Lesvos. Greece. Greek authorities are unlawfully expelling migrants who have arrived in Greece, and abandoning them at sea on motorless, inflatable vessels. In a report released today by Legal Centre Lesvos, testimonies from 30 survivors detail the systematic, unlawful and inherently violent nature of these collective expulsions.
Image above: In a photo taken by Legal Centre Lesvos from Lesvos island on 17 June 2020, two Greek vessels surround a migrant boat, which GPS coordinates sent to Alarm Phone confirmed was in Greek territorial water. For several hours, the migrant boat was left without assistance. The Turkish Coast Guard later collected the occupants of the boat, returning them to Turkey. Collective expulsions carried out in this manner are contrary to international law, violate individuals’ right to life and right to be free from cruel and degrading treatment, and are in violation of international maritime law obligating rescue at sea.
Continue reading New Legal Centre #Lesvos report details collective expulsions in the Aegean Sea
Lesvos. Greece. March 30, 2020. A nationwide ban on “all unnecessary movement” has been introduced in Greece, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, the national measures fall far short of the disproportionate restrictions imposed on the migrant community three days earlier – which have effectively facilitated their mass detention in camps where hygiene conditions are dire, and where few measures have been taken to prepare for, let alone prevent, an outbreak.
Continue reading Legal Centre #Lesvos: Discriminatory restrictions on movement further contains migrants in unsanitary conditions and at risk of #COVID19 outbreak
Lesvos. Greece. March 19. Since its election on an anti-immigrant platform, the ruling New Democracy party in Greece has publicly pushed for the establishment of closed detention centres for migrants who enter the country from Turkey, with the intention of their eventual deportation to Turkey or their country of origin.
Continue reading #Lesvos: #COVID19 Paves Way For Mass Detention of Migrants
After facing months of obstacles, including the opposition of human rights groups, local communities and governments across the Aegean islands to the construction of these closed structures, recent measures taken ostensibly to control the spread of COVID-19 are paving the way to the mass detention of migrants in Lesvos.
Lesvos. Greece. March 11, 2020. Since the Prime Minister’s announcement on 1st March that Greece would suspend the right to seek asylum, all migrants who have reached the Greek islands from Turkey are detained upon arrival, in a state of limbo.
Continue reading Legal Centre #Lesvos: No-man’s lands for Europe’s “undesirables”
We publish 2 statements by Legal Centre Lesvos about and HIAS Greece about the trial against refugees who protested on Lesvos island (Greek territory).
Continue reading #Lesvos: 110 #RefugeesGR protestors acquitted of criminal charges, but criminalization of protest continues