A scar on the conscience of Europe: Letter to Greek Prime Minister on conditions facing refugees in Greece

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Friday, November 23, 2018
A scar on the conscience of Europe: Letter to Greek Prime Minister on conditions facing refugees in Greece

Author: Kumi Naidoo | amnesty.org | 23 November 2018

In early October, I visited Lesvos and the refugee camp in Moria, on behalf of Amnesty International. I would like to begin by stressing my admiration for the people of island who, in welcoming hundreds of thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers over the past years are a beacon of solidarity and inspiration. It was clear to me from my visit, that the spirit of this solidarity is very much alive today despite the tides of fear and xenophobia.

I would like to thank your government for having ensured access to the camp, for me and my colleagues, during this important visit in October and on previous occasions. External and independent monitoring of the human rights situation is paramount to ensure transparency and protection for people, foster and sustain constructive dialogue, and support solutions where needed.

As such, I would like to highlight the devastating situation I came across during my visit and to work towards solutions that respect human rights and are viable on local, national and international levels. Read more>>>