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Greece: Police must protect refugees from ongoing far-right attacks

As attacks by suspected far-right extremists against refugees in Souda camp on the Greek island of Chios continue for a third day Gauri van Gulik, Amnesty International’s Deputy Europe Director, said: “These shocking attacks against refugees cannot be permitted to continue with impunity. For the last two nights, suspected right-wing extremists have thrown petrol bombs, stones and rocks down on the camp from castle walls, causing injuries and panic.

Date:
18 November 2016
  • News
  • Greece
  • Refugees

Compassion of the many: Indifference of the few

On the day President Obama thanked the Greek people for their “extraordinary compassion” in their response to the refugee crisis, I spoke to Haji Mohamad Lound, a Syrian refugee whose experience at the hands of the Greek and European authorities was less than compassionate. Haji, together with his wife and four young children, was illegally returned from Greece to Turkey last month. “Our situation is desperate,” the graphic designer from Aleppo told me on the phone.

Date:
18 November 2016
  • News
  • Americas
  • Refugees

Greece: Obama must shine spotlight on Europe's abysmal failure to protect refugees

US President Barack Obama should use his visit to Greece, which begins on 15 November, to call for concrete action to resolve the humanitarian crisis in Greece and for European countries to stop shirking responsibility for refugee protection, said Amnesty International. “President Obama must use his visit to shine the spotlight not only on abysmal conditions for the tens of thousands of refugees stranded in Greece, but also on the failure of world leaders to adequately address the wider global refugee crisis,” said John Dalhuisen, Europe Director for Amnesty International.

Date:
14 November 2016
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

Turning up the heat on refugees and migrants

Salih was just 10 years old when militias attacked his village in Sudan’s North Darfur region. “It was in the evening. They were shooting and setting fire to our huts. My parents were killed but I managed to escape. ” He made his way to Khartoum, where he stayed until earlier this year when his uncle in the UK sent him money to come and join him. It took him more than a month to travel across the desert into Libya and northwards to the coast where he paid his passage on an overcrowded boat across the Mediterranean.

Date:
3 November 2016
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Italy: Beatings and unlawful expulsions amid EU push to get tough on refugees and migrants

The European Union’s pressure on Italy to “get tough” on refugees and migrants has led to unlawful expulsions and ill-treatment which in some cases may amount to torture, a new report from Amnesty International revealed today. Beatings, electric shocks and sexual humiliation are among the numerous allegations of abuse documented in Hotspot Italy: How EU’s flagship approach leads to violations of refugee and migrant rights.

Date:
3 November 2016
  • Research
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

Hotspot Italy: How EU’s flagship approach leads to violations of refugee and migrant rights

Thousands of men, women and children, fleeing conflict, persecution and poverty, keep crossing the central Mediterranean in search of protection or a better life in Europe. Italy, leading efforts to save lives at sea, receives rescued people in its ports almost daily. In 2015 the European Union presented, as a flagship response to new arrivals on the continent, the “hotspot approach”. Amnesty International’s research, demonstrates that a host of human rights abuses are taking place in Italy, including excessive use of force by police, arbitrary detention and collective expulsions, and details serious allegations of torture and other forms of ill-treatment.

Date:
3 November 2016
Ref:
EUR 30/5004/2016
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Squabbling over children in Calais sends an appalling message to the rest of the world

Over recent days, the relationship between the French and UK governments has been strained by renewed disagreement over who should take responsibility for children at Calais. The two governments have once more effectively abandoned these children in conditions which obviously put their safety and welfare at risk. This in contrast to the arrival in the UK of significant numbers of children over recent weeks, including many being reunited with family here – an outcome required by the Dublin III Regulations to which both countries are legally bound.

Date:
2 November 2016
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

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
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  • 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
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  • 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