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Sean Binder

Seán Binder


Seán Binder, as a rescue diver and trained maritime search and rescuer, volunteered as a coordinator of civilian rescue operations, both on land and at sea, in Greece in 2018. Despite continued cooperation with the authorities, Seán was arrested for his humanitarian work and spent 106 days in pre-trial detention. The charges made against him include money laundering, espionage and assisting illegal smuggling networks. The case remains ongoing and he faces 25 years imprisonment. 


Human rights defenders (HRDs) in Greece have faced an increasingly hostile environment since the refugee crisis in Europe intensified in 2015.