Amnesty International worried about Dimitras being targeted in Greece
Amnesty International supported the Greek human rights defender Panayotis Dimitras, who was investigated for the alleged establishment of a criminal organization. In the statement made by Amnesty, it was emphasized that human rights defenders should not be criminalized and targeted.
“Amnesty International is deeply concerned that Dimitras is being targeted and accused for criminalization for carrying out his legal work, which includes, among other duties, the defense of the rights of refugees and migrants,” was said.
Amnesty International stated that Panayotis Dimitras is in danger of being banned from fulfilling his duties at the Hellenic Monitoring Committee Greek Observatory and sentenced to house arrest. “Human rights defenders should not be criminalized or targeted in their legal work. States fail to comply with their international human rights obligations when the act of defending human rights is unreasonably restricted, hindered, penalized or suppressed.”