New Domain

I have moved again… this time to THIS IS NOT MY COUNTRY dot com


I HAVE EXPORTED ALL POSTS AND COMMENTS OVER THERE.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS VISITED AND READ MY POSTS HERE. I HOPE YOU WILL UPDATE YOUR BLOGROLLS AND LINKS.

DD Live

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My Thursday night chat will be on tonight at the usual time. See the top of the page under DD live for details if you are a first-time visitor. Please note: us nasty little politically correct, liberalleftiecommie feminazis are ruining Christmas so don’t expect any fun and games tonight in my festive chatroom.

PS: I love my tree!

Happy Christmas everyone.

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New Direction

As I have moved my human rights blog to my own server and this one has been sitting here, I decided to try and make it work for me. So I am taking it in a new direction. I will still be posting on issues I care about but will attempt to look at them in a more global sense with more linking to news articles and blog posts relevent to them. I hope you will enjoy the new outlook.

Selling Babies

The recent case of a British woman who made a deal to buy a baby from a young Romanian girl and then just took it without paying, has caused a flurry of reporting about illegal adoptions here in Greece. There are many problems that arise when dealing with cases of adoption here because

9 out of ten prospective parents prefer to sign a private agreement with a natural mother willing to hand over her infant

and that is perfectly legal here. This leaves room for adoption rings to operate (with the help of doctors and lawyers) because unless it can be proved that money has changed hands, the cases are very difficult to uncover.

The police say that babies are being sold — mainly in Athens, northern and central Greece and the island of Crete — for up to $33,000, with male blue- eyed infants fetching the highest prices. According to Bulgarian officials, most of the mothers are from Roma, or Gypsy, settlements in Bulgaria and are paid about $4,000 for relinquishing their infants

Read the full article at the International Herald Tribune

UPDATE: Panayote Dimitras of the Greek Helsinki Monitor also sent me the link to this article from the Independent Online Edition.

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International Migrants Day

Today is International Migrants Day. Many people become confused when talking about migrants, refugees and asylum seekers especially since those terms have become entangled with the word “illegal”. So I thought today would be a good day for people to really look at the meaning of those labels and the rights that each of those individuals have.

Amnesty has a very clear and concise article called Refugees have rights which explains what the terms mean and what rights people have.

Please take five minutes to read it. Further reading on International Migrants Day can be found here and here with plenty of links to other information.

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Happy Weekend

I will not be blogging for couple of days but I will write up and post on my recent visit to the Votanikos and Aspropyrgos Roma settlements as soon as I can.

Have a very happy weekend.

DD Live

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My usual Thursday night chat will be on tonight at the usual time. See the top of the page under DD live for details if you are a first-time visitor. I have found it incredibly inspiring to be able to “meet” readers of this blog over there and just to have a laugh or discuss things that are on our minds. So thank you to everyone who has participated over the last few months. See some of you later

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