European Ombudsperson opens inquiry into the Commission’s administration of EU funding used in Greece’s illegal expulsion of migrants
On 7 November, the European Ombudsman opened an inquiry into the European Commission’s administration of Greece’s EU-Funded Border Operations (case 1418/2023/VS).Learn more
Vacancy: Arabic Interpreter and Case-Worker on Kos
We are looking for an Arabic interpreter and case-worker on Kos starting as soon as possible.Learn more
No to "instrumentalisation" through the back door! Respect the law at the EU's external borders
The EU interior ministers have just agreed on stricter border procedures (using a "fiction of non-entry", which will foreseeably lead to imprisonment or detention-like accommodation), an extension of the concept of "safe third countries" and an unreliable solidarity mechanism as well as the retention of the Dublin system. and the retention of the Dublin system to a large extent. For the full statement (in german), see link below the picture.Learn more
Free Legal Support For Asylum Seekers and Refugees
Equal Rights Beyond Borders is a human rights organisation based in both Greece and Germany that focuses on enforcing the rights of refugees and asylum seekers in Greece, Germany, and throughout the EU.
We see universal dignity, equality and freedom as the guiding principle underlying all of our actions and decisions.
We stand with refugees, asylum seekers and their families, ready to protect and enforce their rights.
We act in the conviction that every person should have free access to highly qualified lawyers.
We hold states and authorities accountable before European courts, because human rights must be effective for everyone.
We act in accordance with the principle of transnational solidarity with asylum seekers and refugees.
We trust our partners and believe in solid long-term cooperation based on mutual support.
Who we are
Human Rights Lawyers & Advocates Working Beyond Borders
We are an international and multilingual team of human rights lawyers, advocates and interpreters. We work from our main offices in Athens and Berlin, and our field offices on the islands of Chios and Kos.
All of our services are free of charge, because we believe that all people should know about their rights and have access to high quality legal support.
Providing Free Legal Aid for Refugees & Asylum Seekers in Greece
We offer free legal aid and representation to asylum seekers and refugees in Greece. We fight for our clients throughout the entire asylum procedure, including representation before Greek and European courts.Learn more
Challenging the Legality of the EU-Turkey Deal & the Inhumane EU Hotspots
We challenge the appalling living conditions in the EU Hotspots and the unlawful rejections of asylum applications based on the EU-Turkey statement. We represent clients before Greek administrative bodies and courts as well before the European Court of Human Rights.Learn more
Fighting Against Undignified Living Conditions for Refugees & Asylum Seekers in Greece
We monitor the situation of refugees and asylum seekers who are exposed to deplorable living conditions in Greece, and take actions on their behalf before national and international courts and human rights bodies.Learn more
Challenging the Unlawful Detention of Refugees & Asylum Seekers in Greece
We challenge unlawful detention practices before Greek, European, and international courts, as well as through independent complaints mechanisms. We raise awareness about these unlawful practices through advocacy reports.Learn more
Protecting Refugees & Asylum Seekers in the EU from Illegal Deportations to Greece
We challenge the return of asylum seekers to Greece from other EU countries, which often take place within the framework of informal deals among member states, and which amount to human rights violations due to the deficient state of Greece's asylum system. We fight for the rights of those who are subject to these illegal deportation practices.Learn more
Family Reunification Within the EU
We provide legal support to asylum seekers in Greece who want to reunite with their family members in other EU countries. We provide support throughout the entire family reunification procedure. In particular, we challenge unlawful rejections of Dublin family reunification requests by the German asylum service before administrative courts in Germany.Learn more
Reuniting Families from the Middle East & African Countries
We challenge the unlawful administrative practices of German embassies in family reunification procedures. We primarily represent family members residing in East Africa and the Middle East, with a particular focus on unaccompanied minors.Learn more
Project against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
We raise awareness towards the situation of women* on the move and built support networks. Through individual legal representation we support survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). We follow a holistic approach, which includes not only representation in the asylum procedure but also in criminal proceedings and matters of family law.Learn more
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