The UN Special Rapporteur calls for independent monitoring of the government’s handling of immigration situations

Greece needs to establish an independent surveillance and surveillance mechanism to monitor the overall treatment of the government’s immigration situation, a UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders said Wednesday.

Mary Roller spoke in Athens at the end of the 10-day visit at the invitation of the government: “The National Transparency Authority has made a welcome contribution in the fight against corruption, but is ready to conduct an independent investigation. Not in place. Management of migration flow. “

UN officials also urged the government to ensure that the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders was implemented.

We should also consider making the Declaration part of national law “to clarify the current prevailing misunderstandings about the role and rights of human rights defenders.”

Laura also said that Greece is fully compliant with the UN protocol, as existing “broad and ambiguous” laws “provided an opportunity for its misuse in the criminal procedure and, in some cases, led to the prosecution of human rights defenders. Should bring about a law on smuggling, “for their legitimate human rights activities. “

The government also said, “We should publicly acknowledge and commend the legitimate activities of human rights advocates and the myriad contributions they have made to the promotion and protection of human rights.”

“Creating an environment that allows for threat-free, restrictive administrative and criminal law is the key to a thriving civil society,” Laura said.

UN officials who visited Greece for the first time in an official position also called for a more transparent process of registering civil society organizations to support asylum seekers, migrants and refugees.

Her itinerary includes meetings with government officials, Coast Guard and police, judges and lawyers, members of civil society, including international and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs), individual human rights advocates and journalists. It was. She also met with representatives of international and UN agencies and programs, visited Lesvos, Chios, Samos and Thessaloniki, and visited immigrant acceptance and identification centers.

Lara acknowledged “the government’s efforts to improve the situation of those seeking asylum in the territory.”

“I was disappointed to hear from many interlocutors about the negative perceptions of the role and work of civil society in the country,” she added.

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