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  • War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

Serbia: Still Failing to Deliver on Human Rights: Amnesty International Submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review – 29th Session of the UPR Working Group, January 2018

This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review of Serbia in January 2018. In it, Amnesty International evaluates the implementation of recommendations made to Serbia in its previous UPR and makes a number of recommendations to the government of Serbia. Amnesty International raises concerns about failure of national legislation to meet international human rights standards and poor implementation of legislation that does meet such standards; impunity for crimes under international law, including enforced disappearances, and lack of adequate reparation; the failure to prevent forced evictions; and the failure to protect the rights of refugees and migrants.

Date:
17 August 2017
Ref:
EUR 70/6953/2017
  • Research
  • Greece
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Greece: Authorities must investigate allegations of excessive use of force and ill-treatment of asylum-seekers in Lesvos

Amnesty International calls on the Greek authorities to urgently investigate allegations that police used excessive force against asylum-seekers in the Moria camp near Mytilene during a protest on 18 July 2017 and ill-treated some of those who were arrested and detained in the Mytilene police station following the clashes that ensued. Testimonies the organisation collected from victims and witnesses about excessive use of force in the Moria camp are also supported by audio-visual material that was made public in the media in the days after the protest.

Date:
28 July 2017
Ref:
EUR 25/6845/2017
  • Research
  • Greece
  • Refugees

Greece: Lives on Hold Update on Situation of Refugees and Migrants on the Greek Islands

Almost sixteen months since the EU-Turkey deal came into effect on the Greek islands on 20 March 2016, thousands of asylum-seekers continue to wait in limbo in sub-standard living conditions as a result of the deal, which aspires to return everyone arriving on the islands back to Turkey regardless of their international protection needs. Although returns of asylum-seekers on the basis that Turkey is safe have not yet taken place, the expectation that they would be returned under the deal continues to condemn many to extended asylum procedures stuck on overcrowded islands.

Date:
14 July 2017
Ref:
EUR 25/6745/2017
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Refugees

Central Mediterranean: Death toll soars as EU turns its back on refugees and migrants

The soaring death toll in the central Mediterranean and the horrific abuses faced by thousands of refugees and migrants in Libyan detention centres are clearly linked to failing EU policies, said Amnesty International in a report published today. A perfect storm: The failure of European policies in the Central Mediterranean finds that by ceding the lion’s share of responsibility for search and rescue to NGOs and by increasing cooperation with the Libyan coastguard, European governments are failing to prevent drownings and turning a blind eye to abuse, including torture and rape.

Date:
6 July 2017
  • Research
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

Europe: A perfect storm: The failure of European policies in the central Mediterranean

A humanitarian crisis continues to unfold in the central Mediterranean as thousands of people are dying at sea in the desperate attempt to reach safety or a better life in Europe. Instead of trying to prevent further loss of life, European leaders are focused on preventing refugees and migrants from departing from Libya to keep the number of arrivals in Europe down. This report shows how this reckless European strategy is exposing refugees and migrants to even greater risks at sea and, when intercepted, to disembarkation in Libya, where they face horrific conditions and violations in detention, torture and rape.

Date:
6 July 2017
Ref:
EUR 03/6655/2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

Poland: EU Should Tackle Unsafe Returns to Belarus

The European Commission should take enforcement action to address Poland’s summary returns of asylum seekers to Belarus, three leading rights groups have said today. Amnesty International, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, and Human Rights Watch highlight how Poland is in breach of human rights law, refugee law, European Union law and orders by the European Court of Human Rights. “The Polish government is forcing asylum-seekers back to unsafe Belarus in defiance of its duties as an EU member state,” Lydia Gall, Balkans and Eastern Europe researcher at Human Rights Watch said.

Date:
5 July 2017
  • Research
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Migrants

Poland: EU Should Tackle Unsafe Returns to Belarus. Poland blocks asylum seekers at border in defiance of European Court rulings

(5 July 2017) The European Commission should take enforcement action to address Poland’s summary returns of asylum seekers to Belarus, three leading rights groups have said today. Amnesty International, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, and Human Rights Watch highlight how Poland is in breach of human rights law, refugee law, European Union law and orders by the European Court of Human Rights.

Date:
5 July 2017
Ref:
EUR 37/6662/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Greece
  • Refugees

A safe haven for refugee women in Greece

A woman with a white scarf slung around her head is singing in Farsi. Her voice is soon joined by other women sitting around a wooden table. A colorful blanket hangs on the wall behind them, and a white door with green shutters opens up into a terrace filled with lush, green plants. Birds are chirping loudly in the background. When we close our eyes, it’s hard to believe that we’re in a building in the centre of the Greek capital Athens.

Date:
26 June 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

A radical change is needed to failing EU migration policy

As world refugee day was being marked around the globe came the all too familiar news that at least 120 people had drowned off the coast of Libya. Their deaths bring the total number of people who have died whilst attempting to cross the central Mediterranean to more than 1,800 since the start of the year. Against this grim backdrop, European leaders meet today in Brussels and discuss migration. Each leader will no doubt lament these latest deaths.

Date:
22 June 2017
  • Research
  • Switzerland
  • Refugees

Switzerland: Better safeguards needed to protect human rights. Amnesty International submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review, 28th session of the UPR Working Group, November 2017

Amnesty International is concerned about proposed changes to the Constitution which could undermine respect for human rights, the lack of a provision in the Criminal Code to expressly prohibit torture, and the absence of a national human rights institution. The organization also raises concerns about protection of the rights of refugees and asylum-seekers, domestic violence, discrimination against LBGTI persons, the ban on full face veil, and weaknesses in the implementation of UPR and other UN recommendations.

Date:
16 June 2017
Ref:
EUR 43/6505/2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Hungary: Appeal Court orders retrial of man convicted of ‘terrorism’ for throwing stones

Hungary: Appeal Court orders retrial of man convicted of ‘terrorism’ for throwing stones Following a decision by a Hungarian appeal court to order a retrial in the case against Ahmed H, a Syrian man sentenced to 10 years in prison for committing an “act of terror” during clashes with border guards at the Serbia-Hungary border, Todor Gardos, Amnesty International’s Hungary researcher said: “This is an important step on the path to justice for a man whose absurd conviction was based on the blatant misuse of terrorism provisions.

Date:
15 June 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Greece
  • Refugees

Further information: Unsafe refugee camps in Greece evacuated

The three refugee camps in the Elliniko area, Athens, were evacuated on 2 June. The majority of refugees and migrants still in the sites were transferred by bus to alternative camps. In the last days before the evacuation residents were finally asked about their specific circumstances but it is still unclear whether everyone has been moved to accommodation adequate to their needs.

Date:
6 June 2017
Ref:
EUR 25/6432/2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

European award for refugee and migrant solidarity campaign by Oxfam and Amnesty International

A touring exhibition by Oxfam and Amnesty International promoting solidarity with refugees and other migrants has received a prestigious European Excellence Award in Brussels today. The “Museum without a Home”, which showcases items donated by Greeks to migrants, was awarded the best European NGO campaign in 2016. Responding to the news, Nicola Bay, Country Director of Oxfam in Greece said: “This award is a strong message that Europe needs immediate and sustainable solutions in dealing with migration.

Date:
1 June 2017
  • Research
  • Greece
  • Refugees

Greece: Adequate housing for Elliniko residents

On 23 May, Amnesty International was informed by the Greek Ministry for Migration Policy that a registration process has begun in the Elliniko refugee camps in order to determine the specific housing needs of each resident ahead of the closure of the camps. This is a highly necessary and welcome step from the Greek authorities. Amnesty International hopes that the information collected during the registration exercise will lead to individuals and families being offered housing that is adequate to their needs.

Date:
24 May 2017
Ref:
EUR 25/6338/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Greece
  • Refugees

“The uncertainty is killing us” - refugees seek clarity as Elliniko camps close

Outside the unused airport in the Elliniko area of Athens, a group of Afghan women take off their sandals before sitting down on a blue blanket. Behind them is the old terminal building, which has been their temporary “home” for months, for many more than a year. There’s rubbish everywhere, shattered windows have turned into gaping holes and some places reek of urine. “I have been in this camp for 1 year and two months without a destiny”, a woman with a burgundy headscarf said, tears trickling down her face.

Date:
23 May 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

Greece: People displaced by imminent closure of refugee camps must get safe and adequate housing

Greek authorities must ensure that refugees and migrants expected to start being evacuated from three Elliniko camps tomorrow, are provided with safe, adequate, alternative housing, said Amnesty International. “Whilst no one will mourn the closure of these uninhabitable, unsafe camps, the failure to provide people living there with information about their imminent removal has only served to increase their fears and anxieties,” said Monica Costa Riba, Amnesty International’s Regional Campaigner.

Date:
22 May 2017