Evidencing the systematic and widespread nature of the practice and demonstrating relations between incidents, localities, and actors, this platform is already supporting ongoing legal action in local and European courts, independent monitoring, reporting, and advocacy, as well as growing demands for accountability and international calls for defunding of Border Guards and FRONTEX.
rsa.org | 21 December 2023
Rhodes: Newly arrived refugees with no shelter and adequate food, at the mercy of winter
In recent months, due to delays in people’s transfer to other areas outside Rhodes where there is adequate infrastructure, the majority of new arrivals on the island – including families with young children – end up sleeping in parks, pavements, squares, on cardboard boxes, in tents and makeshift sheds.
rsa.gr | 19 December 2023
Crete and Gavdos have no reception and identification procedures despite the increased arrivals
In recent months, there has been an increase in the number of ships arriving in Crete and Gavdos, islands which have no official infrastructure for the first reception of asylum seekers and their identification procedures. Since the beginning of September to date, an estimated 17 boats have arrived in various areas of Crete and Gavdos. It is estimated that the majority of them come from the Libyan coast.
gcr.gr | 18 December 2023
On 30 November 2023, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled against Greece for violation of Article 3 and violation of Articles 3 and 13 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) for the living conditions of a young single woman refugee in the old camp of Samos and her lack of access to an effective remedy. The case was represented before the ECtHR by the Greek Council for Refugees (GCR).
The report describes how denial of assistance, violence and refoulement have become an integral part of a border management system on the islands of Samos and Lesvos, funded and legitimised by the European Union, with devastating consequences for those seeking protection in Europe.