After years of the EU and Greece turning a blind eye, Moria refugee camp on Lesvos burned to the ground on the night of 8-9 September 2020. The underlying structures, however, remain in place and continue to reproduce the injustice elsewhere.
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Co-signed statement from Europe Must Act.
To what extent are German police and Bundeswehr (german military) ships involved in practices that violate international maritime law, the Geneva Convention and applicable EU law?
Today, German authorities ordered the detention of the ships "Mare Liberum" and "Sebastian K" of the non-profit association Mare Liberum e.V.
Die Situation in den Lagern auf Kos und Leros ist etwas speziell, da es sich um weitgehend „geschlossene“ Lager handelt. Da die Lager und die Inseln, die sie beherbergen, viel kleiner sind, gibt es weniger Solidaritätsnetzwerke und sehr wenig Informationen über die aktuelle Situation.
An overview of illegal and inhumane pushbacks in the Aegean Sea.
In July 2020, the European Union granted an additional 500 million Euro to Turkey within the framework of the so-called "EU-Turkey Deal". Over 6 billion Euro have so far been paid to Turkey by the EU since the 2016 deal, whereby EU leaders persuaded the country to support them in “protecting their borders” by forcibly preventing a further influx of refugees.
The initial idea that COVID-19 would make everyone equal quickly was misplaced, especially on Lesvos. While race, nationality, gender, and wealth do not physically determine who is most likely to be infected with COVID-19, these factors starkly influence how comfortably and efficiently people can protect themselves from or suffer an infection with the virus.
Atiye and Mahtab from Afghanistan have been living in Moria for a year. They are 13 and 15 years old and are eager to learn. But children living in Moria or other EU hotspots in Greece are not allowed to attend regular Greek schools and there is no formal education provided to the children in the camps.
On June 29th the Turkish Coast Guard picked up a dinghy in distress. The boat had reached Greek waters before but was stopped there by the Hellenic Coast Guard. Instead of rescuing the people from the absolutely unseaworthy dinghy as it would have been their duty, the Coast Guard took away their fuel and pushed the 40 people on board back to Turkish waters.