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2017

15

Nov

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Detained Dutch reporter ‘badly treated’ in jail in Greece

Dutch journalist Sakir Khader, who was detained on Monday at the Greek-Turkish border, has been released from police custody in Greece. Khader, who was reporting on refugees crossing into Greece via Turkey, was handed a suspended five-month prison sentence on Tuesday for entering a restricting military area near the town of Didymoteicho without permission, Greek police told Al Jazeera. A reporter with […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Al Jazeera

14

Nov

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Muslim clerics convicted after funeral row

A court in Thessaloniki on Monday handed suspended seven-month prison sentences to two Muslim clerics after they took over prayers at a funeral service from a state-appointed preacher. The two men were found guilty of disturbing a religious ceremony and usurping authority but their terms were suspended and they were released. Greek law dictates the […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Ekathimerini

03

Nov

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Syrians on hunger strike in Greece over bid to rejoin families

More than a dozen Syrian refugees are on hunger strike in Athens to highlight the plight of 2,000 people waiting for at least six months to be allowed to rejoin families, mainly in Germany. “Some of us have been here for two years,” Fuad, a Syrian father in his thirties, told reporters on central Syntagma […]

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Country: Greece
Source: The Sun Daily

23

Oct

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Asylum Seekers in Abysmal Conditions on Greek Islands

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras should end the Greek government’s “containment policy” of confining asylum seekers to the Aegean islands, 19 human rights and humanitarian aid organizations said in an open letter released today. Thousands of people, including very young children, single or pregnant women, and people with physical disabilities, are trapped in abysmal conditions as winter sets in. […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Human Rights Watch

12

Oct

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Greece accused of pushing back migrants

Some 100 illegal migrants and refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Syria claimed they were beaten and pushed back into Turkey by Greek officials. The migrants were found on the banks of the Meriç (Evros) River on the Turkish-Greek border by Turkish border guards yesterday. The group was brought to a center for illegal immigrants. Sukh […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Daily Sabah

03

Oct

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Lack of Muslim cemetery in Athens compounds grieving

Migrant families fleeing war-torn countries in the Middle East to find shelter in Greece are suffering new wounds due to a problem in Athens: the lack of a cemetery for Muslims. “I never had a chance to go to my baby’s funeral. It was buried miles away,” Muhammed Leggar, a 33-year-old Palestinian refugee who fled […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Anadolu Agency

28

Sep

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Council of Europe Blasts Greece Over Conditions in Migrant Hot Spots

A report by a Council of Europe committee, has criticized Greece over the conditions prevailing in a number of temporary detention centers for migrants, and asylum seekers. A report by European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) is particularly critical of the continued detention of unaccompanied children, and it […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Greek Reporter

21

Jul

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Migrant children ‘misidentified’ as adults in Greece

At least 60 migrant minors stranded on the Greek island of Lesbos are currently trying to prove to the authorities they are not adults, a human rights researcher has told Anadolu Agency. Eva Cosse of Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the real number could be higher as Greece’s Migration Ministry has yet to provide official […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Anatolian News Agency

31

May

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Greece orders financial probe of refugee NGO

Greek judicial authorities have ordered an investigation into allegations that staff at a European Union-funded NGO sexually exploited refugees and misused money intended for their welfare. Immigration Minister Ioannis Mouzalas on Monday handed Supreme Court prosecutor Xeni Dimitriou a letter from the EU’s top humanitarian aid official outlining the allegations. The NGO allegedly involved was […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Kathimerini English

17

May

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Food poisoning in refugee camp sends 40 refugees to hospital

Dozens of refugees and migrants from Souda camp on the island of Chios were transported to the hospital as of Tuesday afternoon. Local media report that “according to all indications, the poisoning was caused by the chicken meal they had for lunch.” Two local catering companies in contract with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) deliver […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Keep Talking Greece News