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Press Release: Collective Expulsion from Greek Centres

In response to the recent spike in pushbacks from Greece to Turkey, the ​Border Violence Monitoring Network, with members ​Mobile Info Team and ​Wave Thessaloniki​, are releasing first hand testimony and photographic evidence indicating the existence of violent collective expulsions. In the space of six weeks, the teams received reports of 194 people removed and pushed back into Turkey from the refugee camp in Diavata and the Drama Paranesti Pre-removal Detention Centre. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Griechenland / Türkei, Europäische Union, Europa

Notes from Pazarkule/Evros

We are gathering and reposting the field notes taken by local activist for three weeks during the crises in Pazarkule/Evros border which was aggravated by Turkey, Greece and EU’s border policies and politics of bargaining over human lives. You can find the same report series in Turkish and German (partially translated). read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Griechenland / Türkei, Europäische Union

Rights denied during Greek asylum procedure suspension

RSA’s analysis of the impact of Greece’s decision to suspend access to asylum in March 2020 on the rights of sylumseekers and on redress mechanisms at domestic and European level. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Griechenland / Türkei

Les mort•e•s en Méditerranée ne sont pas une fatalité ! La solidarité, dernier rempart face aux politiques mortifères de l’Union européenne (UE)

« Après plusieurs jours d’incertitude et de confusion, le bilan de ce début du mois d’avril en Méditerranée centrale — bien que pour l’heure encore provisoire — est particulièrement funeste : des centaines de personnes migrantes épuisées après avoir été abandonnées plusieurs jours en mer sans aucun secours, 12 personnes mortes de fatigue, de déshydratation ou noyées et plusieurs centaines renvoyées dans l’enfer libyen qu’elles tentaient de fuir à tout prix. Mais alors que l’Europe essaie de faire passer cette tragédie comme l’un des inévitables « dégâts collatéraux » de la crise sanitaire du COVID 19, il convient de retracer la genèse des politiques du « laisser mourir » que l’UE a élaborées en Méditerranée depuis plusieurs années. » read more

Language(s): Französisch / Français
Region(s): Nordafrika, Europäische Union

The COVID-19 excuse? How migration policies are hardening around the globe

“While perhaps necessary from a public health standpoint, the limitations on movement make it more difficult for people fleeing wars and persecution to access protection, and raise pressing questions about what special steps governments need to take to safeguard asylum seekers and irregular migrants in these unusual times. But migration policy experts also warn that some governments are taking advantage of the crisis to push through legally dubious, hardline migration policies that can’t be justified by public health concerns and that could stay in place long after the COVID-19 outbreaks subside – in particular, ending or curtailing access to asylum.”
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Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Europäische Union, Weltweit

Balkan Region Report – March 2020

The Border Violence Monitoring Network is releasing its latest report covering updates from the Western Balkans and Greece. In March, illegal pushbacks at multiple borders continued unabated, placing transit groups at physical risk and violating their fundamental rights to asylum and due process. Two simultaneous crises also amplified and brought into sharp relief the breakdown of legal and humanitarian protections along the route. The movement of thousands of people in Turkey towards the Greek border drew the issue of collective expulsion across the Evros river into view. Meanwhile, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe was used as justification for new and concerning policy at several points along the route, such as detention and militerisation. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Balkanstaaten, Griechenland / Türkei

Struggles of women* on the move

Watch The Med Alarmphone: 'Our new report on Struggles of women* on the move is out! It covers the whole Mediterranean, gathering the voices and experiences of women* living in refugee camps, resisting deportations and protesting the violence they suffer.' read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Italien / Malta, Griechenland / Türkei, Nordafrika, Europäische Union

De « la guerre contre le virus » à la guerre aux exilé·e·s : les réponses sécuritaires au Covid-19 exacerbent les violences aux frontières

« Les hotspots grecs dans lesquels sont entassé•e•s les exilé•e•s sans protection de leurs droits ou de la pandémie exemplifient la précarisation de leurs trajectoires par les politiques sécuritaires des États. Migreurop dénonce les violences infligées aux exilé•e•s exercées au nom de la « guerre contre le virus », l’inégalité de traitement à leur égard face à la pandémie, et demande la fermeture immédiate de tous les espaces de détention pour garantir leur droit à être protégé•e•s. » read more

Language(s): Französisch / Français
Region(s): Griechenland / Türkei

Le Covid-19 brise les fragiles solidarités avec les réfugiés

« La diffusion du Covid-19 a remis en évidence l’urgence de définir des stratégies précises pour contrôler les mouvements des personnes dans le contexte global. La question des réfugiés, qui était au centre de ce débat jusqu’à il y a quelques semaines, est cependant passée au second plan, suite à un changement prévisible des priorités dans les agendas gouvernementaux. Les migrants continuent toutefois à être entassés dans les structures d’accueil aux portes de l’Europe qui connaissent actuellement une crise aux proportions tragiques. » read more

Language(s): Französisch / Français
Region(s): Europäische Union

Free El Hiblu 3

In Malta, three African teenagers stand accused of terrorism. They were among a group of migrants who fled Libya on a rubber boat on the 26th of March 2019. At risk of drowning, 108 people were rescued by the crew of the cargo ship El Hiblu 1. Instructed by an aircraft of the European military operation Eunavfor Med, the crew sought to return the rescued to Libya, a war-torn country where migrants live in appalling conditions.
The migrants protested their return and convinced the crew of El Hiblu 1 to steer north, to Malta. During the protest nobody was hurt and nothing was damaged. Three African teenagers were arrested and imprisoned for 8 months. Now before a Maltese court, the El Hiblu 3 face serious charges of terrorism and could, if convicted, spend many years in prison.
On the 28th of March 2020, the campaign “Free El Hiblu 3” will be launched, several human rights organisations, rescue NGOs, international lawyers and local NGOs are involved in the solidarity campaign.
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Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Italien / Malta, Nordafrika, Europäische Union

Abstract of Amnesty report: Punishing compassion - Solidarity on trial in Fortress Europe

In den letzten Jahren waren Menschenrechtsverteidiger*innen und zivilgesellschaftliche Organisationen, die Geflüchteten und Migrant*innen geholfen haben, in mehreren europäischen Ländern unbegründeten Strafverfahren, unangemessenen Einschränkungen ihrer Aktivitäten, Einschüchterungen, Schikanen und Verleumdungskampagnen ausgesetzt. Dieser Bericht zeigt, wie europäische Regierungen, EU-Institutionen und Behörden eine Reihe von restriktiven, sanktionierenden und strafenden Maßnahmen gegen Einzelpersonen und Gruppen ergriffen haben, die die Rechte von Menschen in Bewegung verteidigen.
Anbei finden Sie einen Abstract zum Amnesty International Report "Europe: Punishing compassion: Solidarity on trial in Fortress Europe", der am 03.03.2020 erschienen ist. Das von borderline-europe erstelte Abstract fasst die wichtigsten Infos des Berichts in deutscher Sprache zusammen.

Whole report in English language: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/eur01/1828/2020/en/ read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Europa

HarekAct Reporting: INVISIBLY STUCK AND IN LIMBO: An ethnography of the case of irregular Latin American migrants in Turkey

This anthropological study focuses on the experiences and realities of Latin American migrants who are stuck in Turkey in irregular situation. They represent a large, but virtually invisible population due to their absence in official statistics and migration studies, although their arrival to the country is not a new trend. The majority of them have had their rights undermined and are exposed to abuse, difficulties and deprivation as a result of their irregular immigration status. Some of them find it hard to get jobs or, become the cheap labor that underpins the capitalist system of labor exploitation. Many Latin Americans migrants refrain from seeking help from the humanitarian system, since many of them do not know their rights, only speak Spanish, come from disadvantaged social strata or never achieved a higher educational level. Moreover, many humanitarian organizations deny them access to certain services for fear of reprisals from the authorities as a result of their irregular status. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Griechenland / Türkei, Amerika

Violations at Greek Borders: Sea and Land Report - February / March 2020

Following the recent developments in Greece regarding violence against people at it’s national and EU border, the Border Violence Monitoring Network have co-authored a comprehensive report alongside several organisations (Mobile Info Team, Mare Liberum, No Name Kitchen, and Balkan Info Van). The publication outlines the latest data from monitoring groups recording pushbacks to Turkey from both land and sea, highlighting systemic and EU backed acts of extreme violence and cruelty in breach of international law. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Griechenland / Türkei, Europäische Union

Privatized Pushbacks: How Merchant Ships Guard Europe

"To hinder migrants crossing the Mediterranean, European navies stopped rescuing them. Now commercial ships are tasked with saving lives — and returning migrants to war-torn Libya." read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Nordafrika, Europäische Union

Asylum Rights Denied, Migrants, Refugees Find Greek Island on the Brink

"After Turkey threw open its borders to refugees and migrants trying to leave, almost 600 new arrivals on the Greek island of Lesbos found their right to seek asylum had been revoked. They face being returned to the war, poverty or repression they fled."
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Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Griechenland / Türkei

UE–Turquie : le cynisme en partage

"Plus que jamais, ce 18 mars 2020, à l’heure où une pandémie se répand, s’en prenant aux populations les plus démunies et les moins protégées, dont les personnes exilées dans les hotspots, aux frontières, ou encore enfermées dans des centres de rétention européens, nous exprimons avec force notre rejet total de cette politique cynique qui n’est rien d’autre qu’une guerre aux migrant.e.s." read more

Language(s): Französisch / Français
Region(s): Griechenland / Türkei, Europäische Union

'Gestrandete Kinder' - Eine vergleichende Studie der Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Griechenland

Nach Angaben internationaler Menschenrechtsorganisationen machen Kinder mehr als die Hälfte jeder Geflüchtetenbevölkerung in den Einreiseländern aus. Ein wesentlicher Teil von ihnen sind unbegleitete Minderjährige (UBM), die ohne Eltern oder andere Schutzpersonen in einem Einreiseland ankommen und daher eine besonders schutzbedürftige Gruppe darstellen. Die Aufnahme und der Umgang mit UBM ist ein dringendes Thema, das politische Antworten und konkrete politische Maßnahmen erfordert.
Die vorliegende Studie vergleicht drei Berichte zur jeweiligen nationalen Situation in Griechenland, Spanien und Italien. Jeder dieser Länderberichte umfasst Informationen im Hinblick auf den Kinderschutz und wirft einen kritischen Blick auf den Zusammenhang zwischen sozialer Exklusion und Ausbeutung von UBM an der südlichen Peripherie der Europäischen Union (EU). Die Studie stützt sich auf politische Dokumente, Rechtsvorschriften und Gesetze sowie Interviews mit Fachkräften, die unmittelbar mit UBM arbeiten.

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Language(s): Deutsch / German
Region(s): Italien / Malta, Spanien, Griechenland / Türkei

Balkan Region Report February 2020

The Border Violence Monitoring Network is releasing it’s latest report on violations recorded from across the Balkan Route. In February volunteers observed a convergence of abuse against people-on-the-move during illegal pushbacks and prevention tactics at the EU’s external border. The Network shared the story of 190 people who suffered collective expulsion, analysing several trends and phenomena that can be found below. These cases are also summarised in conjunction with the set of violent measures taken at official border crossings, as seen most overtly at Turkey’s border with Greece. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Balkanstaaten

Comment le changement climatique pousse des Européens à l’exil

"Les événements climatiques à l'origine de ces mouvements de population en Europe ont plus que doublé au cours des quatre dernières années, passant de 43 en 2016 à 100 en 2019. Et, rien que sur les deux premiers mois de 2020, les tempêtes Gloria, Brendan, Ciara et Dennis ont déjà fait des ravages sur les façades nord et ouest du continent." read more

Language(s): Französisch / Français
Region(s): Europäische Union

Punishing compassion: Solidarity on trial in fortress Europe

In the report, ‘Punishing compassion: solidarity on trial in Fortress Europe’, the Amnesty International documents how police and prosecutors are misusing already flawed anti-smuggling laws and counter-terrorism measures to target human rights defenders who help refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants. The report examines cases of human rights defenders facing spurious charges between 2017 and 2019, in Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Europäische Union, Europa

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