Advocacy

21
September
2016

PRAKSIS, MSF, SAVE THE CHILDREN on the situation of unaccompanied children in Greece

According to official figures[1], following the closure of the Balkan route and the enactment of the EU-Turkey agreement in March 2016, around 58.000 asylum seekers are currently stranded in Greece. Approximately 38% of those seeking protection are children, including a growing number of unaccompanied children (UAC) who have arrived in Greece without a parent or guardian and are extremely vulnerable to various forms of abuse and exploitation. However, the volume of UAC being identified in the country has exposed the limits and gaps in the protection framework and supporting services in place for UAC – and points to a failure in addressing their needs for international protection, including appropriate shelter and access to fundamental human rights.

 

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[1] Ministry of Migration Policy

11
October
2016

Overview of harm reduction in prisons in seven European countries

While the last decade has seen a growth of support for harm reduction around the world, the availability and accessibility of quality harm reduction services in prison settings is uneven and continues to be inadequate compared to the progress achieved in the broader community. This article provides a brief overview of harm reduction in prisons in Catalonia (Spain), Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Poland, and Portugal. While each country provides a wide range of harm reduction services in the broader community, the majority fail to provide these same services or the same quality of these services, in prison settings, in clear violation of international human rights law and minimum standards on the treatment of prisoners. Where harm reduction services have been available and easily accessible in prison settings for some time, better health outcomes have been observed, including significantly reduced rates of HIV and HCV incidence. While the provision of harm reduction in each of these countries’ prisons varies considerably, certain key themes and lessons can be distilled, including around features of an enabling environment for harm reduction, resource allocation, collection of disaggregated data, and accessibility of services.

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