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  • Lucian Branea
    From: Greek Helsinki Monitor Subject: A third view comparing Greek and Hungarian laws on ethnic Greeks and Hungarians abroad GREEK
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 1, 2001
      From: Greek Helsinki Monitor <office@...>

      Subject: A third view comparing Greek and Hungarian laws on ethnic
      Greeks and Hungarians abroad


      GREEK HELSINKI MONITOR (GHM)

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      CONTRIBUTION TO THE DEBATE ON THE HUNGARIAN STATUS LAW

      29 August 2001

      Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM) would like to make the following comment
      on the two PACE motions for resolution on the Hungarian status law
      distributed by MINELRES today and requests from the MINELRES moderator
      that it be distributed also to all PACE members concerned as well.

      Greece has had for years many laws and regulations that give different
      rights to citizens of other countries depending on whether they are of
      Greek or non-Greek origin. For example, the law on the recent (2001)
      regularization of undocumented migrants did not concern those (mostly
      but not only from Albania or CIS countries) that are of Greek origin
      whose regularization under much more favorable conditions (as
      "homogeneis") was introduced in the past with a different law.
      Likewise, the acquisition of citizenship procedure is different for
      each of the two groups, just as obtaining an entry visa at Greek
      consulates in the countries of origin. And many more such examples can
      be cited.

      How does that differ from the Hungarian status law? Those opposing the
      latter should at the same time address the Greek situation (and
      perhaps other similar ones), and adopt a consistent attitude.

      GHM notes with interest the absence of Greek PACE members from either
      list of signatures.

      Panayote Dimitras

      Spokesperson GHM

      ____________________________________________________

      GHM Board: Panayote Dimitras, Orestis Georgiadis, Dimitrina Petrova,
      Alan Phillips, Gregory Vallianatos.

      International Advisory Committee: Savvas Agouridis, Teuta Arifi, Ivo
      Banac, Vladimir Bilandzic, Marcel Courthiade, Loring Danforth, Fernand
      de Varennes, Victor-Yves Ghebali, Henri Giordan, Krassimir Kanev, Will
      Kymlicka, Theodore S. Orlin, Magda Opalski, Dimitrina Petrova, Alan
      Phillips, Aaron Rhodes, Vladimir Solonari, Patrick Thornberry, Stefan
      Troebst, Boris Tsilevich, Tibor Varady, Marc Weller.

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      Resources (COMIR), Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN),
      European Roma Rights Center (ERRC), International Freedom of
      Expression Exchange (IFEX), International Helsinki Federation for
      Human Rights (IHF), Minority Rights Group International (MRGI),
      OneWorld.Net, South East Europe Media Organization (SEEMO).
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