Given the current lack of information available for people arriving to Lesvos and seeking asylum in Greece, the Legal Centre Lesvos is releasing a set of info sheet to support people in knowing their rights in the following situations, including some aspects of the asylum process implemented in Lesvos, Greece.
Whilst they are very useful as a general introduction, they are not intended to be a replacement for the direct legal assistance provided in person by legal professionals. We recommend that you consult a lawyer authorised to practice law in Greece or an organisation proving legal support about your particular case in any event. Please also be aware that the law and practices change, and whilst the information here are accurate at the time of publication (July 2021), some aspects may become outdated and require amendments.
Know your rights – INTERACTING WITH THE POLICE
This info sheet contains general information about your rights when interacting with the police in Greece, for example in case of a police control in the street or at your home, in case you are being taken to the police station or in case you are being asked to testify as a witness. The info sheet is based on Greek law provisions and accurate as of July 2021. In practice, the provisions are not always respected by the authorities, such as police officers themselves.
Know your rights – IN THE ASYLUM INTERVIEW
This info sheet contains general information about your rights at the start, during, and after your asylum interview, as carried out under the border procedure in Lesvos, Greece. It is based on Greek law provisions and accurate as of July 2021. The info sheet is not exhaustive and is subject to changes.
If you currently reside on the island of Lesvos and are applying for asylum or require legal assistance and information in the defence of any of your rights, please come and visit our Legal Centre, which is based in Mytilene and can be found in Sapfous 2. Feel free to visit us during our office hours for information or legal assistance, from Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm. We have interpreters in Arabic, Farsi and French.