An update from the previous post.
Via the Canadian Press
The Greek government says it will grant refugee status to a group of Iranian men who have held a hunger strike to protest long delays in the processing of their asylum applications.
A government statement Monday said all six men, two of whom had refused food since July 19, were given political asylum.
The Iranians have camped outside the Athens offices of the United Nations refugee agency, claiming their asylum applications were unanswered for up to nine years. They said they faced persecution in Iran for their beliefs.
Human rights groups have criticized Greece’s asylum system. Only about four in 10,000 applicants are granted asylum, and a backlog of more than 45,000 appeals has built up.
Greek authorities have pledged reforms.