MISSION

The GNCHR is the independent advisory body to the State specialised in human rights issues.

It has been established and is functioning in accordance with the UN Paris Principles.

NEWS

URGENT GNCHR Statement on Labour and Social Security Rights in Greece (28.4.2017)


Presentation of the Annual Report 2016 of the Racist Violence Recording Network (4.4.2017):

  • The invitation to the Press Release is available here.
  • The Annual Report 2016 is available here.

New ECtHR's Factsheets translated in Greek (March 2017)

Μετανάστες υπό κράτηση/Migrants in detention

Μέτρα Λιτότητας/Austerity Measures  


ENNHRI General Assembly Statement "European Solidarity in the field of Migration: Coming together to Promote and Protect Human Rights" (8.3.2017)


 GNCHR participates in GANHRI 2017: Global meeting of NHRIs (6-8.3.2017)


GNCHR participated in the side event organized by the United Nations Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, in the context of the 34th session of the Human Rights Council: “Labour Rights in the context of structural adjustment and austerity policy” (3.3.2017)


Submission of the GNCHR to the quadrennial analytical report 2017 on conscientious objection to military service of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights (February 2017)


GNCHR Statement regarding the decisions of Areios Pagos (Supreme Civil and Penal Court of Greece) on the eight Turkish military officers (30.1.2017)


Observations submitted by the GNCHR in view of the examination of the 27th Greek Report on the application of the European Social Charter (Articles 3, 11, 12, 13 and 14) and on the 11th Greek Report on the application of the Additional Protocol to the European Social Charter (Article 4)(Reference Period 01/01/2012-31/12/2015) (January 2017)


GNCHR Statement in response to the recommendation of the European Commission to reactivate the refugee return mechanism under Dublin system (19.12.2016)


ODIHR, Council of Europe, ENNHRI, IOI and OHCHR Joint statement from expert meeting on strengthening independence of national human rights institutions in OSCE region in Warsaw (19.12.2016)

The GNCHR participated in the expert meeting on strengthening the independence of NHRIs in the OSCE region on 28-29 November at the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Warsaw


  10 December: Human Rights Day

Stand up for someone’s rights today

Statement by the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the occasion of Human Rights Day 


Racist Violence Recording Network: Briefing note on the case of Walib Taleb (2.12.2016)


GNCHR Report on living conditions in hotspots and accommodation sites for migrants and refugees (November 2016)


Statement published by the CoE Commissioner for Human Rights (21.11.2016)

“I regret to learn that the bill on the establishment of a national mechanism for investigating incidents of arbitrariness in security forces and in detention facilities that the Standing Committee on Public Administration, Public Order and Justice of the Greek Parliament discusses tomorrow, falls short of establishing a really effective mechanism. The current bill disregards the recommendations that both the Greek National Commission for Human Rights and I made to enhance effectiveness. I urge the members of Parliament to reconsider the bill and amend it in line with my recommendations and international standards.

- My Letter, dated 25 July 2016 (see images), to Mr N. Toskas, Alternate Minister of Interior and of Administrative Reconstruction of Greece, and to Mr N. Paraskevopoulos, Minister of Justice of Greece: http://bit.ly/2gdfDCo 

- Recommendations from the Greek National Commission for Human Rights: http://bit.ly/2fk64Cn


GNCHR Statement [in Greek] on the Draft Law of Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights, submitted to the Parliament on 9.11.2016 and entitled «Incorporation of Directive 2000/43/EC implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of racial or ethnic origin, of the Directive 2000/78/EC establishing a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation, and of the Directive 2014/54/EC, on measures facilitating the exercise of rights conferred on workers in the context of freedom of movement for workersΙΙ)adoption of measures in order to comply with Articles 22, 23, 30, 31(1), 32 and 34 of the Regulation No 596/2014 on market abuse and repealing the Directive 2003/6/EC of the European Parliament and the Council and the Commission Directives 2003/124/EC, 2003/125/EC and 2004/72/ECand transposition of the Directive 2014/57/EU on criminal sanctions for market abuse and its implementing Directive 2015/2392, ΙΙΙ) transposition of Directive 2014/62 on the protection of the euro and other currencies from counterfeiting through criminal law, and the replacement of the Framework-Decision 2000/383/JHA and, IV) Establishment National mechanism for investigating incidents of arbitrariness in security forces and in detention facilities » (17.11.2016)


GNCHR submission regarding the continuous violation of Article 1§2 of the European Social Charter in the case of alternative service for conscientious objectors in Greece (11.11.2016)


ENNHRI Statement of Support for Poland’s Commissioner for Human Rights (28.10.2016)

Endorsed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Europe Regional Office, the International Ombudsman Institute and the European Network of Equality Bodies 


  


PUBLIC DEBATE 

 Living conditions for refugees and migrants in the open reception centers : problems and prospects 

 Monday 24 October 2016 at 18:00  Athens Bar Association Akadimias 60, Athens  

 

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The dimension of Human Rights in appropriation bills - The GNCHR invited by the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (20.10.2016)


GNCHR Statement [in Greek] on the implementation of the Curriculum for Religion course in school.


GNCHR Press Release [in Greek] on the occasion of another ECtHR judgment against Greece finding violation of the rights of the Conscientious Objectors [ECtHR, Papavasilakis v. Greece, 15.9.2016] (27.9.2016)


Adoption of Greece's UPR report - 33rd session of the Human Rights Council (21 September 2016) - Oral Statement submitted by the Greek National Commission for Human Rights (GNCHR)


GNCHR Observations [in Greek] on the Draft Law of the Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights «Implementation of the principle of equal treatment regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, descent, religion or belief, disability or chronic illness, age, marital or social status, sexual orientation, gender identity or characteristics and other provisions» (20.9.2016)


GNCHR Observations [in Greek] on the Draft Ministerial Decision of the Minister of Health on « Framework of the organisation and operation of the Office for the protection of the rights of people receiving health services in NHS Hospitals»(1.9.2016)


GNCHR Observations [in Greek] on the Draft Law of the Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights concerning the «Establishment of National mechanism for investigating incidents of arbitrariness in security forces and in detention facilities» (July 2016)


GNCHR Observations [in Greek] on the Draft Law of the Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights on «Providing Legal Assistance to Individuals» (July 2016)


GNCHR Observations on the Draft Law of the Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights «Fees and charges of remedies and procedural acts and court fees» (July 2016)


GNCHR Statement [in Greek]: Ensuring the timely start of the school year for children with disabilities and/or special educational needs (22.7.2016)


GNCHR Statement [in Greek] on the occasion of the examination of the applications for international protection of the eight Turkish military (20.7.2016)


GNCHR Statement [in Greek] for providing voting rights to Greek diaspora on the occasion of the Draft Law «proportional representation of political parties, broadening of the right to vote and other provisions concerning the election of the members of the Parliament» (20.7.2016)


Oral Statement delivered by Professor Maria Gavouneli, Chair of the GNCHR Sub-Committee on International Cooperation, On the implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) in Greece, 2453rd meeting 90th session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (4.8.2016) [reading of the Statement at UN Web TV]

Written Information submitted by the GNCHR in relation to the implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) in Greece (11.7.2016)


UN High commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein: Turkey's response to attempted coup must be grounded in human rights and rule of law (19.7.2016)


Child protection is not a luxury! - The GNCHR adopts the Principles on Child Protection in Greece [in Greek] (June 2016)


 

The GNCHR translates in Greek the ECtHR factsheets

In cooperation with the ECtHR, the Factsheets in Greek are available on the official website of the Court

(June 2016) 


Evictions of Roma and Travellers in Europe – joint declaration by the Council of Europe, FRA, OSCE/BIDDH, OHCHR, ENNHRI and Equinet, partners of the “OPRE” platform (29.6.2016)


Report of the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, Mr M. Ruteere, on his mission to Greece (A/HRC/32/50/Add.1)

Oral Statement delivered by the GNCHR on the Report of the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, Mr M. Ruteere, on his mission to Greece, HRC 32d session (27.6.2016) [reading of the Statement at UN Web TV]


GNCHR Public Statement [in Greek] on the amendment modifying the composition of the independent Appeals Committees (17.6.2016)


The Greek National Commission for Human Rights hosted the third meeting of the Operational Platform on Roma Equality (OPRE) which took place in Athens, Greece, on 7 and 8 June 2016

The COE-FRA-EQUINET-ENNHRI Operational Platform for Roma Equality ("the OPRE Platform") was launched in Strasbourg on 30 January 2015 as a follow-up to the joint conference between the Council of Europe (COE), the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the European Network of Equality Bodies (EQUINET) and the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) which took place in Vienna on 9 October 2013.


Freedom of information and Presumption of innocence: Seeking for the necessary balance (1.6.2016) [in Greek]

1. GNCHR Recommendations

2. Summary of the GNCHR Recommendations

3. GNCHR Press Release


End-of-Mission Statement visit by Mr. Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, United Nations Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights. Mission to the European Union institutions, 30 May to 3 June 2016 - “Economy should serve the people, not vice versa”

The GNCHR participated in the Meeting of European NHRIs (ENNHRI) with the United Nations Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights (Brussels, 30.5.2016)

The Independent Expert’s report on Greece (A/HRC/31/60/Add.2)


The right to social security: main axes (5.5.2016) [in Greek]

1. GNCHR Report

2. Summary of the GNCHR Report

3. GNCHR Press release


Human Rights Council, UN: Universal Periodic Review of Greece, Second Cycle (UPR-Greece, 2nd cycle)

Contributions and Reports - Audiovisual (3.5.2016)


GNCHR Report on the EU-Turkey Agreement of the 18th of March 2016 regarding the refugee/migration issue in Europe in light of Greek Law No. 4375/2016 (25.4.2016)


Report by the Racist Violence Recording Network (RVRN), 2015: Incidents of racist violence recorded by the RVRN members during 2015

Invitation to the press conference

Press release on the publication of the findings for 2015 (19.4.2016)


 

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Participation of the GNCHR at the General Assembly of the International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions, in Geneva (22-23 March 2016), during which  the ICC officially adopted the new name Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI)

  • General Assembly Agenda 
  • GANHRI’s Closing Statemet on "Current Challenges to Human Rights Protection" (23 March 2016)
  • Professor Maria Gavouneli’s Lecture, Chair of the fifth GNCHR Sub-Commission, on "Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Displaced Persons and the Role of NHRIs”  (23.3.2016)

GNCHR Statement regarding the serious dimensions that the refugee/migration problem has taken in Greece (16.3.2016)


Τhe GNCHR Annual Report discussed in the Hellenic Parliament (24.2.2016)


The GNCHR Annual Report submitted to the President of the Hellenic Republic (5.2.2016)


The GNCHR Annual Report submitted to the President of the Hellenic Parliament (27.1.2016)


  THE GNCHR, 15 years

 


Country visit to Greece of the Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights: 

End of mission statement (8.12.2015)


Election of the GNCHR at the European Coordinating Committee of ENNHRI (1.12.2015)


GNCHR Statement on the heinous attacks in Paris and appeal to the European Union to take all necessary measures for the protection of the rights of all those in its territory (23.11.2015)


Concluding observations of the Human Rights Committee

Concluding observations of the Human Rights Committee on the second periodic report of Greece (November 2015)

Oral Statement of the Greek National Commission for Human Rights (GNCHR) to the United Nations Human Rights Committee (19 Obtober 2015)


Concluding observations of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on the second periodic report of Greece (October 2015)


Submission by the Greek National Commission for Human Rights (GNCHR) to the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review of Greece (18.9.2015)


GNCHR Reccomendations on Transgender persons and legal gender recognition (14.9.2015)


Open Letter from the Chair of ENNHRI on Refugee Crisis (10.9.2015)


GNCHR Release: The European Union has to urgently assume its responsibilities and redesign its asylum policy (31.8.2015)


Statement of the Greek National Commission for Human Rights (GNCHR) on the impact of the continuing austerity measures on human rights (15.7.2015)


Press Release of the Racist Violence Recording Network (RVRN) regarding the presentation of its 2014 Annual Report (6.5.2015)

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Guidelines for Educators on Countering Intolerance

and Discrimination against Muslims: Addressing Islamophobia through Education

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Financial Crisis, Austerity Measures and Human Rights 

NCHR on Financial Crisis

International and European Institutions on the Crisis in Greece

 


  

 

Operational Platform for Roma Equality – OPRE  

COE-FRA-EQUINET-ENNHRI 

Evictions of Roma and Travellers in Europe – joint declaration by the Council of Europe, FRA, OSCE/BIDDH, OHCHR, ENNHRI and Equinet, partners of the “OPRE” platform (29.6.2016)

 


 

      

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