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NGOs stress need to address humanitarian crisis of migrants

New report recommends strategies to improve migrants' situation

The Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) publishes report that puts the humanitarian crisis of migrants in the context of the economic crisis

Pakistanis who live in Greece, shout slogans at the scene where a Pakistani immigrant was stabbed to death in Athens on  January 17 (AP) Pakistanis who live in Greece, shout slogans at the scene where a Pakistani immigrant was stabbed to death in Athens on January 17 (AP) Police involvement in assaults against migrants heavily impedes efforts to hold perpetrators accountable, according to a recent report published by non-governmental organisation PICUM.

The report, entitled The Silent Humanitarian Crisis in Greece: Devising Strategies to Improve the Situation of Migrants in Greece, is the outcome of presentations and discussions of a seminar held in Athens in December 2012 and aims to put the humanitarian crisis of migrants in the contex of the economic crisis.

PICUM, the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants, argues that alliances must be created with prosecutors within the judicial system to address violations and to inform police officers and border guards about their individual penal responsibility when they are on duty.

Law enforcement officials as well as extremist groups go largely unpunished when assaulting migrants, PICUM says, recommending that case law should be developed to raise awareness of the rights violations faced by migrants and stressing that the public should be adequately informed of the migrants’ situation.

Several NGOs participated in PICUM's initiative, including i-RED Institute for Rights, Equality and Diversity, the Greek Council for Refugees, Doctors of the World Greece and Amnesty International.

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