Category Archives: report

This section shows in-depth reports and cases we follow.

Criminalization of Deportation Monitoring – Arrests and Police Violence

The EU-Turkey statement of 18th of March 2016 gained lots of media attention. It was presented as a solution for the so-called “refugee crisis” with the goal to return “[a]ll new irregular migrants crossing from Turkey into Greek islands as … Continue reading

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Moria 8 declared innocent

“Police officers in Mytilene do strange things I cannot understand.” President of High Court, Chios After 11 months of unjust detention, the Moria 8 have finally been declared innocent and will be released. On the 22nd of February 2019, they … Continue reading

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Ongoing Criminalization of Refugee Protests – Upcoming trials against migrants on Lesvos

The criminalization of refugees protesting for their rights on Lesvos Island continues. In April 2018, 32 people from the Moria 35 who had been arrested arbitrarily following a peaceful sit-in strike were convicted without any reliable evidence. Now, three more … Continue reading

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Family with daughter in wheelchair and young children deported

On the 17th of January, we witnessed the deportation of nine persons from Lesvos to Dikili, Turkey. Among them was a family. The parents were deported together with their four children (estimated ages 3, 5 and 10, and 13). Three … Continue reading

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Severely injured individual deported directly from hospital on 18th October 2018

On 17th October 2018, a man detained in the pre-removal centre of Moria camp was informed that he would be deported to Turkey the next day. Fearing imprisonment in Turkey and eventually the deportation from Turkey to his country of … Continue reading

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Again – Three individuals removed from the deportation list

On October 4th, 2018, the deportation of three migrants from Lesvos to Turkey – who did not get the possibility to exhaust their legal remedies in Greece – was stopped at the last minute. Only three weeks later, on October … Continue reading

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The Guardian: ‘It’s against the law’: Syrian refugees deported from Turkey back to war

Via HAREKACT and  The Guardian [16.10.2018] – With tension mounting in Idlib, people trying to flee across the border are being given the choice of detention or waiving their right to asylum The Syrian town of Atimha, at the border … Continue reading

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Deportation as Business Model

Deportation as a Business Model The European Border and Coast Guard Agency, better known as Frontex, supports the operational implementation of the deportations under the EU-Turkey statement. This means that the agency is responsible for deploying so-called “forced-return escorts” that … Continue reading

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Deportation of three individuals halted last minute

On 4th October 2018, the deportation of three individuals was halted at the very last minute. They had been transferred from Moria Camp to the police station to be then escorted on the deportation ferry to Turkey, although the three … Continue reading

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The prison within the prison within the prison: The detention complex of Moria Camp

Since the EU-Turkey statement, migrants arriving from Turkey on the Greek Islands – on EU soil – are prohibited to travel freely within Greece. Their movement is restricted to the small Islands of Lesvos, Chios, Leros, Samos or Kos where … Continue reading

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