Lesvos

AEGEAN MIGRANT SOLIDARITY: The real crime is the border regime - Justice for N. & Hasan

On the Greek islands, the politics of criminalization and deterrence of refugees is escalating: in an unprecedented move, N., a young father, is charged with the drowning of his 6-year-old son during a shipwreck. He will be on trial together with his co-passenger Hasan who is facing life imprisonment for steering the boat – a common practice at Europe's external borders. 

Prayers for Peacemakers 6 October 2021 Aegean Migrant Solidarity

In September, a new immigration detention centre on the Aegean island of Samos was inaugurated. According to the Greek government's proposals, new detention centres will follow on the islands of Chios and Lesvos in 2022. The government proudly claims humane conditions in the new detention centre, namely water, heating, laundry facilities, a volleyball court, a playground and more. Those living there will enter using fingerprint scans.

Prayers for Peacemakers 14 July 2021 Aegean Migrant Solidarity

Since March 2020, we have observed a significant increase in push-backs in the Aegean Sea, and the number of new arrivals to the Aegean Islands has dropped dramatically. Push-backs consist of collective expulsion of migrants back into Turkish waters by the Greek Coast Guard, in collaboration with Frontex and NATO, putting at risk the lives of people on the move to seek a safe place. Verbal and psychological violence, and in some cases also torture, is used against migrants during these push-backs. They’re exposed to violent attacks, their dingies are often damaged on purpose, and they are left to their fate in the sea on orange liferafts or motorless boats.

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.

Prayers for Peacemakers 2 June 2021 Aegean Migrant Solidarity

On 11 June 2021, four of the six teenage migrants accused of burning down Moria camp will have their trial on the Greek island of Chios. They have been presented publicly as the culprits from the moment of their arrest and before any due legal process. They were arrested without solid evidence and are being used as scapegoats for the inhumane EU migration policy. Five individuals were minors upon their arrest, but the authorities only recognized two of the six as such. The two recognized minors have already been convicted in a trial that flouted basic procedural standards of fairness.

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!

Lesvos: Refugee faces two life sentences after surviving shipwreck and trying to save 33 lives

This Thursday, 13th May 2021, 27-year-old Mohamad H., father of four children, has to stand trial in Mytilene, Lesvos. Mohamad H., who tried to save his own life and that of the 33 passengers on board during a shipwreck, is charged by Greek authorities with endangering the life of others and causing the death of two. For this, he is facing two life sentences and a further ten years imprisonment for each passenger.

Scandalous sentencing of Syrian refugee on Lesvos: Trial observers strongly criticise the criminalisation of migration.

Scandalous sentencing of a Syrian refugee on the Greek island of Lesvos to 52 years imprisonment. Trial observers strongly criticise the criminalisation of migration. On Friday 23 April 2021, the trial of K. S., a young man who fled Syria, took place in Mytilini on the Greek island of Lesvos. He was sentenced to 52 years imprisonment for "illegal entry" and "facilitating illegal entry". Trial observers from the initiatives "You Can't Evict Solidarity", Christian Peacemaker Teams - Aegean Migrant Solidarity and borderline-europe consider the verdict a scandal. They criticise the unfair trial and once again demand the immediate release of the accused.

Fleeing is not a crime: Syrian refugee threatened with decades in prison after trial in Lesvos

Tomorrow, Wednesday 21 April 2021, the trial of K.S., a young man who fled Syria, will take place in Mytilini on the Greek island of Lesvos. He is accused of "facilitating illegal entry" (smuggling), "illegal entry" and "provoking a shipwreck" (endangering human life). If convicted, he faces several decades in prison. The initiatives You Can't Evict Solidarity, CPT - Aegean Migrant Solidarity and borderline-europe demand the acquittal and immediate release of the accused man.

Prayers for Peacemakers 21 April 2021 Aegean Migrant Solidarity

In the latest case of unjust prosecution of those seeking asylum in Greek courts, KS will stand trial before a jury at Mytilene Court in Lesvos, accused of endangering human lives and facilitating illegal entry. He has been falsely accused of steering the boat that took him and his fellow travellers from Turkey to Greece. KS had previously been tortured and jailed in Turkey. His arrival on Chios island on 2 March 2020 corresponded with the patriot games of Greece and Turkey when Turkish President Erdogan opened up the borders and pushed thousands of migrants into Greece in an act of political blackmail against the European Union. Since the day he arrived, Greek authorities have detained KS in Korydalos prison, where Covid-19 restrictions have prevented his wife and three children from visiting him. The first time he will see them again in over a year will be the day he stands trial.
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