On the occasion of International Migrants’ Day (18 December), Antifascist Action for Greece (AAfG) has organised an event aimed at raising awareness on Greece’s asylum policies and practices, and, more specifically, Greece’s policy of indefinite detention of migrants – including children – in conditions that often amount to inhuman and degrading treatment that is prohibited under, amongst other things, international law.
The event will open with the screening of ‘Into the Fire: The Hidden Victims of Austerity in Greece’; a documentary about the plight of one of the most marginalised and victimised sections of Greek society: its migrants. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with contributions from Greek and UK-based human rights’ and asylum specialists and activists, (including Ms. Electra Leda Koutra, a leading human rights’ lawyer in Greece, and a leading member of ‘Hellenic Action for Human Rights – ‘Pleiades’., and Dr. Lena Karamanidou, an academic researching asylum and migration policy and discourse in the European and Greek contexts, and the intersections between migration, exclusion and the state).
AAfG is honoured to be exhibiting about thirty drawings in its possession made by children detained at the ‘Amygdaleza’ migrant Detention Centre in the outskirts of Athens. Reproductions of the drawings will be on exhibition from 18.00 onwards and throughout the evening at foyer outside the screening hall. This exhibition is a means of giving a voice to the voiceless who find themselves at the borders of the European Union’s ‘Fortress Europe’, where human beings are detained in modern-day concentration camps, violently deported, and are routinely denied their rights.
Do come along on Thursday 18 December 2014 to support AAfG’s efforts to raise awareness about the outrageous treatment of migrants including children by the Greek state.
AAfG is a UK-based antifascist organisation set up in the aftermath of Petros Fyssas’s vicious murder by Golden Dawn thugs.
We aim to raise awareness in the UK about fascism and the antifascist movement in Greece, and to work with other UK based antifascist and antiracist organisations in our efforts to fight fascism everywhere.
More about AAfG here: https://aafguk.wordpress.com/about/