The trial of four of the six Afghan youth—all teenagers, all of Hazara origin—accused of burning down Moria camp last September, collectively known as the Moria 6, was held on 11 June 2021 in Chios Island. Although five of the six were minors, only two of them were recognized as such and were tried in Mytilene juvenile court. The case of these two was heard in March 2021 and they were sentenced to five years imprisonment each. The remaining four were on trial for ‘arson endangering the life of an unknown number of people’, ‘destruction of public property’ and ‘membership of a criminal group’. Before the trial, more than seventy solidarity groups and non-governmental organizations signed an open call for a fair and transparent trial.

Prayers for Peacemakers 16 June 2021 US/Mexico Borderlands

It is difficult to be optimistic about the still-closed US/Mexican border in Douglas, Arizona/Agua Prieta, Sonora.  Sure, the work of organizations and volunteers meeting the needs of migrants has been heroic.  But the plight of the migrants themselves—whether those returned to Mexico with blistered feet and inadequate clothing or those who have been waiting at the shelter for over a year to request asylum at the US Port of Entry—offers little to celebrate.

AMS: Moria 6 sentenced to 10 years imprisonment after fire in Moria camp

Saturday 12 June, four teenage asylum seekers were found guilty of ‘arson with risk to human life’ and sentenced to ten years imprisonment at Chios court after the fire in Lesvos’ Moria camp. Despite documents proving that three of the accused were minors at the time of arrest, they were tried as adults. Two of the six defendants had already been sentenced in March at the juvenile court in Lesvos.

Call for a fair and transparent trial for the accused Moria 6 based on the presumption of innocence

On 11 June 2021, the trial against four of the six teenage migrants accused of burning down Moria Camp will take place on the Greek island of Chios. From the moment of their arrest and before any due process of law, they have been presented to the public as the culprits. Two co-accused minors were already convicted to prison sentences in March, despite a lack of evidence and a trial riddled with irregularities. We are deeply concerned that their right to a fair and just trial based on the presumption of innocence is not guaranteed and that they are instead made scapegoats for the inhumane EU migration policy. We stand in solidarity with the Moria 6 & against the deadly European border regime!


Κατηγορήθηκα με ψευδείς αποδείξεις για συμμετοχή στη «πανεπιστημιακή οργάνωση νεολαίας» του HDP. Ήταν ένας τύπος κατηγορίας "copy-paste" που επιβλήθηκε σε όλους. Απελευθερώθηκα λόγω έλλειψης αποδεικτικών στοιχείων, αλλά η υπόθεση συνεχίστηκε. Μετά επέστρεψα στην Κωνσταντινούπολη και συνέχισα τις πανεπιστημιακές και πολιτικές δραστηριότητες. Το 2014, στο τελευταίο στάδιο της δίκης, ο εισαγγελέας ζήτησε την αθώωσή μας λόγω έλλειψης αποδεικτικών στοιχείων. Αλλά έβγαλαν τον εισαγγελέα από την υπόθεση και ο νέος εισαγγελέας απαίτησε αυστηρότερη ποινή. Τον Μάιο του 2014, καταδικάστηκα σε 11 χρόνια φυλάκισης για "συμμετοχή σε τρομοκρατική οργάνωση και αντίσταση στην αστυνομία". Εκδόθηκε ένταλμα σύλληψης εναντίον μου.


I was charged with false evidence for taking part in the HDP's university youth organization. It was a "copy-paste" type of indictment imposed on everyone in the youth organization. The authorities released me due to a lack of evidence, but the investigation continued. I went back to Istanbul and continued school and political activities. In 2014, at the trial's end, even the prosecutor requested our acquittal because of the lack of evidence. But they dismissed that prosecutor from the case, and the new prosecutor demanded the most severe penalty. In May 2014, I was sentenced to 11 years for 'membership of a terrorist organization' and 'resisting arrest'. An arrest warrant was issued against me.
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