Human rights violations at the Greek EU external border and especially the illegal expulsion of people on the move is a daily practice in the Aegean.
Moria 2.0: Das ist das größte Lager in Europa. Niemand weiß, was hier vor sich geht. Die Personen dort drinnen sind Menschen und wollen in Sicherheit sein – das ist es, was sie sich erhoffen. Es sollte sich um sie gekümmert werden – besonders um die Kinder, die dort sind.
A person is sentenced to 52 years of prison for allegedly steering a boat from Turkish shores to Greek territory, despite testimonies that contradict this. Another man is sentenced to 146 years for manoeuvring a boat in distress safely ashore, saving the lives of 33 people.
„Ich habe nichts falsch gemacht. Nur, dass ich eine Frage gestellt habe. Und er [der Polizist] fängt an, mich zu treten. Er sagte, ich würde zu viel reden.“ Dieser Fall von Polizeigewalt gegen eine junge Frau aus Westafrika fand im Quarantänebereich des Camps Moria 2.0 statt.
The attempt of 31 people to reach Europe turned into a 5-day odyssey, in which they were severely beaten, abducted from land, their families violently separated, exposed to psychological terror and torture-like methods, shot at with guns and tear gas, and abandoned at sea.
The mass pushback of more than 230 refugees in the night of April 2nd/3rd is a prime example how pushbacks and the lives of migrants are being instrumentalized in the geopolitical conflict between Turkey and Greece.
In the first three months of 2021, we have already counted 55 pushbacks cases in the Aegean. 1,479 people tried to cross the sea to Greece and were illegally and in many cases brutally rejected. At the same time, 820 people arrived on the Aegean islands.
Last week, probably one of the most brutal pushbacks ever documented took place in the Aegean.
On 28th of February 2020, Turkish President Erdogan announced that the border with the EU would be opened. The one-sided opening of the border took place in response to the intensifying civil war in Syria and was seen as a breach of the EU-Turkey-Deal adopted in 2016.
Last year, we recorded 321 pushback cases in the Aegean Sea. This illegal and degrading practice of abandoning refugees at sea has become standard practice by Greek and European authorities in 2020.