borderline-lesvos: "That is the worst - the political normality to lock people up"

In this interview, our colleagues from borderline-lesvos introduce our work on Lesvos; e.g. the "Welcome Office", where refugees are supported with bureaucratic and administrative hurdles and the "welcome lessons" for children. They also report on the negative impact of the change of government in Greece on the fundamental rights of refugees and asylum seekers. The current catastrophic situation on Lesvos in which the law has been simply suspended completely and in which human rights violations and racist attacks occur on a daily basis, leaves a deep mark on all those involved and casts a more than uncertain light on the future in Greece and throughout Europe.

Language(s): Englisch / English


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Sentenced to 50 years in prison - freedom for Amir and Razuli

When Amir and Razuli tried to reach Greece on a rubber boat in March 2020, they were attacked by the Greek coast guard who tried to push them back to Turkey by force. The attack caused the boat to sink and the coast guard had to take them on board. Amir and Razuli were arbitrarily charged with "facilitating illegal entry" and "provoking a shipwreck", in addition to their own entry. On the 8th of September 2020 they were sentenced to 50 years in prison.
Language(s): Französisch / Français

Incarcerating the Marginalised - The Fight Against Alleged "Smugglers" on the Greek Hotspot Islands

On an almost daily basis, people in Greece are arrested and sentenced to life-long prison terms and fines under the pretext of "fighting smuggling". This report shows how the laws of the European Union and the Greek state target the very people they claim to protect: Those affected are often refugees themselves, steering a boat from Turkey to the Greek islands. The analysis follows the fate of 48 people from their arrest to the courtroom. Without exception, they were sentenced in court proceedings that undermine basic legal standards. In most cases, a life sentence is imposed. Those affected are locked up as scapegoats of a failed European migration policy. Translated with (free version)
Language(s): Deutsch / German

Push back Solidarity - How the European Union criminalizes solidarity with people seeking protection

All over Europe, organisations and individuals are being discredited, harassed, obstructed and prosecuted because they show solidarity with people on the move. This brochure provides an insight and overview of the increasing criminalization of solidarity within the European Union; its background, forms and effects and numerous cases. However, state repression is meeting with resistance. Those affected are not intimidated. Repression is followed by new waves of solidarity, fuelling the common struggle against the racist European border regime.
Language(s): Deutsch / German