The new asylum laws in Greece introduced in January of 2020, in combination with the poor systems in place, a lot of people have and will lose access to vital human rights, including the right to asylum, adequate standard of living (housing, medical care and social services) and education. Along with this there is generally a lack of legal support, reliable information and understanding of human rights amongst the refugee and migrant community, which only creates an extra obstacle in accessing their rights.
The objective of this project is to inform youth about human rights and the related laws, creating a platform for these discussions to be had amongst the community and improve knowledge on this topic. It also aim to support the cases of people in the community that have had their rights violated, but also support them legally to access their rights before they are violated. Through these objectives the project also aims to take relevant action to produce relevant advocacy materials, monitor and report violations to relevant actors. Overall, it aims to increase support for human rights. These objectives will be achieved through informative group workshops, team training, legal case work and the creation of various advocacy material.
These activities will benefit displaced and disenfranchised youth, aged 16 -21, that attend Velos Youth Center, as part of the holistic alternative care model that it provides. The project promoter, Velos Youth, will run the activities from its center, in addition the team will support the project by assisting all activities and through administrative support. The partner, Equal Rights beyond borders will support this project by providing the legal knowledge and the lawyer.