Minorities / Migrants / Refugees

Today, after a battle of 100 and more days, of which the last 20 were a hunger strike, all 12 families of refugees protesting against racist bureaucracy which unduly delayed their legitimate demands for citizenship under the law of the Cyprus Government, received a written commitment from the Director General of the Ministry of Interior that will finally proceed with calling them for an interview as required by the process. The written commitment of the Ministry allows the refugees to end the hunger strike.

December 9, 2016 
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The minister, Sokratis Hasikos, refused to see the striking refugees today. The group of 8 people are entering their tenth day of hunger strike.They come from the 12 families that have been camping outside the parliament in protest of bureaucratic delays they are facing for the last three months.

November 24, 2016 

Tomorrow Thursday, the 24th of November at 2 in the afternoon we will gather outside the Ministry of Interior to demand the immediate conclusion of the applications made by refugees living in Cyprus asking for Cypriot citizenship. The refugees have been outside the Parliament for more than 80 days and have been on hunger strike for the past 9.

November 23, 2016 

The news were an undertone to the news of the day; the daily update on the Cyprus problem, the prominent visit of the Greek Minister of Defense, the meeting between Nikos, Andri, Barrack and Michel, the eclipse, the daily update on corruption in Cyprus, Rikkos, Guiness records, football, sports and so on.   A 27-year-old Filipino woman died from injuries suffered during a fall in Nicosia, after the police invaded her home.

October 1, 2015 

The stateless Kurds from Syria, who have been on hunger strike for 52 days are still outside the Ministry of Interior demanding to be granted the status of recognized refugees are now in a very critical health condition. One of the two hunger strikers was taken to hospital yesterday but refused treatment in the form of a serum and was thus released, returning to continue his protest outside the Ministry.

June 18, 2015 
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For the first time since World War 2, the number of displaced people in the world now exceeds 50 million. What are the implications of this at the level of mass movements, nation-states, and the concept of rights that is extensively relied upon?

June 15, 2015 

In a society where all different categories of people must fit into boxes so that capitalism can sell them customized products we proudly remain queers. Queers are constantly under surveillance because they don’t fit into binaries, they deviate from the norms, because their very existence disrupts the patriarchal system; therefore they must be disciplined, they must be punished Last Saturday, starting at 16:30 from Nicosia's Faneromeni Square, the 1st Queer Street Party —a radical initiative of groups and activists from all over the island and abroad— reclaimed both the streets of gentrified Nicosia Old Town and the Pride Parade.

June 8, 2015 
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Statement by YKP-fem, Queer Cyprus, Sispirosi Atakton, Initiative Against Fascist Threat, faq - published on 17th May. Πατήστε εδώ για την ελληνική μετάφραση Türkçe için tıkla On the occasion of the May 17, International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), we are taking the opportunity to condemn/criticize every form of oppression which are continuously being pushed on people who are outside the so-called norms.

May 18, 2015 

Sispirosi Atakton presents the second of a circle of events on: Demilitarized Nicosia/Cyprus/Europe Friday 23rd January 2015 Place: KISA, 48, Arsinois Street, Nicosia 7:00pm In the summer of 2012, sixteen months after the start of the Syrian revolution-turned-civil-war, something extraordinary happened: in the midst of the carnage and destruction of a country in ruins, the Kurdish regions of northern Syria, known as Rojava, declared their autonomy from the central government. In the months that followed, the Rojava revolution silently but with determination started to built an alternative society founded upon the key values of gender equality, horizontal democracy and environmental sustainability that would in time grow into a beacon of hope for all looking for an end to authoritarian governments, Western imperialism...

January 15, 2015 
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Ioannis Avlonitis, the deputy commander of the Civil Defence Force, was appointed chief of an emergencies camp in Kokkinotrimithia, that currently hosts refugees from the Middle East (mainly from Syria and Palestine) which were stranded in Cyprus after their escape trip to Europe met extreme weather conditions. Avlonitis made headlines almost 5 years ago, when he posted on Facebook a video of him indoctrinating his then-3 years old grandchild in 'being a fascist', 'killing Turks and communists', and recognising the symbols of the Greek Military Dictatorship (1967-1974), while holding a toy gun.

January 2, 2015