunned the globe with his talent, dazzled the crowd gathered on Wednesday at an event inaugurating Greece’s presidency of the Council of Europe at the Temple of Olympian Zeus...
Greece Presents Logo for Upcoming Council of Europe Presidency
Greek Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Miltiades Varvitsiotis, along with a group of students and professors from the University of West Attica, presented on Monday the winning logo which will become Greece's official emblem for the country's upcoming Presidency...
Council of Europe Warns Migrants in Greece Face Worsening Conditions
Dunja Mijatovic, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights, said on Thursday that the situation for migrants, including asylum seekers, on Greece's Aegean islands has dramatically worsened over the past twelve months. Mijatovic was speaking after the conclusion of...
Council of Europe Criticizes Greece for Treatment of Mental Health and Immigrants
The Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) of the Council of Europe published a report on Tuesday which strongly criticizes Greece. The main focus of the report is on how some of...
Council of Europe Blasts Greece on Lesvos Migrants Camp
Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović has released a harsh report about the harsh reality and the lack of social support that most unaccompanied migrant children are experiencing in Greece's so-called migrant hotspots. The Commissioner recorded her...
Turkish Court Rejects New Appeal for Greek Soldiers' Release
A Turkish court has rejected for a third time the appeal launched by the defense team of the two Greek soldiers held in Edirne for their release on bail. According to Turkish media, the judge rejected the appeal claiming that...