“RESTORE HUMAN RIGHTS TO THE PEOPLE OF GREECE THAT ARE BEING VIOLATED

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“RESTORE HUMAN RIGHTS TO THE PEOPLE OF GREECE THAT ARE BEING VIOLATED BY AUSTERITY MEASURES” SAYS THE UN
Quotes from the report of the Independent Expert of the UN on the effects of foreign debt on the full enjoyment of all human rights, on his mission to Greece (29th Feb. 2016).
A. The right to work 1. Since the beginning of the crisis an estimated 230,000 small and medium sized enterprises shut down, contributing to more than 600,000 job losses alone. Overall about one million jobs have been lost since the beginning of the crisis, resulting in the unprecedented unemployment rate of 27.5%.  The Independent Expert remains concerned that the reduced level of the minimum wage, as required by the Second Economic Adjustment Programme, in particular its reduction by 32% for young workers, is not sufficient to provide workers and their families with decent living and violates the International Covenant on Economic and Social and Cultural Rights.
B. The right to Social Security 2. Of particular concern to the Independent Expert are the drastic cuts in social security benefits as part of the austerity measures. Current coverage and level of social security and social welfare benefits is inadequate to ensure a decent living for many rights holders and not in line with the right to social security. The Independent Expert is concerned that 3.88 million people in Greece (36.0% of the population) are at risk of poverty or social exclusion as indicated by the 2014 Survey on Income and living Conditions. 1.13 million people in Greece (10% of the population) can be considered as extreme poor, meaning that they have to survive on less than
 €8.42 (£7.20) a day for a single household.
. The right to food, housing and healthcare 3. The number of people who live in households that cannot keep their home adequately warm doubled since 2010 from 15.4% to 32.9% in 2014.  Greece has currently the highest rate of housing cost overburden in the EU which increased steeply from 18.1% (2010) to 40.7% (2014). This means the Greek people spend more of their disposable income to cover housing costs, including electricity, heating and water, than in any other European country.  There is a high risk of foreclosures and further increase of homelessness as the number of households that have arrears in mortgages, paying rent or utility bills, increased during the crisis further from 30.9% (2010) to 46.4% (2014). Unprecedented cuts to the public health system have resulted in critical understaffing in parts of the public health system, increase in co-payments and difficulties to provide effective and affordable access to the right to adequate health care for all. An estimated number of up to 2.5 million people have no health insurance, as public health insurance is linked to employment status. Suicide rates in Greece and mental disorders have significantly increased as a consequence of the financial crises while mental health care has been affected by severe cuts.
 Social and economic rights have been denied in a widespread manner.  Drastic economic reforms with dubious prospects in terms of growth were implemented at the expense of human rights.
The situation since the publication of the report in February 2016 has since deteriorated even more.
 
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WE DEMAND THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF GREECE LIFTS, IMMEDIATELY, THE AUSTERITY MEASURES THAT ARE VIOLATING THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE OF GREECE.
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You sent Edward an e-mail which featured the plight of the people of Greece. You may be interested to know that Campaign for an Independent Britain is supporting EPAM, a Greek Eurosceptic organisation, who are holding anti-austerity demonstrations outside various Greek embassies across the world. The details of the London demo (which I believe Edward is hoping to attend) can be found here and the attached flier may also be of interest.


 

Anti-austerity demonstration in front of the Greek embassy. - Campaign for ...
PLEASE SUPPORT THE GREEK PEOPLE In response to an appeal by EPAM, the United People’s Front THE CAMPAIGN FOR AN ...


 
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