Target: Dean Speilmann, President of the European Court of Human Rights at the Hague
Goal: Demand justice for farm workers murdered for requesting fair compensation
Recently, a Greek court decided to acquit Greek farmers who admitted they shot 28 Bangladeshi strawberry pickers when they demanded work compensation. The verdict is shockingly unjust and exemplifies the problems of racism and political corruption in society.
In 2013, strawberry pickers in Greece demanded to be paid for their six months of work at a farm in Manolada, a village town in southern Peloponnese. In response to reasonable work demands, the employers at the farm shot the strawberry pickers, killing 28 and badly injuring four in the attack.
The strawberry pickers were working under inhumane conditions with no access to adequate hygiene or basic sanitation. In addition to the squalid living conditions they faced, they were denied pay for their hard work.
A lawyer for the victims of the shootings, Moisis Karabeyidis, plans to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights at the Hague. This France-based court, which is part of the Council of Europe, was established in 1959 to rule on violations of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Inhumane treatment of workers is a large problem in the world, especially in politically unstable countries such as Greece. Humans are treating fellow humans as tools for their own use, without regard for their personal rights and needs. Please sign the petition below to urge the European Court of Human Rights at the Hague to take initiative to justify the wrongdoing that the Greek court had committed against the strawberry pickers in this court case, and to compensate the families of those affected by the attack.
Dear President Dean Speilmann,
The verdict of the Greek court in the trial of the strawberry farmers who shot and killed numerous Bangladeshi strawberry pickers was outrageous. Killing others and not being held accountable for their horrendous actions is outright unjust, and something needs to be done about it.
The families of those affected by the shootings suffer enormously, in that they not only lost their loved ones, but must also live with the knowledge that the murderers were not punished for their actions.
I urge you to please take this case, and to give the victims and their families the justice that they deserve for the atrocity that was committed by the murderous farmers.
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