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Greece + 3 others
IOM Says New Witnesses Provide Further Details of Mediterranean Shipwreck Tragedy

Geneva - IOM Greece staff in Crete today interviewed more survivors of the deliberate shipwreck of migrants heading to Europe from Egypt.

The survivors provided corroboration that the traffickers turned violent when the 500 migrants they were escorting to Europe refused to switch to an unseaworthy boat.

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Greece + 5 others
IOM Investigates Reports of Deliberate Drowning of 500 Migrants in Mediterranean

Switzerland - Investigators from the International Organization for Migration have obtained eyewitness testimony of a tragic incident in which as many as 500 migrants were drowned when their vessel was deliberately sunk in the Mediterranean.

These reports point to a growing death toll off Europe’s shores which this year already approaches 3,000. That’s nearly four times the figure from 2013, which IOM’s Missing Migrants Project estimated to be 700 deaths.

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Greece + 6 others
'Worst shipwreck in years' leaves 500 boat migrants feared dead

As many as 500 Syrians, Palestinians, Egyptians and Sudanese are feared to have drowned after traffickers reportedly rammed and sank their boat near Malta.

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Opening remarks by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay at the Human Rights Council 21st Session

Geneva, 10 September 2012

I would like to begin by expressing sympathy with the victims and families of those who have lost their lives or been injured as a result of the earthquakes in China and the bombings across Iraq.

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Greece + 4 others
Hate on the Streets: Xenophobic Violence in Greece

Greece: Migrants Describe Fear on the Streets New Government Should Act to Prevent, Punish Xenophobic Attacks

(Athens, July 10, 2012) – The Greek authorities are failing to tackle a rising wave of xenophobic violence that has left migrants afraid to walk the streets, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

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Greece + 15 others
The EU’s Dirty Hands: Frontex Involvement in Ill-Treatment of Migrant Detainees in Greece

EU: Border Agency Exposes Migrants to Abusive Conditions

Frontex Sends Migrants to Inhuman and Degrading Treatment in Greek Detention Centers

(Brussels, September 21, 2011) – Frontex, the European Union’s external border enforcement agency, is exposing migrants to inhuman and degrading conditions, Human Rights Watch said in a report issued today. Migrants apprehended along Greece’s land border with Turkey are sent to overcrowded detention centers in Greece, Human Rights Watch said.

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Albania + 21 others
Climate change risks overwhelming current global humanitarian capacity

(Poznan, 3 December 2008): Today, for the first time in climate change negotiations, the humanitarian agencies of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee have teamed up with disaster risk reduction staff of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) system to issue a joint call for scaled-up global action to reduce disaster risk and to strengthen preparedness for effective response.

The current negotiations on risk management and risk reduction in Poznan are a unique opportunity to make sure that adaptation action is able to prevent global humanitarian catastrophe.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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