Appeal to the English speaking Greek population for testimonies

Don’t miss the comment on the end of the article

Sarah Luzia Hassel -Reusing in front of the International Criminal Court (ICC)

(For the german version please scroll down) 

Dear ladies and gentlmen,

at the 21.11.2012, I have filed at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague a charge against unknown for the suspicion of a crime against humanity because of intentious and, at the same time, systematic and broad-scale damage to the health of the Greek population (art.7 par. 1 lit. k Roman Statute).

Everyone has the human right to the, for the respective person, highest attainable standard of physical and mental health (art. 12 UN Social Pact). In addition to that, the human right to health is protected for women by art. 12 of the UN women’s rights convention (CEDAW) and for children by art. 24 UN childrens rights convention (CRC). Furthermore, children have to be protected, according to art. 19 CRC, against damages. As a result, the human right to health needs to be less affected by austerity measures than any other social human right.

I have directed consciously directed the charge against unknown, because so many persons (among them the Troika consisting of EU Commission, IMF, and ECB, the Eurogroup Working Group of the fincancial undersecretaries, the financial ministers superior to them, and many external counsellors and lobbyists) are involved in the drafts and in the decisions on the conditions in connection with the loans of „Greece Support“ and EFSF, that presumably only the files of the coming into existence of the conditions and testimonies will bring clearness, which concrete persons are responsible for those conditions, which have led to the damage of so many inhabitants and citizens of Greece.

The guilty persons must be detected and be held accountable, and the damaging of the health of the Greeks by the austerity measures must be stopped.

I have, in my charge , shown connections between the conditions and their results to the hunger and to the damaging of the health system at Greece, partly by referring to evidence, which had already been filed by Mr. Georgios Tragkas and his colleagues.

According the pieces of information available to me, the damages to the health have been caused especially by the cuts in the health sector and by the causing of hunger, but also by the causing of homelessness and by lacking financial means for the heating of appartments.

The evidence filed up to now are all on an abstract level. What especially is missing yet, are testimonies of concrete inhabitants of Greece, whose health has been damaged by the austerity measures. Also testimonies of friends and relatives of Greek people, who have died because of health damages caused by the austerity measures, or who committed suicide because of the effects of the austerity measures, are important.

The thing is, to show to the ICC not only abstract number, articles, and statistics, but also the human perspective. The point is, that not only journalists and human rights activists, but especially as many victims as possible themselves testify and so actively engage for justice and for the punishing of the perpetrators.

And for this purpose of giving evidence, I need your support in the way, that you send your testimony to the ICC at The Hague in English language and referring to the file number OTP-CR-345/12.

According to art. 15 Roman Statute, everyone can send evidential pieces of information regarding presumable cases of crimes according to the Roman Statute..

The address for sending evidence is, according to the website of the International Criminal Court:

International Criminal Court
Information and Evidence Unit
Office of the Prosecutor
Post Office Box 19519
2500 CM The Hague
The Netherlands
or sent by facsimile to +31 70 515 8555.

The point at issue is the damaging of the health by concrete austerity measures. Please explain, since which time your health has been damaged by which measure.

This can refer to medicaments or to health services of physicians, which are not available any more or only with unaffordable co-payments or self-payments, or not any more close enough to the place where you live.

If you are starving, the point for your testimony is, since when and because of which cuts (e. g. of your pension or of your wage) you have not had any more enough means for your sufficient nutrition. Also if the loosening of the protection against unjustified dismissal or the rise of specific costs of living are the cause, your testimony is important.
Please also testify, if you are not undernourished only because you are supported by a charitable organization.
If you have become homeless, or if you have to live in an unheated appartment because of a lack of financial means, please also explain, since when because of which cuts you have not been able any more to afford the necessary means.

If possible, please attach to your letter to the ICC also fotocopies of pieces of evidence, which show, that with the financial means available to you, the necessary costs for food, appartment, or health cound not be paid any more.

If you have pieces of evidence, since when the persons, who have drafted or decided on the conditions for Greece, must have known, what they cause to the health of the citizens and of the inhabitants of Greece with these conditions, please inform the ICC and also me about these pieces of evidence. Because a crime against humanity (art. 7 Roman Statute) exists only with a certain degree of intention, that one knows respectively must know, what one causes, but that one nevertheless does it.

Every testimony with evidential pieces of information regarding the damaging of the health of concrete persons by the conditions is an important contribution to the solution. In addition to that, the more evidential testimonies are filed, the more is shown to the ICC, that it is important to the citizens and the inhabitants of Greece, to give a high priority to the detection of the persons responsible for the damaging of the health and to the deterrence against further damages.

With friendly greetings,

Sarah Luzia Hassel-Reusing


Thorner Str. 7
42283 Wuppertal (Germany)
+49/202/2502621
human rights activist

link to the address of the ICC for the filing of testimonies and pieces of evidence according to art. 15 Roman Statute  http://www.icc-cpi.int/en_menus/icc/about
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source: http://unser-politikblog.blogspot.gr   (please visit)

Comment: 

Please note that until now there are more than 4 notifications to the ICC and a petition to the prosecutor, asking him/her to start the investigations. Here you can read the other notifications and here you can read and sign the petition (For its background click on the title). 

Please also note that all the appeals, all evidence and all existing information related to crimes committed in Greece must be examined together because they are part of the same case.

MORE INFORMATION: 

The International Criminal Court (commonly referred to as the ICC or ICCt) is a permanent tribunal to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression (although jurisdiction for the crime of aggression will not be awakened until 2017 at the earliest).

The ICC was created by the Rome Statute  which came into force on 1 July 2002. The Court has established itself in The Hague, Netherlands, but its proceedings may take place anywhere. It is intended to complement existing national judicial systems, and may only exercise its jurisdiction only when national courts are unwilling or unable to investigate or prosecute such crimes.

About the crimes:

The crime of genocide is unique because the crime must be committed with ‘intent to destroy’. Crimes against humanity are specifically listed prohibited acts when committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population. 

For the purpose of the Rome Statute, 

“crime against humanity” (article 7) means any of the following acts when committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population, with knowledge of the attack:

(a) Murder;

(b) Extermination;

(c) Enslavement;

(d) Deportation or forcible transfer of population;

(e) Imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty in violation of fundamental rules of international law;

(f) Torture;

(g) Rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, enforced sterilization, or any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity;

(h) Persecution against any identifiable group or collectivity on political, racial, national, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender as defined in paragraph 3, or other grounds that are universally recognized as impermissible under international law, in connection with any act referred to in this paragraph or any crime within the jurisdiction of the Court;

(i) Enforced disappearance of persons;

(j) The crime of apartheid;

(k) Other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or to mental or physical health;

“genocide”  (Article 6) means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

(a)  Killing members of the group; 

(b)  Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; 

(c)  Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; 

(d)  Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; 

(e)  Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group. 

The crime of genocide is unique because the crime must be committed with ‘intent to destroy’. Crimes against humanity are specifically listed prohibited acts when committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population. 

Office of the Prosecutor

The Office of the Prosecutor is responsible for conducting investigations and prosecutions.It is headed by the Chief Prosecutor, who is assisted by one or more Deputy Prosecutors.The Rome Statute provides that the Office of the Prosecutor shall act independently; as such, no member of the Office may seek or act on instructions from any external source, such as states, international organisations, non-governmental organisations or individuals.

The Prosecutor may open an investigation under three circumstances (art.13,14,15) :

  • when a situation is referred to him or her by a state party;
  • when a situation is referred to him or her by the United Nations Security Council, acting to address a threat to international peace and security; 
  • proprio motu on the basis of information received from other sources, such as individuals or non-governmental organisations if  the Prosecutor concludes that there is a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation, and the Pre-Trial Chamber authorises him or her to open it. 

Reparation for victims

For the first time in the history of humanity, an international court has the power to order an individual to pay reparation to another individual; it is also the first time that an international criminal court has had such power.

Pursuant to article 75, the Court may lay down the principles for reparation for victims, which may include restitution, indemnification and rehabilitation. On this point, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court has benefited from all the work carried out with regard to victims, in particular within the United Nations.

The Court must also enter an order against a convicted person stating the appropriate reparation for the victims or their beneficiaries. This reparation may also take the form of restitution, indemnification or rehabilitation. The Court may order this reparation to be paid through the Trust Fund for Victims, which was set up by the Assembly of States Parties in September 2002.

To be able to apply for reparation, victims have to file a written application with the Registry, which must contain the evidence laid down in Rule 94 of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence. The Victims’ Participation and Reparation Section prepared standard forms to make this easier for victims. They may also apply for protective measures for the purposes of confiscating property from the persons prosecuted.

The Victims’ Participation and Reparation Section is responsible for giving all appropriate publicity to these reparation proceedings to enable victims to make their applications. These proceedings take place after the person prosecuted has been declared guilty of the alleged facts.

The Court has the option of granting individual or collective reparation, concerning a whole group of victims or a community, or both. If the Court decides to order collective reparation, it may order that reparation to be made through the Victims’ Fund and the reparation may then also be paid to an inter-governmental, international or national organisation.

ICC – Contact

Communications and claims under art.15 of the Rome Statute may be addressed to:

        Information and Evidence Unit
        Office of the Prosecutor
        Post Office Box 19519
        2500 CM The Hague
        The Netherlands

        or sent by email to otp.informationdesk@icc-cpi.int

        or sent by facsimile to +31 70 515 8555.

For more information go to the official site of the ICC : http://www.icc-cpi.int/Pages/default.aspx

Finally, please inform your relatives and friends about this call for testimonies, and please note that you can also send evidence and information related to crimes committed in Greece to this blog ( JusticeForGreece). 

Thank you. 

Christina Salemi 

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7 comments on “Appeal to the English speaking Greek population for testimonies

  1. received by email:

    ” Απο: “Eleftheriades,GeorgeSavva’OAM’GCSCG’CETr’JP”
    Προς: otp.informationdesk@icc-cpi.int
    Κοιν.: …..
    Στάλθηκε: 3:52 π.μ. Τρίτη, 16 Ιουλίου 2013
    Θέμα: ‘130716_Greek charge regarding art. 7 Roman Statute_further crucial evidence

    Sydney, 16th July 2013

    Mrs. Fatou Bensouda
    Chief Prosecutor
    The International Crime Court

    Dear Madam Chief Prosecutor

    In relation to the undermentioned filing by Ms Sarah Luzia Hassel-Reusing, on the 21.11.2012, in the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, of a charge against unknown for the suspicion of a crime against humanity because of intentious and, at the same time, systematic and broad-scale damage to the health of the Greek population (art.7 par. 1 lit. k Roman Statute), quoting extract –
    ” Sarah Luzia Hassel-Reusing, human rights acitivist,
    Thorner Str 7, 42283 Wuppertal (Germany) +49 / 202 / 2502621
    To the International Crime Court
    To be delivered to the Chief Prosecutor Mrs. Fatou BensoudaMaanstraat 1742516 AB, The Hague (Netherlands)
    Subject: -Greek charge regarding art. 7 Roman Statute
    Reference: -further crucial evidence especially regarding the objective part
    Dear Madam, Mrs. Chief Prosecutor,

    21.11.2012 (edited)

    ” I address myself as a German citizen to you in the awareness, that the German people confesses itself to inalienable und invulnerable (universal) human rights as the basis of every human community, of peace, and of justice in the world (according to art. 1 par. 2 Basic Law, which is protected by the eternity guarantee of art. 79 par. 3 Basic Law).

    ” In his famous speech at the 06.09.1946 the then US foreign minister Mr. Byrnes has demanded, that Germany had to bind itself to human rights and to peace as a precondition, which would allow the USA, to accept that Germany might get to wealth again. In the Parlamentarian Council, the body, which has worked out and concluded the German Basic Law, Dr. Seebohm (German Party) demanded in his plenary speech at the 08.05.1949 a legally binding obligation of Germany to human rights and to peace, in order to enable other states to trust Germany again („Der Parlamentarische Rat“, Band 9, Harald-Boldt publishing house, p.562).

    ” This means the legal obligation to the universal human rights, for the wording of art. 1 par. 2 Basic Law has been developed starting from a draft of the first paragraph of the preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Right (UDHR), and the other international human rights systems, which are valid today in Germany, have been come into existence after the the Basic Law (1949) (European Human Rights Convention of the Council of Europe concluded in 1950, and the EU Basic Rights Charter concluded in 2000 and made legally binding in 2009)

    ” Dr. Süsterhenn (Christian-Democratical Union) demanded in his plenary speech in the Parlamentarian Council at the 08.09.1948 („Der Parlamentarische Rat“, Band 9, Harald-Boldt publishing house, p.56), that the universal human rights, if they are valid for UN trustee areas, then even more must be valid for the occupied Germany. Also the German Constitutional Court has confirmed art. 1 par. 2 Basic Law as a connection to the universal human rights (no. 96 of the Bodenreform III judgement, BVerfGE 112,1).
    ” In addition to that, the Constitutional Court has in no. 225 of the Lisbon judgement at the 30.06.2009 recognised the peace principle (obligation to peace by art. 1 par. 2 Basic Law, not to be misunderchanged with the prohibition of aggressive war by art. 26 Basic Law).This means for me as a German citizen (official confirmation, that I am a German citizen, is attached), as a part of the sovereign (the people), to stand protecting the universal human rights. ”

    Also in support of incidental other filings, by other concerned persons (parties) regarding this massive criminal case, I submit for the ICC consideration the following published two articles, viz:

    – furtherbelow, one in Hellenic: – ΟΙ ΕΙΔΙΚΟΙ ΚΑΤΑΓΡΑΦΟΥΝ ΔΡΑΜΑΤΙΚΗ ΠΤΩΣΗ ΤΩΝ ΓΕΝΝΗΣΕΩΝ, ΑΛΛΑ ΚΑΙ ΚΑΤΑΚΟΡΥΦΗ ΑΥΞΗΣΗ ΤΩΝ ΓΕΝΝΗΣΕΩΝ ΝΕΚΡΩΝ ΒΡΕΦΩΝ

    – furtherbelow, the other in English: – Daily Mail: Middle class parents in Greece are dumping their children in orphanages so they won’t starve

    As a citizen of the world, I support the legal battles of the Greek people and ask the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to immediately activate procedures, to investigate the crimes being perpetrated in Greece and bring to trial anybody responsible for them. Any and all persons found guilty must be punished. Such crimes must be prevented

    On behalf of our community nexuses and organisations, I submit all these wrongdoings actually constitute both:
    -1. Genocide against the Ethnos of Hellenes;
    -2. and “anti-Hellenism”, which in terms otherwise applicable to “antisemitism” ought to be punishable internationally

    I further submit that the international community and its instituted Authorities are delaying and thus failing to timely protect the myriads vulnerable victims from abject ruination, suicides, hopeless health care, slavery, hunger, homelessness, and all predicaments. For humanity’s sake, we all appeal for your immediate action to salvage, if there is yet time, the people from complete human tragedy

    Your acknowledgement of receipt and relevant advice shall be appreciated

    I remain dear Madam, yours faithfully

    Eleftheriades, George Savva, OAM, GCSCG, CETr, JP. george.e@me.com
    49A Tramway Street, Rosebery, New South Wales, Australia, 2013

    Sydney 1974/91: – Academician-Educationist. – Government Approved Provider of Education
    – Collegiarch (Head of Colleges), Athenaeum Communiversity Colleges (Sydney 1974/91)
    – Listed in Federal Government Select Register for Advisory Services. – 1956/88 Catechist
    Formerly: – Administration Clerk, British Forces, Suez, Egypt (1944/1954)
    – Public Servant, PMG – Australia Post (1955/1991)
    – Manager (Night Staff), Rushcutters Bay Mail Centre (1987/1991)
    Member: – Greek Australian Professionals Association (GAPA, 1988/2003)
    – Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI, 1989/93)
    – Order of Australia (invested 8.6.1998);
    – Judiciary (admitted Justice of the Peace, 15.2.1967);
    – Protospathaire (Knight Commander) Saint Eugene Order of Trapezous;
    – Grand Croix (cross), Order of Saint Constantine the Great;
    Nominated for non-political peerage in the House of Lords (UK 2002)”

    You can read the 2 attached articles here https://justiceforgreece.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/daily-mail-middle-class-parents-in-greece-are-dumping-their-children-in-orphanages-so-they-wont-starve/

    and here http://www.enet.gr/?i=issue.el.home&date=14/07/2013&id=374280

  2. the english version of first article:

    EnetEnglish.gr, 15:45 Monday 15 July 2013

    Study: fewer births and more stillbirths due to austerity

    Public health study notes that decrease in birthrate and increase in stillbirths accompanied the dramatic fall in GDP from 2009 to 2011 and the increasing rates of unemployment, particularly among women, from 2008 to in 2011
    Austerity has fuelled a dramatic decrease in the birthrate and a rapid increase in stillbirths in Greece and is directly related to the increase in unemployment, research from National School of Public Health (ESDY) has shown.

    The research, whose findings were published in Sunday’s Eleftherotypia, found that from 2009 to 2011, the birthrate has fallen consistently, from 10.45 births per 1,000 inhabitants in 2009, 10.15 births per 1,000 inhabitants in 2010 and 9.39 births per 1,000 inhabitants in 2011, an overall decrease of 10.13%.

    Since 2008 to 2011, the rate of stillbirths has increased 21.5%, from 3.31 per 1,000 in 2008, to 4.28 in 2009, 4.36 in 2010 and 4.01 in 2011.

    The report notes that these trends accompanied the dramatic fall in GDP from 2009 to 2011 by 14.82% and the increasing rates of unemployment, particularly among women, from 11.7% in 2008 to 24.5% in 2011.

    Efi Simou, who conducted the study, said: “The research findings should not surprise us because it is known from other studies that economic downturns can be associated with a reduction in births. On the one hand, periods of economic prosperity and growth appear to be accompanied by periods of increased birth rates while, on the other, an economic downturn means less births and an increase in stillbirths.”

    “The declining birthrate in Greece from 2009 onwards seems to have kept pace with the decline in GDP during the same period,” Simou noted, adding that the country experienced an increase in birthrates from 2003 to sometime after 2004, a period of economic prosperity and improved living conditions for the population.

    “At that time the number of births rose from 105,444 in 2004 to 107,166 in 2005 and 111,625 in 2006 (an increase of 5.86% from 2004 to 2006). The same trend emerged in 2005, the year following the Olympic Games and the success of winning the European Championship in football,” she said.

    Existing research has shown the strong correlation between an increase in stillbirths an a decline in access to healthcare.

    In Greece, people who have been unemployed for over a year not only lose their benefits but also their public health insurance.

    “The low birthrate, coupled with an increase in the population aged over 65, is alarming. In times of crisis, such as the present one, there is a compelling need for policies that, on the one hand, will motivate couples to have children and, on the other, will provide women with comprehensive prenatal and perinatal care, regardless of their economic or their employment situation,” said Simou.

    * The original Greek version of this article appeared in the print edition of Eleftherotypia on July 14

    EnetEnglish, Eleftherotypia

    http://www.enetenglish.gr/?i=news.en.society&id=1275

  3. .
    MOORE ARTICLES FROM OUR BLOG …

    1) Is Greece’s Child Labor Crisis Getting Out of Hand?
    by Kristina Chew
    July 7, 2013
    4:00 am

    About 100,000 children may be working illegally in Greece, according to an estimate from child protection groups and the Greek ombudsman, reports the Greek daily Ekathimerini. The speculation is yet another sign of how Greece’s economic crisis (Greece is in its sixth year of recession and almost 10 percent of children live in a household in which not even one family member has a job) continues to take a huge toll on all sectors of Greek society.

    The actual number of children working illegally — whose parents are unemployed and/or who are Roma or migrants and often without any health coverage — can only be estimated. Most of the work child laborers do is undocumented and therefore very likely to consist of low pay, unsafe and substandard conditions. For example, children working on farms in rural areas are being exposed to agricultural chemicals. Child victims of trafficking or forced labor typically work illegally, so they are not included in labor statistics.

    The rise in illegal child labor is occurring at a time when Greeks have faced record-high levels of unemployment. For Greeks under age 25, the unemployment rate is 59.2 percent. The country’s overall unemployment rate was 26.8 percent in March. “Unprecedented” numbers of younger Greeks — more than 120,000 recently qualified doctors, engineers, IT professionals and scientists, half with graduate degrees – have been emigrating to Germany, Australia and other countries in search of work. Those who have chosen to stay in Greece face huge obstacles to find employment of any sort.

    Information about the number of children dropping out of school in Greece is equally alarming. Eurostat, the European Statistical Authority, says that 11.4 percent of the student population – some 70,000 students — dropped out of school in 2012. According to Ekathimerini, Greece’s own Ministry of Education “could not provide official data regarding children who leave secondary education.” The ministry did note that around 3,500 primary school students had withdrawn from school in 2011-12.

    According to the the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child, ”every kind of labor that puts a child’s physical or intellectual development at risk is prohibited.” Ilias Lyberis, the director of Unicef Hellas, comments that in at least half of child labor cases, it is the child’s own family who has them work. The economic crisis has more than clearly “given rise to new challenges that the state must address.”

    But so far, the Greek state has not exactly risen to the challenge of looking out for the needs of its future citizens. Greece has “one of the poorest records in the European Union in terms of policies for the protection of children” regarding tax breaks and other benefits, Ekathimerini points out. In May, Unicef reported that nearly a half a million Greek children are now living in poverty; almost half don’t even have their basic nutritional needs met.

    The U.N. and Unicef have called on Greece to adopt a national action plan to address the negative impact of the crisis on children. To address the rising problem of underage workers, Unicef has called for Greece to train labor inspectors to address issues such as trafficking and child labor. The goal is to create a centralized body focusing specifically on these issues and to redesign policy regarding how benefits are paid to minors.

    European leaders pledged to spend 6 billion euros over two years on job creation, training and apprenticeships for young people with struggling economies in places like Greece, Spain and Portugal. As the reports of illegal underage workers in Greece make clear, the very youngest Greek citizens are terribly in need of help. The economic crisis is not the only one that Greece faces.

    Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/is-greeces-child-labor-crisis-getting-out-of-hand.html#ixzz2ZCXAu5sI

    2) UNICEF:

    597,000 children in Greece are currently living in poverty. Almost half of them – 322,000 – lack the basic daily nutritional needs. This shocking numbers were revealed by Lambros Kanellopoulos, the President of UNICEF in Greece.

    “The situation is very worrying. The problems of poverty and social exclusion are increasing,” Kanellopoulos said during a press conference. He added that the situation has a negative effect both on the welfare of children and issues concerning their health and development.

    According to the report conducted in cooperation with Athens University, the situation for the children in Greece based on data of 2011 is:

    9.2% of the children live in households where not even one family member has a job.
    Households with children below poverty line declared:

    44.3% inability to a nutrition diet with meat/fish/chicken/vegetables every second day (21.6% in 2010)
    39.7% inability to provide satisfactory home heating (37.1 in 2010).
    10.1% inability to come up for medical checks and other medical expenses.
    37.2% inability to pay utilities, credit cards, loans
    34.5% inability to cover extraordinary needs
    50.8% inability to pay for one week vacation
    Crime among children aged 9-13 increased at 58%

    Poor households tend to spend rather to cover clothes needs of their children than for their education.

    Youth Unemployment

    aged 15-24: 55.3% in 2012, 64.2% in February 2013 and 64% in March 2013.
    aged 15-18: 61.3% in 2012
    Households saw a sharp deterioration of their income and general situation after the country sought the aid of International Monetary Fund in May 2010. Unemployment has reached 27% in March 2013 with more than half of the youth being without job, or earning less than 400 euro per month.

    – See more at: http://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2013/05/25/unicef-greece-more-than-half-a-million-children-live-below-poverty-line/#sthash.G9PSYBXw.dpuf

    3) NEW YORK TIMES. More Children in Greece Start to Go Hungry – NYTimes.com By LIZ ALDERMAN, Published: April 17, 2013

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/18/world/europe/more-children-in-greece-start-to-go-hungry.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

  4. Έκκληση στον ελληνικό πληθυσμό για μαρτυρίες

    Αριθμός αρχείου (File number): OTP-CR-345/12

    Αγαπητές κυρίες, αγαπητοί κύριοι,

    Στις 21.11.2012 κατέθεσα στο Διεθνές Ποινικό Δικαστήριο της Χάγης (ICC) μήνυση
    εναντίον αγνώστου με την υποψία του εγκλήματος κατά της ανθρωπότητας εξαιτίας
    πρόκλησης βλάβης από πρόθεση και ταυτόχρονα βλάβης συστηματικής και ευρείας
    κλίμακας στην υγεία του ελληνικού πληθυσμού (άρθρο 7, παρ. 1, lit k Καταστατικό
    της Ρώμης).

    Κάθε άτομο έχει το ανθρώπινο δικαίωμα, για το πρόσωπό του, για το υψηλότερο
    δυνατό επίπεδο φυσικής και πνευματικής υγείας (άρθρο 12, Κοινωνική Σύμβαση
    ΟΗΕ). Επιπροσθέτως, το ανθρώπινο δικαίωμα στην υγεία προστατεύεται για τις
    γυναίκες από το άρθρο 12 της Σύμβασης του ΟΗΕ για τα Δικαιώματα των Γυναικών
    (CEDAW) και για τα παιδιά από το άρθρο 24 της Σύμβασης του ΟΗΕ για τα
    Δικαιώματα των Παιδιών (CRC). Επιπλέον, τα παιδιά πρέπει να προστατεύονται,
    σύμφωνα με το άρθρο 19 CRC, εναντίον των βλαβών. Κατά συνέπεια, το ανθρώπινο
    δικαίωμα στην υγεία πρέπει να επηρεάζεται λιγότερο από τα μέτρα δημοσιονομικής
    αυστηρότητας από κάθε άλλο κοινωνικό δικαίωμα.

    Κατέθεσα συνειδητά τη μήνυση εναντίον αγνώστων, επειδή είναι τόσα τα πρόσωπα
    (μεταξύ των οποίων εκείνα της τρόικας, που αποτελείται από την Ευρωπαϊκή
    Επιτροπή, το ΔΝΤ, την ΕΚΤ, την Ομάδα Εργασίας των υφυπουργών Οικονομικών
    του Eurogroup, τους ανώτερους από αυτούς υπουργούς Οικονομικών, και πολλούς
    εξωτερικούς συμβούλους και λομπίστες) τα οποία εμπλέκονται στα σχέδια και τις
    αποφάσεις σχετικά με τους όρους των δανειακών συμβάσεων για τη «Στήριξη της
    Ελλάδας» και το EFSF, που πιθανόν μόνο τα αρχεία για το πώς προέκυψαν οι όροι
    και οι μαρτυρίες θα αποσαφηνίσουν ποια συγκεκριμένα πρόσωπα είναι υπεύθυνα για
    αυτούς τους όρους, εξαιτίας των οποίων προκλήθηκε βλάβη σε τόσο πολλούς
    κατοίκους και πολίτες στην Ελλάδα. Οι υπεύθυνοι πρέπει να εντοπιστούν και να
    λογοδοτήσουν, και η καταστροφή της υγείας των Ελλήνων από τα μέτρα
    δημοσιονομικής αυστηρότητας πρέπει να σταματήσει.

    Προσωπικά, σε ό,τι με αφορά, κατέδειξα τη σύνδεση μεταξύ των όρων και των
    συνεπειών τους όσον αφορά στην πείνα και στην καταστροφή του συστήματος υγείας
    στην Ελλάδα, εν μέρει αναφερόμενη σε στοιχεία της μήνυσης που είχε ήδη κατατεθεί
    από τον κ. Γεώργιο Τράγκα και τους συνεργάτες του.
    Σύμφωνα με τα στοιχεία που έχω στη διάθεσή μου, οι βλάβες στην υγεία έχουν
    προκληθεί κυρίως από τις περικοπές στον τομέα της υγείας και από την πρόκληση
    πείνας, αλλά και από την δημιουργία αστέγων και την έλλειψη της οικονομικής
    δυνατότητας για τη θέρμανση στα σπίτια.

    Τα έως τώρα συγκεντρωμένα στοιχεία καταδεικνύουν όλα τα παραπάνω σε
    θεωρητικό επίπεδο. Λείπουν συγκεκριμένες μαρτυρίες κατοίκων της Ελλάδας, των
    οποίων η υγεία έχει πληγεί από τα μέτρα δημοσιονομικής αυστηρότητας. Επίσης,
    είναι σημαντικές μαρτυρίες φίλων και συγγενών Ελλήνων, που έχουν πεθάνει
    εξαιτίας βλάβης της υγείας τους που προκλήθηκαν από τα μέτρα δημοσιονομικής
    αυστηρότητας, ή που αυτοκτόνησαν εξαιτίας των συνεπειών των μέτρων
    δημοσιονομικής αυστηρότητας.

    Στόχος είναι να παρουσιαστούν στο Διεθνές Ποινικό Δικαστήριο, όχι μόνο
    αφηρημένα νούμερα, άρθρα και στατιστικά στοιχεία, αλλά επιπλέον από η ανθρώπινη
    οπτική. Στόχος είναι να καταθέσουν μαρτυρίες, όχι μόνο δημοσιογράφοι και
    ακτιβιστές ανθρωπίνων δικαιωμάτων, αλλά ειδικά όσο το δυνατόν περισσότερα
    θύματα, κι έτσι να συμμετέχουν ενεργά στην κατεύθυνση της απονομής δικαιοσύνης
    και της τιμωρίας των υπευθύνων.

    Για το σκοπό λοιπόν της συλλογής στοιχείων, χρειάζομαι τη στήριξή σας, με τη
    μορφή αποστολής της μαρτυρίας σας, στην αγγλική γλώσσα, στο Διεθνές Ποινικό
    Δικαστήριο της Χάγης, στην οποία θα αναφέρεστε γραπτά στον αριθμό αρχείου (file
    number) OTP-CR-345. Σύμφωνα με το άρθρο 15 του Καταστατικού της Ρώμης, όλοι
    μπορούν να αποστείλουν πληροφορίες-στοιχεία που αφορούν σε υποτιθέμενες
    περιπτώσεις εγκλημάτων, σύμφωνα με το Καταστατικό της Ρώμης.
    Η διεύθυνση για την αποστολή των μαρτυριών-στοιχείων είναι (σύμφωνα με την
    ιστοσελίδα του Διεθνούς Ποινικού Δικαστηρίου):

    International Criminal Court
    Information and Evidence Unit
    Office of the Prosecutor
    Post Office Box 19519
    2500 CM The Hague
    The Netherlands

    Ή μπορούν να αποσταλούν μέσω τηλεομοιοτυπίας στο +31 70 515 8555.
    Το ζητούμενο είναι να καταδειχθεί το θέμα της βλάβης στην υγεία εξαιτίας
    συγκεκριμένων μέτρων δημοσιονομικής λιτότητας. Παρακαλώ, όπως εξηγείτε στη
    μαρτυρία που θα αποστείλετε από ποια χρονική στιγμή κι έπειτα η υγεία σας
    παρουσίασε πρόβλημα και με ποιο μέτρο το συνδέετε.

    Αυτό μπορεί να αναφέρετε σε φάρμακα ή σε υπηρεσίες υγείας ή σε ιατρούς, στους
    οποίους πια δεν έχετε πρόσβαση ή μόνο στην έλλειψη δυνατότητας πληρωμής ή
    συμμετοχής στην πληρωμή στα παραπάνω ή που πλέον δεν βρίσκονται σε αρκετά
    κοντινή απόσταση στον τόπο κατοικίας σας.

    Εάν αντιμετωπίζετε πρόβλημα πείνας, στη μαρτυρία σας αναφέρετε από πότε το
    αντιμετωπίζετε και εξαιτίας ποιου είδους περικοπών (για παράδειγμα στη σύνταξη ή
    τον μισθό σας) δεν είχατε πλέον αρκετά για την πλήρη σίτισή σας. Επιπλέον, εάν η
    αιτία ήταν η χαλάρωση της προστασίας εναντίον των αναιτιολόγητων απολύσεων ή η
    αύξηση του κόστους ζωής, η μαρτυρία σας είναι απαραίτητη. Παρακαλώ, επίσης
    όπως αναφέρετε εάν ο μόνος λόγος για τον οποίο δεν υποσιτίζεστε είναι ότι έχετε
    υποστήριξη από φιλανθρωπική οργάνωση.

    Εάν έχετε μείνει άστεγος/-η, ή εάν διαμένετε σε διαμέρισμα χωρίς θέρμανση εξαιτίας
    οικονομικής αδυναμίας, παρακαλώ επίσης όπως εξηγήσετε, από πότε και εξαιτίας
    ποιων περικοπών δεν μπορείτε πλέον να έχετε πρόσβαση στα απαραίτητα.
    Εάν αυτό είναι εφικτό, παρακαλώ επίσης όπως επισυνάψετε στην επιστολή σας στο
    Διεθνές Ποινικό Δικαστήριο, φωτοτυπίες των στοιχείων που καταδεικνύουν ότι με τα
    οικονομικά μέσα που διαθέτετε, δεν μπορεί να καλυφθεί πλέον το απαραίτητο κόστος
    για τροφή, διαμονή ή υγειονομική περίθαλψη.

    Εάν διαθέτετε στοιχεία σχετικά με το από πότε τα πρόσωπα που σχεδίασαν ή
    αποφάσισαν τους όρους για την Ελλάδα πρέπει να γνώριζαν τι επιπτώσεις οι όροι
    αυτοί έχουν στην υγεία των πολιτών και των κατοίκων της Ελλάδας, παρακαλώ
    ενημερώστε το Διεθνές Ποινικό Δικαστήριο κι εμένα σχετικά με αυτά τα στοιχεία.
    Και αυτό γιατί έγκλημα εναντίον της ανθρωπότητας (άρθρο 7 του Καταστατικού της
    Ρώμης) στοιχειοθετείται μόνο όταν ενέχει πρόθεση σε ένα βαθμό, δηλαδή όταν
    κάποιος γνωρίζει τι συνέπειες έχουν οι πράξεις/αποφάσεις του, αλλά παρ’ όλα αυτά
    τις λαμβάνει/τις εφαρμόζει.

    Κάθε μαρτυρία με στοιχεία που αφορά στην βλάβη της υγείας συγκεκριμένων
    προσώπων εξαιτίας συνθηκών συνιστά σημαντική συμβολή στη λύση. Επιπροσθέτως, όσο περισσότερες μαρτυρίες με στοιχεία συγκεντρωθούν, θα καταδείξουν στο Διεθνές Ποινικό Δικαστήριο ότι είναι σημαντικό στους πολίτες και τους κατοίκους της Ελλάδας να δοθεί υψηλή προτεραιότητα στον εντοπισμό των υπαιτίων για τις βλάβες στην υγεία και την αποτροπή περαιτέρω βλαβών.

    Με φιλικούς χαιρετισμούς,

    Sarah Luzia Hassel-Reusing

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