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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
  • Czech Republic
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Czech Republic: Human Rights of Roma and Refugees at Stake – Amnesty International Submission for the UN Universal Periodic Review, 28th Session of the UPR Working Group, November 2017

In this submission Amnesty International comments on the implementation of recommendations made to the Czech Republic during its previous UPR in 2012 concerning discrimination and hate crimes against Roma and the situation of refugees and migrants. Amnesty International remains concerned that Romani children continue to be over-represented in schools and classes for pupils with mild mental disabilities and segregated in Roma-only schools.

Date:
20 June 2017
Ref:
EUR 71/6509/2017
  • 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
  • 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
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

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
  • Campaigns
  • 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
  • Refugees

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