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Dire conditions of detention, corruption and authoritarianism in Grevena Prison

Grevena March 31st 2016

Prisoners detained in Grevena prison co-signed this letter and sent it to the Ministry of Justice to inform officials regarding the following demands which relate to our day to day survival in this ”correctional facility”. Officials …

Prisoners’ Committee for the Defence of Prisoners Rights sends open letter to Greece’s Minister of Justice

Mr. Paraskevopoulos,

It is true that when you succeded Mr. Athanasiou as Minister of Justice, many prisoners hoped that things in Greek prisons would change. A hope was born that at last a framework would be created allowing prisoners some …

Judge continues the trial against the C.C.F. despite concerns raised by District Attorney and defense lawyers

Today on March 31st the court convened for the trial against members of the C.C.F. accused to have planned an escape from prison. Due to an ongoing lawyers’ strike, the defense attorneys asked for the trial to temporarily discontinue. The …

Statement regarding the recent failed attempt to remove P. Aspiotis from Korydallos prison

Today at 5:40 am a prison guard informed P. Aspiotis for an upcoming transfer to Nafplion prison. Aspiotis’ refusal to get out of his cell was followed by an attempt of 8 correctional officers to vionetly remove him from Korydallos …

Beyond Eidomeni: human warehouses and squalid conditions in Chios and Ritsona

 Ritsona (photo provo.gr)

Chios: Inhumane conditions of detention for refugees in VIAL

Apostolis Photiades (kollect news)


According to what representatives of various organizations witnessed at VIAL detention centre, the conditions are rapidly becoming worse. Within the detention centre …

Ritsona: the four refugees ended their hunger-strike

Ritsona (photo: Thodoris Nicolaou)

The hunger strike at the ‘accommodation’ camp for refugees in Ritsona came to an end. Despite hungerstrikers being pressurized by many, their decision was mainly affected by the opinion of their own people within the camp. …

M. Makriyannis’ illegal detention is a crime committed by the state of Greece

Under the pressure of a hunger strike staged by political prisoners one year ago, a new bill regarding prison reform came into force in Greece. This bill provides, among others, for the release of all prisoners providing that 1/3 of …

Ritsona: four hunger-striking refugees protest closed borders

In the ”accommodation” centre for refugees in Ritsona, there are already four hunger-strikers for whom nothing has been announced by the managers of the concentration camp. Three men are on the second day of the hunger strike while one is …

#kolastirio: “We are condemned to die in a country where the death penalty was abolished”

Angelique Kourounis

M.T. is in prison. He has “illegally” managed to obtain a mobile phone. He is the one who has brought the unspeakable conditions of detention into the public eye. A hospital where people die because of lack of …

Defiant of authority: moral panics and the social stigma of imprisonment in Greece

photograph from prison that depicts prisoners raising a banner in support of anarchist hunger striker Evi Statiri who was detained despite lack of incriminating evidence while the authorities released the racist criminals of the Golden Dawn on the basis that …

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