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EU complicit in denying refugees their rights in Greek prison camps

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04.07.2020

Report. During the pandemic, 38,000 migrants were stranded in Greek camps meant for 6,200. Oxfam and the Greek Council for Refugees denounced the EU-Turkey deal as ‘one of Europe’s worst human rights disasters.’

written by Adriana Pollice

Topic Refugees

July 4, 2020

Arbitrary detentions and “rejections” by the authorities, abuse and harassment of women, 15,000 migrants exposed to COVID-19 contagion in the Moria camp in Lesbos alone, in a space that should only contain 2,800—these are the figures released by Oxfam and the Greek Council for Refugees in a report that offers a snapshot of the effects of the new asylum system in Greece, enacted this year.

It is a consequence of European policies: “the implementation of the [2016] EU–Turkey statement [transformed] the hotspots into one of Europe’s worst human rights disasters and [created] the conditions for a never-ending humanitarian crisis on Europe’s south-eastern borders,” the report explains. “The deadlock created by trapping asylum seekers in camps laid the ground for increasingly strict crackdowns on their rights,........

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