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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
  • News
  • 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
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

EU: Human rights cost of refugee deal with Turkey too high to be replicated elsewhere

The EU-Turkey refugee deal has left thousands of refugees and migrants in squalid and dangerous living conditions, and must not be replicated with other countries, Amnesty International said today ahead of the deal’s one year anniversary. The deal aimed at returning asylum-seekers back to Turkey on the premise that Turkey is safe for them, has left thousands exposed to squalid and unsafe conditions on Greek islands.

Date:
14 February 2017
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

Greece: A blue print for despair. Human rights impact of the EU-Turkey deal

The EU-Turkey deal, agreed in March last year was Europe’s signature response to these challenges. It has certainly stemmed the flow of migrants across the Aegean, but at considerable cost to Europe’s commitment to upholding the basic principles of refugee protection and the lives of the tens of thousands it has trapped on Greek islands. With European leaders touting its success, closing their eyes to its flaws, and seeing in it a blueprint for new migration deals with countries like Libya, Sudan, Niger and many others, this briefing serves as a cautionary tale.

Date:
14 February 2017
Ref:
EUR 25/5664/2017
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Hungary stoops to new low with plan to round up asylum seekers in container camp

The Hungarian government’s announcement that it will detain all asylum seekers in containers near the border is yet another disturbing move in a pattern of demonizing this already very vulnerable group, Amnesty International said today. The government will submit its proposal to Parliament which will then debate and vote on the measures within weeks. If adopted, it will be in clear contravention of EU law and the Refugee Convention.

Date:
10 February 2017
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  • Algeria
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Suggested recommendations to States considered during the 27th session of the Universal Periodic Review, 1 – 12 May 2017

This document contains Amnesty International's suggested recommendations for 13 states - Algeria; Bahrain; Brazil; Finland; India; Indonesia; Morocco; Netherlands; Philippines; Poland; South Africa; Tunisia and United Kingdom - coming up for review in the 27th session of the UPR Working Group on 1-12 May 2017 aimed at addressing human rights challenges and improving respect for human rights in the states under review.

Date:
1 February 2017
Ref:
IOR 40/5941/2017
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

Slovenia: Amendments to Aliens Act denies protection to refugees

New law passed this evening strip refugees and asylum seekers of protections to which they are entitled under international and EU law and are a serious backward step for human rights in Slovenia, said Amnesty International. The amendments to the Aliens Act allow for special emergency measures that would deny entry to people arriving at the borders and automatically expel migrants and refugees who have entered Slovenia irregularly, without properly assessing their asylum claims or the risks to which they would be exposed upon return.

Date:
26 January 2017
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  • Slovenia
  • Refugees

Amnesty International’s Legal Assessment of the Proposed Amendments to Slovenia’s Aliens Law

The Aliens Law’ amendments in the proposed form would contravene international, EU and Slovenian domestic law. If adopted, the amendments: • Would allow authorities to automatically deny entry to migrants and refugees arriving at the borders, including those who indicate a desire to claim asylum; • Could lead to unlawful collective expulsions of migrants and refugees who enter Slovenia irregularly, as they do not prescribe adequate due process protections, thus depriving migrants and asylum-seekers of essential substantive and procedural safeguards, such as the principle of non-refoulement or the right to an effective remedy;.

Date:
18 January 2017
Ref:
EUR 68/5522/2017