The Advocacy Team works to end detention of people on the move, to end pushbacks and to fortify access to asylum through a fair asylum procedure and independent legal support. Through advocacy, I Have Rights aims to raise awareness, pressure political actors, make recommendations for change, as well as give people seeking safety space to share their experiences and amplify their voices. 

Letter from people in the Samos CCAC

This letter was shared with us from people that are currently protesting in the Samos Closed Controlled Access Center (CCAC). With their permission, we are sharing it here. AGENDA OF THE PROTEST Greetings from the Concern Asylum Seekers of the Samos Camp. For quite too long, we have been [...]

May 4th, 2023|Advocacy, General News|0 Comments

Joint Statement: Call for the Closure of the Samos Closed Controlled Access Centre

As actors on the island who work to defend the rights of people on the move, we are deeply concerned about the Samos Closed Controlled Access Centre’s (CCAC) compliance with human rights standards and have, since its opening, called for its closure and for people to be accommodated within [...]

May 3rd, 2023|Advocacy, General News|0 Comments

Appeals Authority overrule the asylum service’s decision to put a vulnerable person through the accelerated procedure

Case Study In an asylum case where I Have Rights provided legal aid, the Greek Appeals Authority ruled that the Regional Asylum Office of Samos failed to consider an asylum seeker’s vulnerability when subjecting her to the accelerated asylum procedure and rejected her claim on credibility grounds. [...]

April 13th, 2023|Advocacy, General News|0 Comments

Samos organisations present evidence of systematic human rights violations against people on the move to Council of Europe in the implementation of the Safi judgement

Press Release Samos organisations, I Have Rights and the Human Rights Legal Project, present evidence to the Council of Europe on systematic human rights violations against people on the move in Greece, including torture, pushbacks and lack of investigations into such violations.  VATHY, 24 March 2023 [...]

The EU-Funded Closed Controlled Access Centre – The De Facto Detention of Asylum Seekers on Samos

Press Release In their report out today, I Have Rights demonstrates that the Samos CCAC is a place of unlawful de facto detention which violates people on the move’s legal right to liberty and security as well as the prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment under international [...]

February 23rd, 2023|Advocacy, General News|0 Comments

Samos Closed Controlled Access Centre breaks EU human rights standards

In our joint contribution to a consultation launched by the EU Ombudsman under an inquiry on how the Commission can ensure human rights compliance in new 260 million euro EU funded reception facilities on the Greek islands, I Have Rights (IHR) and the International Rescue Committee [...]

February 6th, 2023|Advocacy, General News|0 Comments
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