31.10.2013

What: The release of a new Pro Asyl report ent­it­led Pushed Back: Sys­te­ma­tic Human Rights Vio­la­ti­ons against Refu­gees in the Aege­an Sea and at the Greek-Tur­kish land bor­der.

The rese­arch is based on inter­views with refu­gees, most­ly Syri­ans, who were alle­gedly pushed back from Greece to Tur­key. Greece has been accu­sed of bla­tant human rights vio­la­ti­ons befo­re but the bru­ta­li­ty and the extent of vio­la­ti­ons found by the report are shocking. Mas­ked Spe­cial Forces ill- tre­at refu­gees upon appre­hen­si­on, detain them ille­gal­ly on Greek soil and then deport them back to Tur­key, breaching inter­na­tio­nal law. Spe­cial Units of the Greek Coast Guard aban­don refu­gees in Tur­kish ter­ri­to­ri­al waters without con­s­i­de­ra­ti­on for their safe­ty.

When: Thurs­day, 7 Novem­ber 2013, 10:30 to 12:00

Whe­re: Resi­dence Palace, rue de la Loi 155, Brussels

Speakers:

Karl Kopp – Direc­tor of Euro­pean Affairs, Pro Asyl, Ger­ma­ny

Micha­el Died­ring, Secreta­ry Gene­ral, Euro­pean Coun­cil on Refu­gees and Exi­les (ECRE).

Con­text: The Greek bor­der is open “like a barn door”, said Austria’s Minis­ter of Inte­ri­or Johan­na Mikl-Leit­ner in March 2012. The Ger­man Minis­ter of Inte­ri­or Hans-Peter Fried­rich threa­tened to rein­tro­du­ce bor­der con­trols for Greeks wit­hin the Euro­pean Uni­on, if refu­gees would con­ti­nue to reach the EU over the Greek-Tur­kish bor­der. The pres­su­re that Ger­ma­ny, Aus­tria and others impo­sed upon Greece made an impact. Short­ly after the­se state­ments, the Greek government tigh­te­ned its land bor­der with Tur­key.  Sin­ce then pro­tec­tion see­kers are forced to use the peri­lous sea pas­sa­ge from the Tur­kish coast to the Greek islands again. Europe’s efforts to seal off its bor­ders put human lives in seve­re dan­ger and con­sti­tu­te a betra­yal of its own huma­ni­ta­ri­an values.

Con­tact:

Karl Kopp
Direc­tor of Euro­pean Affairs
PRO ASYL

Pho­ne +49 69 24231459
Fax +49 69 24231472
E-Mail: kk(at)proasyl.de
URL: www.proasyl.de

We look for­ward to see­ing you. Plea­se let us know if you are able to attend by reply­ing to afontal(at)ecre.org

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