July 6, 2009

ANNOUNCEMENT-Change of address

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The Group of Lawyers for the Rights of Migrants and Refugees is a team of lawyers working on a purely voluntary basis which strives for the promotion of the rights of migrants and refugees. The Group was established in February 2006 and has been active ever since, offering actual solidarity to migrants and refugees. The Group pursues the following objectives: a) providing legal counseling to migrants and refugees in all matters relating to their legal status; b) providing legal representation in urgent cases; c) intervening in the public debate concerning migrant and refugee matters.

Until today, the Group of Lawyers was being hosted by the Athens Bar Association. Unfortunately, we have had to evacuate our office after the Bar Association claimed it needed to use our space for other activities.

Starting Monday, 6 July 2009, the Group of Lawyers for the Rights of Migrants and Refugees will be hosted in "GEFYRA", an area provided by the Cultural Centre of the People of the East, Sp. Trikoupi 21 street in Exarchia. Our legal advice sessions will take place from now on in the above-mentioned area, every Monday and Wednesday from 5:00-7:00pm. We consider the continuation of our activities as a minimum display of solidarity with a special social group which is subjected more frequently than the rest of the population to arbitrary and discriminatory treatment by administrative authorities and private sector actors and we hereby reiterate our commitment to defending on a permanent basis the rights of migrants and refugees.