A Citizen’s Guide to Greece 2015


April 10, 2014

Stitching up the laws

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Written by: KK

By Krysta

So a boy of African descent living in Greece has sought and been granted asylum in Belgium.

I don’t think that there is anything new in this article that we have not yet discussed a million times regarding Greece’s very frustrating and problematic status on questions of human rights, discrimination, and as part of these two, also issues arising relative to refugees asylum seekers and the rule of law (and its compliance or non not only by members of the Greek society but also by the police forces and sadly by the government itself.)

The biggest questions that come forward, I believe, have to do with what has been more and more evident (being well aware of the word I will use now), the lawlessness of the Greek government itself, or, if you prefer it more mildly said, the “stitching up” of laws to the Greek government’s measures as if one was sewing a suit for an Italian mobster.

Cases like the one described in this article (which I am sure is not a unique) just bring feelings of sadness, and, on top of this, they come hand in hand with the report that was published some days ago by Amnesty International, which (not without reason!) you would not care to repost exactly because of the misery it describes.

I don’t think that there is much more to comment on. What did strike me while reading the article, however, was also the realization of the complexity of the case itself. A complexity concerning law, political and diplomatic status, the diplomatic tactics used in negotiations over the case, and the paths one has to follow to resolve such a case. We are talking about a recognized political refugee in one European country seeking asylum in another one to escape from the first. If nothing else it sounds rather strange.

At least a ray of light comes from Mamadou himself (the person about whom the article is written) who says he will continue fighting for change…


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