The US State Department’s annual report on human rights violations around the world published on Tuesday has criticized Greece over unsafe and unhealthy conditions for migrants and asylum-seekers detained in pre-removal facilities or residing at the country’s six reception and identification centers, including gender-based violence against refugee women and children in reception camps.


In the runup to March 8, 2021, International Women’s Day, many men and women were likely wondering: “Is this really necessary?” “Is there a point?” or even “Can I just skip it?”

A woman teaching migrant girls at Moria refugee camp on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesvos, February 24. [AP]

On this International Women’s Day, I am sitting in lockdown, still in touch with the women I met last year at the Moria refugee camp on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos after working with them over a two-week period in Mytilene on an empowerment workshop run by The Azadi Project. 


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.


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]


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.


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.”


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]