AYS Daily Digest 20/01/2021: What is life actually like in the Greek hotspots?

ECtHR will decide if living conditions in hotspots amount to inhuman and degrading treatment while EU-report claims this is not so bad after all // 43 people die in first shipwreck of 2021 // Moonbird witnesses pull-back by Libyan Coast Guard // People freeze in Calais // Australia is criticised for its treatment of refugees

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Jan 21 · 11 min read
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Moria 2.0 these days. Copyright: Moria White Helmets

FEATURE: What is life actually like in the Greek hotspots?

“Around 2,700 people currently live in tents and makeshift shelters on the slopes of the mountain above the town.”

“Article 3
Prohibition of torture
No one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”

“It is now up to the Court to state unequivocally that the living conditions at the hotspots do not meet basic human needs and that the measure of geographical restrictions puts the lives of vulnerable people at serious risk”

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“Another day all our teams were very busy helping to expand and fix electricity. Yesterday some worked until after midnight.” Copyright: Moria White Helmets

We hope the European Court for Human Rights will make clear that these conditions amount to inhuman and degrading treatment as prohibited by the European Convention on Human Rights.

GREECE

Residents-organized school opened

“Every day kids asked when education will start. And from today we can manage again.”

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Back to school in Moria 2.0. Copyright: Moria White Helmets

Death rate among people trying to cross from Turkey increased in 2020

Racist rhetoric’s by Greek Parliamentarian

Green Ecologists Party calls on government to release refugees from hotspot centres

“the Mitsotaki government insists on the policy of impoverishing refugees and migrants held on the islands under miserable living conditions.”

SEA
43 people die in first official shipwreck in 2021, on 19 January

“This loss of life highlights once more the need for re-activation of state-led search and rescue operations, a gap NGO and commercial vessels are trying to fill despite their limited resources.”

“…urgent and measurable shift in the approach to the situation in the Mediterranean. This includes ending returns to unsafe ports, establishing a safe and predictable disembarkation mechanism followed by a tangible show of solidarity from European states with countries receiving high numbers of arrivals. The situation for migrants and refugees in Libya remains extremely precarious. Arbitrary arrests and arbitrary detention in the direst of conditions continue. Many are victimized and exploited by traffickers and smugglers, held for ransom, tortured, and abused.”

BALKAN

Health on the Move helped 307 people in 2020

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Copyright: NoNameKitchen

GERMANY

NGOs demand relocation and admission of people from Lipa

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Copyright: Seebrücke, Balkanbrücke

Far fewer family reunions granted than possible

FRANCE

Nothing but a coat to keep people warm in Calais

“…he always looked forward to seeing us, and that he couldn’t find words to describe the difference a dry, warm coat makes on such a difficult, cold day “

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Copyright: Care4Calais

FRONTEX

Leggeri sees no need to resign

UK

European Court of Justice: family support cannot be considered as a safeguard in removing someone’s refugee status.

“Mere social and financial support is inherently incapable of either preventing acts of persecution or of detecting, prosecuting and punishing such acts.”

Woman loses unborn baby after being refused medical care

Outsourcing of immigration management

AUSTRALIA

A growing list of countries is expressing its concerns over Australian’s treatment of refugees.

“The average length of immigration detention is at a record high, hundreds of people subject to offshore processing remain in limbo after eight years and, during one of the worst economic crises of our lives, people seeking asylum have been left behind by the Australian Government.”

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