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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
  • Research
  • Poland
  • Refugees

Poland: Rule of Law and Human Rights Concerns in Poland Update, May 2017

This document provides updates on the main concerns in relation to the rule of law and human rights in Poland. It focuses on the independence of judiciary, freedom of assembly and the situation of asylum-seekers and migrants. It reflects Amnesty International’s assessment of the amendments of the Law on the National Council of Judiciary, the Law on Assemblies and the amendment of the Asylum Law. This document provides further evidence of the deterioration of the Rule of Law and human rights situation in Poland.

Date:
12 May 2017
Ref:
EUR 37/6227/2017
  • Research
  • Netherlands
  • Refugees

Netherlands: Submission to the United Nations Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights: 61st Session, 29 May – 23 June 2017

From 29 May to 23 June 2017, the United Nations (UN) Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (the Committee) will review the sixth periodic report of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (the Netherlands) during its 61st session. In this submission Amnesty International particularly highlights its concerns regarding the right to an adequate standard of living for undocumented migrants in the Netherlands.

Date:
9 May 2017
Ref:
EUR 35/6150/2017
  • Research
  • Italy
  • Refugees

Italy: Losing the moral compass: Innuendoes against NGOs which rescue lives in the central Mediterranean

In the absence of safe and legal routes into Europe, over recent years hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants have travelled irregularly, at considerable risk to their own lives. Rather than creating an orderly system offering safe avenues for people to reach Europe, and advocating for the respect and protection of human rights in countries were conflict, persecution and poverty are displacing people, European leaders have increasingly focussed on blocking borders and negotiating with human rights violating governments to stop them coming.

Date:
28 April 2017
Ref:
EUR 30/6152/2017
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  • Europe and Central Asia
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Greece: Victory for strawberry pickers, trafficked into forced labour and shot

Following today’s victory in the European Court of Human Rights by a group of Bangladeshi strawberry pickers shot by employers for demanding unpaid wages, Amnesty International's Deputy Europe Director Gauri van Gulik said: “Today's judgment is an important vindication for these people and their families, and will hopefully help prevent future abuses. "Amnesty International met the migrant workers in 2013 and interviewed them about the exploitation they were subjected to.

Date:
30 March 2017
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  • Greece
  • Detention

Greece: Further information: Free Syrian refugee from unlawful detention: Noori

Noori, a 21-year-old Syrian refugee, continues to be unlawfully detained in a police station on the Greek island of Lesvos. He has been in detention since 9 September and is awaiting to find out whether he will be forcibly returned to Turkey under the EU-Turkey deal. The uncertainty he has been facing for months and the poor detention conditions are having a negative impact on his wellbeing.

Date:
29 March 2017
Ref:
EUR 25/5984/2017
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  • Europe and Central Asia
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The EU-Turkey deal: Europe's year of shame

“I sleep on a mattress on the floor in a cell with five other people,” Noori told me last December when I met him in the police station on the Greek island of Lesvos, where he has been detained for the past six months. “I have nothing to read in my language. I have not been given a clean blanket since my arrest. ” Three months on and Noori, an asylum seeker and former nursing student from Syria, is still there.

Date:
20 March 2017
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

A remarkable journey: An emotional reunion

“When I close my eyes, all I see is being with my father again,” Alan Mohamed told me when I met him for the first time in a refugee camp near Athens last July. He and his sister Gyan,who have both suffered from muscular dystrophy since birth, thought that moment might never come. But, on Thursday night in Hanover, Germany, against all the odds and after a journey that saw them cross four borders and spend the past year stranded in Greece, their family was finally reunited.

Date:
17 March 2017
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

EU-Turkey Deal: A shameful stain on the collective conscience of Europe

The EU-Turkey deal which has resulted in the suffering of thousands of refugees and migrants is a stain on the collective conscience of Europe, said Amnesty International on the first anniversary of the agreement. The deal aimed at returning asylum-seekers back to Turkey on the premise that Turkey is safe for them, has failed on its own terms but left thousands exposed to squalid and unsafe conditions on Greek islands.

Date:
17 March 2017
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  • Burkina Faso
  • Refugees

The human cost of European hypocrisy on Libya

When he saw boats in the distance, Issa knew he was going to live. It was July 2014 and he had spent hours in the sea, clinging to a plastic petrol container while women, men and children drowned around him. The small rubber boat that was supposed to take them all to Italy had sunk just two hours after leaving the Libyan coast. Of the 137 people Issa says were on board, only 49 survived. Issa, from Burkina Faso, was not rescued by any passing ship but was picked up by the Libyan coastguard.

Date:
15 March 2017
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  • Hungary
  • Refugees

Hungary: Legal amendments to detain all asylum-seekers a deliberate new attack on the rights of refugees and migrants

Amnesty International regrets the adoption of the latest comprehensive set of amendments to Hungarian asylum laws in the National Assembly on 7 March 2017. The amendments to five different laws , if signed into law by the President and proclaimed in the official journal will lock up all asylum-seekers in border “transit zones” for the whole duration of their asylum process, including any appeals, as well as enable the push-back (summary expulsion) of all persons found in an irregular situation in Hungary to the external side of the country’s extensive border fences.

Date:
9 March 2017
Ref:
EUR 27/5855/2017
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  • Hungary
  • Refugees

Hungary: container camp bill is flagrant violation of international law

Responding to the Hungarian Parliament’s adoption of a set of amendments allowing for the automatic detention of all asylum seekers while their applications are processed, Gauri Van Gulik, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Europe, said: “Plans to automatically detain some of the world’s most vulnerable people in shipping containers behind razor wire fences, sometimes for months on end, are beyond the pale.

Date:
7 March 2017