HUMAN RIGHTS

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US-TURKEY

One hundred seventy members of the US House of Representatives signed a bipartisan letter sent to Secretary of State Antony Blinken urging President Joe Biden’s administration to address “troubling” human rights issues as it formulates policy for dealings with Turkey.



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HUMAN RIGHTS

President Katerina Sakellaropoulou (r) received veteran Olympian Sofia Bekatorou (l) at the Presidential Mansion Monday, after the sailing champion last week revealed that she had been sexually abused by a federation official in 1998. Sakellaropoulou expressed her support to Bekatorou for “breaking the silence” in Greece regarding the sexual abuse of women. A prosecutor has invited Bekatorou to make a deposition Wednesday despite the fact that the alleged crime cannot be prosecuted due to the statute of limitations. Judicial authorities are, however, hoping it will encourage other rape victims to come forward. [EPA]

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CRIME

Posts full of “bravos” and “respect” flooded the internet. As a four-time Olympian, Sofia Bekatorou is used to praise. This time, however, the praise was not about her sailing prowess.


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WHAT'S ON

Marking Human Rights Day, the Embassy of Switzerland in Greece and Flux Laboratory Athens, in partnership with the Human Rights Film Festival Zurich 2020 and Greek streaming platform Cinobo, present “The Swallows of Kabul.”

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A new lift for people with disabilities went into operation on the Acropolis Hill on Thursday, with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis hailing it as ‘an emblematic project.’ The lift, whose inauguration coincided with the International Day of Disabled Persons, will facilitate access to the monuments of the Acropolis for wheelchair users, elderly citizens and others with mobility problems. It starts at the level of the ancient promenade, on the north slope of the Acropolis, and transports visitors directly to the top of the hill. The lift is the first step in a wider national plan for the rights of people with disabilities whose cornerstone ‘is accessibility for everyone and everywhere,’ Mitsotakis said at the launch, also attended by Culture Minister Lina Mendoni and Anthony S. Papadimitriou, president of the Onassis Foundation, which has bankrolled the project. [InTime News/Tatiana Bolari]



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NEWS

Citizen Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis apologized on Friday for the arrest of nine members of feminist groups and NGOs who took part in a peaceful rally to mark the Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, for breaching public health rules.

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Women protest in Syntagma Square, central Athens on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women with a banner reading that the lockdown won't protect them from the pandemic of violence. Marking the day, President Katerina Sakellaropoulou, Greece’s first woman president, stressed the need for "a change in family and societal paradigms" through education and counseling. "It will take time to debunk the stereotypes that originate in gender inequality and which ideologically underpin the phenomenon, often stigmatizing the victim instead of the culprit, fostering a collective tolerance toward actions that are immoral and reprehensible," she said. [Kostas Tsironis/ANA-MPA]


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DIASPORA

I met George Bizos when I was too young to remember it. He and my father had known each other for years, as young members of South Africa’s Greek community. I was friends with “Uncle George’s” third son, Alexi, who was my age.