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Greece: Evidence points to illegal forced returns of Syrian refugees to Turkey

Greece has illegally returned at least eight Syrian refugees to Turkey without respecting procedural guarantees or considering their asylum claims, documentation and testimonies obtained by Amnesty International reveal. The Syrians, including four children under the age of five, were rescued in Greek waters when their boat travelling from Turkey to Italy encountered problems and they were taken to the island of Milos on 9 October.

Date:
28 October 2016
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

Hungary's mistreatment of refugees today ignores history

Sixty years on and half a world away, Judy Kepecz-Hays still remembers the fear. “We were walking through the forest towards the border. My mother told me not to make a sound,” she recalled. “There were cases where crying babies were accidently suffocated by parents trying not to alert the soldiers. ” It was early November 1956, soon after the short-lived Hungarian uprising had been brutally put down, and Kepecz-Hays was escaping Hungary with her parents, her 3-year-old brother and her 18-month-old sister.

Date:
21 October 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Greece
  • Refugees

Europe on the brink of a dangerous precedent in the refugee crisis

By Giorgos Kosmopoulos, Amnesty International’s Europe Researcher on Migration You may never know his real name, but this week a Syrian asylum-seeker may unwillingly become an historic figure in the refugee crisis. I met him in detention, during a research visit on the island of Lesvos last week. Known as “Noori” to protect his identity, this 21 year old student risks becoming the first refugee to be forcibly returned from Greece to Turkey under the EU-Turkey deal without the substance of his asylum claim being considered, setting a dangerous new precedent.

Date:
4 October 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Africa
  • Refugees

Tackling the global refugee crisis: Sharing, not shirking responsibility

On 19 September 2016 the United Nations (UN) General Assembly collectively, and spectacularly, failed the 21 million refugees of this world. The “High-level Summit to address large movements of refugees and migrants” was to address the global refugee crisis, a crisis in which, daily, millions fleeing war and persecution in countries like Syria, South Sudan, Myanmar and Iraq suffer intolerable misery and human rights violations.

Date:
4 October 2016
  • Research
  • South Africa
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Wire Magazine October - December 2016; I welcome

The need for action to solve the global refugee crisis is summed up by what is happening in a strip of desert between Jordan and Syria known as the ‘berm’, where more than 75,000 women, men and children have been trapped for almost a year. After Jordan sealed its border with Syria in June, the refugees were abandoned in no-man’s-land, beyond the reach of international aid agencies. In this issue we look at Amnesty International’s ‘I welcome’ global refugee campaign, Write for Rights; campaigning for justice in South Africa and Syria’s torture prisons.

Date:
1 October 2016
Ref:
NWS 21/4978/2016
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Children

Greece: Syrian refugee children detained for carrying toy guns allegedly ill-treated by police

The alleged ill-treatment of five Syrian refugee children who say they were detained, beaten and forced to strip naked by Greek police for carrying plastic toy guns in the street is a deeply disturbing incident that must be properly investigated, Amnesty International said today. The children, boys aged between 12 and 16, were seized “on suspicion of being members of an armed group” while they carried the toys as props on their way to perform in a theatre play in central Athens this week.

Date:
30 September 2016
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

“Please don’t forget them”: Refugees and asylum-seekers in squalor in Greece

Earlier this month, I wrote a piece about Alan Mohammad, aged 30, and his 28-year-old sister, Gyan, who both suffer from muscular dystrophy and fled their home in Syria in wheelchairs as fighters from the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS) closed in on them. Their arduous journey in search of safety had taken them and their family across four borders. They were shot at on three occasions when they were trying to cross into Turkey and were strapped to the side of a horse in order to cross the mountainous border between Iraq and Turkey.

Date:
28 September 2016
  • Research
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

Hungary: Amnesty International regrets Hungary’s breach of refugee and migrants' rights - Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcome on Hungary

The UN Human Rights Council adopted the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of Hungary on 21 September 2016 during its 33rd session. Prior to the adoption of the report of the review Amnesty International delivered this oral statement. Amnesty International also contributed to the information basis of the review through its submission on Hungary: https://www. amnesty. org/en/documents/eur27/3471/2016/en/.

Date:
28 September 2016
Ref:
EUR 27/4906/2016
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

Hungary: Appalling treatment of asylum-seekers a deliberate populist ploy

Asylum-seekers – including unaccompanied children – are suffering violent abuse, illegal push backs and unlawful detention at the hands of Hungary’s authorities and a system blatantly designed to deter them, Amnesty International has revealed in a new report. Stranded hope: Hungary’s sustained attack on the rights of refugees and migrants, published against the backdrop of the toxic referendum campaign on refugee quotas, finds hundreds of asylum-seekers are left waiting for months in degrading conditions.

Date:
27 September 2016
  • Research
  • Ireland
  • UN

Ireland must amend its harsh abortion law, further protect the rights of refugees and asylum-seekers, and ratify outstanding international human rights treaties. Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcome on Ireland.

Amnesty International regrets Ireland’s rejection of 16 of the 17 recommendations relating to its harsh abortion law. The reason given is that Ireland’s Constitution may only be amended by popular referendum. This referendum must urgently be held.

Date:
23 September 2016
Ref:
EUR 29/4896/2016
  • Research
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • EU

Greece: “Our hope is broken” - European paralysis leaves thousands of refugees stranded in Greece

In 2015, the global refugee crisis moved centre stage in Europe as never before. Uprooted by persecution and conflicts old and new, hundreds of thousands of men, women and children looked to Europe as a place of safety. One year on, following the sealing of successive borders, images of thousands of people trudging through the Balkans have stopped. But the humanitarian crisis has not. Almost 60,000 refugees and migrants are stranded in Greece, the majority in appalling conditions.

Date:
22 September 2016
Ref:
EUR 25/4843/2016
  • Research
  • Greece
  • UN

Amnesty International welcomes Greece’s recognition of same-sex relationships, but regrets its inadequate response to the refugee crisis. Human Rights Council adopts Universal Periodic Review outcome on Greece

Amnesty International welcomes Greece’s acceptance of recommendations to respond to high levels of irregular migration in a manner that is consistent with international human rights and refugee law; to improve reception conditions for refugees and migrants; and to prohibit the detention of unaccompanied children. The organization noted with regret, however, that Greece’s current response to the refugee crisis, including the European Union (EU) -Turkey Agreement of 18 March 2016, is not consistent with international human rights and refugee law, including the principle of non-refoulement.

Date:
21 September 2016
Ref:
EUR 25/4880/2016
  • News
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Armed Conflict

Miraculous journeys, stranded hopes

Strapped onto either side of a horse, 30 year-old Alan Mohammad and his 28 year-old sister Gyan crossed craggy mountains from Iraq and into Turkey last February. Their younger sister walked ahead, leading the horse. Their mother, brother and younger sister trailed behind, pushing heavy wheelchairs up the steep unpaved path. Alan and Gyan, both teachers, have both suffered from muscular dystrophy since birth.

Date:
7 September 2016