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#RefugeesGR Lesvos: Amir Hampay released from prison
At 13.00 today Amir Hampay was released from prison
Amir Hampay and Arash Hampay fled from dictatorship and torture or death by hanging in Iran. They lost their father and brother to the dictatorship in Iran, their mother suffered the worst losses to imagine in life, with her many many others in Iran.
The brothers arrived in Greece, Lesvos island. They never gave up hope for a free life.
For more that two years Amir has been waiting for his asylum. Arash got his asylum earlier on Lesvos. Arash has been granted asylum and forced to leave his brother on Lesvos island.
It is not difficult for us to understand the psychological and physical deterioration for a young man, already traumatised by events in his own country to spend 2 years in these circumstances.
It is not difficult for us to understand the same effects on his brother, who spends every day trying to support other refugees and homeless people.
Now after the failure of a positive outcome in the Judicial Review, supporters of the brothers will continue to fight and raise awareness of this atrocious situation.
Neither the Greek Government nor the United Nations, nor the European Union nor the European Governments have shown any response or compassion to the human tragedy of the refugees on the Greek islands as well as in other refugee camps, especially Moria camp on Lesvos!
We are delighted at the news of his release but also very much aware that the delicacy of his situation continues. There is a reprieve here which we hope will give time for a logical and humane decision to be brought to this situation. Amir is unwell, his brother Arash is unwell. Over 2 years they have endured stress and difficult conditions in trying to deal with authorities giving inconsistent decisions. Both experienced the same cirumstances in their own dictororial country and yet one – Arash – is able to have asylum and Amir is not. They are then additionally separated by location. Arash must be in Athens and not able then to be a source of support to his younger unwell brother. The supporters of the brothers continue to raise awareness and push for the right decision to be brought and release this young man with the correct papers.
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