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Greece: Joint letter to Prime Minister Tsipras re. deteriorating conditions for asylum seekers trapped on the Aegean islands

, N° d'index: EUR 25/7343/2017

In this letter human rights and humanitarian non-governmental organizations, express deep concern at the deteriorating conditions for thousands of women, men and children, seeking asylum and trapped on the Aegean islands as winter approaches. The organizations urge the Greek government to put an end to the ongoing “containment policy” of trapping asylum seekers on the islands if they arrived after the entry into force of the EU-Turkey Statement of March 18, 2016, and to immediately transfer asylum seekers to the mainland and meet their protection needs, including by providing them with adequate and dignified protection, accommodation and access to services.

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