Greece: Regime Delays Trial of Humanitarians Who Aided Refugees at Sea

Source: Common Dreams

“Human rights defenders expressed renewed demands on Thursday for charges to be dropped against a group of humanitarian activists now facing trial in Greece for aiding refugees at sea off the country’s coast. Two dozen humanitarian workers faced trial in Lesbos, Greece related to their efforts from 2016 to 2018 with the Emergency Response Center International (ERCI). Two of those workers are search and rescue volunteers Sarah Mardini and Sean Binder, who face up to 25 years in prison. While the trial began Thursday, it was almost immediately suspended. The court’s decision to adjourn, said 27-year-old Binder, a diver and German national, ‘is further proof of the absurdity of this case.’ ‘All we have done is assist people seeking safety at a time of need,’ he said in a statement. ‘After today’s decision, our lives are once again left on hold.'” (11/18/21)