"Solidarity is not a crime" is the slogan that accompanies support campaigns against the criminalization of Sea Rescue, distribution of water or food, or driving a person in need from one place to another. While the European Union continues to fortify and externalize its borders, people also continue to move and others continue to support them. Their movement is challenged by agreements the EU concluded with authoritarian regimes in the MENA and Sahel regions.
On 30 August 2021, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ordered interim measures for Legal Centre Lesvos client MH, a Syrian man with disabilities and chronic health issues, and ordered the Greek authorities to guarantee him living conditions and medical care appropriate to his state of health, in order to prevent imminent irreparable harm.
In September 2020, in the aftermath of the Moria fires, the European Commission announced that a dedicated task force would be established with the ostensible purposes of “implement[ing] a joint pilot with the Greek authorities for new reception facilities” and ensuring “adequate living conditions, more certainty through faster procedures and more balanced responsibility-sharing and solidarity.” Far from these stated objectives, the reality in Lesvos and on the other Aegean islands has been the
This week, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) have shared with the Government of Greece a set of “Ten Points” to guide the creation of an Independent National Border Monitoring Mechanism in Greece.
45 civil society organisations urge EU institutions and national governments to abandon policies
that contain people seeking asylum at Europe’s borders and to instead facilitate asylum seekers’
social inclusion and subsequent integration. They must fulfil their commitments to share respon-
sibility for ensuring displaced people’s adequate reception and protection, in line with EU and