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Press Release : Events organised by EPAM in Europe on March 25th

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PRESS RELEASE

Protests of EPAM (United Popular Front) in London, Paris and the Hague on the occasion of the National Day of March 25 th.

Within the framework of the struggle that EPAM is waging to inform world public opinion about the violation of human rights that are being made in Greece because of the austerity measures, and on the occasion of the National Day of March 25 th , the following events are being organized on Saturday March 25 th .

1.London. Demonstration outside of the Greek Embassy at 12.00 requesting the restoration of human rights to the people of Greece. The UN report describing these violations that are a result of the austerity measures will be submitted to the Embassy. The demonstration is organized in cooperation with the Campaign for an Independent Britain (CIB).

2.Paris. Demonstration outside of the Greek Embassy at 11.00 with the same request. The demonstration is organized in cooperation with the Committee for a New Resistance (Comité pour une Nouvelle Resistance) and the Front for a Sovereign People, an Independent France and a social Republic (Rassemblement du Peuple Souverain, pour une France Indépendante et une Republique Sociale).

3.The Hague.Demonstration outside of the Greek Embassy at 12.30 with the same request.The demonstration is organized by EPAM-Benelux.

EPAM calls upon the people of the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands to show their solidarity to the suffering people of Greece by participating in these demonstrations.

Report of the UN independent expert on the effects of foreign debt to human rights in Greece, 29 Feb. 2016

Advance Unedited Version

Distr.: General
29 February 2016
Original: English

Human Rights Council

Thirty-first session

Agenda item 3

Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development.

Report of the Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights on his mission to Greece*

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UN human rights expert calls for debt relief to boost inclusive growth in Greece

Full End of Mission Statement in English

UN HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS RELEASE

ATHENS / GENEVA (8 December 2015) – “After five years of adjustment policies, indicators tracking economic, social and cultural rights in Greece have not improved”, said the United Nations Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, concluding a visit to the highly indebted country.*
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GREECE-THE EU-THE BRICS

Speech of Ambassador ad H. Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos at the Schiller Institute, Frankfurt, April 29., 2015

Deutsch

Three were the reasons that made Prime Minister Konstantinos Karamanlis push for the accession of Greece to the EEC in 1975, as it was then called. The first was to consolidate democracy in a country that had just come out from a catastrophic seven year military dictatorship. It should be recalled that the then democratic EEC had countered the dictatorship with every means possible and particularly by freezing the Association Agreement it had with Greece and the Financial Protocol. NATO, on the other hand, had supported the Junta. The second reason was to protect Greece against Turkey that had invaded Cyprus in 1974 and the third was to advance the economic development of the country.

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OPEN LETTER TO THE MEMBER OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION MR. JYRKI KATAINEN

See answer of Jyrki Katainen

Mr. Jyrki Katainen

Member of the European Commission

European Commission,Brussels

                                                                                                                      22.9.2014

Dear Mr.Katainen

I am addressing this letter to you as a citizen of the EU in order to express to you my deepest concern from the contents of your written reply that you gave on the 17th of September to members of European Parliament belonging to GUE-NGL that submitted a written question to the European Commission concerning the UN report on violations of human rights in Greece as a result of the implementation of austerity measures(005633/2014).

In your reply you mention,among other things,the following: ”The Commission is committed to (more…)

Edward Snowden’s statement to human rights groups in full

Here is a transcript of Edward Snowden’s statement, delivered at Moscow Airport, in which he says he will accept asylum in Russia.

Hello. My name is Ed Snowden. A little over one month ago, I had family, a home in paradise, and I lived in great comfort. I also had the capability without any warrant to search for, seize, and read your communications. Anyone’s communications at any time. That is the power to change people’s fates.

It is also a serious violation of the law. The 4th and 5th Amendments to the Constitution of my country, Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and numerous statutes and treaties forbid such systems of massive, pervasive surveillance. While the US Constitution marks these programs as (more…)

The dark side of investment agreements

Movements around the world have put the spotlight on bailouts and tax evasion that have enriched the 1% at the expense of the 99% but this is only part of the picture. This popular video animation exposes how international investment agreements are also at the heart of an international economic system that is enriching a small corporate elite at the public expense. This video shows how:
•corporate lawsuits against governments have risen by almost 1200% since 1990 •Argentina’s legal bill for fighting corporate lawsuits has come to US$ 912 million, equivalent to the annual average salary of 140,000 teachers or 75,000 public hospital doctors
• corporate lawyers, based mainly in the UK and US, are earning around $800 dollars an hour encouraging corporations to sue governments