RUINS: CHRONICLE OF AN HIV WITCH-HUNT

“Ruins: Chronicle of an HIV Witch-Hunt” is a documentary about the criminalization of HIV. Directed by Zoe Mavroudi, it tells the story of a group of HIV-positive women who were detained by the Greek Police, forcibly tested, charged with a felony, imprisoned and publicly exposed, when their mug shots and personal data were published in the media, in the run-up to the country’s 2012 national elections.

“Ruins” premieres in the Benaki Museum – Peiraios Street Annex, Athens, on Sunday September 15th, 7pm, and the Aula Maxima, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, on Tuesday September 17th, 7pm. Both screenings will be followed by a discussion with the film director. Screenings are open to the public and entrance is free. After a round of public screenings in Greece and abroad, “Ruins” will become available online.

Visit the “Ruins” website for more information and related material.

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GREEK MINISTER DENDIAS’S UNIVERSITY SPEECH COPY-PASTED FROM WIKIPEDIA

During his recent visit in the USA, Greek Minister of Public Order and Citizen Protection Mr. Nikolaos Dendias made a speech at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of City University of New York. According to the Athens News Agency, the minister said later on: “I had the chance to elaborate on a subject connected to human rights and law enforcement and to analyze the huge challenges the Greek society is facing today”. It is true that Minister Dendias talked about the rule of law, the principle of proportionality, Aristotle, Plato and other stuff, before he justified his policy. However, most of the theoretical part of his speech, which was published later on both the ministry’s and his personal websites, has been found to be copy-pasted from Wikipedia and other sites. It has also been found that some of the material used by the minister has been copied with some mistakes, too…

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