Risk of repression: New rules on civil society supporting refugees and migrants in Greece


"The operation of civil society in Greece has consistently contributed to strengthening the rule of law, accountability of the state, transparency and the protection of human rights, in particular the rights of minorities and the most vulnerable.

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In addition to already established organisations and groups, in light of the large numbers of arrivals of refugees in 2015, many civil society actors, including from abroad, stepped in to provide humanitarian assistance and other needed support, including rescue at sea. Recently, however, political discourse against nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) in the field of asylum and migration has intensified and fuelled unprecedented hostility by local groups against civil society, ranging from generalised, vague accusations of illicit activity such as smuggling, to racist incidents and violent attacks against organisations and their staff."

Risk of Repression: New Rules on Civil Society Supporting Refugees and Migrants in Greece (RSA, pdf)

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