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Greece

2020

28

Jul

Greece: Transforming Hagia Sophia into a mosque provocation to the whole world

Greek Government Spokesperson Stelios Pecas said that the transformation of Hagia Sophia into a mosque is a ‘provocation’ not only for Greeks and Christians but also for the entire Western and civilized worlds. Peças, “Hagia Sophia to be converted to a mosque on Friday and held there shows not only the Greeks and all Christians, […]

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Country: Greece
Source: SPUTNIK , MBC

17

Jul

Human Rights Watch Says Greece Pushed Back Refugees, Migrants

Greek law enforcement officers are returning refugees and migrants on the border with Turkey during the COVID-19 pandemic, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said, joining other critics who complained despite Greece rejecting the reports. The officers in some cases used violence against asylum seekers, including some who were deep inside Greek territory, and often confiscated and […]

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Country: Greece
Source: AA , The National Herald

10

Jul

Greek culture minister says Hagia Sophia verdict a ‘provocation’

Greece’s culture ministry said on Friday a Turkish court verdict which could convert the Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul to a mosque was an “open provocation” to the civilized world. “Today’s decision, which came as a result of the political will of President (Tayyip) Erdogan, is an open provocation to the civilized world which recognises […]

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Country: Greece
Source: BBC , Ekathimerini

07

Jul

Investigate alleged pushbacks of asylum-seekers at the Greek-Turkish border, MEPs demand

Greek and EU authorities must investigate recurrent reports of violent pushbacks at the border with Turkey, which if true would mean Greece is not ensuring the right to asylum. On Monday, MEPs in the Civil Liberties Committee asked the Greek Government to clarify their position regarding several media and civil society reports which indicate that […]

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Country: Greece
Source: AA , ES

06

Jul

‘High probability’ Greek soldiers killed Syrian man at Turkish border, report finds

Greece and the EU are facing calls to probe the death of a Syrian man at the Turkish border after a research report concluded it was “highly probable” he was shot by Greek soldiers. Mohammed al-Arab, a 22-year-old from Aleppo, was killed in March as he joined thousands of others in attempting to enter Greece […]

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Country: Greece
Source: FT , FT

29

Jun

Boat sinks in Aegean, Turkey saves 35 asylum seekers

The Turkish Coast Guard rescued 35 asylum seekers as a boat carrying them sank in the Aegean Sea, security sources said on Monday. They were pushed back to Turkish territorial waters by the Greek Coast Guard. According to the asylum seekers rescued, the boat was damaged by the Greek forces before being pushed back, and […]

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Country: Greece
Source: EN SON HABER , AA

16

Jun

Greece: Asylum seekers spend nights on streets

Some 66 asylum seekers, including 4 pregnant women, children, spend nights in Victoria Square in capital Athens. With the roof on their heads snatched away, Afghan asylum seekers have to spend the nights on the streets of Athens. They were expelled from the Moria Camp on Lesbos Island in Greece after being granted asylum. However, […]

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Country: Greece
Source: AA , AA

04

Jun

Greek communists protest murder of George Floyd in Athens

The death of American George Floyd by a policeman in the USA also sparked protests in Greece with youth division of the Communist Party of Greece (KNE) surrounding the American Embassy in Athens. Protestors claimed they were there to denounce “the barbarity and repression of the American government following the murder of George Floyd by […]

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Country: Greece
Source: AA , GREEK CITY TIMES

21

May

Greek police forcing asylum seekers into Turkey: Report

The Greek police have been bringing in asylum seekers living in the country and expelling them to Turkey by force while using the coronavirus pandemic as a cover for their abuses, according to a report published Wednesday. The Wall Street Journal report, based on evidences from asylum seekers who faced violence as well as lawyers […]

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Country: Greece
Source: TRT HABER , AA

16

May

Turkish coast guard rescues 26 asylum seekers in Aegean

Afghan, Syrian, Central African, Palestinian, Iraqi, Iranian, and Cameroonian nationals onboard boat stranded in Aegean Sea. Acting on a tip-off, the rescue team reached out to asylum seekers, who were onboard a rubber boat that was forced into Turkish territorial waters by the Greek Coast Guard. The asylum seekers – including Afghan, Syrian, Central African, […]

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Country: Greece
Source: TRT HABER , AA