Athens, 11 July 2018 - We, the undersigned organizations active in human rights and humanitarian aid, urge the Regional Governor of the North Aegean Region to re-examine her decision to suspend the operations of Lesvos Solidarity in the area of PIPKA on the island of Lesvos.
Athens, June 27th, 2018
The recent death of the three-year-old boy, at Thiva’s Open Accommodation Site, is a fact that must signal the danger to all of us and activate the authorities to prevent such tragic events in the future, SolidarityNow states. Moreover, it underlines the need for immediate action to improve people’s living conditions in the site.
SolidarityNow is present in the site with an experienced team providing a wide range of free supporting services; based on the refugees’ needs, we are deeply concerned about the following:
(Athens) – The Greek government’s move on April 20, 2018, overturning a binding court ruling ordering it to end its abusive policy of trapping asylum seekers on Greece’s islands raises rule of law concerns, 21 human rights and humanitarian organizations said today.
Since January 2015, more than 1 million people fleeing war, persecution and poverty entered or passed through Greece in search of safety and a better life, and more than 1,200 were reported dead or missing. During the latter part of 2015 and early 2016, selective and arbitrary admission policies were put in place by various European countries that eventually closed their borders to all migrants. On 20 March 2016, the EU-Turkey Deal came into effect whereby all migrants arriving irregularly on to the Greek islands would be returned to Turkey.
Every person’s right to receive accurate and quality advice and protection, when s/he believes that s/he has been dealt with unlawfully, is a fundamental right of equal importance as the right to healthcare and education. Access to justice is the minimum denominator of citizens’ rights’ reinforcement and demonstrates the proper functioning of a democracy. SolidarityNow has integrated a legal assistance component across all its projects, with methods varying from information provision to court representation, always provided free of charge.