The Hellenic League for Human Rights (HLHR) is the oldest human rights organization in Greece.
According to its statute, the League “undertakes activities in the domain of dissemination, advocacy and development of principles that reckon to humans integrated to social structures, rights and freedoms”.
The first attempt for its foundation was made in 1918 by G.. Kafantaris, Al. Delmouzos, G. Petsopoulos, and others.
The League was set up, originally, in 1936 with Aleksandros Svolos as president and was dissolved by the dictatorship of the 4th of August. It was reinstituted in 1953. The dictatorship of 1967 dissolved HLRH. During this period, the League was particularly active in Paris, as it was outlawed in Greece, and after the fall of the junta (1974), it was set up again in Greece, and since then it has been constantly active.
The theoretical processing of contemporary data and the status of the rights at national or international level, the prevention of violations with daily vigilance and intervention for the protection of victims, are the primary tools that the League provides as a contribution to the restriction of human rights violations.
Participation in national, European and international bodies
- National Commission of Human Rights
- City of Athens of Migrant Integration Council
- City of Thessaloniki Migrant Integration Council
- Racist Violence Recording Network under the coordination of the National Commission of Human Rights and the UNHCR and relative committee of Min. of Justice .
- International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH)
- European Association of Human Rights (AEDH)
The project “Provision of legal and other essential information to refugees” is one-year long project started in August 2016 and expected to last until end of August 2017.
The project is funded under the Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIFE) by the Open Society Foundations [Grant ID: OR 2016-28052]
The main goals of the project are:
- To provide legal and other essential information to refugees, asylum seekers, immigrants
- To Increase awareness of refugees on their rights, asylum application procedures as well as on relocation depending on the category of refugees involved
- To confront and eliminate the misinformation of the refugees from the network of people who exploit the current humanitarian crisis
- To assist in family reunification and submission of asylum applications
- To identify people who fall under the category of extremely vulnerable for targeted assistance
- To pursue applicable Strategic Litigation cases before Greek and European courts of justice
- To refer cases of specific needs to the bodies competent for their treatment
- To assist the refugee population in treating basic everyday needs through enhanced provision of information with multiple means
The above mentioned goals will be achieved through the following activities:
Mapping of the needs of the refugee population in selected areas in Greece, the actors involved, their mandate and capacity, and matching the needs with their treatment
Participation in existing efforts and actions with a view to build joint operations with local authorities, national authorities and other non-governmental actors in the field,
Capacity building of local, national, state authorities with a view to improve coordination capacities, know-How on refugee rights, provision and monitoring of humanitarian assistance.
Formingthree (3) groups of field/legal experts, one (1) for Attica region and two (2) for Thessaloniki and wider area, in order to provide legal consultation & information. Each group will consist of two (2) lawyers and/or field experts/pol.scientists, and one (1) interpreter, fluent in Arabic , and/or Dari Farsi, Kurdish, and Greek.
The three (3) groups, with everyday visits, programmed weekly, and according to special everyday needs identified by the Project Manager/Legal Coordinator/Advocacy – Networking officer, in the refugee concentration spots, (e.g. border areas, hosting areas, day centers, detention centers etc.), will provide legal information (upon demand) in a group or a person to person session, according to their status and the degree of extreme vulnerability, in order to be informed on their rights as refugees and/or extremely vulnerable persons, the procedure of registration and asylum, family reunification etc.
During the above mentioned procedure, we will proceed in the identification of the cases to be pursued for Strategic litigation activities. Moreover, other special cases will be forwarded to the respective organizations/institutions.
Developing information material suitable for each group and design and develop the webpage (rights4refugees.gr) for providing information:
The content will include information on the rights of each category of the refugee population (asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors, separated families, trafficking victims etc.); the actors, local and national, who participate in the treatment of the humanitarian crisis; the existing hosting structures, their hosting capacity and communication details; the main European Union legislation & policies, when existing, for the treatment of the humanitarian crisis (e.g. relocation: distribution of refugee population in host E.U. countries).
Information material will include also flyers that will be distributed in selected places in order to inform about the project (website/info kiosks).
Information will be provided in Greek, English, Arabic, Dari-Farsi, Kurdish, covering the estimated majority of languages used by refugees.
Designing and developing application (compatible with IOS, Android, Windows, including an interactive map for guidance, live links, newsfeed with regularly updated new information) for transmitting the above mentioned information into places close to the target groups, such as refugee concentration spots, arrival spots, on-ferry where possible, as well as hosting facilities in the wider area of Athens and Thessaloniki.
Setting information booths/points / info-kiosks, in a targeted manner after strategic planning, as close as possible to the target groups, in close coordination with the Ministry of Migration Policy and the UNHCR, and/or other stakeholders. The info-kiosks will have touch screens, interacting with the persons seeking for individualized information.
All the observations, problems encountered, legal information and specific cases treated, will be included in the final advocacy report