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  • 50 réfugiés bloqués sans secours sur une île d’Evros
    Παραμένουν αβοήθητοι σε νησίδα του Εβρου

    Καμιά κίνηση από την κυβέρνηση για τους 50 πρόσφυγες που έχουν εγκλωβιστεί στον ποταμό μετά τη βίαιη απόπειρα επαναπροώθησής τους από τις ελληνικές αρχές, παρά την εντολή που έδωσε το Ευρωπαϊκό Δικαστήριο ● Καμιά έρευνα για τους τρεις Σύρους που πέθαναν ο ένας έπειτα από ξυλοδαρμό και οι άλλοι δύο όταν εξαναγκάστηκαν να πέσουν στο ποτάμι χωρίς να ξέρουν κολύμπι

    Εγκαταλειμμένοι σε νησίδα του Εβρου παρέμεναν, τουλάχιστον μέχρι αργά χθες το απόγευμα, για όγδοη ημέρα 50 πρόσφυγες που κατήγγειλαν μέσω των οργανώσεων Ελληνικό Συμβούλιο για τους Πρόσφυγες και HumanRights360 τον θάνατο ενός Σύρου έπειτα από ξυλοδαρμό της ομάδας στην ελληνική όχθη και τον πνιγμό άλλων δύο Σύρων, οι οποίοι εξαναγκάστηκαν να πέσουν στο ποτάμι για να κολυμπήσουν προς την τουρκική όχθη ενώ δεν ήξεραν κολύμπι. Σύμφωνα με νεότερες πληροφορίες, πρόκειται για δύο Σύρους, 17 και 23 χρόνων, από το Χαλέπι, τα ονόματα των οποίων βρίσκονται στη διάθεση της « Εφ.Συν. ».

    Παρά τη σοβαρότητα των καταγγελιών, που απαιτούν ανεξάρτητη και αξιόπιστη έρευνα, η κυβέρνηση εξακολουθούσε να τηρεί σιγή ιχθύος μιάμιση μέρα μετά την αποκάλυψή τους από την « Εφ.Συν. », ενώ δεν έχει έχει γίνει γνωστή καμία αντίδραση των Αρχών, ούτε η έναρξη ποινικής ή πειθαρχικής διαδικασίας.

    Οπως έγινε γνωστό σε νεότερη επικοινωνία με τους πρόσφυγες και άλλες πηγές, το πτώμα του άνδρα που πέθανε στην ελληνική όχθη δεν ξεβράστηκε τελικά στην Τουρκία, όπως ανέφεραν οι πρώτες πληροφορίες, αλλά βρέθηκε στην Ιατροδικαστική Υπηρεσία του Εβρου, ενώ οι συγγενείς ζητούν να τους παραδοθεί για να ταφεί στην Τουρκία. Σε επικοινωνία της « Εφ.Συν. » με τον ιατροδικαστή του Εβρου Παύλο Παυλίδη την Τετάρτη, ο κ. Παυλίδης σημείωσε ότι υπάρχουν πολλοί μετανάστες νεκροί, αλλά δεν έφτασε στην υπηρεσία κανένας μετανάστης νεκρός την περασμένη εβδομάδα.

    Οι πρόσφυγες, ανάμεσά τους μια 70χρονη με πρόβλημα σακχάρου, τρεις έγκυοι και δώδεκα παιδιά, παραμένουν εγκλωβισμένοι στη νησίδα παρά το γεγονός ότι το Ευρωπαϊκό Δικαστήριο για τα Δικαιώματα του Ανθρώπου, ανταποκρινόμενο σε κατεπείγον αίτημα ασφαλιστικών μέτρων μέσω των δύο οργανώσεων, έδωσε εντολή την Πέμπτη στην ελληνική κυβέρνηση να μην απομακρυνθούν από την Ελλάδα, αλλά να διασφαλιστεί ότι έχουν νερό, τρόφιμα και φάρμακα και να καταγραφεί το αίτημά τους για άσυλο. Παρά την επείγουσα εντολή, μέχρι χθες το απόγευμα δεν είχε γίνει γνωστή καμία κινητοποίηση των Αρχών για τον εντοπισμό και τη διάσωση των προσφύγων.
    Αντίδραση ΣΥΡΙΖΑ

    Την αποκάλυψη της « Εφ.Συν. » ακολούθησε η άμεση αντίδραση του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ-Π.Σ., που ζήτησε άμεση ενημέρωση και σε βάθος διερεύνηση των πολύ σοβαρών καταγγελιών. « Λίγες μόνο ημέρες μετά την καταδίκη της χώρας για το αποτέλεσμα της βίαιης επαναπροώθησης στο Φαρμακονήσι το 2014, άλλη μία έρχεται να προστεθεί στον μακρύ κατάλογο των καταγγελιών », σημειώνει και υπογραμμίζει ότι ο υπουργός Μετανάστευσης και Ασύλου Νότης Μηταράκης, αντί να απολογηθεί για τη στάση της κυβέρνησης και παρά τις συνεχείς εκκλήσεις για θέσπιση ανεξάρτητου φορέα διερεύνησης, επέλεξε να συστήσει εντός του υπουργείου κυβερνητικά ελεγχόμενη επιτροπή για τον έλεγχο των καταγγελιών.

    « Επί του παρόντος, οι βίαιες επαναπροωθήσεις παραμένουν ανεξέλεγκτες στα σύνορα της Ελλάδας και ατιμώρητες, ενώ η ποινικοποίηση των ομάδων βοήθειας συνεχίζεται » σημειώνει σε ανακοίνωσή της η Διεθνής Αμνηστία, ζητώντας να διασωθούν επειγόντως οι 50 εγκαταλειμμένοι πρόσφυγες.

    Την αντίδρασή της στη θέσπιση κυβερνητικά ελεγχόμενης επιτροπής στο υπουργείο Μετανάστευσης για τη διερεύνηση των επαναπροωθήσεων εκφράζει η Ελληνική Ενωση για τα Δικαιώματα του Ανθρώπου, κάνοντας λόγο για προσχηματική και επικίνδυνη επιλογή που « δυναμιτίζει εξ ορισμού κάθε ελπίδα για αξιόπιστη διερεύνηση των σχετικών καταγγελιών και μαζί αποτελεί απρόσφορη απόπειρα πολιτικού αποπροσανατολισμού, που δυστυχώς ενισχύει τις διάχυτες πλέον υπόνοιες περί παντελούς ελλείμματος διαφάνειας και λογοδοσίας για τα ζητήματα αυτά στη χώρα μας ».

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    Aucune intervention du gouvernement pour les 50 réfugiés bloqués dans le fleuve après la violente tentative des autorités grecques de les repousser, malgré l’ordre donné par la Cour européenne de droits de l’homme ● Pas d’ enquête ouverte sur le décès des trois Syriens morts après que l’un a été très violemment battu tandis que les deux autres ont été noyés après avoir été forcés de se jeter à l’eau alors qu’ils ne savaient pas nager
    Abandonnés sur une île de l’Evros sont restés, au moins jusqu’à hier en fin d’après-midi, pour le huitième jour, 50 réfugiés. C’est ce groupe qui a signalé par l’intermédiaire des organisations Hellenic Council for Refugees et HumanRights360 la mort d’un Syrien après que le groupe ait ete battu sur la côte grecque et le noyade de deux autres Syriens qui ont été forcés de tomber dans la fleuve pour nager jusqu’au rivage turc alors qu’ils ne savaient pas nager. Selon les dernières informations, il s’agit de deux Syriens de 17 et 23 ans, originaires d’Alep, dont les noms sont à la disposition de « Ef.Syn ».

    Malgré la gravité des allégations, qui nécessitent une enquête indépendante fiable, le gouvernement a continué à garder le silence un jour et demi après leur révélation par « Ef.Syn. », alors qu’aucune réaction des autorités, ni l’ouverture d’une enquête criminelle procédure, ni d’une procédure disciplinaire.

    Comme on l’a appris par une communication plus récente avec les réfugiés et d’autres sources, le corps de l’homme décédé sur la côte grecque n’a finalement pas été échoué en Turquie, comme l’indiquaient les premières informations, mais a été retrouvé au service médico-légal d’Evros. , tandis que ses proches demandent qu’il leur soit remis pour être enterré en Turquie. En communication avec « Ef.Syn. » avec le médecin légiste d’Evros Pavlos Pavlidis mercredi, M. Pavlidis a noté qu’il y avait de nombreux migrants morts, mais qu’aucun mort n’est arrivé au service la semaine dernière.

    Les réfugiés, dont une femme de 70 ans atteinte de diabète, trois femmes enceintes et douze enfants, restent bloqués sur l’île malgré le fait que la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme, répondant à une demande urgente de mesures provisoires des deux organisations, a ordonné jeudi au gouvernement grec de ne pas les expulser de Grèce, mais de veiller à ce qu’ils aient de l’eau, de la nourriture et des médicaments et d’enregistrer leur demande d’asile. Malgré l’ordre urgent, jusqu’à hier après-midi aucune mobilisation des autorités pour localiser et secourir les réfugiés n’était connue.
    Les réfugiés ont été obligés de filtrer l’eau boueuse du fleuve avec des serviettes en papier et des cailloux, pour obtenir une eau un peu plus propre.

    https://www.efsyn.gr/ellada/dikaiomata/353036_paramenoyn-aboithitoi-se-nisida-toy-ebroy

    #limbe #zone_frontalière #île #Evros #asile #migrations #réfugiés #frontières #fleuve_Evros #Turquie #Grèce #Thrace #îlots

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    ajouté à la métaliste sur #métaliste sur des #réfugiés abandonnés sur des #îlots dans la région de l’#Evros, #frontière_terrestre entre la #Grèce et la #Turquie :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/953343

    • Διεθνής Αμνηστία - Ελληνικό Τμήμα

      Η Διεθνής Αμνηστία ανησυχεί βαθύτατα για την ασφάλεια και την ευημερία 50 προσφυγισσών και προσφύγων που βρίσκονται σε επικίνδυνες και άθλιες συνθήκες από την περασμένη Πέμπτη σε νησίδα του Έβρου. Ανάμεσά τους, 12 παιδιά, τρεις έγκυες γυναίκες και μια 70χρονη γυναίκα με σάκχαρο.

      –—

      Amnesty International est profondément préoccupée par la sécurité et le bien-être de 50 réfugiés qui se trouvent dans des conditions dangereuses et inhumaines depuis jeudi dernier sur l’île d’Evros. Parmi eux, 12 enfants, trois femmes enceintes et une femme de 70 ans atteinte de diabète.
      Selon les informations reçues par le Conseil grec pour les réfugiés (GCR)cet
      HumanRights360, les réfugiés n’ont pas accès à la nourriture, à l’eau, aux soins médicaux et aux moyens de se réchauffer pendant la nuit.
      Dans des mesures provisoires rendues hier, la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme a sommé les autorités grecques à ne pas expulser les réfugiés de Grèce et à leur fournir de la nourriture, de l’eau et des soins médicaux adéquats, selon les besoins, jusqu’à nouvel ordre.
      Actuellement, les refoulements violents restent endémiques à la frontière grecque et restent impunis, tandis que la criminalisation des groupes d’aide se poursuit.

      https://www.facebook.com/amnestygreece/posts/pfbid0AcB7XB9QHL9Pe3BnuYQmNKgikuRWGTXdxJLDAm8Fh5aLPvEpi1umE45TNXrc1CZRl

    • Συγκαλύπτουν το έγκλημα στον Έβρο με νέα εγκλήματα
      Les autorités grecques couvrent le crime à Evros avec de nouveaux crimes

      Λίγο μετά τις 2 μμ τη Δευτέρα, οι 50 πρόσφυγες που παραμένουν 11 μέρες εγκαταλελειμμένοι σε νησίδα του Έβρου ανατολικά του χωριού Κισσάρι, συγκεντρώθηκαν στην όχθη της νησίδας που βλέπει προς την ελληνική πλευρά και φώναξαν όλοι μαζί με μια φωνή, με την ελπίδα να ακουστούν από απέναντι και να υπάρξει κινητοποίηση.

      Πρόκειται για κραυγή αγωνίας με στόχο να σπάσουν το πυκνό πέπλο σιωπής και εμπαιγμού εκ μέρους της κυβέρνησης και της ΕΛ.ΑΣ. και φαίνεται ότι το κατάφεραν. Σύμφωνα με αξιόπιστες πληροφορίες της « Εφ.Συν. », άτομα που βρίσκονταν στην ελληνική όχθη, απέναντι από τη νησίδα, εκείνη την ώρα, επιβεβαιώνουν ότι άκουσαν από την πλευρά της νησίδας δύο δυνατές κραυγές από ομάδα ανθρώπων στις 2:04 μμ και στις 2:06 μμ. Τα στοιχεία των ανθρώπων που άκουσαν τους πρόσφυγες βρίσκονται στη διάθεση της « Εφ.Συν. ».

      Φαίνεται πως μόνο οι αστυνομικοί της Αστυνομικής Διεύθυνσης Ορεστιάδας και οι συνεργάτες της δεν μπορούν ούτε να ακούσουν ούτε να δουν τους πρόσφυγες, όπως τουλάχιστον ισχυρίζεται σε προφορική ενημέρωση, σε ανθρώπους που επικοινώνησαν για να ενημερωθούν για την τύχη των προσφύγων.

      Την ίδια ώρα, το απόγευμα της Δευτέρας οι πρόσφυγες έστειλαν βίντεο που απεικονίζει ανθρώπους από την όχθη του Έβρου να συστήνονται ως αστυνομικοί, να καταστρέφουν βάρκα σταθμευμένη στην ελληνική όχθη και στη συνέχεια να αποχωρούν.

      Η διασταυρωμένη από πολλές πλευρές παρουσία των προσφύγων για 11 συνεχείς μέρες στη νησίδα και ο συνεχιζόμενος εμπαιγμός της ΕΛ.ΑΣ., που τάχα δεν μπορεί να τους εντοπίσει, δημιουργεί έντονες υπόνοιες για απόπειρα συγκάλυψης τυχόν εγκληματικών ευθυνών της αστυνομίας. Οι πρόσφυγες καταγγέλλουν ότι είναι μάρτυρες του φρικτού θανάτου τριών Σύρων, ενός στην ελληνική όχθη και δύο από πνιγμό, κατά τη διάρκεια απόπειρας επαναπροώθησης την Πέμπτη 14 Ιουλίου. Καμία διενέργεια πειθαρχικής ή ποινικής έρευνας δεν έχει γίνει γνωστή, παρά τις εκκλήσεις του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ-ΠΣ και της Διεθνούς Αμνηστίας, να γίνει αξιόπιστη και άμεση διερεύνηση των καταγγελιών.

      Φυσικά, ο πιο σίγουρος τρόπος να μη διερευνηθούν οι καταγγελίες και να συγκαλυφθούν οι τυχόν ευθύνες σοβαρών εγκλημάτων είναι να μην περάσουν στην ελληνική όχθη οι πρόσφυγες, ώστε να μη χρειαστεί να καταθέσουν επισήμως. Φαίνεται ότι μέχρι στιγμής τουλάχιστον η ΕΛ.ΑΣ. προχωρά σ’αυτό τον δρόμο της συγκάλυψης, προσπαθώντας να σκεπάσει τις καταγγελίες για εγκλήματα με άλλο ένα έγκλημα, αυτό της εγκατάλειψης ανθρώπων που κινδυνεύουν και, χειρότερα, της εξαφάνισής τους από την Ελλάδα και της επαναπροώθησής τους στην Τουρκία.

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      Peu après 14 heures lundi, les 50 réfugiés bloqués depuis 11 jours sur un îlot de l’Evros à l’est du village de #Kissari, se sont rassemblés sur la rive de l’îlot face au côté grec et ont crié d’une seule voix, espérant être entendus et qu’il y ait mobilisation.

      C’est un cri d’angoisse dans le but de briser l’épais voile de silence et de faux-fuyant du gouvernement et de l’EL.AS. -police hellénique -et il semble que les réfugiés aient réussi. Selon des informations fiables de « Ef.Syn. », des personnes qui se trouvaient sur la rive grecque, en face de l’îlot, à ce moment-là, confirment avoir entendu deux cris forts d’un groupe de personnes du côté de l’îlot à 14h04. et à 14 h 06. Les coordonnées des personnes qui ont entendu les réfugiés sont disponibles à « Ef.Syn. »

      Il semble que seuls les policiers du département de police d’Orestiada et ses associés ne peuvent ni entendre ni voir les réfugiés, comme du moins ils avaient affirmé dans un briefing oral, aux personnes qui les ont contacté pour être informées du sort des réfugiés.

      → des personnes qui se sont présentées comme des policiers sont apparues lundi sur la rive grecque en face de l’îlot et ont enlevé un bateau stationné

      Dans le même temps, lundi après-midi, les réfugiés ont envoyé une vidéo montrant des habitants des rives de l’Evros se présentant comme des policiers, détruisant un bateau stationné sur la rive grecque puis repartant. (pour voir la vidéo allez août lien)

      La présence des réfugiés pendant 11 jours consécutifs sur l’île, traversés de plusieurs côtés, et les railleries continues de la police hellénique, incapable de les localiser, créent de forts soupçons d’une tentative de dissimulation d’éventuelles responsabilités criminelles de la police. Des réfugiés rapportent avoir été témoins de la mort horrible de trois Syriens, un sur la côte grecque et deux par noyade, lors d’une tentative de rapatriement le jeudi 14 juillet. Aucune enquête disciplinaire ou pénale n’a été faite, malgré les appels du SYRIZA et d’Amnesty International pour une enquête crédible et immédiate sur les faits dénoncés.

      Bien sûr, le moyen le plus sûr de ne pas enquêter sur les plaintes et de dissimuler toute responsabilité pour des crimes graves est de ne pas laisser les réfugiés atteindre la rive grecque, afin qu’ils n’aient pas à témoigner officiellement. Il semble que jusqu’à présent au moins EL.AS. (la police hellénique) s’engage sur cette voie de la dissimulation, essayant de couvrir les plaintes de crimes par un autre crime, celui d’abandonner des personnes en danger et, pire, de leur disparition de Grèce et de leur refoulement en Turquie.

      https://www.efsyn.gr/ellada/dikaiomata/353284_sygkalyptoyn-egklima-ston-ebro-me-nea-egklimata

    • Εξαφάνισαν τους πρόσφυγες, συγκαλύπτουν το έγκλημα
      Les autorités grecques ont fait disparaître les réfugiés, elles dissimulent le crime

      Αντί για επιχείρηση διάσωσης από τη νησίδα των 50 προσφύγων, οι ελληνικές αρχές προχώρησαν σε νέα βίαιη και παράνομη επαναπροώθηση, ρίχνοντάς τους στα νερά του ποταμού προς την τουρκική όχθη, αφού πρώτα εξαφάνισαν τους μοναδικούς αυτόπτες μάρτυρες του θανάτου των τριών την προηγούμενη Πέμπτη. ● Αναφορές στην Εισαγγελία του Αρείου Πάγου για την υπόθεση. ● Ερώτηση 37 βουλευτών του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ στη Βουλή.

      Αργά το βράδυ της Δευτέρας προς Τρίτη, ισχυρή δύναμη αστυνομικών και κομάντο αποβιβάστηκαν στη νησίδα του Εβρου ανατολικά του χωριού Κισσάρι και με τη χρήση βίας συνέλαβαν τους 50 πρόσφυγες που βρίσκονταν εγκλωβισμένοι έντεκα μέρες στη νησίδα, τους μετέφεραν στην ελληνική όχθη και τους έκλεισαν σε χώρο κράτησης.

      Το επόμενο πρωί, τους ξαναπήγαν στην ελληνική όχθη, τους ανέβασαν σε βάρκες και τους μετέφεραν μέχρι τη μέση του ποταμού, όπου τους ανάγκασαν να πέσουν στο νερό και να προχωρήσουν μέχρι την τουρκική όχθη.

      « Ημουν άρρωστη και προσπαθούσα να κοιμηθώ, όταν άκουσα δυνατές φωνές που μας φώναζαν “καθίστε κάτω”. Είδα πολλούς άνδρες που είχαν έρθει από την ελληνική πλευρά. Απ’ όσους μπορούσαν πήραν τα κινητά, μας πέρασαν απέναντι με βάρκα και μας οδήγησαν σε μια φυλακή, όπου μείναμε για λίγες ώρες. Την επομένη, μας ξαναπήγαν όλους στο ποτάμι, μας έβαλαν σε βάρκες και μας κατέβασαν πριν φτάσουμε στην τουρκική πλευρά. Είχαμε τρομοκρατηθεί. Οταν φτάσαμε στην τουρκική όχθη, μας συνέλαβαν Τούρκοι συνοροφύλακες » διηγείται στην “Εφ.Συν.” νεαρή πρόσφυγας που βρισκόταν την περασμένη εβδομάδα στη νησίδα και σήμερα κρατείται σε τουρκικό κέντρο κράτησης.

      Η Αστυνομική Διεύθυνση Ορεστιάδας, αντί για την επιχείρηση διάσωσης που περίμεναν απελπισμένα οι πρόσφυγες, προχώρησε τελικά σε άλλη μια παράνομη επιχείρηση επαναπροώθησης, φροντίζοντας να εξαφανίσει με συνοπτικές διαδικασίες τους μοναδικούς αυτόπτες μάρτυρες του θανάτου τριών προσφύγων την Πέμπτη, 14 Ιουλίου, στα χέρια της αστυνομίας, ενός στην ελληνική όχθη και δύο από πνιγμό στον Εβρο, όταν αναγκάστηκαν να πέσουν στο ποτάμι χωρίς να ξέρουν κολύμπι την ώρα που τους μετέφερε η αστυνομία στη νησίδα.

      Με την επανααπροώθηση, οι ελληνικές αρχές παραβιάζουν με τρόπο προκλητικό την επείγουσα εντολή διάσωσης που έδωσε στην κυβέρνηση την Τετάρτη το Ευρωπαϊκό Δικαστήριο για τα Δικαιώματα του Ανθρώπου (ΕΔΔΑ). Χτες, οι οργανώσεις Ελληνικό Συμβούλιο για τους Πρόσφυγες και HumanRights360, που είχαν προσφύγει στο ΕΔΔΑ, ενημέρωσαν την Εισαγγελία του Αρείου Πάγου για την υπόθεση, ενώ σήμερα έληγε η προθεσμία της κυβέρνησης να απαντήσει στο ΕΔΔΑ, παραμένει όμως άγνωστο ποια στάση θα κρατήσει μετά την τελευταία εξέλιξη.

      Αγνωστη παραμένει και η τύχη των προσφύγων της νησίδας. Σύμφωνα με πληροφορίες από τους ίδιους, η 70χρονη γυναίκα με πρόβλημα στο ζάχαρο νοσηλεύτηκε σε τουρκικό νοσοκομείο, το ίδιο και τα μικρά παιδιά που είχαν αρρωστήσει, όπως και ένας άνδρας που τραυματίστηκε σοβαρά στο χέρι κατά τη διάρκεια της βίαιης επιχείρησης των ελληνικών αρχών.

      Οι υπόλοιποι κρατούνται στην Τουρκία, παγιδευμένοι ανάμεσα στην ακραία αντιπροσφυγική πολιτική της ελληνικής κυβέρνησης στα σύνορα και στην πολιτική των τουρκικών αρχών, που απειλούν τους πρόσφυγες ότι θα τους επαναπροωθήσουν στη Συρία, αν παραμείνουν στην Τουρκία.
      Ερώτηση ΣΥΡΙΖΑ στη βουλή

      Την ίδια στιγμή, ο ΣΥΡΙΖΑ-Π.Σ. φέρνει την υπόθεση στη Βουλή, με ερώτηση που κατέθεσαν 37 βουλευτές με πρωτοβουλία του Νίκου Φίλη προς τους υπουργούς Προστασίας του Πολίτη, Δικαιοσύνης και Μετανάστευσης. Διαπιστώνουν ότι « συνεχίζεται το όργιο επαναπροωθήσεων στον Εβρο και η καταπάτηση των Διεθνών Συνθηκών », όπως και εγκληματική αδιαφορία για το ευρωπαϊκό κεκτημένο, και ρωτούν τους υπουργούς γιατί δεν έχουν ανταποκριθεί στην εντολή του ΕΔΔΑ, όπως και αν έχουν τεθεί σε διαθεσιμότητα οι εμπλεκόμενοι αστυνομικοί και γενικότερα ποια μέτρα έχουν πάρει « για τη διεξαγωγή ενδελεχούς και αποτελεσματικής έρευνας για τις συνθήκες της επαναπροώθησης και του θανάτου των 3 προσφύγων, για τη διερεύνηση των σοβαρότατων δημοσιοποιημένων καταγγελιών των προσφύγων, καθώς και για την απόδοση ευθυνών ».
      Εκστρατεία από τη Διεθνή Αμνηστία

      « Η λογοδοσία για τις εντεινόμενες παραβιάσεις του Κράτους Δικαίου καθίσταται πιο επιτακτική από ποτέ » σημειώνουν σε κοινή ανακοίνωσή τους το Ελληνικό Συμβούλιο για τους Πρόσφυγες και η HumanRights360.

      Επείγουσα έκκληση να διασωθούν οι πρόσφυγες της νησίδας απηύθυνε το πρωί της Τρίτης η Διεθνής Αμνηστία, ξεκινώντας διεθνή εκστρατεία συλλογής υπογραφών σε επιστολή που θα σταλεί στον υπουργο΄Προστασίας του Πολίτη Τάκη Θεοδωρικάκο. « Οι βίαιες επαναπροωθήσεις παραμένουν ανεξέλεγκτες στα σύνορα της Ελλάδας και μένουν ατιμώρητες, ενώ η ποινικοποίηση των ομάδων αρωγής που προσπαθούν να βοηθήσουν τα θύματα των επαναπροωθήσεων συνεχίζεται », αναφέρει η οργάνωση και υπογραμμίζει ότι « οι επαναπροωθήσεις αποτελούν την ντε φάκτο πολιτική της Ελλάδας για τη διαχείριση των συνόρων ».

      –-

      Au lieu d’une opération de sauvetage depuis l’île des 50 réfugiés, les autorités grecques ont procédé à un nouveau refoulement violent et illégal, les jetant dans les eaux du fleuve vers la rive turque, après avoir d’abord fait disparaître les seuls témoins oculaires de la mort des trois jeudi dernier. ● Appels s au procureur de la Cour suprême d’ouvrir une enquête sur l’affaire.

      Tard dans la nuit de lundi à mardi, une importante force de police et de commandos a débarqué sur l’îlot d’Evros à l’est du village de Kissari et a fait usage de la force pour arrêter les 50 réfugiés piégés pendant onze jours sur l’îlot, ils les a emmenés sur la côte grecque et les a enfermés dans une zone de détention.

      Le lendemain matin, les réfugiés Syriens ont été ramenés sur la rive grecque, mis dans des bateaux et transportés au milieu du fleuve, où ils ont été forcés de tomber à l’eau et de se diriger vers la rive turque.

      « J’étais malade et j’essayais de dormir quand j’ai entendu des voix fortes nous appeler » asseyez-vous « . J’ai vu beaucoup d’hommes qui étaient venus du côté grec. Ils ont pris les téléphones portables, nous ont fait traverser en bateau et nous ont emmenés dans une prison, où nous sommes restés quelques heures. Le lendemain, ils nous ont tous ramenés à la rivière, nous ont mis dans des bateaux et nous ont fait descendre avant d’atteindre le côté turc. Nous étions terrifiés. Quand nous sommes arrivés sur la côte turque, nous avons été arrêtés par les gardes-frontières turcs », raconte-t-il à « Ef.Syn ». une jeune réfugié qui était la semaine dernière sur l’île et qui est aujourd’hui détenue dans un centre de détention turc.
      Le département de police d’Orestiada, au lieu de l’opération de sauvetage que les réfugiés attendaient désespérément, a finalement procédé à une autre opération de refoulement illégal, en veillant à éliminer sommairement les seuls témoins oculaires de la mort aux mains de la police de trois réfugiés le jeudi 14 juillet, un sur la rive grecque et deux de la noyade dans l’Evros, lorsqu’ils ont été forcés de tomber dans la rivière sans savoir nager alors qu’ils étaient transportés par la police vers l’île.

      En les refoulant, les autorités grecques violent d’une façon provocante l’ordre de sauvetage d’urgence donné au gouvernement grec mercredi par la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme (CEDH). Hier, les organisations Conseil hellénique pour les réfugiés et les droits de l’homme360, qui avaient saisi la CEDH, ont informé le procureur de la Cour suprême de l’affaire, alors qu’aujourd’hui était la date limite pour que le gouvernement réponde à la CEDH, mais on ignore quelle position il prendra après le dernier développement.

      Le sort des réfugiés de l’île reste également inconnu. Selon des informations de leur part, la femme de 70 ans avec un problème de diabète a été hospitalisée dans un hôpital turc, tout comme les jeunes enfants qui étaient tombés malades, ainsi qu’un homme qui a été grièvement blessé à la main lors de l’opération violente. par les autorités grecques.

      Les autres sont détenus en Turquie, pris entre la politique anti-réfugiés extrême du gouvernement grec à la frontière et la politique des autorités turques, qui menacent les réfugiés de les renvoyer en Syrie s’ils restent en Turquie.

      https://www.efsyn.gr/ellada/dikaiomata/353489_exafanisan-toys-prosfyges-sygkalyptoyn-egklima

    • 32 adults and 8 children in urgent situation at Evros river! The people have been exposed to violence from #greek and #turkish border guards since 2 weeks already and reportedly 3 people already died - this needs to stop immediately!

      “At first, we were 50 people, but the Greek police beat us and took us back to Turkey. The Turks booked us in military barracks and then threw us to one of the Greek islands for the second time, without food or water, and three people who have been with us since were killed.”

      “What is our fault, my friend, only because we are Syrians, we are rejected by everyone. Turkey deport us, and Greece beat us, deport us and is throwing us onto the islands. Our situation is miserable here. The situation here is tragic.”

      https://twitter.com/alarm_phone/status/1555886172785844224

    • 32 adults and 8 children in urgent situation at Evros river! The people have been exposed to violence from #greek and #turkish border guards since 2 weeks already and reportedly 3 people already died - this needs to stop immediately!

      “At first, we were 50 people, but the Greek police beat us and took us back to Turkey. The Turks booked us in military barracks and then threw us to one of the Greek islands for the second time, without food or water, and three people who have been with us since were killed.”

      “What is our fault, my friend, only because we are Syrians, we are rejected by everyone. Turkey deport us, and Greece beat us, deport us and is throwing us onto the islands. Our situation is miserable here. The situation here is tragic.”

      https://twitter.com/alarm_phone/status/1555886172785844224

    • 32 adults and 8 children in urgent situation at Evros river! The people have been exposed to violence from #greek and #turkish border guards since 2 weeks already and reportedly 3 people already died - this needs to stop immediately!

      “At first, we were 50 people, but the Greek police beat us and took us back to Turkey. The Turks booked us in military barracks and then threw us to one of the Greek islands for the second time, without food or water, and three people who have been with us since were killed.”

      “What is our fault, my friend, only because we are Syrians, we are rejected by everyone. Turkey deport us, and Greece beat us, deport us and is throwing us onto the islands. Our situation is miserable here. The situation here is tragic.”

      https://twitter.com/alarm_phone/status/1555886172785844224

    • Έγκλημα διαρκείας στον Έβρο

      Το δράμα των προσφύγων σε νησίδα του Έβρου ανατολικά του χωριού Κισσάρι. Ο τραγικός θάνατος του πεντάχρονου κοριτσιού και η συνταρακτική έκκληση για βοήθεια που έστειλε στην « Εφ.Συν. » η Μπαϊντά Α., 28 χρονών από τη Συρία.

      Ενα πεντάχρονο κορίτσι από τη Συρία, η Μαρία A. (τα στοιχεία της βρίσκονται στη διάθεση της « Εφ.Συν. ») βρήκε τραγικό θάνατο από δάγκωμα σκορπιού αργά το βράδυ της Δευτέρας προς Τρίτη σε νησίδα του Εβρου ανατολικά του χωριού Κισσάρι, σύμφωνα με πληροφορίες που έδωσαν στην « Εφ.Συν. » πρόσφυγες που παραμένουν εγκλωβισμένοι στην vνησίδα, όπως και σύμφωνα με καταγγελίες οργανώσεων, μεταξύ των οποίων το Ελληνικό Συμβούλιο για τους Πρόσφυγες και η HumanRights360, που έχουν ήδη ενημερώσει το Ευρωπαϊκό Δικαστήριο για τα Δικαιώματα του Ανθρώπου και την Εισαγγελία Ορεστιάδας.

      Οι πληροφορίες από τους πρόσφγυες αναφέρουν ότι σκορπιός τσίμπησε και ένα εννιάχρονο κορίτσι, την Αγιά, η οποία παρέμενε αβοήθητη στη νησίδα με πυρετό και κάνοντας εμμετό για δεύτερη μέρα χτες. Σύμφωνα με τα όσα συγκλονιστικά αναφέρουν οι πρόσφυγες, το άψυχο σώμα της Μαρίας παραμένει άταφο. Για να το συντηρήσουν όσο μπορούν, οι πρόσφυγες το έχουν βάλει μέσα στα κρύα νερά του ποταμού, στην όχθη του οποίου θρηνεί η μητέρα του.

      Συνταρακτικό είναι το ηχητικό μήνυμα που έστειλε στην « Εφ.Συν. » η Μπαϊντά Α., 28 χρονών από τη Συρία, λίγη ώρα αφότου πέθανε το μικρό κορίτσι. « Ζητάω βοήθεια, όλοι μου λένε ότι είναι δύσκολο. Τι δυσκολία έχει να σωθούν άνθρωποι ; Ποια είναι η δυσκολία ; Μας σκοτώνουν στη Συρία, στην Τουρκία, σ’αυτό το νησί στην Ελλάδα, σε κάθε μέρος του κόσμου. Τι φταίμε ; Το κορίτσι πέθανε γιατί κανείς δεν ακούει τη φωνή μας και την αδελφή της τη σκότωσε σκορπιός. Τι θα απογίνουμε ; Ισως το πρωί να έχουμε όλοι πεθάνει. Το νησί είναι γεμάτο φίδια, σκορπιούς, έντομα και δεν ξέρω τι άλλο... Εκλιπαρώ, εκλιπαρώ. Ζούμε μια επίγεια κόλαση, σας ορκίζομαι οτι είναι επίγεια κολαση και κανείς δε μπορεί να μας βοηθήσει », λέει μεταξύ άλλων η Μπαϊντά ανάμεσα σε αναφυλητά.

      https://soundcloud.com/efsyn-gr/to-ichitiko-minyma-poy-esteile

      Παρεμβάσεις

      Οι εξελίξεις έχουν προκαλέσει το ενδιαφέρον διεθνών μέσων ενημέρωσης και οργανώσεων, που κυκλοφόρησαν την Τρίτη στα μέσα κοινωνικής δικτύωσης την είδηση για το θάνατο της μικρής Μαρίας και για την απελπιστική κατάσταση που βρίσκονται οι πρόσφυγες.

      « Είναι κατάντια για την ανρθωπιά μας να πεθαίνει σε μια νησίδα ένα παιδάκι από τσίμπημα σκορπιού και να μένει άταφο γιατί κανείς δεν πάει να τους σώσει », αναφέρει σε δήλωσή του στην « Εφ.Συν. » ο βουλευτής ΣΥΡΙΖΑ – ΠΣ και πρώην υπουργός Μεταναστευτικής Πολιτικής Δημήτρης Βίτσας.

      Παρέμεβαση στο Αστυνομικό Τμήμα Ορεστιάδας έκανε την Τρίτη κλιμάκιο του ΚΚΕ και την Τετάρτη στα άλλα αστυνομικά τμήματα του Εβρου, όπου, σύμφωνα με τον βουλευτή του κόμματος Νίκο Παπαναστάση, τους δηλώθηκε ότι οι αστυνομικές αρχές βρίσκονται σε γνώση των καταγγελιών αλλά δεν υπάρχει τέτοια ομάδα προσφύγων στην αρμοδιότητά τους. « Υπάρχει το γνωστό πρόβλημα εργαλειοποίησης των μεταναστών κατά την άποψή μας και από την Τουρκία και από την ελληνική κυβέρνηση, οι οποίες εκμεταλλεύονται τα κενά που υπάρχουν στο καθεστώς του Εβρου με νησίδες που βρίσκονται πότε από τη μια και πότε από την άλλη μεριά των συνόρων. Καταδεικνύεται η πολιτική πρόθεση της κυβέρνησης για τη μη στήριξη των ανθρώπων αυτών και τη μη επίλυση των προβλημάτων τους, ακόμα και των πιο ευάλωτων » δηλώνει στην "Εφ.Συν." ο κ. Παπαναστάσης.

      « Ξανά ο Εβρος ! Ανησυχητικές αναφορές για το θάνατο ενός πεν τάχρονου κοριτσιού και επείγουσα ανάγκη για ιατρική βοήθεια για ενιάχρονο κορίτσι ! Η Ελλάδα πρέπει επειτγόντως να διασώσει τους ανρθώπους, να τους δώσει υποστήριξη, περίθαλψη και πρόσβαση στη διαδικασία ασύλου » αναφέρει σε ανάρτησή της στο twitter η Γερμανίδα ευρωβουλευτής της Αριστεράς Κορνήλια Ερνστ.
      Εφιάλτης δίχως τέλος

      Η Μπαϊντά, όπως και η οικογένεια της μικρής Μαρίας και άλλοι πρόσφυγες της ομάδας, ζουν αγκαλιά με το θάνατο από τα μέσα Ιουλίου, αντιμετωπίζοντας το αδιέξοδο των εγκληματικών αντιπροσφυγικών πολιτικών της Ελλάδας και της Τουρκίας. Στις 14 Ιουλίου μεταφέρθηκαν στην ίδια νησίδα που βρίσκονται σήμερα, ενώ, όπως έχουν καταγγείλει, ένας Σύρος πρόσφυγας της ομάδας έχασε τη ζωή του στην ελληνική όχθη του Εβρου ύστερα από βίαιη επιχέιρηση των ελληνικών αρχών και άλλοι δύο βρήκαν τραγικό θάνατο από πνιγμό, όταν έπεσαν στο ποτάμι από τη βάρκα κατά τη διάρκεια της μεταφοράς τους προς τη νησίδα από τις ελληνικές αρχές.

      Παρά το γεγονός ότι, όπως κατήγγειλαν, ήταν μάρτυρες φρικτών εγkλημάτων τα οποία θα έπρεπε να διερευνηθούν για να υπάρξει λογοδοσία των υπεύθυνων, οι ελληνικές αρχές δεν προχώρησαν σε επιχείρηση εντοπισμού και διάσωσης, αγνοώντας την εντολή του Ευρωπαϊκού Δικαστηρίου για τα Δικαιώματα του Ανθρώπου και αδιαφορώντας για τις εκκλήσεις του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ, που έβγαλε ανακοίνωση και κατέθεσε ερώτηση στη Βουλή, αλλά και της Διεθνούς Αμνηστίας, που ξεκίνησε επείγουσα εκστρατεία συλλογής υπογραφών.

      Αντιθέτως, όπως καταγγέλλουν οι πρόσφυγες, οι ελληνικές αρχές τους επαναπροώθησαν στην Τουρκία στις 26 Ιουλίου, αφού πρώτα τους χτύπησαν βίαια και τους κράτησαν παράνομα για ώρες σε χώρο κράτησης στην ελληνική όχθη.

      Σύμφωνα με τις καταγγελίες, οι πρόσφυγες κρατήθηκαν στην Τουρκία σε κέντρο κράτησης. Υστερα από μερικές ημέρες οι τουρκικές αρχές τους πίεσαν να ξαναπεράσουν τα ελληνοτουρκικά σύνορα, διαφορετικά θα τους απέλαυναν στην Συρία. Τους χώρισαν σε δύο ή περισσότερες ομάδες και τους σκόρπισαν σε διαφορετικά σημεία της περιοχής, όπου δεν είχαν τη δυνατότητα να γυρίσουν πίσω, καθώς τους περίμενε η απειλή των τουρκικών αρχών για επαναπροώθηση στη Συρία, ούτε τη δυνατότητα να φτάσουν στην ελληνική όχθη, όπου τους περιμένει η δολοφονική βία των ελληνικών αρχών και το σοβαρό ενδεχόμενο να τους γυρίσουν πίσω.

      Το γεωγραφικό στίγμα που έχει στη διάθεσή της η « Εφ.Συν. » τους απεικόνιζε την περασμένη εβδομάδα σε ελληνικό έδαφος ανατολικά του ποταμού. Την Κυριακή οι πρόσφυγες οδηγήθηκαν ξανά στη νησίδα ανατολικά του χωριού Κισσάρι, στην ίδια νησίδα όπου είχε ξεκινήσει η εφιαλτική τους περιπέτεια πριν από τρεις εβδομάδες.

      https://www.efsyn.gr/ellada/dikaiomata/355170_egklima-diarkeias-ston-ebro

    • Child feared dead on Greek islet where refugees are stranded

      A five-year-old Syrian girl has reportedly died, with her parents and dozens others awaiting rescue following alleged pushbacks.

      A five-year-old Syrian girl, who was among a group of refugees and migrants, is understood to have died on a Greek islet on the Evros River.

      Her parents have submerged the girl’s body in river water in an attempt to keep it cool, as Greek authorities appear unable to locate the group.

      Those still on the islet with the girl’s remains say she died in the early hours of Tuesday after being stung by a scorpion, two days after they were stranded there.

      Another girl, who is nine, remains in critical condition. She is also understood to have been stung by a scorpion.

      They are part of a group of 39 asylum seekers, some of whom are trapped for a second time on this unnamed islet after repeated alleged pushbacks between Turkey and Greece.

      One member of the group, 27-year-old Baida, also from Syria, has been sending frantic messages to lawyers and journalists since the reported death.

      “A girl died. A child. She’s dead. I can do nothing,” she said in a WhatsApp voice note sent to a group including this reporter.

      She posted photos of the girl on her back with her eyes closed, lying on a patch of grass on the islet.

      In another message, she questioned why the children have not received any help.

      “No one hears our voices,” she said.

      “If you hear our voices please help us,” Baida said. “The other girl might die tomorrow.”

      The refugees say they were forced on the islet by Turkish authorities on August 7.

      The Evros land border is a frequent crossing point for those wishing to claim asylum in Europe, but many reports have documented violent Greek pushbacks in recent months, as well as incidents where people have been made to cross by Turkish authorities.

      The stranded refugees and migrants wish to claim asylum in Greece.

      Greek authorities have been notified of their location and activists have made emergency calls on their behalf to police, but officials say that they have not been able to locate the group.

      On Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights issued an order stating that the trapped asylum seekers should not be removed from Greek territory and that they should be provided with food, water and adequate medical care.

      In their messages, members of the group describe what amounts to a geopolitical ping-pong game, being pushed back and forth across the land border by Greek and Turkish authorities for weeks in the highly militarised border zone in which no lawyer, human rights organisations or journalists can legally enter.

      Some were originally stranded in the same location in late July, having tried to cross the border from Turkey.

      They say they survived on food scraps, nuts and muddy water from the river before being returned to Turkey by Greek authorities.

      Then, they accused Turkish authorities of holding them in military barracks, and later bringing them back across to the river and ordering them — at gunpoint — to cross again into Greek territory.

      Al Jazeera has contacted Greek and Turkish officials in an attempt to verify the details of these alleged incidents but had not received a response by the time of writing.

      Longtime foes, NATO members Athens and Ankara are currently locked in rows on several fronts, including the refugee issue and oil and gas exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean.
      ‘We are very worried … especially for the children’

      The stranded refugees’ position on Greek territory has been verified by a location one of the asylum seekers sent via WhatsApp.

      The Greek Council of Refugees and HumanRights360, which are representing the group of refugees, have also informed the European Union border agency Frontex, the UN refugee agency, the Greek ombudsman and members of the European Parliament of this location in an attempt to secure their rescue.

      “We are very worried about the situation of the 39 refugees and especially for the children,” Evgenia Kouniaki, a lawyer for the Greece-based HumanRights360 and Maria Papamina, coordinator of the legal unit of the Greek Council for Refugees, told Al Jazeera in a joint statement.

      “The violations of human rights at the Greek-Turkish borders are a cruel reality. Deaths, pushbacks, arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances and people left hopeless in the islets. The death of the five-year-old girl proves how irrational and murderous this policy is.”

      The Border Violence Monitoring Network, which documents pushbacks that are illegal under international law, said in a statement that Turkish and Greek authorities were “using people-on-the-move as pieces in a political game”.

      https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/8/10/child-feared-dead-on-greek-islet-where-refugees-are-stranded

    • Quatre morts, dont une fillette, dans un groupe de migrants bloqué sur un îlot de l’Evros

      Une petite-fille de cinq ans est décédée, jeudi, au milieu de l’Evros. Elle faisait partie d’un groupe de 40 personnes coincé depuis la semaine dernière sur un îlot de ce fleuve à la frontière gréco-turque. Trois membres de ce groupe étaient déjà morts suite aux violences et au refoulement des gardes-frontières grecs, selon les témoignages recueillis par les ONG et journalistes qui se sont saisis de l’affaire.

      Une petite-fille de cinq ans est décédée, piquée par un scorpion, sur un îlot de l’Evros où un groupe de 40 personnes est bloqué depuis un refoulement par les gardes-frontières grecs. La morsure a eu lieu dans le nuit du 8 au 9 août.

      « C’est vraiment l’enfer ici. Une petite-fille est morte aujourd’hui. Elle a été piquée par un scorpion. Nous n’avons rien pu faire », ont annoncé des membres du groupe au réseau d’activistes AlarmPhone, très actif dans le repérage des situations de détresse et dans la prise de contact avec les exilés passant par cette zone frontalière ultra-militarisée.

      Une seconde fillette, sa grande sœur, est menacée. Celle-ci a également été piquée par le scorpion, et son état est grave. « Nous avons besoin d’un hôpital. Si personne n’agit pour l’aider, elle va mourir comme sa petite sœur », a également alerté le groupe.

      Les témoins, dont un grand nombre de ressortissants syriens, font part de leur impuissance face à cette seconde petite fille « qui se bat contre la mort », et s’inquiètent du choc traumatique subi par la famille.

      « Où est l’humanité dans la mort d’une fille qui n’a pas atteint ses six ans, après avoir vécu la guerre et l’oppression en Syrie et en Turquie, et maintenant à la frontière grecque ? », s’indignent-ils, toujours relayés par Alarm Phone.
      Trois personnes déjà décédées, dont deux par noyade

      Samedi 6 août, les ONG avaient alerté sur ce groupe de 32 adultes et 8 enfants coincés sur l’îlot. Ces derniers rapportent avoir subi une série de violences de la part des garde-côtes grecs et turcs dans les quinze derniers jours.

      D’abord, « la police grecque nous a battus et nous a ramenés en Turquie », ont témoigné les membres de ce premier groupe auprès d’Alarm Phone. Ensuite, les garde-frontières turcs « nous ont mis dans des casernes militaires, puis nous ont jetés sur l’une de ces îles grecques, pour la deuxième fois, sans nourriture ni eau ».

      Trois personnes seraient mortes des suites des violences et du refoulement. La première, un homme syrien, serait décédé suite aux blessures infligées par les coups des garde-frontières sur le sol grec, confirme le média grec Efimerida ton Syntakton qui s’est saisi de l’affaire.

      es deux autres victimes auraient été forcées de nager jusqu’au rivage turc et se seraient noyées, poursuit le média, corroborant les dires du groupe. L’enquête menée par les journalistes leur a permis d’identifier les noms de ces deux personnes : il s’agirait de deux jeunes hommes de 17 et 23 ans, tous deux originaires d’Alep.

      Ces cas de noyades forcées ont déjà été documentées. En 2021, Amnesty International avait recueilli des témoignages en ce sens. Les survivants d’un groupe racontaient qu’ils avaient été forcés « à descendre du bateau et à plonger dans l’eau à proximité d’un îlot situé au beau milieu de l’Evros, (...) Un autre homme, qui ne savait pas nager, a appelé au secours alors qu’il peinait à garder la tête hors de l’eau. Il a finalement été emporté par le courant », relaie le rapport de l’ONG.
      Inaction des autorités malgré la décision de la CEDH

      Les ONG HumanRights360 et Greek Council for Refugees ont saisi la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme (CEDH) sur une demande urgente de mesures provisoires, la semaine dernière. Celle-ci l’a validée dans la foulée. Elle ordonne donc au gouvernement grec de veiller à ce que le groupe ait de l’eau, de la nourriture et des médicaments. Surtout, elle interdit tout refoulement et exige que leurs demandes d’asile soient enregistrées.

      Mais, pour l’heure, les ONG n’ont constaté aucune mobilisation des autorités. Depuis plusieurs mois, les saisines de la CEDH par les ONG sont quasi systématiques lorsque des personnes se retrouvent coincées sur des îlots de l’Evros. Cette stratégie judiciaire s’est révélée efficace pour plusieurs cas successifs. Mais elle semble avoir de moins en moins prise sur les autorités grecques.

      « On voit de plus en plus que, malgré ces décisions de la CEDH, les personnes ne sont pas secourues », alertait déjà mi-juin une membre d’AlarmPhone, auprès d’InfoMigrants. « La Grèce ne respecte pas la législation européenne. Et c’est très inquiétant ».

      Les équipes de Frontex ont également été contactées par Alarm Phone. En vain pour le moment.

      https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/42511/quatre-morts-dont-une-fillette-dans-un-groupe-de-migrants-bloque-sur-u

    • Greek police @hellenicpolice announced yesterday with great delay that the group of c. 40 Syrians trapped on an Evros islet under inhumane and life-threatening conditions is on Turkish territory. And that Greece have officially asked Turkey to conduct a Search & Rescue op 🧵1/4

      2/ GR authorities at least finally acknowledge the existence of the group, which they had so far denied being able to find, despite knowing the location for days and despite their professed manned & unmanned search ops to locate them.

      3/ The Police announcement raises Qs about the status of the islet where the refugees are. Acc to Google and Greek Cadaster, the official government mapping agency, the islet is Greek.

      Hellenic Army’s Geographical Service also referred us to Google Maps for status of the islet.


      4/ What is of paramount importance now is for the group to be rescued and their rights respected.

      We remind all authorities that the refugees have reported the death of a girl (5) & the critical condition of at least one more child.

      The refugees remain on the islet.

      https://twitter.com/GCRefugees/status/1558056562706751491

      –-

      Tweet de Giorgos Christides :

      Greek authorities need to answer:
      – is the islet Greek? if so, are they willing to concede territory to 🇹🇷 just to avoid rescuing 40 refugees?
      – if Turkish, why did they delay the request for SAR & why did @ECHR_CEDH issue rescue orders to 🇬🇷? Can’t they read maps in Straßburg?

      #dispute_territoriale

    • Migrants Stranded on Islet in Evros River Abandoned to Die

      A group of nearly 40 migrants reportedly stranded on an islet in Evros River, where the borders of Greece and Turkey meet, have continued to plead for help as none of the two countries assumes responsibility for their rescue.

      The islet is not on Greek territory, the Hellenic Police Directorate said on Thursday and Sunday, adding that Turkish authorities have been notified to provide emergency help and evacuation.

      A tweet by Notis Mitarachis, Greek Minister of Migration and Asylum, reaffirmed Sunday afternoon that repeated searches had been conducted by Greek authorities, without detecting human presence on the islet.

      Migrants’ drama on Evros islet

      The dramatic situation of the group has attracted international attention.

      According to Al Jazeera, the migrants are asylum seekers from Syria and say they were forced on the islet by Turkish authorities on August 7 after repeated alleged pushbacks between the two countries.

      27-year-old Baida has been trying to get help from humanitarian organizations and journalists, she says, since a child in their group died from a scorpion bite and at least another is in need of urgent medical help -as is a pregnant woman with them.

      “According to reports received, a child has tragically already died. Unless urgent action is taken, we fear further lives remain at stake,” the UN Refugee Agency’s official account for media professionals wrote Saturday on Twitter.

      It urged the authorities of both countries do “everything possible to rescue the group immediately.”

      “We are also deeply concerned about migrants stranded by smugglers near our borders. The incident however, as reported by the Hellenic Police, is outside Greek territory,” Notis Mitarachis, Greek Minister of Migration and Asylum said in reply.

      Greece notified Turkey for search and rescue

      Hellenic Police had initially stated it was unable to locate the group of migrants.

      In a later statement, it said that the islet coordinates -provided by refugees’ rights organizations which alerted them on the issue- proved the islet was outside of Greek territory.

      Hellenic Police forwarded the coordinates to Turkish authorities at the Evros Trilateral Contact Center at Kapitan Andreevo, notifying them to evacuate the migrants, some of whom are in urgent need of medical attention.

      The center was set up in May 2015 between Greece, Turkey, and Bulgaria, where three borders meet, to help in police and customs coordination and in collaboration during emergencies including natural disasters. Authorities of each country are housed in the same center, but consult their individual databases, and observe their national laws.

      Refugees’ rights organizations and Greek opposition have nonetheless critisized the Greek authorities for indifference as the migrants’ drama on the Evros islet unfolds.

      In a joint announcement, SYRIZA MPs Anastasia Gara, Andreas Xanthos and Giorgos Psychogios, said Greece should put pressure on the highest political level to get both Turkey and the EU activated to rescue the migrants, and demand that Turkey provides immediate healthcare to the group, in the context of the two countries’ cooperation agreement in immigration.

      The latest statement by Hellenic Police, published Sunday, said that the Turkish authorities had indeed been notified twice to help the stranded migrants.

      “Every day and each moment, the Forces of the Hellenic Police protect the Greek and European borders, and certainly the human life, which is the prime value,” it concluded.

      https://greekreporter.com/2022/08/14/migrants-evros-abandoned-die

    • 1/ The group of 39 Syrians at the islet is now 100% on Greek territory.

      They crossed over to the Greek bank of the river today.

      They are now at this location according to metadata from their photos.

      2/ They were aware of all the “fake news” narrative circulating these past couple of days in Greece.

      And shared more videos and photos last night and today.

      This pregnant women says:

      “I’m pregnant at my 8th month and I need a doctor because there is bleeding”

      3/ Rescue is needed now.

      @112Greece
      emergency line is alerted

      @GCRefugees @rights360 @Border_Violence are doing everything humanly possible to ensure safety of group and access to asylum.

      This thread will be updated.

      4/ Colleague @lindseyhilsum from @Channel4 also got this video from Baida, the 27-y-o Syrian.

      Apparently the only ones who could not locate the refugees were Greek and (if reports are true) Turkish police.


      https://twitter.com/lindseyhilsum/status/1559166981273780225

      https://twitter.com/g_christides/status/1559165985944379393

    • Έβρος : Βρέθηκαν σε ελληνικό έδαφος οι 39 πρόσφυγες - Μεταφέρονται σε ασφαλές μέρος

      Περισσότερο από μία εβδομάδα απ’ όταν βρέθηκαν στη νησίδα του Έβρου ανατολικά του οικισμού Κισσάρι και αφού περίμεναν μάταια να τους διασώσουν οι Αρχές -με την ελληνική πλευρά να μην τους βρίσκει σε ελληνικό έδαφος και να έχει αποστείλει στην τουρκική πλευρά ενημέρωση- οι δεκάδες πρόσφυγες τελικά πέρασαν στην ελληνική όχθη του ποταμού.

      Σύμφωνα με το ρεπορτάζ της τηλεόρασης του Open και της Σοφίας Φασουλάκη, οι πρόσφυγες εντοπίστηκαν από τις ελληνικές Αρχές, τέσσερα χιλιόμετρα νοτιότερα του σημείου που αρχικά είχαν βρεθεί και πλέον γίνεται η μεταφορά τους σε ασφαλή περιοχή ώστε να τους παρασχεθούν οι πρώτες βοήθειες.

      Ανάμεσά τους και μια έγκυος, η οποία είναι καλά στην υγεία της, όπως καλά στην υγεία τους φαίνεται να είναι και οι υπόλοιποι 38 άνθρωποι.Άμεσα ξεκινά έρευνα προκειμένου να διαπιστωθεί ο χρόνος αλλά και ο τρόπος που πέρασαν στα ελληνικά σύνορα.
      Παρέμβαση και της Εθνική Επιτροπής για τα Δικαιώματα του Ανθρώπου

      Την άμεση εκκένωση των 39 Σύρων προσφύγων, είχε ζητήσει νωρίτερα σήμερα και η Διεθνής Επιτροπή Διάσωσης (IRC), καλώντας Ελλάδα και Τουρκία « να διευκολύνουν την παροχή βοήθειας σε αυτούς τους ανθρώπους, να τους εκκενώσουν από αυτή τη νησίδα με ασφάλεια και να εξασφαλίσουν δίκαιη και πλήρη πρόσβασή τους στις διαδικασίες ασύλου », όπως δήλωσε η Δήμητρα Καλογεροπούλου, Διευθύντρια του IRC Greece.
      Η ανακοίνωση της ΕΛΑΣ

      « Μετά από νεότερες πληροφορίες και εκτεταμένες έρευνες εντοπίστηκε στην παρέβρια περιοχή των Λαβάρων ομάδα παράτυπων μεταναστών, κατά δήλωσή τους από τη Συρία, αποτελούμενη από 22 άνδρες, 9 γυναίκες και 7 παιδιά, ενώ μία από τις γυναίκες είναι εγκυμονούσα. Επισημαίνεται ότι το συγκεκριμένο σημείο είναι περίπου 4 χιλιόμετρα νοτίως, από τις συντεταγμένες εκτός της ελληνικής επικράτειας, που είχαν δηλωθεί ως αρχική θέση προ ημερών.

      Από τη στιγμή του εντοπισμού τους έχουν σπεύσει προς αρωγή τους οι απαραίτητες δυνάμεις της ΕΛΑΣ και όλων των υπόλοιπων κρατικών υπηρεσιών, για την περίθαλψη των μεταναστών, την παροχή τροφής και νερού και τη μεταφορά τους σε χώρο προσωρινής φιλοξενίας ».

      https://www.ethnos.gr/Politics/article/220349/ebrosseellhnikosedafosoi39prosfygesentopisthkanapotisellhnikesarxesmetaferont

    • Police Say Refugees Stuck on Evros River Islet Not On Greek Land

      Several dozen refugees reportedly on an islet on the Evros River which is the border between Greece and Turkey are in limbo and begging to be rescued but Greece says they’re on Turkish territory – which isn’t helping them.

      Aid groups reported their plight with a report that they inside a restricted military zone at the border with Turkey, Greek police saying they are outside their jurisdiction for assistance, said Kathimerini.

      The police said it “repeats that the investigation shows that the point mentioned in the complaints is outside Greek territory and that it has informed the Turkish authorities twice.”

      The statement said that “from the moment that information emerged about the possible presence of immigrants on an islet, the Greek Police conducted successive investigations, using technical means at every opportunity, but did not detect the presence of people” at the location.

      “At the same time, the coordinates were given to the competent services of the armed forces, which pointed out that it is a location outside Greek territory,” not explaining whether there were people there or not.

      The Greek police subsequently briefed the Turkish authorities at the Kapitan Andreevo checkpoint in Bulgaria and said that Greek police “every day and at all times protect the Greek and European borders and, of course, human life, which is a primary value.”

      Greece’s New Democracy government, however, has been facing a barrage of accusations from human rights groups, Turkey and media reports of pushing back refugees and migrants – who Turkey allows human traffickers to keep sending.

      Turkey is housing some 4.4 million refugees and migrants who went there fleeing war, strife and economic hardship in their homelands and is supposed to contain them under an essentially-suspended 2016 swap deal with the European Union.

      The Greek Council of Refugees, said the United States’ CBS News in a special report, told the network that it had lost contact with the group and that a 5-year-old girl among them died after a scorpion bite and her site was also stung, the group’s President Vasileios Papadopoulos said.

      The council called on authorities to help them, the report saying the refugees have been on the islet for some three weeks on a river that’s perilous and where dozens have drowned trying to reach Greece.

      They reportedly were scavenging for whatever they could find to eat and trying to survive although the reports were sketchy about what may or may not be happening there with conflicting messages.

      NO MAN’S LAND

      “I’m saying, help … it’s difficult to survive,” a 28-year-old refugee named Bayda said in an emotional audio recording sent to news and humanitarian groups, the report added about the ordeal.

      “They are killing us in Syria, in Turkey, in this island, in Greece, in every place in the world,” she said through sobs. “What’s our fault? Because no one can hear us?” she also added.

      The Associated Press reported earlier that Greek police had said they were chasing reports about the migrants, but had not been able to locate them due to different coordinates being given for their location.

      The police told the AP that coordinates provided for the migrants were “outside Greek sovereignty,” and that they had asked neighboring Turkey to provide urgent assistance to no avail.

      The refugee council said that maps indicate the islet is in Greek territory but were glad that, “authorities at least finally acknowledge the existence of the group, which they had so far denied being able to find, despite knowing the location for days and despite their professed manned and unmanned search ops to locate them.”

      “What’s going to happen?” Bayda reportedly said in the audio message. “Maybe we all die in the morning. This island is full of snakes, scorpions, and a lot of insects … This is the hell in the earth. I swear, this is the hell in the earth, and no one can help us,” she added.

      The stuck refugees were being ping-ponged back-and-forth between Turkey and Greece, Papadopoulos told CBS News. He said contact may have been lost with them because members of the group’s phones died, or because they’ve been moved.

      But it was also said that his group and HumanRights360, released coordinates for a Google Maps location showing the islet is not in Greek territory as Greek police had said, adding to the contradiction and confusion.

      The European Court of Human Rights earlier issued an order on Tuesday instructing Greek authorities not to move refugees and migrants off Greek territory, and to provide them with humanitarian aid.

      A previous, similar order was issued at the end of July, Papadopoulos said.

      “The last two months especially, since the beginning of June, Greek authorities do not comply with the European court orders,” Papadopoulos said, CBS News saying it couldn’t get reaction from Greek or Turkish officials.

      Papadopoulos said because the islet was in a restricted zone, humanitarian organizations could not travel there to provide assistance unilaterally.

      “Save people. Save people,” he said when asked what his message to both governments would be. “Save this 9-year-old girl,” he further pleaded.

      https://www.thenationalherald.com/police-say-refugees-stuck-on-evros-river-islet-not-on-greek-land

    • Maria’s body has now been buried on the islet in the #Evros. She was killed not by a scorpion sting, but by Greek and EU border enforcement. Some initial (and unfinished) reflections on this horrible case and its wider significance. 1/9

      Greek #pushbacks have clearly become systematic in the regions of the #Evros and the #Aegean. The group on the islet is among tens of thousands who have experienced these cruel practices over the past years, which include acts of abduction, torture and killing. 2/9

      Despite overwhelming evidence of #pushbacks & #Frontex involvement, the EU Commission is largely silent. Unsurprising: von der Leyen even encouraged Greece to be Europe’s anti-migrant ‘shield’. Compared to the previous Commission, the current one clearly shifted to the right. 3/9

      The inconsequentiality of recent German warnings to Greece shows that the supposedly most powerful EU member state doesn’t have much weight in migration issues - ‘sovereign’ claims dominate. It also shows Germany’s unwillingness to put any real force behind the warnings. 4/9

      This current case highlights a weakness of international law. The European Court of Human Rights failed to force Greece to adhere to its rulings. Its important Rule 39 decision in the current case was simply ignored by Greek authorities, and not for the first time. 5/9

      Both Greece and Turkey benefit from staging ‘migration spectacles’. They abuse people on the move to score points in an increasingly anxious (and embarrassing) political conflict over territory, even if Greece seems to oddly concede some territory (the islet) in this case. 6/9

      The case demonstrates the weakness of the #UNHCR. Unwilling to make a clear stance and afraid to antagonise, the UNHCR uses strangely depoliticised language, and basically concedes its inability and unwillingness to really intervene. https://twitter.com/RefugeesMedia/status/1558363463168233473
      7/9

      The case shows how crucial forms of solidarity are. The direct exchanges between activist groups, journalists and the people on the move have amplified the voices of those experiencing border violence, even if they could not prevent such violence and, at times, feel helpless. 8/9

      Finally, in a situation where Greece & Turkey engage in necropolitical border violence, where EU institutions & member states condone such violence, where a human rights court & the UN are toothless, we need direct forms of intervention & disobedience, hopefully rather soon. END

      https://twitter.com/MauriceStierl/status/1559110757341601798

      #scorpion

    • Le long calvaire de 40 migrants syriens, bloqués sur un îlot entre Grèce et Turquie

      A la frontière gréco-turque, 40 Syriens sont restés bloqués pendant des jours au milieu du fleuve Evros. Malgré la mort d’une fillette, Athènes refusait de les secourir. Lundi, le groupe a finalement rejoint la rive grecque et été pris en charge.

      Elle s’appelait Maria, elle avait 5 ans. Piquée par un scorpion, cette Syrienne est morte le 9 août dans l’indifférence sur un îlot au milieu du fleuve Evros (aussi connu sous le nom de Maritsa), qui marque la frontière entre la Grèce et la Turquie. Près d’une semaine plus tard, alors qu’en ce lundi de l’Assomption, fête particulièrement importante dans le pays, les Grecs célébraient la Vierge Marie, la petite Maria, elle, attendait toujours d’être inhumée. Afin de le maintenir au frais, son cadavre a été plongé dans les eaux du fleuve par ses compagnons d’infortune. Pris au piège d’un îlot non identifié et des tensions entre la Grèce et la Turquie, la quarantaine de candidats à l’exil avaient été laissés à l’abandon.

      Ce lundi soir, ils ont finalement réussi à rejoindre la rive grecque de l’Evros, où ils ont été retrouvés et arrêtés. Sur Twitter, le ministre grec de l’Immigration, Notis Mitarachi, indique que la police a localisé un groupe de 38 personnes, qui se trouvaient selon lui « en très bonne santé ». Une « femme enceinte a été emmenée à l’hôpital par précaution », précise-t-il. Dans un communiqué, la police grecque explique que le groupe, « composé de 22 hommes, 9 femmes et 7 enfants », a été localisé dans la région de Lavara. La police et les « autres services gouvernementaux, ajoute le texte, se sont précipités à leur secours pour soigner les immigrés, leur fournir de la nourriture et de l’eau et les transporter vers un lieu d’hébergement temporaire ». Epilogue d’un drame qui aurait pu être évité.
      D’après les renseignements recueillis par des ONG spécialisées dans les questions migratoires, dont HumanRights360, le Greek Council for Refugees (GCR) et les activistes du réseau Alarm Phone, le long calvaire de ce groupe, composé initialement d’une cinquantaine de Syriens, a commencé mi-juillet lorsqu’ils ont traversé une première fois le fleuve Evros pour rejoindre la Grèce, porte d’entrée dans l’Union européenne. Comme tant d’autres avant eux, ils racontent alors avoir subi pendant plusieurs semaines les maltraitances des garde-côtes grecs et turcs. « La police grecque nous a battus et renvoyés en Turquie », ont-ils témoigné auprès d’Alarm Phone, dans une pratique illégale de refoulement (« pushback ») maintes fois documentée.
      Zone surmilitarisée

      D’abord coincée sur un premier îlot, puis de retour en Turquie, une partie du groupe s’est retrouvée enfermée « dans des casernes militaires », puis « jetée sur l’une de ces îles grecques pour la seconde fois, sans nourriture ni eau », au mépris du droit international et de la vie humaine. Entre-temps, au moins trois hommes seraient morts, l’un des suites de blessures infligées par les gardes-frontières grecs, les deux autres de noyade dans la traversée à la nage vers le rivage turc du fleuve. Bloqués au milieu du cours d’eau depuis une dizaine de jours, si près de la terre ferme que des habitants grecs assuraient les avoir entendus crier, les migrants avaient alerté les ONG, qui ont alors prévenu l’agence Frontex, chargée de garder les frontières extérieures de l’UE, le Haut-Commissariat de l’ONU pour les réfugiés (HCR) ainsi que le médiateur grec du Parlement européen. Sans effet.

      Pour justifier son inaction, la police grecque assurait ces derniers jours que l’îlot se trouvait du côté turc, et affirmait n’avoir trouvé, malgré de « multiples recherches », aucun migrant côté grec. « Quand les eaux baissent, certains îlots peuvent être du côté turc, admet le journaliste Antonis Telopoulos, qui connaît très bien la région. Cependant, les localisations envoyées par les migrants prouvent qu’ils sont bien du côté grec. » Dans un contexte de tensions permanentes entre Athènes et Ankara, les environs surmilitarisés de l’Evros font figure de zone interdite. Toute action y est suspendue aux autorisations des gouvernements. Impuissant, le HCR avait reconnu samedi sur Twitter « ne pas avoir accès à la zone », et exhorté « les autorités des deux pays à faire tout leur possible pour secourir le groupe immédiatement ».

      D’après les témoignages – photos, vidéos et messages vocaux – recueillis au fil des jours par la chaîne britannique Channel 4, les migrants pris au piège n’avaient rien à manger et buvaient l’eau du fleuve. « C’est l’enfer sur terre », expliquait une jeune femme. Ils évoquaient aussi les insectes, serpents et scorpions qui peuplent l’îlot. Egalement piquée par un scorpion, la sœur aînée de la petite Maria, âgée de 9 ans, se trouvait ce week-end entre la vie et la mort. Mais les autorités grecques refusaient que des secouristes interviennent. Même le président de la Fédération grecque des médecins hospitaliers, Panos Papanikolaou, qui avait demandé à pouvoir se rendre sur place, afin d’éviter « davantage de morts » dans les jours à venir, s’était vu opposer une fin de non-recevoir. Aucune information n’était disponible, lundi soir, sur l’état de santé de la jeune fille.
      « Où est l’humanité ? »

      Ne craignant pas le ridicule, voire l’indécence, les plus hauts responsables grecs ont rendu lundi un hommage appuyé à la Vierge Marie et aux valeurs humanistes. « Nous, les Grecs, avons associé à son visage l’amour, le souci des faibles, l’empathie. J’espère que ces valeurs continueront à nous inspirer », a déclaré la présidente de la République, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, lors d’un officie religieux sur l’île de Paros, dans les Cyclades. Quant au Premier ministre Kyriákos Mitsotákis (Nouvelle Démocratie, droite conservatrice), il a affirmé « se tenir aux côtés de ceux qui sont le plus dans le besoin ». Dans un message vocal envoyé il y a plusieurs jours à Channel 4, l’une des femmes coincées, une Syrienne de 27 ans, dressait un tout autre constat : « Personne ne veut de nous. Personne ne veut nous aider », déplorait-elle d’une voix tremblante. « Où est l’humanité dans la mort d’une fille qui n’a pas atteint l’âge de 6 ans, après avoir vécu la guerre et l’oppression en Syrie et en Turquie, et maintenant à la frontière grecque ? » s’indignaient d’autres auprès d’Alarm Phone.

      Où est l’humanité ? Aux portes de l’UE, cette question reste tragiquement d’actualité, sur terre comme en mer. Depuis le début du week-end, une vidéo, tournée par le passager d’un ferry à destination de l’île de Paros, fait le tour des réseaux sociaux. On y voit un corps sans vie flottant dans les eaux turquoise de la mer Egée, sans doute celui d’un migrant. Au 10 août, le HCR faisait état d’au moins 945 morts et disparus en Méditerranée. Le 7 juillet, la Grèce a été condamnée par la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme (CEDH) pour non-assistance à personne en danger, à la suite d’un naufrage qui avait coûté la vie à onze migrants en 2014. Huit ans plus tard, l’indifférence tue toujours.

      https://www.liberation.fr/international/europe/entre-la-grece-et-la-turquie-le-trop-long-calvaire-de-40-migrants-syriens

  • Flow of Ukrainians entering the EU back at pre-war levels

    Around half of the Ukrainians who fled to the EU have returned home, and a top official said the resumption of school in September could prompt many more families to make a decision.

    The number of Ukrainians entering the European Union has fallen back to pre-invasion levels, a senior EU official said on Monday morning.

    That means a similar number of Ukrainian citizens are crossing the border in both directions for the first time since early February.

    “When it comes to the refugee flows, the situation now is stable,” the EU’s home affairs commissioner Ylva Johansson said from Prague.

    “The crossings between the EU and Ukraine, the numbers are pre-war, pre-COVID level, so we are back to like a normal number of people crossing.”

    Johansson was in Prague to meet with national home affairs ministers to discuss several issues, including migration. Politico reports that Ukraine’s interior minister also joined the meeting.

    The Czech Republic, where the meeting was held, has the highest number of Ukrainian refugees per capita, followed by Poland, the Baltic states, and Bulgaria.

    But around half of the 6 million Ukrainian refugees who fled since February have already returned home, according to data from Frontex.

    However, Czech interior minister Vit Rakusan still warned: “We all hope the situation will improve, but we don’t see the end of the war yet.”
    Back home and back to school

    Johansson said school resuming on September 1 will be a deciding factor for many Ukrainian refugees currently in the EU.

    According to the UNHCR, around 90% of Ukrainian refugees are women and children. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy previously banned men of conscription age (18 to 60 years old) from leaving the country.

    “I foresee that a lot of Ukrainians in the EU will take a decision before school starts — where to start school, in an EU member state or going back to Ukraine to start school there,” Johansson said.

    “I think the coming month, a lot of people will make a decision if they will go back now or if they will stay further on here.”

    https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/41834/flow-of-ukrainians-entering-the-eu-back-at-prewar-levels?preview=16576

    #réfugiés_ukrainiens #Ukraine #retour_au_pays #asile #migrations #réfugiés #guerre_en_Ukraine

  • More Afghans with protection guaranteed to reach Germany in coming months

    German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has said she expects more Afghans to be brought to Germany in the near future, following a new agreement with Pakistan.

    Annalena Baerbock announced on Thursday (June 23) that a new agreement with Pakistan will create a legal exit route via Pakistan to Germany for thousands of people who have been promised protection in Germany, adding that work on implementing the agreement was proceeding at full speed.

    The foreign minister said that those who had already been promised protection by the German government would be the main beneficiaries of this new exit route. She highlighted that the personal information of those who will benefit from the new arrangement was known to German authorities, which will facilitate their quick transfer to Germany from Pakistan.

    Ambitious action plan

    Baerbock also gave an interim assessment of the government’s “Afghanistan Action Plan,” which she first presented six months ago, shortly after accepting her position as foreign minister.

    She said that about two-thirds of the people who had been granted protection had managed to make their way to Germany. This is equivalent to a total of more than 21,000 Afghan nationals.

    The number of departures from Afghanistan and neighboring countries has almost doubled since the action plan was implemented at beginning of the year. More than 12,000 people have been brought to Germany since then. However according to some reports, help came too late for some, resulting in a series of deaths.

    Afghanistan mission ’not in vain’

    In her statement, Baerbock also welcomed the Bundestag’s planned Afghanistan inquiry committee, which is expected to begin its work on July 7. She said that it was important to learn from the mistakes of the Bundeswehr mission in Afghanistan in the past two decades without blaming anyone. Baerbock emphasized that the Afghanistan mission “was not in vain.”

    Germany’s Bundeswehr withdrew from Afghanistan alongside various other international forces at the end of June 2021, having had a continuous presence in the country for almost 20 years. International forces led by the US had declared war on Afghanistan following the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.

    https://gw.infomigrants.net/media/resize/my_image_big/8d4d7e8667b2f4d58f024c99dd5f60e67c931f89.png

    Following the ouster of the militant Islamist Taliban government during that war, whom the US had accused of harboring the mastermind of the attack, Osama bin Laden, thousands of international troops remained in Afghanistan to help the country with its nation-building efforts while also trying to minimize attacks by militants.

    After taking power in August 2021 amid the power vacuum left behind by the withdrawal of international troops, the Taliban have restricted civil liberties, increasingly excluding girls and women in particular from public life. There have also been reports of violence against people who had collaborated with the international forces in the country over the past 20 years.

    https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/41452/more-afghans-with-protection-guaranteed-to-reach-germany-in-coming-mon

    #Allemagne #asile #migrations #réfugiés #corridors_humanitaires #réfugiés_afghans #Afghanistan #Pakistan #voies_légales #Afghanistan_Action_Plan

    ping @isskein @karine4

  • Par les temps qui courent, c’est pas tous les jours qu’un Etat décide de démanteler un mur...
    Slovenia to dismantle border fence with Croatia

    Slovenia has announced that it will be taking down its border fence on the Croatian border by the end of the year. The Interior Ministry confirmed the plan to the news agency STA.

    Slovenia’s new government has vowed to remove the controversial fence that separates it from neighbouring Croatia. Construction on the fence started in late 2015 during the height of the what is often referred to as the ’European refugee crisis,’ when hundreds of thousands of people fled to EU countries from war-torn Syria.

    The fence was designed to curb irregular migration into Slovenia through the Balkans. It was extended several times since 2015, and is currently about 200 kilometers long.

    Many people have been insured trying to scale the structure, suffering considerable cuts on the barbed wire that was placed on top of the fence.
    New government wants to change direction

    Slovenia shares a 670 kilometer-long border with Croatia, meaning that roughly a third of their shared border has been fortified with a fence.

    Both countries are members of the European Union, but only Slovenia is also part of the Schengen Area — a group of European countries that have abolished border controls at their shared borders. In part because of this, Slovenia has seen a lot of people trying to cross its borders to get to other Schengen countries, like Germany, Austria or Italy.

    Both Croatia and Slovenia have repeatedly come under fire for their treatment of migrants and refugees; Croatia in particular has faced repeated accusations of conducting illegal pushbacks into neighboring Bosnia.

    The Slovanian new government, which was sworn in last week, wants to change the country’s border policies. The left-liberal government under Prime Minister Robert Golob committed itself to demolishing the border fence in its coalition agreement, and they have announced plans to instead monitor the border with drones and cameras.

    https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/41109/slovenia-to-dismantle-border-fence-with-croatia
    #murs #barrières_frontalières #Croatie #Slovénie #frontière_sud-alpine #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Balkans #route_des_Balkans

    Mais bon... au lieu des murs... des #drones #caméras_de_vidéosurveillance... c’est pas vraiment un changement de cap...

    ping @isskein @karine4

  • Poland: Detained Syrian asylum seekers continue hunger strike

    A hunger strike by a group of Syrian asylum seekers being detained in a closed center south of Warsaw is into its ninth day. The men say they have been treated “like criminals”.

    Munzer, Ghith, Shadee, Rami and Mousa began their protest at the Lesznowola Guarded Center for Foreigners in Poland on April 19. It was a move prompted by frustration and loss of hope, they said.

    “We are sorry we are doing this,” the men wrote in a letter in English to the Office for Foreigners and the manager of the center, as they began the hunger strike.

    The letter said they were feeling intense psychological pressure and exhaustion “especially with … the harsh experience that we went through in Syria and Belarus.”

    They crossed the Polish border from Belarus “illegally”, the letter continued, because they had no other option. They have been given no convincing reason for their detention at the facility, where they have remained for more than two months.

    https://gw.infomigrants.net/media/resize/my_image_big/5335ce19c0cde72d75a2c812bc6ed775c669517c.png

    “The conditions in Lesznowola are not bad, but it is not about the conditions, but about the fact that we are treated like criminals,” one of the men told OKO.press. The 39-year-old left Syria in 2021 because he did not want to be drafted into the army, he said. He gave the Polish authorities all the information they requested and he could not understand why he was being locked up.

    The Lesznowola center is in a relatively isolated area about 15 kilometers south of the Polish capital Warsaw. Social media videos and photos by the Polish Border Guard (Straż Graniczna) show a well-equipped and clean facility with a gym, computer rooms, prayer rooms, a library and large areas outside for sport and relaxation.

    https://gw.infomigrants.net/media/resize/my_image_big/106a8f331c2dac98fd48648f18a5b5446ce3d21e.jpg

    In a tweet this week the border guard said that EU commissioner Ylva Johansson had “positively assessed the conditions in the center” during a visit in February.

    In fact what Commissioner Johansson wrote was that her visit to the center showed there was “a possibility [our emphasis] to apply humane living conditions,” which, she continued, “Must be matched with efficient, fair asylum processes.”

    Grupa Granica, a network of human rights NGOs monitoring the Polish borders, called the facility a ’prison’. Activists linked to Grupa Granica said Wednesday that none of the five Syrians should be in the center, since it is against Polish law to hold people who have suffered torture in closed facilities. They note that the men have fled a violent civil war and experienced pushbacks when they attempted to cross the border to Poland.

    https://gw.infomigrants.net/media/resize/my_image_big/9dd30bcadc46888336dc1ccabd753275401b2165.png

    Posting on social media, the Polish aid group ’With Bread and Salt’ (Chlebem i Solą) said they had met two of the Syrian men last year in the woods on the border with Belarus. “We helped them to apply to the European Court of Human Rights, thanks to which they received a document that forbade the Polish authorities to once again deport them to Belarus. It was just when we knew they were safe that we called Straż Graniczna,” the group wrote. Unfortunately for the men, they were taken to closed facilties, some to the notorious Wędrzyn center, and have remained in detention ever since.

    Now into its 9th day, the hunger strike led a Polish MP, Katarzyna Piekarska, to intervene. Piekarska, from the Democratic Left Alliance, visited the center and spoke to one of the Syrian protesters, who said he was having problems with his nerves and trouble sleeping, she told OKO.press.

    According to Piekarska, the courts in Poland agree to request from the Border Guard to detain asylum seekers partly because it is “simply easier that way.”

    A spokesperson for the border guard told OKO.press that the Syrians were in detention “on the basis of a court order in connection with their illegal stay in our country.”

    https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/40162/poland-detained-syrian-asylum-seekers-continue-hunger-strike

    #Pologne #asile #migrations #réfugiés #réfugiés_syriens #grève_de_la_faim #rétention #détention #Lesznowola

  • Italy : Two migrants killed, one injured in lorry accident on A10

    Yet another tragedy of migration has been reported in Italy, near the border with France. Two foreigners on Saturday morning (April 2) died after being hit by a lorry on the A10 highway between Genoa and Ventimiglia, near Bordighera, in the northwestern region of Liguria. A third person was seriously injured in the accident.

    The umpteenth tragedy of migration has been reported in Italy, near the border with France. The accident took place April 2 on the A10 highway connecting Genoa to the border city of Ventimiglia, in the northwestern region of Liguria.

    Two foreigners were hit and killed by a lorry while a third was seriously injured and taken to the hospital of Santa Corona in Pietra Ligure, in the province of Savona. All three are citizens of Sri Lanka.

    Sources on the ground said the three men were crossing the highway near the service station of Bordighera, in the direction of France, with four others who reportedly fled the scene.

    The lorry’s driver reportedly saw them appear suddenly and was unable to stop the vehicle on time to avoid the impact. The accident occurred at 7 am local time.

    The driver, a 32-year-old Italian man, was in a state of shock after the crash. He was driving to the Principality of Monaco to deliver pizzas and focaccias.
    Investigation on the scene

    The driver told rescuers: “I saw a group of people appear suddenly and saw them on the highway, I couldn’t avoid them”. He tested negative for alcohol use. Road police from Imperia Ovest are investigating the accident.

    The migrants could have been left at the service station by a trafficker or could have climbed down from a truck on which they were hiding, investigative sources said. Police will inspect images from video surveillance cameras at the gas station.

    A reported 23 migrants have died since 2015 while trying to reach France

    The one on Saturday was the umpteenth fatal accident involving migrants who were trying to reach France. Some have died after being hit by a car or lorry while walking on a highway, or by electrocution on the roof of a train. Others have drowned while trying to swim to a French beach or after falling off the Col de Mort, a rocky cliff overlooking the sea along the road leading to the border crossing of Ponte San Luigi, in Ventimiglia.

    According to volunteers who have been assisting migrants for years, a reported 23 foreigners have died in the area since 2015.
    Tragedy sparks new controversy on hosting policy in Ventimiglia

    The accident sparked a new controversy on hosting policies, landings and on the management of migrants in the area of the border Italian city of Ventimiglia, which has been under pressure for years.

    “Allowing immigrants to land in Italy and then abandoning them is unacceptable”, said on Saturday the city’s mayor, Gaetano Scullino (center-right). He expressed sorrow for the accident, saying migrants were “left to their own devices” and describing the lorry’s driver as an “innocent victim of this tragedy.”

    “Migration flows, which also involve those fleeing war, must and can be managed by Europe”, the mayor went on to say, citing as an example the management of Ukrainian refugees. “If immigration is only of an economic type, it is also naïve to accept it passively”, he concluded.

    The whip of the League party in the Liguria regional council, Stefano Mai, accused Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese. “We have been denouncing for years the presence of migrants who walk on the A10, and the highway often closed to rescue them. The minister does not appear to be aware of this reality. It is necessary to stop landings, to take action on security at the border. Lamorgese must wake up,” he said.
    Bishop of Ventimiglia says France must end discrimination

    The bishop of Ventimiglia and Sanremo, Antonio Suetta, spoke about the accident in a statement released on Monday, April 4.

    “I quote the Holy Father and urge authorities, the French nation, to end as soon as possible such unjust discriminations and conducts, which impact poor and defenseless people as well as other European nations, in particular, in this case, Italy,” said Suetta.

    “I hope that in the political debate and in the electoral campaign leading up to the election of the new president of the French Republic such a humanitarian emergency will find the right attention, careful reflection and concrete perspectives for a solution,” added the bishop.

    He also stressed the need to open a hosting center in Ventimiglia, a project discussed over the past few months, also with the mediation of the interior ministry, but which has not yet been implemented.

    “The first three months of the ongoing year have already forced us to register four deaths”, concluded Suetta. “I also call on Italian authorities to urgently complete a temporary hosting center which had been originally planned for our border area.”

    The four deaths reported so far this year include two migrants who died of electrocution on as many trains bound for France (in February and March) and the pair who died on the A10 on Saturday.

    https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/39651/italy-two-migrants-killed-one-injured-in-lorry-accident-on-a10

    #Italie #France #frontière_sud-alpine #migrations #réfugiés #frontières #décès #mort #mourir_aux_frontières #Vintimille
    –—

    ajouté au fil de discussion sur les morts à la frontière de Vintimille :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/784767

    lui-même ajouté à la métaliste sur les morts aux frontières alpines :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/758646

    • La police tue, la frontière aussi

      Le 16 juin 2022, un homme est décédé des suites d’une blessure à la tête causée par un tir policier. A part quelques articles de presse locale (ici ou ici) ce qu’il s’est produit à la frontière franco-italienne le 15 juin 2022 est passé inaperçu. Pourtant, cela s’inscrit dans dans la continuité d’une série d’épisodes récents ayant suscité un vif débat sur l’usage de la violence par la police en cas de refus d’obtempérer par des automobilistes.

      Ce que l on sait :

      Selon le communiqué du procureur de la République de Nice, la PAF aurait reçu de la part de ses homologues italiens le signalement d’une camionnette transportant des personnes en situation irrégulière, circulant entre la vallée de la Roya et Nice, sur l’une des voies de passage bien connues de la zone frontalière. Dans le PV de l’enquête (que nous avons pu consulter), la PAF admet que le contrôle effectué cette nuit là s’est effectué dans le cadre de la réintroduction des contrôles aux frontières intérieures de l’espace Schengen (cf. infra). Repérée en amont, la camionnette aurait refusé d’obtempérer une première fois entre Fanghetto (Italie) et Sospel (Sospel). S’enclenche alors une course-poursuite de 40 kilomètres sur une route de montagne très sinueuse. A Cantaron, dans les hauteurs de Nice la police aurait de nouveau tenté de bloquer la route. C’est là que, le conducteur forçant de nouveau le passage, la police aurait tiré à 4 reprises en justifiant d’une situation de légitime défense. L’une des personnes qui était à l’arrière du camion a alors reçu une balle à la tête.

      Suivie par plusieurs véhicules de police, la camionnette a continué sa fuite jusqu’au quartier des Moulins à Nice. Le conducteur ainsi que 2 personnes assises a l’avant auraient pris la fuite, abandonnant le véhicule. Bloqués à l’arrière, le blessé et 4 autres passagers auraient été retrouvés sur place par la police. Deux impacts de balles au niveau des feux avant et des roues ont été constatés par le procureur, l’un ayant transpercé la carrosserie. Suite à cela le blessé grave (et un autre blessé léger en état de choc) a été transporté à l’hôpital où il a succombé à ses blessures le lendemain. Tandis que celui-ci agonisait à l’hopital, ses compagnons de route ont été arrêtés puis conduits au Centre de Rétention Administrative (CRA) de Nice.

      Reconnaissant entre autres l’absence de prise en charge en terme de santé mentale de personnes traumatisées, le Juge des Libertés et de la Détention (JLD) a ordonne leur libération le 17 juin. Cependant le Procureur s’est acharné en faisant appel de la décision, prolongeant ainsi la double-peine infligée aux victimes, encore sous le choc. Celles-ci risquent désormais un mois de détention suivi d’un éloignement du territoire.

      La frontière tue

      En 2015 la France suspend unilatéralement l’application du Code Frontière Schengen d’abord pour cause formelle de COP21, puis d’antiterrorisme (suite au bataclan). Depuis 2020, le coronavirus est le dernier argument en date venu justifier cela. Le mythe d’une frontière étanche à tous les maux du monde permet de cacher une réalité bien différente. Les habitants du territoire savent très bien que le dispositif cible bien autre chose que le terrorisme ou le Covid. Dans la pratique, il cible les exilé.e.s arrivant d’Italie. C’est d’ailleurs ce qui force ces derniers à trouver d’autres voies de passage plus dangereuses ou coûteuses, et ce qui explique la prolifération des passeurs depuis lors.

      Bien que le code frontières Schengen autorise les Etats-membres à réintroduire des contrôles systématiques à leurs frontières intérieures, cette mesure ne peut en aucun cas dépasser un délai de 2 ans selon ce même code. Or, la France a maintenu ces contrôles de 2015 à aujourd’hui. Le dispositif dans lequel s’inscrit l’opération ayant conduit à la mort de cette personne est donc illégal au regard du droit européen, comme l’a encore rappelé la Cour de Justice de l’Union Européenne (CJUE) le 26 avril dernier.

      Vu que ces contrôles sont illégaux depuis 5 ans, rien d’étonnant à ce que leur illégalité reste indiscuté dans l’opinion publique. De même, rien d’étonnant à ce que le degré de violence dont la PAF ait fait preuve ne soit pas mesuré à l’aune du délit initial dont ils ont été averti dès le début par leur homologues italiens : l’aide à l’entrée et au séjour irrégulier. Pour un délit toute somme « banal », la police a donc fait usage d’armes à feu au moins à quatre reprises.

      Faut-il s’étonner qu’une telle violence à nos frontière ne choque personne ? Ce n’est pas la première fois qu’un exilé meurt des balles de la police à cette frontière. En 1995 déjà, Todor, (https://www.amnesty.org/ar/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2021/06/eur210041995fr.pdf), un enfant bosniaque, fut tué, toujours à Sospel et dans des conditions similaires. A l’époque, cela avait suscité un vif émoi. Si c’est la seconde fois qu’un.e exilé.e meurt directement des balles de la police, ce sont pas moins de 47 personnes ((https://www.borderforensics.org/investigations/blessing-investigation) qui ont péri en tentant de franchir la frontière franco-italienne depuis 2015. Alors oui, il semble ce qui choquait hier s’est banalisé.

      La police tue

      Ce drame vient, encore une fois, rappeler que la police tue, et qu’elle tue en toute impunité. Les parallèles avec la succession d’affaires récentes impliquant l’usage d’armes à feu face à des refus d’obtempérer est évidente. On pense à l’affaire du pont neuf, le meurtre de Souheil en août dernier dans le 3ème arrondissement de Marseille, celui tout récent de Raiana, ou encore ce qu’il s’est à peine produit dans le même quartier du 18ème arrondissement de Paris.

      Dans tous ces cas, le refus d’obtempérer de la part d’un chauffeur semble avoir été suffisant pour justifier, aux yeux des tireurs, de la justice, de la presse et d’une part de l’opinion publique, l’usage « proportionné » de la force : une salve ininterrompue de tirs à balle réelle. Dans tous ces cas, on ne comprend donc pas bien comment les conducteurs aient pu à la fois « accélerer en direction du véhicule de police » et vouloir « prendre la fuite ». Soit le véhicule de police aurait du être percuté, soit en cas de fuite, la légitime défense ne se justifie pas. En d’autres termes, les témoignages des policiers se contredisent eux-mêmes. Dans tous ces cas, on ne comprend pas bien, vu que le conducteur cherchait à contourner le contrôle, son intérêt à braquer son volant sur les policiers. En revanche, on peut très bien imaginer l’intérêt des forces de l’ordre d’établir une telle version, de sorte à pouvoir plaider la légitime défense.

      Pour revenir à ce qu’il s’est passé dans les Alpes Maritimes : Le communiqué de presse du Procureur nous apprend que deux enquêtes ont été ouvertes. L’une contre les conducteurs/passeurs, pour aide à l’entrée et au séjour irréguliers, refus d’optempérer "aggravé par la mise en danger d’autrui", et tentative d’homicide sur PDAP. L’autre, auprès de l’IGPN, contre les flics meutriers, pour « violences volontaires avec arme par personne dépositaire de l’autorité publique suivie d’une incapacité supérieure à 8 jours ». Nous parlons ici d’un simple passager, décédé d’une blessure à la tête des suites d’un tir policier. Et le Procureur parle d’une ITT de 8 jours. Tentative d’homicide volontaire pour un homme qui de toute vraisemblance a cherché à contourner (et non pas écraser) un barrage de police, violence volontaire ayant entraîné 8 jours d’ITT pour l’homme qui a porté le coup fatal et qui est sorti libre après quelques heures de garde à vue. Deux poids deux mesures.

      via la mailing-list Migreurop, 19.06.2022

  • Migrants, Asylum Seekers Locked Up in Ukraine

    Scores of migrants who had been arbitrarily detained in Ukraine remain locked up there and are at heightened risk amid the hostilities, including military activity in the vicinity, Human Rights Watch said today. Ukrainian authorities should immediately release migrants and asylum seekers detained due to their migration status and allow them to reach safety in Poland.

    “Migrants and asylum seekers are currently locked up in the middle of a war zone and justifiably terrified,” said Nadia Hardman, refugee and migrant rights researcher at Human Rights Watch. “There is no excuse, over a month into this conflict, for keeping civilians in immigration detention. They should be immediately released and allowed to seek refuge and safety like all other civilians.”

    In early March 2022, Human Rights Watch interviewed four men by telephone who are being held in the Zhuravychi Migrant Accommodation Center in Volyn’ oblast. The detention site is a former military barracks in a pine forest, one hour from Lutsk, a city in northwestern Ukraine. All interviewees said that they had been detained in the months prior to the Russian invasion for irregularly trying to cross the border into Poland.

    The men asked that their nationalities not be disclosed for security reasons but said that people of up to 15 nationalities were being held there, including people from Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Syria.

    Zhuravychi and two other migrant detention facilities in Ukraine are supported with EU funding. The Global Detention Project has confirmed that the center in Chernihiv has now been emptied but the center in Mykolaiv is operating. Human Rights Watch has been unable to verify whether anyone is still detained there. The men said that at the time of the interviews more than 100 men and an unknown number of women were detained at the Zhuravychi MAC. Some have since been able to negotiate their release, in some cases with help from their embassies. Lighthouse Reports, which is also investigating the issue, has estimated that up to 45 people remain there. It has not been possible to verify this figure or determine whether this includes men and women.

    Three of the men said they were in Ukraine on student visas that had expired. All four had tried to cross the border into Poland but were intercepted by Polish border guard forces and handed directly to Ukrainian border guards. The men said they were sentenced to between 6 and 18 months for crossing the border irregularly after summary court proceedings for which they were not provided legal counsel or given the right to claim asylum.

    Whatever the original basis for their detention, their continued detention at the center is arbitrary and places them at risk of harm from the hostilities, Human Rights Watch said.

    While interviewees said that conditions in the #Zhuravychi detention center were difficult prior to the conflict, the situation significantly deteriorated after February 24. In the days following the Russian invasion, they said, members of the Ukrainian military moved into the center. The detention center guards moved all migrant and asylum seekers into one of the two buildings in the complex, freeing the second building for Ukrainian soldiers.

    A video, verified and analyzed by Human Rights Watch, shows scores of Ukrainian soldiers standing in the courtyard of the Zhuravychi MAC, corroborating the accounts that the Ukrainian military is actively using the site. Another video, also verified by Human Rights Watch, shows a military vehicle slowly driving on the road outside the detention center. Recorded from the same location, a second video shows a group of approximately 30 men in camouflage uniforms walking on the same road and turning into the compound next door.

    On or around the date after the full-scale invasion, the people interviewed said a group of detainees gathered in the yard of the detention center near the gate to protest the conditions and asked to be allowed leave to go to the Polish border.

    The guards refused to open the gate and instead forcibly quelled the protest and beat the detainees with their batons, they said. Human Rights Watch analyzed a video that appears to show the aftermath of the protest: a group of men crowd around an unconscious man lying on the ground. People interviewed said that a guard had punched him. A group of guards are also visible in the video, in black uniforms standing near the gate.

    “We came out to peacefully protest,” one of those interviewed said. “We want to go. We are terrified.… We tried to walk towards the gate … and after we were marching towards the gate.… They beat us. It was terrible. Some of my friends were injured.”

    Interviewees said that guards said they could leave Zhuravychi if they joined the Ukrainian war effort and added they would all immediately be granted Ukrainian citizenship and documentation. They said that no one accepted the offer.

    On March 18, five men and one woman were released when officials from their embassy intervened and facilitated their evacuation and safe travel to the border with Poland. Ukraine should release all migrants and asylum seekers detained at the Zhuravychi detention center and facilitate their safe travel to the Polish border, Human Rights Watch said.

    The European Union (EU) has long funded Ukraine’s border control and migration management programs and funded the International Center for Migration Policy Development to construct the perimeter security systems at Zhuravychi MAC. The core of the EU’s strategy has been to stop the flow of migrants and asylum seekers into the EU by shifting the burden and responsibility for migrants and refugees to countries neighboring the EU, in this case Ukraine. Now that Ukraine has become a war zone, the EU should do all it can to secure the release and safe passage of people detained in Ukraine because of their migration status. United Nations agencies and other international actors should support this call to release civilians at Zhuravychi and any other operational migrant detention centers and provide assistance where relevant.

    “There is so much suffering in Ukraine right now and so many civilians who still need to reach safety and refuge,” Hardman said. “Efforts to help people flee Ukraine should include foreigners locked up in immigration detention centers.”

    https://www.hrw.org/news/2022/04/04/migrants-asylum-seekers-locked-ukraine
    #Ukraine #réfugiés #migrations #asile #détention_administrative #rétention #emprisonnement

    • Migrants trapped in Ukrainian detention center while war rages on

      Several dozen irregular migrants were reportedly trapped in a detention center in northwestern Ukraine weeks into the Russian invasion, an investigation by several media outlets found. An unconfirmed number of migrants appear to remain in the EU-funded facility, from where migrants are usually deported.

      Imagine you are detained without being accused of a crime and wait to be deported to somewhere while an invading army bombs the neighboring town. This horrific scenario has been the reality for scores of migrants in northwestern Ukraine for weeks.

      A joint investigation between Dutch non-profit Lighthouse Reports, which specializes on transnational investigations, Al Jazeera and German publication Der Spiegel found that over five weeks after the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Afghani, Pakistani, Indian, Sudanese and Bangladeshi migrants were still detained in a EU-funded detention center near the northwestern Ukrainian city of #Lutsk.

      Although several people were recently released with the support of their embassies, Der Spiegel reported there were still dozens of who remained there at the end of March.

      According to the wife of one detainee who was released last week, the detention center offered no air raid shelter. Moreover, guards “ran down the street when the siren sounded,” both Der Spiegel and Al Jazeera reported.

      “The guards took away the detainees’ phones,” the woman told reporters. She also said that power outlets in the cells were no longer working and the whole situation was extremely dangerous. In fact, the nearby city of Lutsk has repeatedly come under attack since March 12.

      According to the investigation, the Zhuravychi Migrant Accommodation Centre is located in a pine forest in the Volyn region, near the Belarusian border. Constructed in 1961 as an army barracks, the facility was converted into a migrant detention center in 2007 with EU funds, Al Jazeera reported.

      Reporters involved in the investigation spoke with recently released detainees’ relatives. They also analyzed photos and documents, which “verified the detainees’ presence in Ukraine before being placed in the center,” according to Al Jazeera.
      Calls for release of detainees

      Some detainees have been released since the beginning of the Russian invasion, including several Ethiopian citizens and an Afghan family, Al Jazeera reported. But politicians and NGOs have voice fear over those who remain in the Zhuravychi Migrant Accommodation Center.

      “It is extremely concerning that migrants and refugees are still locked up in detention centers in war zones, with the risk of being attacked without any possibility to flee,” Tineke Strik, a Dutch member of the European Parliament from the Greens/EFA Group told reporters involved in the investigation.

      Human Rights Watch (HRW) also decried the ongoing detention of migrants at the facility during the war. In a report published on Monday (April 4), HRW said its staff interviewed four men by telephone who are being held in that Zhuravychi in early March. According to HRW, all four men said they had been detained in the months prior to the Russian invasion for irregularly trying to cross the border into Poland.

      “Migrants and asylum seekers are currently locked up in the middle of a war zone and justifiably terrified,” said Nadia Hardman, a refugee and migrant rights researcher with HRW. “There is no excuse, over a month into this conflict, for keeping civilians in immigration detention. They should be immediately released and allowed to seek refuge and safety like all other civilians.”

      According to the four interviewees, people from Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria and four other nationalities were being held at the facility.

      Michael Flynn from the Global Detention Project told Der Spiegel that the Geneva Conventions (not to be confused with the Geneva Refugee Convention) “obliges all warring parties to protect civilians under their control from the dangers of the conflict.” He stressed that the detainees needed to be released as soon as possible.
      The EU’s bouncer

      According to the investigation, the European Union has funded at least three detention centers in Ukraine “for years,” effectively making the non-EU country a gatekeeper. The facility in question near Lutsk that’s apparently still in operation received EU support “to confine asylum seekers, many of them pushed back from the EU,” according to Lighthouse Reports.

      Der Spiegel reported that up to 150 foreigners were detained in the facility last year. Most of them tried in vain to reach the European Union irregularly and have to stay in deportation detention for up to 18 months.

      Since the turn of the millennium, according to Der Spiegel, the EU has invested more than €30 million in three detention centers.

      At the facility in Zhuravychi, Der Spiegel reported, the EU provided €1.7 million for electronic door locks and protection elements on the windows. While the EU called it an “accommodation”, Der Spiegel said was a refugee prison in reality.

      The European Commission did not respond to a request for comment about the facility and the detained migrants, Al Jazeera said. Ukrainian authorities also did not answer any questions.

      In early March, InfoMigrants talked to several Bangladeshi migrants who had been given deportation orders and were stuck inside detention centers, including in said Zhuravychi Migrant Accommodation Centre. Around a hundred migrants were staying there back then, according to Bangladeshi and Indian citizens detained there. They were released a few days later.

      “Russia has been particularly bombing military bases. That’s why we have been living in constant fear of getting bombed,” Riadh Malik, a Bangladeshi migrant told InfoMigrants. According to the New York Times, the military airfield in Lutsk was bombed on March 11.

      https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/39678/migrants-trapped-in-ukrainian-detention-center-while-war-rages-on

    • Immigration Detention amidst War: The Case of Ukraine’s Volyn Detention Centre

      A Global Detention Project Special Report

      In early March, shortly into Russia’s war on Ukraine, the Global Detention Project (GDP) began receiving email messages and videos from individuals claiming to know people who remained trapped in an immigration detention centre inside Ukraine, even as the war approached. We also received messages from a representative of the humanitarian group Alight based in Poland, who said that they too were receiving messages from detainees at Volyn, as well as identity documents, photos, and videos.

      The information we received indicated that there were several dozen detainees still at the Volyn detention centre (formally, “#Volyn_PTPI,” but also referred to as the “#Zhuravychi_Migrant_Accommodation_Centre”), including people from Pakistan, India, Eritrea, Sudan, Afghanistan, among other countries. They had grown particularly desperate after the start of the war and had held a demonstration to demand their release when the nearby town was shelled, which reportedly was violently broken up by detention centre guards.

      The GDP located a webpage on the official website of Ukraine’s State Secretariat of Migration that provided confirmation of the operational status of the Volyn facility as well as of two others. Although the official webpage was subsequently taken down, as of late March it continued to indicate that there were three operational migration-related detention centres in Ukraine, called Temporary Stay for Foreigners or #PTPI (Пункти тимчасового перебування іноземців та осіб без громадянства): Volyn PTPI (#Zhuravychi); #Chernihiv PTPI; and #Nikolaev PTPI (also referred to as the Mykolaiv detention centre).

      We learned that the Chernihiv PTPI, located north of Kyiv, was emptied shortly after the start of the war. However, as of the end of March 2022, it appeared that both the Volyn PTPI and Nikolaev PTPI remained operational and were holding detainees. We understood that the situation at the detention centres had been brought to the attention of relevant authorities in Ukraine and that the embassies of at least some of the detainees—including India—had begun arranging the removal of their nationals. Detainees from some countries, however, reportedly indicated that they did not want assistance from their embassies because they did not wish to return and were seeking asylum.

      In our communications and reporting on this situation, including on social media and through direct outreach to officials and media outlets, the GDP consistently called for the release of all migrants trapped in detention centres in Ukraine and for international efforts to assist migrants to seek safety. We highlighted important international legal standards that underscore the necessity of releasing detainees in administrative detention in situations of ongoing warfare. Important among these is Additional Protocol 1, Article 58C, of the Geneva Conventions, which requires all parties to a conflict to take necessary measures to protect civilians under their control from the effects of the war.

      We also pointed to relevant human rights standards pertaining to administrative detention. For example, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, in their seminal Revised Deliberation No. 5 on the deprivation of liberty of migrants, conclude that in “instances when the obstacle for identifying or removal of persons in an irregular situation from the territory is not attributable to them … rendering expulsion impossible … the detainee must be released to avoid potentially indefinite detention from occurring, which would be arbitrary.” Similarly, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has repeatedly found that when the purpose of such detention is no longer possible, detainees must be released (see ECHR, “Guide on Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights: Right to Liberty and Security,” paragraph 149.).

      In April, a consortium of press outlets—including Lighthouse Reports, Al Jazeera English, and Der Spiegel—jointly undertook an investigation into migrants trapped in detention in Ukraine and published separate reports simultaneously on 4 April. Human Rights Watch (HRW) also published their own report on 4 April, which called on authorities to immediately release the detainees. All these reports cited information provided by the GDP and interviewed GDP staff.

      HRW reported that they had spoken to some of the detainees at Volyn (Zhuravychi) and were able to confirm numerous details, including that “people of up to 15 nationalities were being held there, including people from Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Syria.” According to HRW, the detainees claimed to have “been detained in the months prior to the Russian invasion for irregularly trying to cross the border into Poland.” They said that there were more than 100 men and women at the facility, though according to Lighthouse Reports only an estimated 45 people remained at the centre as of 21 March.

      The interviewees said that conditions at the detention centre deteriorated after 24 February when members of the Ukrainian military moved into the centre and guards relocated the detainees to one of the two buildings in the complex, freeing the second building for the soldiers. When detainees protested and demanded to be released, the guards refused, forcibly putting an end to the protest and beating detainees. Some detainees claimed to have been told that they could leave the centre if they agreed to fight alongside the Ukrainian military, which they refused.

      An issue addressed in many of these reports is the EU’s role in financing immigration detention centres in Ukraine, which the GDP had previously noted in a report about Ukraine in 2012. According to that report, “In 2011, 30 million Euros were allocated to build nine new detention centres in Ukraine. According to the EU delegation to Ukraine, this project will ‘enable’ the application of the EU-Ukraine readmission by providing detention space for ‘readmitted’ migrants sent back to Ukraine from EU countries.”

      In its report on the situation, Al Jazeera quoted Niamh Ní Bhriain of the Transnational Institute, who said that the EU had allocated 1.7 million euros ($1.8m) for the securitisation of the Volyn centre in 2009. She added, “The EU drove the policies and funded the infrastructure which sees up to 45 people being detained today inside this facility in Ukraine and therefore it must call on Ukraine to immediately release those being held and guarantee them the same protection inside the EU as others fleeing the same war.”

      Efforts to get clarity on EU financing from officials in Brussels were stymied by lack of responsiveness on the part of EU officials. According to Al Jazeera, “The European Commission did not answer questions from Al Jazeera regarding its operation and whether there were plans to help evacuate any remaining people. Ukrainian authorities also did not respond to a request for comment.” The Guardian also reported in mid-April they had “approached the Zhuravychi detention facility and the Ukrainian authorities for comment” but had yet to receive a response as of 12 April.

      However, on 5 April, two MEPs, Tineke Strik and Erik Marquardt, raised the issue during a joint session of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs (LIBE) and the Committee on Development (DEVE). The MEPs urged the EU to take steps to assist the release of the detainees.

      In mid-April, reports emerged that some detainees who had been released from the Volyn PTPI in Zhuravychi were later re-detained in Poland. In its 14 April report, The Guardian reported that “some of those that were released from the centre in the first few days of the war are now being held in a detention centre in Poland, after they were arrested attempting to cross the Polish border, but these claims could not be verified.” On 22 April, Lighthouse Reports cited Tigrayan diaspora representatives as saying that two former detainees at the facility were refugees fleeing Ethiopia’s war in the region, where human rights groups report evidence of a campaign of ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. Despite being provided documents by Ukraine stipulating that they were stateless persons and being promised safe passage, Polish border guards detained the pair, arguing that there was an “extreme probability of escape.”

      Separately, human rights campaigners following the case informed the GDP in late April that they had evidence of immigration detainees still being locked up in Ukraine’s detention centres, including in particular the Nikolaev (Mykolaiv) PTPI.

      The GDP continues to call for the release of all migrants detained in Ukraine during ongoing warfare and for international efforts to help detainees to find safety, in accordance with international humanitarian and human rights law. Recognizing the huge efforts Poland is making to assist refugees from Ukraine, we nevertheless call on the Polish government to treat all people fleeing Ukraine equally and without discrimination based on race, nationality, or ethnic origin. Everyone fleeing the conflict in Ukraine is entitled to international protection and assistance and no one should be detained on arrival in Poland.

      https://www.globaldetentionproject.org/immigration-detention-amidst-war-the-case-of-ukraines-volyn-

  • Hungary welcomes those fleeing Ukraine but not ’illegal migrants’

    Hungary has taken in the second-largest number of people fleeing Ukraine behind Poland. But the government, notorious for its strict anti-immigration laws, has made it clear that hospitality would only be extended to those “legally staying on the territory of Ukraine”.

    After the Russian invasion of Ukraine began a week ago (February 24), Hungary opened its borders to those fleeing the raging conflict and has reportedly already taken in more than 130,000 refugees from Ukraine.

    “We’re letting everyone in,” Prime Minister Viktor Orban said last week near the Hungarian-Ukrainian border, addressing people fleeing Ukraine.

    “All border crossing points of ours are open, fully operational 24 hours a day,” Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday (March 2). “We let everybody come in, including the Ukrainian citizens, and those who have been legally staying on the territory of Ukraine, and we do take good care of them.”

    Hungary, otherwise known for its staunch anti-immigration policies, has even passed a regulation allowing citizens of third countries who had been studying or working in Ukraine “to enter the territory of Hungary without reason,” Szijjarto said. “We organize for them the transfers to the nearest airports to enable them to return home.”

    ’We do not allow any illegal migrants to enter Hungary’

    However, the government has also made clear that these words of welcome are not meant for everyone fleeing Ukraine and that it has not changed its stance on barring all those it calls “illegal migrants”.

    The minister slammed “politicians in Hungary and abroad” suggesting his government had also opened the flood gates to “illegal migrants”. It was “fake news”, he said, that “illegal migrants would be allowed to enter the territory of Hungary, taking advantage of the flock of refugees,” Szijjarto told the UN Human Rights Council.

    “The truth is that we do not allow any illegal migrants to enter the territory of Hungary, and we will always protect Hungary from these people,” he said.

    He reiterated there was no comparison between refugees from Ukraine and the people Budapest has labelled “illegal migrants”, who have often arrived at its borders after fleeing war and conflict in places like Syria.

    Szijjarto claimed that Hungary had “a very, very clear experience” of how “illegal migrants tend to behave aggressively, ... they ruin the infrastructure and they attack police.” The minister said that refugees from Ukraine on the other hand cooperate with authorities and they “line up (at border crossing points) in a very disciplined very patient.”

    Different refugee groups, different treatment?

    Orban isn’t the only European far-right, anti-migration leader who has changed their tone towards refugees considerably since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

    “These are not the refugees we are used to,” Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said last week about Ukrainian refugees, quoted by the Associated Press. “These people are Europeans. These people are intelligent, they are educated people.”

    Such remarks illustrate a discrepancy between the treatment of Ukrainian migrants and the thousands of African, Arab, Indian and other migrant groups, including many students, trying to flee Ukraine, too.

    UN agencies, activists and refugee aid groups have been calling for equal treatment of members of any nationality trying to escape. On Thursday (March 3), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said in an online statement it had received “verified credible reports of discrimination, violence and xenophobia against third country nationals attempting to flee the conflict in Ukraine,” which resulted in “heightened risk and suffering”.

    “Discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, nationality or migration status is unacceptable,” IOM Director-General Antonio Vitorino said on Twitter.

    More than 28,000 third-country nationals have arrived in Moldova, Slovakia and Poland from Ukraine so far, UN migration agency IOM spokesperson Joe Lowry said on Twitter on Wednesday.

    Violating human rights, flouting EU law

    Over the past few years, the United Nations and rights groups like the Hungarian Helsinki Committee have repeatedly criticized the Prime Minister Victor Orban’s far-right government for its harsh migration policies.

    Among other things, Hungary enacted a law in 2018 that threatens jail time for people who support asylum seekers. It also proposed immigration bans and committed thousands of well-documented, illegal pushbacks of asylum seekers.

    One of the victims of these pushbacks is Moroccan migrant Jalal, who was traveling the Balkan route in early 2021 and made it over the border to Hungary before he was hit by a vehicle and suffered “terrible” injuries.

    Orban has also often made highly provocative statements in the past, including calling migrants “Muslim invaders” and claiming that “all terrorists are basically migrants.”

    In December, moreover, Orban said his country would not alter its strict immigration laws in the wake of a ruling from the EU’s top court, which had said that Hungary’s laws contravene EU law.

    https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/38928/hungary-welcomes-those-fleeing-ukraine-but-not-illegal-migrants

    #Hongrie

    #racisme #réfugiés #guerre #Ukraine #Africains #frontières #fermeture_des_frontières #catégorisation #tri #réfugiés_ukrainiens

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    ajouté à ce fil de discussion :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/951230

    et plus particulièrement ici (Hongrie) :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/951230#message951672

    • ’Good asylum-seekers’ vs. ’bad migrants’ – Hungary’s varying treatment of war refugees

      The warm welcome extended to Ukrainian refugees by EU countries that otherwise take a strict anti-immigrant stance has highlighted the stark differences in the treatment of people from Ukraine and those from non-European war zones. In Hungary the contrast is especially apparent, as the example of an Afghan student shows.

      Three years after he came to Hungary to study, Hasib Qarizada found himself left alone without help in a field in neighboring Serbia. How did he end up there?

      It all started last summer when the radical Islamic Taliban seized power in Hasib’s native Afghanistan. As his home country was descending into chaos, Hasib lodged an asylum application in the EU member state. But last September, Hungarian authorities, rather than offering refuge to Hasib, brought him over the border into non-EU country Serbia, a place he knew nothing about.

      "Police just came over and handcuffed me,’’ Hasib told The Associated Press (AP) in Belgrade, the Serbian capital. "They told me ’Don’t try to run away, don’t try to fight with us, don’t do anything stupid.’’’

      Stranded in a field in the middle of nowhere, the 25-year-old had no idea where he was, where to go or what to do.

      "I was a student, and they just gave my life a totally different twist,’’ he told AP. "They didn’t give me a chance to grab my clothes, my [phone] charger or my laptop or anything important that I would need to travel.’’

      He told the AP he "had no idea where Serbia was, what language they speak, what kind of culture they have.’’
      ’Sinister practice’

      EU countries like Hungary have been notorious for their strict anti-immigration laws, and this isn’t the first time rights activists have registered such a case in the region. In 2017, a 16-year-old Kurd from Iraq was deported into Serbia from Hungary — despite having initially arrived in Hungary from Romania and having managed to reach Austria before he was sent back to Hungary.

      Last December, a Cameroonian woman who entered Hungary from Romania was expelled to Serbia. Another African woman who arrived a year ago by plane from Dubai, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, reportedly also wound up in a field in Serbia.

      "This is something that unfortunately has become normal, regular and something which cannot be considered unusual,’’ Serbian rights lawyer Nikola Kovacevic told the AP. Still, this illegal practice of sending people into a third country they hadn’t come from was “particularly sinister,” according to the AP.
      Double standard

      With the current exodus of Ukrainians fleeing war, Hungary’s policies seem to have changed. Shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, Orban announced “we’re letting everyone in.”

      There are other EU countries that face accusations of violence against migrants which now welcome people fleeing Ukraine with open arms. They include Croatia and Greece.

      While activists, UN agencies and other entities have applauded the shift from harsh anti-migration policies, they have also been warning of discrimination against refugees and migrants from Africa and the Middle East — groups of people who have been facing pushbacks at Europe’s external borders for years.

      "For those of us following these issues, it is hard to miss the stark contrast of the last few weeks with Europe’s harsh response to people fleeing other wars and crises,’’ Judith Sunderland of Human Rights Watch told AP. "A staggering number of people from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East die every year attempting to reach Europe.’’

      Zsolt Szekeres from the Hungarian Helsinki Committee noted that “the [Hungarian] government is trying their best to explain now why Ukrainians are good asylum-seekers and others are bad migrants.”

      Last week, less than ten days before Hungary holds its next national election (April 3), a government spokesperson called media reports that authorities were discriminating among the refugees arriving from Ukraine "fake news’’.

      Yet earlier this month, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said that refugees from Ukraine and the people Budapest has labeled “illegal migrants” could not be compared. He said: “The truth is that we do not allow any illegal migrants to enter the territory of Hungary, and we will always protect Hungary from these people.”

      Hungary’s harsh migration policies have manifested in, among other things, a 2018 law that threatens jail time for people who support asylum seekers, proposed immigration bans as well as thousands of illegal pushbacks.

      Orban has also often made highly provocative statements in the past, including calling migrants “Muslim invaders” and claiming that “all terrorists are basically migrants.” In December, moreover, Orban said his country would not alter its strict immigration laws in the wake of a ruling from the EU’s top court, which had said that Hungary’s laws contravene EU law.
      Next-level pushbacks

      The illegal practice of pushing asylum seekers like Afghan Hasib Qarizada back over the border
      , which many activists and journalists say are used systematically at the EU’s southeastern and eastern borders, has been observed for a number of years now. According to one human rights group, many cases involve torture.

      But when asylum seekers are expelled to a country they hadn’t come from, like Hasib, "the severity of the violation is higher,’’ Kovacevic, the Serbian lawyer, told AP.

      Hasib’s deportation is considered particularly striking given that the Afghan hadn’t arrived in Hungary irregularly. He was a self-financed student, shared an apartment and had established a life in Budapest. The reason for his decision to seek asylum was simple: His family could no longer pay his university fees due to the turmoil in Afghanistan, which meant he couldn’t renew his residence permit, according to AP.

      His family was in danger as they had connections with Afghanistan’s pre-Taliban government, Hasib told the AP. "They hardly go outside,’’ he said. Yet when Hungarian authorities rejected his request for refuge, activists say, they disregarded the fact that Afghanistan couldn’t be considered safe following the Taliban’s return to power.

      Lawyers with the Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC) have since taken Hasib’s case both to courts in Hungary and the European Court of Human Rights. They argue that his unlawful expulsion violates the European Convention of Human Rights.

      Although a Hungarian court has ruled in his favor, AP reported, the lawyers are now trying to use legal measures to force Hungarian authorities to implement the decision so that Hasib is allowed to return to Hungary.

      "He applied for asylum, he was staying here, and he was in need of protection, and he was pushed out in a summary manner,’’ the HHC’s Zsolt Szekeres said. "He was never given the possibility or option to explain his situation.’’
      Worst days of his life

      In Serbia, Hasib was forced to sleep outside for four nights after being sent there. The days after he was abandoned on the field were the worst of his life, Hasib said. He recalls to AP wandering around for hours and asking a woman at a gas station to let him charge his phone.

      "I felt very horrible ... because I was a normal student. I was studying, I was going to classes. I had my own friends. I had my own life,’’ he said. "I wasn’t doing anything bad.’’

      According to Szekeres, governments should treat all people escaping war zones the same. "There is no difference between Ukrainian parents fleeing with their children and Afghan parents fleeing with their children,’’ he told AP. "This is a good reminder for everyone that asylum-seekers, no matter where they come from, need protection.’’

      https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/39483/good-asylumseekers-vs-bad-migrants--hungarys-varying-treatment-of-war-

  • Greece reiterates open door policy for Ukrainians

    Greece is determined to take in Ukrainian refugees, according to Greek migration minister Notis Mitarakis. A reported 13,000 people have travelled to Greece from Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion so far.

    Greece’s Minister of Migration and Asylum Notis Mitarakis reiterated that his country was willing and prepared to take in more Ukrainian refugees who are fleeing their country due to Russia’s ongoing invasion, in a speech to parliament on Tuesday (March 22). “We are ready for the hospitality arrangements. And we are ready to register people and provide them with temporary protection,” Mitaraki announced.

    “The national reception system has the immediate availability of 15,000 beds”, Mitarakis said.
    13,000 refugees from Ukraine arrived so far

    Miratakis went on to say that Greece has already welcomed a total of 13,000 Ukrainian refugees.

    “We have created a reception center in Promachonas, the main entry point; we have created a special entrance lane and have quickly renovated an old building in order to have a proper reception area, with the presence of more medical support, plus hot drinks, food, and a warm welcome,” said Mitarakis.

    Greece has several hosting structures ready to welcome Ukrainians, the minister said. One in Sintiki, which is a new facility that is used for the first few days for those who arrive from Promachonas, which is only five kilometers from the border.

    In addition, Mitarakis said the government had set up the facilities at Elefsina and Serres to host Ukrainians, with 15,000 beds available iinitially, which could be gradually increased, if necessary, to 30,000.

    He explained that the ministry would create an electronic pre-registration platform which will be operational starting on March 28 to allow all potential beneficiaries to transfer their basic data and to receive a personalized appointment at the Asylum Service Offices.

    He added that the process of issuing a temporary protection ID will start “on April 4 at the Regional Asylum Offices of Thessaloniki, Attica, Patras and Crete.”
    Pushback accusations against Greece

    Though the current Greek government has launched policies to welcome refugees from Ukraine, the same cannot be said for refugees from other world regions and migrants.

    Migrant and refugee advocacy groups have repeatedly criticized squalid conditions in Greek reception facilities and Greek police have been accused of carrying out illegal pushbacks in the Aegean, sending migrants and refugees back to Turkey on boats unfit for the sea without allowing them to claim asylum.

    Greek officials have denied these claims, but the conservative government has openly talked about its goals to reduce irregular migrant and refugee arrivals.

    During his speech to Parliament on Tuesday, Mitarakis praised efforts to prevent border crossings, saying that “while Europe is experiencing a 57% increase in flows of people coming in, Greece has regained control and is not the main gateway.” He said that Greece had reduced arrivals from 72,422 in 2019 to 8,745 in 2021, “the lowest flows of the decade.”

    Mitarakis claimed that his government had achieved “the restoration of control over immigration ...through the drastic confrontation of illegal immigration. ...Now, we are investing in legal immigration, reforming and digitizing everything, and simplifying procedures.”

    https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/39424/greece-reiterates-open-door-policy-for-ukrainians

    #Grèce #racisme #réfugiés #guerre #Ukraine #Africains #frontières #fermeture_des_frontières #catégorisation #tri #réfugiés_ukrainiens

    –-

    ajouté à ce fil de discussion :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/951230

    et plus particulièrement ici (Grèce) :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/951230#message954735

    • Ukraine or the Middle East? Greece applies varying rules on refugees

      Thousands of Ukrainian refugees have entered Greece, where they enjoy international protection. For non-Ukrainian refugees, however, the situation remains tense and frustrating.

      After days of hiding in the basement of her house, Sofiia Malinovskaya finally made it to safety. Airstrikes and fighting near her home in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv forced her to leave Ukraine.

      “A friend and I left by car,” Malinovskaya said. “It took us four days just to get to the border. There were just so many cars, and the traffic jam was crazy. We moved 170 kilometers (106 miles) in seven hours.”

      They left via Slovakia because border traffic there had not been very busy. Volunteers helped Sofiia get to Krakow, Poland, then on to Warsaw and, from there, to the Greek city of Thessaloniki.

      Although she is now safe, she said she feels she has no prospects. “I feel very lost. You realize that you don’t have the place to get back, because my city is almost destroyed. There isn’t a building left without any destruction. You don’t know what to do next and you don’t know how to keep living a normal life after that,” she said.

      Malinovskaya came to Thessaloniki because she knew she would have a place to live. “I have a close friend living here, and I could stay with her,” she said.

      She added, however, that she did not know that Greece has been criticized for years for pushbacks and lack of protection of migrants and asylum-seekers.

      Aid without red tape

      More than 10,000 people crossed the border as of Wednesday, according to Vadym Sabluk, Ukraine’s consul general in Thessaloniki.

      “The Greek government kindly agreed to let all Ukrainians who escape from the war come to the Greek territory,” he said.

      Ukrainians carrying biometric passports could immediately enter the country. For those identifying themselves with other documents, such as a birth certificate, a center has been set up at Promachonas, the Greek-Bulgarian border checkpoint, where refugees are given paperwork to fill out by the police. They could then submit the document to the nearest immigration authority and be officially registered.

      “According to the Ministry of Migration and Asylum, starting from March 28, an online platform for pre-registration for receiving documents in the status of temporary protection of Greek government will be launched,” Sabluk said, adding that the status can remain valid for up to three years.

      Sabluk, who has been working nonstop since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, said he has been overwhelmed by the willingness of Greek authorities and citizens to help his compatriots.

      “Many people come to the consulate and offer their own apartments, houses and rooms in order to welcome Ukrainian people,” he said.

      Russians living in Greece are showing solidarity as well, Sabluk added. “The Russians are coming and begging pardon and they work shoulder-to-shoulder with our volunteers,” he said.
      Good refugee, bad refugee

      Inside Thessaloniki’s city hall, Ukrainians, Russians and Greeks have been working together to assemble packages of food, clothing and medicines to be sent to Ukraine. But out on the streets of Athens, more then 400 police officers have been busy with Operation Skupa ("broom"), carrying out checks on asylum-seekers and detaining anyone who can’t prove their identity.

      “I’m afraid to go out at all,” said a young Afghan, adding that he does not know where he will go when the camp where he lives shuts down in May.

      His application for asylum was rejected twice, he said. In Kabul, his hometown, he worked as an interpreter for international media outlets, and he fears the Taliban will make good on threats to kill him if he returns to Afghanistan.

      The Afghan’s attempt to submit a new asylum application was unsuccessful. For hours he tried, as required, to register via the Skype messenger service, but he never got through. Now he has to travel, at his own expense, to the district of Evros, situated at the other end of the country, to submit his application at a reception center.

      He said his time in Greece has left him with little trust in Greek authorities. He mentions witnessing police violence and illegal deportations while trying to cross the border from Turkey to Greece.

      The Afghan said comparing the treatment of Ukrainian refugees with his own situation makes him angry. “They’re new arrivals and should go through the same procedure as all the other refugees,” he said.

      The war in Ukraine is the main topic of discussion at the camp where he lives, he said, adding that the situation there was difficult enough without seeing how others have received preferential treatment.
      Documented breaches of law

      Human rights activists have long denounced the Greek government’s treatment of refugees. The government, however, claims that Turkey is a safe third country and that, therefore, people had no right to international protection in the EU.

      Speaking to the parliament, Greek Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarakis recently labeled the refugees from Ukraine “real refugees.” Meanwhile, leading politicians have said asylum-seekers from the Middle East or Africa are “illegal immigrants,” according to Greek media.

      Neda Noraie-Kia, an expert in European migration policy at the Heinrich Böll Foundation, which is affiliated with the German Green Party, said she disapproves of the Greek government’s unequal treatment of refugees. A rather somber picture has emerged regarding refugee protection in Greece, she said: Illegal deportations, lack of basic provisions, lack of integration efforts — the list of accusations is long.

      “It’s important that the EU responds to documented breaches of law,” she told DW.

      Nonetheless, it is also important that refugees from Ukraine receive protection in Greece without red tape, she added.

      “This proves, after all, that solidarity is possible,” said Noraie-Kia, adding that such solidarity also has to be extended to others who seek protection.

      Many people, including asylum-seekers from Afghanistan, have been waiting too long for an asylum hearing, trapped in a legal gray area for years.

      "Protection against war and persecution is not an act of mercy,"said Noraie-Kia. “We in the EU are not isolated in this world. When authoritarian regimes oppress their citizens, we can’t close our eyes. We must take responsibility.”

      https://www.dw.com/en/ukraine-or-the-middle-east-greece-applies-varying-rules-on-refugees/a-61262360

    • Greece Using Other Migrants to Expel Asylum Seekers

      Stripped, Robbed, and Forced Back to Turkey; No Chance to Seek Asylum.

      Greek security forces are employing third country nationals, men who appear to be of Middle Eastern or South Asian origin, to push asylum seekers back at the Greece-Turkey land border, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

      The 29-page report “‘Their Faces Were Covered’: Greece’s Use of Migrants as Police Auxiliaries in Pushbacks,” found that Greek police are detaining asylum seekers at the Greece-Turkey land border at the Evros River, in many cases stripping them of most of their clothing and stealing their money, phones, and other possessions. They then turn the migrants over to masked men, who force them onto small boats, take them to the middle of the Evros River, and force them into the frigid water, making them wade to the riverbank on the Turkish side. None are apparently being properly registered in Greece or allowed to lodge asylum claims.

      “There can be no denying that the Greek government is responsible for the illegal pushbacks at its borders, and using proxies to carry out these illegal acts does not relieve it of any liability,” said Bill Frelick, refugee and migrant rights director at Human Rights Watch. “The European Commission should urgently open legal proceedings and hold the Greek government accountable for violating EU laws prohibiting collective expulsions.”

      Human Rights Watch interviewed 26 Afghan migrants and asylum seekers, 23 of whom were pushed back from Greece to Turkey across the Evros River between September 2021 and February 2022. The 23 men, 2 women, and a boy said they were detained by men they believed to be Greek authorities, usually for no more than 24 hours with little to no food or drinking water, and pushed back to Turkey. The men and boy provided firsthand victim or witness accounts of Greek police or men they believed to be Greek police beating or otherwise abusing them.
      Sixteen of those interviewed said the boats taking them back to Turkey were piloted by men who spoke Arabic or the South Asian languages common among migrants. They said most of these men wore black or commando-like uniforms and used balaclavas to cover their faces. Three people interviewed were able to talk with the men ferrying the boats. The boat pilots told them they were also migrants who were employed by the Greek police with promises of being provided with documents enabling them to travel onward.

      A 28-year-old former commander in the Afghan army who was pushed back to Turkey in late December, said he had a conversation in Pashto with the Pakistani man ferrying the boat that took him back to Turkey: “The boat driver said, ‘We are … here doing this work for three months and then they give us … a document. With this, we can move freely inside Greece and then we can get a ticket for … another country.’”

      An 18-year-old Afghan youth described his experience after the Greek police transported him from the detention center to the river: “At the border, there were other people waiting for us.… From their language, we could recognize they were Pakistanis and Arabs. These men took our money and beat us. They beat me with sticks. They dropped us in the middle of the river. The water was to my chest, and we waded the rest of the way [to Turkey].”

      Pushbacks violate multiple human rights norms, including the prohibition of collective expulsion under the European Convention on Human Rights, the right to due process in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the right to seek asylum under EU asylum law and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, and the principle of nonrefoulement under the 1951 Refugee Convention.

      The Greek government routinely denies involvement in pushbacks, labeling such claims “fake news” or “Turkish propaganda” and cracking down, including through the threat of criminal sanctions, against those reporting on such incidents. On March 29, Greece’s independent authority for transparency tasked by the government to investigate pushbacks “found no basis for reports that Greek authorities have illegally turned back asylum-seekers entering the country from Turkey.”

      Major General Dimitrios Mallios, chief of the Aliens & Border Protection Branch in Hellenic Police Headquarters, denied the Human Rights Watch allegations. He said that “police agencies and their staff will continue to operate in a continuous, professional, lawful and prompt way, taking all necessary measures to effectively manage the refugees/migration flows, in a manner that safeguards on the one hand the rights of the aliens and on the other hand the protection of citizens especially in the first line border regions.”

      Greece should immediately halt all pushbacks from Greek territory, and stop using third country nationals for collective expulsions, Human Rights Watch said. The European Commission, which provides financial support to the Greek government for migration control, should require Greece to end all summary returns and collective expulsions of asylum seekers to Turkey, press the authorities to establish an independent and effective border monitoring mechanism that would investigate allegations of violence at borders, and ensure that none of its funding contributes to violations of fundamental rights and EU laws. The European Commission should also open legal proceedings against Greece for violating EU laws prohibiting collective expulsions.

      Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, which is under increased scrutiny for complicity in migrant pushbacks in Greece, should trigger article 46 of its regulation, under which the agency has a duty to suspend or terminate operations in case of serious abuses, if no concrete improvements are made by Greece to end these abuses within three months.

      On March 1, Greece’s migration minister, Notis Mitarachi, declared before the Hellenic Parliament that Ukrainians were the “real refugees,” implying that those on Greece’s border with Turkey are not.

      “At a time when Greece welcomes Ukrainians as ‘real refugees,’ it conducts cruel pushbacks on Afghans and others fleeing similar war and violence,” Frelick said. “The double standard makes a mockery of the purported shared European values of equality, rule of law, and human dignity.”

      https://www.hrw.org/news/2022/04/07/greece-using-other-migrants-expel-asylum-seekers

  • War of words over migrant deaths at Greece-Turkey border

    In early February, 19 migrants froze to death at the Greek-Turkish border. Ever since, both Ankara and Athens have been blaming each other for the deaths, yet providing no evidence of what actually happened.

    On February 2, Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu published four disturbing images on his Twitter account. The pictures showed several men, seemingly unconscious, lying in the mud on a dirt track in the middle of nowhere.

    Soylu wrote: “12 of the 22 migrants pushed back by Greek Border Units, stripped off from their clothes and shoes have frozen to death. EU is remediless, weak and void of humane feelings.”

    It did not take long for Greek Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarachi to respond. In a video message, he said: “The statements of the Turkish leadership regarding the tragic incident in which people lost their lives in Turkey were unacceptable. It is Turkey’s responsibility to prevent illegal departures.” He later added that the “migrants in questions never reached the border.”

    How Mitarachi can be sure of that remains unclear. A source within the Greek Ministry told DW “that there were absolutely no records of these people at all.” This, however, does not prove whether or not the victims set foot on Greek soil.

    For its part, Turkey has not provided any evidence to back up its allegations against Greece either. In the meantime, seven more people discovered near the Evros River along the border have died, bringing the death toll to 19.

    Lack of transparency

    Independent researcher Lena Karamanidou is reluctant to believe either side. She feels that there are too many allegations and a lack of transparency. Having grown up in the Evros region, she is now based in Glasgow and has been monitoring migration movements at the Greek-Turkish border for many years.

    Karamanidou pointed out that there is a history of pushbacks in the Evros region dating back to the 1980s.

    She told DW that people regularly lose their lives either while attempting to cross the border or during a pushback. “The unusual element of this incident is not that people lost their lives,” she explains, “but the high number of deaths.”
    Increased anti-migrant sentiment in Greece

    Karamanidou does not share the Greek interior minister’s theory that the victims failed to reach Greece. “We know from multiple reports by human rights organizations and NGOs [nongovermental organizations] that people who cross the border are not necessarily registered, especially prior to pushbacks.”

    She said that political discourse on migration in Greece has always been “hostile, nationalist, and racist” — but that anti-migrant sentiment has intensified over the past two years.

    Karamanidou believes that the government and mainstream media close to the government share responsibility for this: “They actively promote such discourse, including through representations of migration as a national security threat linked to Turkey,” she said.

    According to Karamanidou, this ongoing propaganda war between Athens and Ankara, which is being fought at the expense of asylum-seekers, has a long history in both countries.

    “Greek and Turkish national identities have been shaped through narratives of this enmity [...] responses to migration in Greece have long blamed Turkey for not controlling migration or not cooperating on migration control,” she asserted.

    EU divided on migration policy

    Meanwhile, the European Union continues struggling to find common ground on matters of migration. Several member states are not willing to take in asylum-seekers at all. As a result, the EU is now focusing on keeping its borders closed.

    With regard to Greece, countless media reports have documented illegal pushbacks, irregularities in the country’s asylum system and police violence against migrants.

    But despite evidence of this and numerous indications of Greece’s mishandling EU funds, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson has refrained from officially reprimanding Athens or launching an infringement procedure.

    Her only reaction so far has been to express “great concern,” insisting that Athens investigate cases of illegal practices, and to state publicly that border protection must be in accordance with EU law.

    Carefully timed tweet?

    Soylu’s tweet about the dead migrants at the Greek-Turkish border came during an informal meeting of the European Home Affair Ministers in Lille, France — an event attended by both Johansson and Mitarachi.

    Given the political turmoil between Ankara and Athens, and also between Ankara and the EU, it is hard to imagine that the timing was a coincidence.

    When asked that evening at a press conference about the incident at the Greek-Turkish border, Commissioner Johansson said: “This should never have happened, that migrants who try to enter the European Union lost their lives.”

    She added that Mitarachi had assured her that the victims had not entered Greece, but said that the incident needed to be investigated further.

    DW got in touch with her office for an update regarding this investigation, but the commissioner was not available for an interview.

    German response to the migrant deaths

    Human rights organizations were hoping that Germany’s new government and its new foreign minister, Annalena Baerbock of the Green Party, would be more vocal regarding the situation at the EU’s external borders.

    The German Foreign Office issued a statement about the death of the migrants, saying: “It’s important to find out the actual circumstances of the incident.”

    Experts have been demanding installation of an independent border-monitoring system in Greece, which would assure that authorities there play by the rules. Athens, however, refuses such a mechanism, saying that the situation is under control.

    The German Foreign Office told DW that the German government “generally supports the installation of an independent border mechanism,” adding that it is “important that nongovernmental actors, e.g. NGOs, are also granted access in order to observe the situation at the external borders of the EU.”

    https://www.dw.com/en/war-of-words-over-migrant-deaths-at-greece-turkey-border/a-60729270
    #décès #morts #mourir_aux_frontières #asile #migrations #réfugiés #frontières #Grèce #Turquie #Evros

    • 12 people found frozen to death near Turkey’s border with Greece

      Turkish minister claims Greek border guards pushed back people whose bodies were ‘stripped of shoes and clothes’

      The bodies of 12 refugees believed to have frozen to death have been found in an area straddling Turkey’s frontier with Greece, igniting a war of words between the two countries.

      After the bodies were found on Wednesday, Ankara’s interior minister, Süleyman Soylu, accused Greek guards of deliberately pushing the refugees back across the border. Several reportedly showed signs of frostbite while some were found near the İpsala crossing point “without shoes and stripped of their clothes”, he tweeted.

      Soylu said the dead had been among a group of 22 people pushed back into Turkey, and shared blurry photographs of eight of the recovered bodies, including three in just shorts and T-shirts.

      “They behave like thugs,” he said of the Greek border patrols, while accusing the EU of being “helpless, weak and inhumane”.

      Greece’s migration minister, Notis Mitarachi, rejected any suggestion of Hellenic frontier units forcibly expelling the refugees.

      “The death of 12 migrants at the Turkish border near Ipsala is a tragedy. But the truth behind this incident bears no resemblance to the false propaganda pushed out by my counterpart,” he said in a statement.

      “These specific migrants never made it to the border. Any suggestion they did, or indeed were pushed back into Turkey, is utter nonsense.”

      Mitarachi said that instead of making “baseless claims” Ankara should uphold its commitment to stop such “dangerous journeys”, referring to a deal reached between the EU and Turkey to stem migrant flows. “Turkey should assume its responsibilities if we want to prevent such tragedies from occurring again,” he said.

      Information on where the refugees were from, or when they had made the perilous crossing, was not released. But officials in the Turkish border city of Edirne clarified that among the dead was a migrant who had submitted to frostbite after being rushed to the local hospital.

      This is not the first time that the two regional adversaries – long at loggerheads over an array of disputes – have argued over the fate of migrants crossing their shared land and sea frontiers.

      But friction over the problem has worsened since early 2020, when a border crisis erupted after Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, encouraged thousands of asylum seekers to enter Europe via Greece.

      NGOs have also stepped up criticism of Athens, saying despite persistent denials they have collated ever more proof of the pushbacks.

      The practice of turning away people seeking international protection is illegal under domestic, EU and international law.

      On Wednesday Nils Muižnieks, Amnesty International’s Europe director, said the group had documented evidence of collective expulsions occurring since 2013, describing them as de facto migration policy.

      Greece had always rejected the accusations with “anger, frustration and denial”, he told a virtual conference organised by the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights. “But my own view is that pushbacks have become more brazen, not just at borders but deep into Greek territory,” said Muižnieks, a former commissioner for human rights at the Council of Europe.

      In an atmosphere that had become ever more permissive because of limited monitoring, reports of people being injured or strip-searched had also increased. “Much more violence is being used. We’re hearing of broken spines, hands and strip searches,” he added.

      While Turkey hosts about 3.7 million Syrian refugees and is regarded as a major transit route for those fleeing poverty and war in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Greece is seen as the easiest gateway into the EU.

      Since Athens reinforced Aegean sea borders after the 2020 crisis, growing numbers of refugees have elected to cross into the country via its north-eastern land frontier with Turkey, despite Greek authorities also erecting a 40km steel wall last year along the border.

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/feb/02/turkey-accuses-greece-of-pushing-back-people-who-later-froze-to-death

    • Turkish interior minister accuses Greek authorities of pushbacks resulting in death

      Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has lashed out at Greek authorities repeatedly in recent days, accusing the country of the deliberate mistreatment of migrants. Soylu has slammed Greece for committing acts of gross negligence amounting to manslaughter on at least two recent occasions.

      Soylu’s verbal attack on Greece started after he supported claims being discussed by the Turkish public accusing Greece of throwing three migrants into the Aegean Sea, alleging this resulted in the death of one. It was not clear when exactly this event was supposed to have taken place but appeared to be of a recent nature:

      At the end of January on Twitter, Soylu had specified that two of the migrants had been rescued while the other one had died. The alleged incident, which Soylu said amounted to “barbarism” and “murder,” took place off the Aegean coast near the tourist resort town of Çeşme.

      In his tweet, Soylu also said that “the European Union, that beacon of freedom and human rights, continues to sleep,” adding that the “murderous Frontex will have to answer for this.”

      Last words: ’I can’t swim’

      In the tweet, an Arabic-speaking man, whose identity is concealed, is seen recounting the alleged series of events with the help of an interpreter.

      The migrant claims that after all his belongings were confiscated by the Greek Coast Guard, he and the other two family members he was traveling with, were given life jackets which were too small for them.

      Despite protesting that some of them didn’t even know how to swim, they reportedly were left to fend for themselves in the cold waters of the Aegean Sea, the migrant says. He also specified that the individual who was reported to have drowned was his cousin.

      “The Greek Coast Guard gave us lifejackets before they left us in the sea, but they were for children and did not fit us. My cousin told them that he did not know how to swim. But they didn’t listen to him. They threw us into the water, where he drowned,” the unidentified man said.

      Politicized suffering

      Soylu lashed out one more time on Twitter at Greece on Wednesday, alleging that 12 migrants at the Greek-Turkish Ipsala land border near the Evros River had frozen to death after being pushed back and stripped naked by Greek border forces.

      The tweet was accompanied by images of blurred out people, who appeared to be dead.

      Soylu further politicized the alleged incident by saying that the EU is “void of humane feelings,” and adding that “Greek border units are heartless towards victims, but tolerant towards FETO,” referring to the infamous Turkish religious movement which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses of having orchestrated a coup attempt against him in 2016.

      FETO is the Turkish government’s name for the so-called Hizmet Movement, spearheaded by exiled preacher Fethullah Gülen. The organization is banned in Turkey as a terrorist group; hundreds of its adherents have fled Turkey to neighboring Greece and other countries in a bid to avoid arrest in recent years.

      Turkey has been under a constant state of emergency for over five years now, ever since the failed coup, giving police, military, judges and courts extraordinary powers to prosecute Gülen’s supporters.

      Illegal pushbacks at sea

      In the past year, the Turkish government has repeatedly accused Greece of pushing back asylum seekers, which would be in clear violation of international law and human rights.

      Several NGOs have also made statements claiming that Greece, with help from the EU, is trying to keep migrants away from entering Greek waters, and even of returning migrants to Turkish waters. However, there have also been counterclaims, saying Turkey moves migrants it intercepts in its own waters to Greek waters.

      The EU has also voiced concern over allegations of such pushbacks at sea, but in a series of investigations, Brussels has exonerated its Frontex agency from any complicity in the alleged pushbacks.

      Bot the Greek and the Turkish government have repeatedly denied conducting such pushback tactics.

      https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/38298/turkish-interior-minister-accuses-greek-authorities-of-pushbacks-resul

      #Ipsala

  • France: New surveillance cameras to stop migrant smuggling

    Dozens of new surveillance cameras are to be installed along the coast of northern France. The aim is to prevent migrant smuggling across the English Channel.

    Surveillance equipment will be installed in more than 20 locations on France’s northern coast to detect migrant smugglers, the broadcaster BFMTV reported on Thursday. The cameras will be installed on roads near the coast with the aim of filming smugglers’ vehicles and recording their license plates.

    Dubbed ’Terminus’, the operation is financed by the UK. The total cost is not yet known, according to the news agency dpa.

    About 50 cameras are to be installed between Montreuil and Calais by the middle of this year, the newspaper La Voix du Nord reported. The prefecture of Pas-de-Calais said more than 20 municipalities wished to register for the surveillance devices, according to the AFP news agency.

    Laurence Prouvot, the mayor of #Wissant, told AFP that the cameras will be more advanced than those already existing in the town. Wissant, about 20 km from Calais, will need 14 of the cameras, he said.

    British will not have access

    Local government authorities in France as well as French police will have access to the images, but they will not be shared with their British counterparts, dpa reports.

    Meanwhile some local authorities were critical of the surveillance project. The mayor of Merlimont, Mary Bonvoisin Alves Dos Santos, told BFMTV that the money would have been better spent on supporting those who rescue migrants in distress trying to cross the Channel.

    “I have the impression that we are the armed guard of British migration policy,” she said. At the same time, nothing is being done to provide the children, women and men with a decent place to live, she added.

    Record number of Channel crossings in 2021

    The UK and France have been discussing the issue of Channel crossings for years. In 2021 relations between the two countries became strained as the number of arrivals in the UK, compared to the previous year, tripled to around 28,000, and 27 people died in a shipwreck in November.

    A large amount of surveillance equipment has already been installed in an effort to prevent crossings. In November the French Interior Minister, Gérald Darmanin, announced the deployment of ultra-modern equipment.
    In December, Frontex, the European Border and Coastguard Agency, provided a plane to support border control in the Channel and the North Sea coast region which it said was “equipped with modern sensors and radars.” A surviellance drone was also deployed in January in #Pointe_aux_Oies, #Wimereux, according to the local prefecture.

    Migrants have continued to cross the Channel this year despite the increased surveillance measures. In January, more than 1,300 people reached the United Kingdom, five times as many as at the same time last year.

    https://gw.infomigrants.net/media/resize/my_image_big/a3fa3fa1d2c415ff168845f3f1578337a89d1e52.jpg

    https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/38473/france-new-surveillance-cameras-to-stop-migrant-smuggling

    #surveillance #caméras_de_surveillance #migrations #frontières #contrôles_frontaliers #asile #réfugiés #Calais #Manche #France #UK #Angleterre #drones

  • #Pologne - #Biélorussie : positions GPS et vidéos, les appels à l’aide des migrants bloqués dans la #forêt

    Ils viennent du Yémen, de Syrie, d’Irak ou de République démocratique du Congo : depuis le mois d’août, des milliers de migrants tentent de traverser la frontière polonaise depuis la Biélorussie. Pour le gouvernement polonais, ces migrants sont instrumentalisés par le chef d’État biélorusse, Alexandre Loukachenko, et doivent être reconduits à la frontière. Refoulés des deux côtés, des hommes, des femmes et des enfants se retrouvent alors bloqués le long de la frontière, en pleine forêt. Certains tentent de lancer l’alerte.

    Pour ce nouveau numéro de Ligne Directe, « Pologne, Biélorussie : piège en forêt pour les migrants » (à voir ci-dessus), Maëva Poulet, journaliste des Observateurs de France 24, était avec Gulliver Gragg, correspondant de France 24, en tournage pendant la semaine du 4 octobre dans la région frontalière de Poldachie, en Pologne. Elle revient, dans ce carnet de reportage sur les alertes lancées par les migrants aux ONG et à la presse.

    « Nous allons probablement rencontrer une famille avec des enfants. Voulez-vous vous joindre à nous ? » Samedi 9 octobre. Il est 15 heures lorsque Piotr Bystrianin nous envoie ce message. Piotr est membre de la #Fondation_Ocalenie, une ONG polonaise d’aide aux migrants et réfugiés basée à Varsovie. Depuis cet été, chaque semaine, leur équipe se relaie pour être présente à 200 km de la capitale, dans la région frontalière de #Podlachie pour surveiller cette crise migratoire inédite en Pologne, et venir en aide aux migrants.

    Une position GPS nous est envoyée : direction le petit village de #Stara_Luplanka. C’est ici qu’une famille venue du Kurdistan irakien a été repérée. Après sept jours de marche depuis la Biélorussie, elle est arrivée en Pologne en échappant au contrôle des gardes-frontières. « Nous recevons des alertes concernant la présence de groupes de migrants », explique brièvement Piotr Bystrianin. Ce que nous savons, c’est que beaucoup de migrants envoient leur position GPS, aux organisations ou à la presse, pour appeler à l’aide.

    Une « #guerre_hybride » entre la Pologne et la Biélorussie

    Le rendez-vous est en lisière de forêt, près d’un champ de maïs. Karolina Szymańska, également membre de la fondation, nous fait signe d’attendre : « Nous devons d’abord discuter avec ces gens ». C’est un père seul et ses quatre enfants, âgés de 8 à 14 ans. « Ils ont très froid et ils ont peur », explique Piotr pendant que sa collègue leur offre à boire, à manger et des vêtements chauds.

    Au téléphone, un traducteur arabophone explique au père la situation. Car la stratégie de la Pologne est claire : les migrants se trouvant côté polonais doivent être refoulés à la frontière, en Biélorussie. Le parlement polonais y a autorisé les gardes-frontières le 14 octobre. Et ce, même s’il s’agit de demandeurs d’asile.

    La Pologne estime en effet que ces migrants ne sont pas en danger en Biélorussie, pays dans lequel ils sont arrivés légalement, en avion, munis de visas. C’est également ce qui fait dire à l’Union européenne que le régime de Minsk mène une « guerre hybride » : en réponse à des sanctions européennes, la Biélorussie chercherait à déstabiliser les 27 en envoyant des migrants aux frontières.

    « Parfois, ils les ramènent dans la forêt, même s’il y a des enfants »

    Pour que cette famille irakienne échappe à un refoulement, Piotr et Karolina n’ont qu’une option à proposer : la demande d’asile. Mais il faut que la famille veuille l’enregistrer en Pologne, et donc rester en Pologne. Or, selon le gouvernement polonais, beaucoup veulent en réalité rejoindre l’Allemagne, l’Angleterre, ou la France. Il faut aussi, pour mener une demande d’asile, être en mesure d’expliquer que l’on fui des craintes de persécutions ou des conflits. Ce n’est pas le cas de tous les migrants qui traversent cette frontière.

    Dans le cas de cette famille, plusieurs éléments lui permettent de solliciter l’asile. « La famille va donner procuration à [Karolina], et elle va appeler les gardes-frontières pour leur demander de venir. Elle va les aider dans leur demande de protection internationale en Pologne. »

    Nous attendons alors deux heures l’arrivée des gardes-frontières. C’est à eux d’enregistrer la demande. Reste qu’avec la nouvelle loi, ils n’y sont pas obligés. Les médias ont été invités par l’ONG pour aider à faire pression. « Parfois, ils les ramènent dans la forêt, même s’il y a des enfants », insiste Piotr. Ce soir-là, grâce à la mobilisation de Piotr et Karolina - et peut-être à la présence de plusieurs caméras dont la nôtre - la famille sera amenée au poste des gardes-frontières, où elle passera la nuit, au chaud, en attendant la suite de l’instruction de sa demande.

    « C’est comme un #ping-pong »

    Si cette famille a pu être aidée, c’est aussi parce qu’elle a réussi à dépasser la zone de l’état d’urgence : une bande de 3 km tracée par la Pologne tout du long de sa frontière avec la Biélorussie, formellement interdite d’accès aux organisations comme aux journalistes.

    Le long de la frontière, les migrants se retrouvent donc seuls entre les gardes-frontières polonais et biélorusses. Côté polonais, ils sont ramenés manu militari en Biélorussie… En Biélorussie, ils sont également refoulés : depuis octobre, le pays refuse de laisser entrer les migrants déjà passés côté européen. « La seule chance de sortir de la Pologne, c’est d’entrer en Biélorussie. La seule chance de sortir de la Biélorussie, c’est d’entrer en Pologne. C’est comme un ping-pong », confie Nelson (pseudonyme), un migrant originaire de la République démocratique du Congo qui a contacté notre rédaction.

    Nelson a filmé et documenté les nuits passées entre les deux pays, dans un « #no_man's land » labyrinthique dans les bois, où les températures chutent à 0 degré la nuit en ce mois d’octobre. « On a rencontré quelques militaires polonais. Je leur ai dit, voilà, moi je viens du Congo, j’aimerais demander l’asile. Ils m’ont dit ’tu ne vas rien faire’. Ils ont commencé à nous embarquer de force et ils nous ont ramenés à la frontière. C’est la première nuit que nous avons passée dehors, avec mes enfants », poursuit Nelson. L’une de ses vidéos montre ses enfants dormir dans la forêt, sans tente, à même le sol, près d’un feu de camp. « Il faisait extrêmement froid, et extrêmement sombre ».


    Côté frontière #Pologne - #Biélorussie, des migrants alertent également. La Pologne les refoule en Biélorussie... qui les renvoie en Pologne. Ils se retrouvent donc coincés dans la forêt entre les deux pays. Ici des messages envoyés sur WhatsApp à notre journaliste @maevaplt (3)
    — Les Observateurs (@Observateurs) October 22, 2021
    https://twitter.com/Observateurs/status/1451574931192365059

    « On ne peut plus continuer »

    Ces images, comme celles d’autres migrants qui appellent à l’aide, sont de rares témoignages de ce qu’il se passe dans la bande frontalière interdite d’accès. Depuis septembre, au moins neuf personnes sont mortes d’hypothermie ou d’épuisement dans la forêt.

    D’autres migrants ont contacté notre rédaction depuis cette zone, parfois sans réussir à envoyer d’images. Certains ont envoyé des messages de détresse. « Il fait froid, il n’y a rien à manger, c’est un enfer », nous a écrit un Congolais. « On ne peut plus continuer », dit un Irakien dans un audio WhatsApp. « Bonjour madame, je suis à la frontière », écrit encore une migrante dont nous ne connaissons pas l’origine. Elle n’enverra aucun autre message après celui-ci.

    Seule chance pour eux de se faire aider, partager avec les organisations présentes à la frontière leur position GPS… depuis une forêt où le réseau internet et téléphonique est instable, et sans électricité pour recharger son téléphone.

    https://observers.france24.com/fr/%C3%A9missions/ligne-directe/20211025-pologne-bielorussie-migrations-migrants-foret-ong-human

    #Ocalenie #frontières #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Belarus #limbe #blocage

    –-> je rapatrie ici des infos d’un fil de discussion que j’avais mis sur un fil qui traite quand même d’un peu d’autre chose... mot d’ordre « de l’ordre dans les archives »
    >> fil de discussion sur le #mur qui est en train d’être construit à la frontière entre la Pologne et la Biélorussie :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/927137
    #murs #barrières_frontalières

    –-

    ajouté à la liste des #zones_frontières créée pour pouvoir expulser/refouler des migrants :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/795053

    • « Hamza me dit qu’il a peur de mourir de froid dans la forêt ». Reportage avec les bénévoles à la frontière qui tue, entre la Biélorussie et la Pologne

      La #zone_frontalière entre la Biélorussie et la Pologne est devenue le théâtre d’une #crise_humanitaire. Face aux violations de droit multiples de la part des autorités polonaises et bélarusses, et au silence indifférent des institutions européennes, des réseaux de militants et de locaux apportent une aide de base à ces personnes en détresse.

      Par Agata Majos, à #Hajnówka – Depuis quelques jours, je fais partie du réseau militant #Grupa_Granica. Notre travail, c’est de soulager la souffrance des personnes qui se cachent dans la forêt polonaise. Si trouvés par des garde-frontières ou par la police, le risque est grand qu’ils soient de nouveau repoussés en Biélorussie. Cauchemar sans fin qui, pour certains, finira par la mort.

      Le 2 septembre, la Pologne a introduit l’état d’urgence sur une bande qui jouxte la frontière. Seuls les habitants de cette zone peuvent y accéder. La présence des militants et des médias est interdite. Nous opérons pourtant dans les forêts qui se trouvent de notre côté.

      Mon premier jour au QG des militants, près de la ville de Hajnówka. Je vais à ma première intervention. Un groupe de six personnes, cinq Syriens et un Irakien. C’est leur dixième séjour sur le sol polonais. Les gardes-frontières polonais les ont repoussés déjà neuf fois. Ça fait un mois qu’ils essayent de traverser cette forêt.

      Au début, lorsqu’on les approche, ils ont peur de nous. On siffle. C’est pour les rassurer, comme ça ils savent qu’on n’est pas des gardes-frontières. Qu’on a des bonnes intentions.

      Ils dévorent la nourriture qu’on apporte. Pour certains, ça fait des jours qu’ils n’ont pas mangé. On leur donne de l’eau, du pain, de la nourriture en boite (thon ou pâté), du chocolat, des barres énergétiques, de la soupe chaude. La soupe ne devrait pas être trop épicée – ils sont nombreux à avoir des problèmes gastriques. C’est parce qu’ils mangent très peu et ils boivent de l’eau boueuse des flaques, des marais et des ruisseaux.

      On apporte aussi des couvertures d’urgence. Des chaussures et des chaussettes – les pieds sont souvent dans le pire état. Des batteries externes, absolument essentielles, car avec un portable chargé ils peuvent se localiser sur une carte, écrire un mot à leurs familles. Un portable chargé peut sauver la vie dans ces conditions infernales.

      Les signes de leur séjour en Biélorussie, on les voit partout sur leurs corps.

      On se met autour du feu, on sort un paquet de cigarettes. Un moment rare de détente, comme si on était à une soirée entre amis. Un des réfugiés, Omar*, nous montre les photos de sa femme et deux enfants, âgé de deux et cinq ans. On demande s’ils sont toujours en Syrie. Il répond que non, qu’ils sont en Biélorussie à la frontière. J’essaie de ne pas imaginer dans ma tête ce qu’ils se passe avec eux.

      Les réfugiés que l’on rencontre racontent que ce qui se passe du cote bélarusse de la frontière, c’est le pire. Les signes de leur séjour en Biélorussie, on les voit partout sur leurs corps. Des blessures causées par le fil barbelé, des ecchymoses par les coups de garde-frontières. Certains ont des blessures causées par les morsures des chiens policiers.

      Omar me montre une photo de lui en Syrie, puis se pointe du doigt. Sur la photo, il est bien habillé, soigné, il est dans un restaurant avec un ami. Ici, maintenant, il est dans des vêtements sales, la barbe qui n’a pas été rasée depuis des semaines. C’est comme s’il voulait dire : regarde ce que je suis devenu. Il me montre sa main, un morceau de son doigt manque. Effet de son passage de la frontière.

      Dans un sac à dos qu’on a apporté, on trouve un paquet de Toffifee. Ils l’ouvrent et nous en proposent. Au début on refuse, on dit qu’ils en ont plus besoin que nous. Mais ils ont besoin de partager. Je prends mon Toffifee et je le cache dans ma poche. Je n’arrive pas à le manger, le ventre serré.

      Il est temps de partir. « Quand je m’installe à Berlin, je vous inviterai tous », dit Omar.
      « Ça marche ! », on répond en riant, tout en sachant qu’il y a peu de chance que ça arrive vraiment.

      On rentre au QG des militants pour se reposer un peu quand soudain l’information nous tombe dessus : six enfants sont à l’hôpital de Hajnówka avec leur mère hospitalisée. On ne sait pas encore ce qui va leur arriver. Il faut leur préparer des vêtements chauds, au cas où ils seraient repoussés de nouveau. Ça peut paraitre fou, mais rien ne nous étonne plus dans cet enfer.

      On apprend que le plus petit a trois ans et que le plus grand fait 150 cm. Je fouille dans les cartons dans notre dépôt. Je cherche des bonnets, chaussures, manteaux les plus chauds possible. Je me demande ce qui a bien pu se passer avec l’humanité pour que l’on soit là, à chercher des vêtements chauds pour des tout petits enfants, qui vont peut-être devoir passer des jours, ou des semaines, dans une forêt froide et humide. Je n’arrive pas à comprendre.

      Ce sont des questions que les militants se posent tous les jours. Avant de venir sur place, avec mes trois amis avocats, on a appelé une avocate en droit d’asile qui nous a expliqué la procédure. Pourtant, on sait très bien qu’on entre dans une zone ou la loi n’existe plus. Ou ces procédures-là, prescrites par la loi nationale et internationale, ne sont plus applicables. Quelques chanceux vont pouvoir déposer une demande d’asile – généralement quand il y a des médias, des enfants, les cas « médiatiques ». Pour le reste, c’est le refoulement en Biélorussie. Rappel : les médias n’ont pas accès la zone sous état d’urgence.

      Comme chaque semaine, Wanda et Robert, deux habitants d’un village qui se trouve dans la zone interdite, viennent à notre base. On leur donne des vêtements et des chaussures. Ils racontent que parfois, dans les villages au plus près de la frontière, on entend des voix venant des champs du maïs qui appellent « au secours ! ». Certains habitants reviennent avec de l’aide. D’autres appellent les autorités.

      Depuis quelques jours, certains habitants de la région allument un feu vert devant leurs maisons. C’est un signe pour des réfugié-e-s que c’est une maison ou ils peuvent venir se réchauffer, manger quelque chose, charger leur portable, se reposer un peu avant de reprendre la route. L’initiative est de Kamil Syller, habitant du village Werstok.

      Certains habitants de la zone font eux-mêmes des interventions dans des forêts. Ils sont très engagés mais leurs possibilités sont limitées. Comme la zone est fermée aux personnes de l’extérieur, on ne peut pas y aller les soulager. Ils se retrouvent seuls face à une souffrance difficile à imaginer.

      – « Ce qui serait utile, c’est une formation médicale, dit Robert, Pour savoir comment reconnaître les symptômes d’hypothermie. Comment savoir que la personne est dans un état critique et qu’il faut appeler les secours ? »

      Mais appeler une ambulance signifie aussi que les garde-frontières sont avertis (l’ambulance est obligée de le faire). En conséquence, c’est un « push-back » quasiment garanti.

      Notre groupe militant collabore étroitement avec l’ambulance des Médecins à la Frontière (Medycy na granicy), une initiative des médecins et ambulanciers qui fournissent de l’aide médicale aux réfugié-e-s. Ils le font d’une manière bénévole. Depuis des semaines, ils font appel aux autorités pour les laisser entrer dans la zone de l’état d’urgence. Sans résultat.

      Ce jour-là, les Médecins à la Frontière nous informent qu’ils soignent un groupe de trois personnes – deux Irakiens et un Turc. Les gardes-frontières ont remarqué l’ambulance et sont déjà sur place. Il faut y aller pour recueillir des procurations des réfugié-e-s. C’est leur seule chance pour commencer la procédure d’asile. On y va.

      Les trois hommes sont déshydratés, affamés, avec des symptômes d’hypothermie. Ils ont bu de l’eau contaminée d’un ruisseau, ils ont des symptômes d’intoxication alimentaire. Un homme, Hamza, est dans un état grave. On va à l’hôpital dans la ville de Hajnówka. En route, on passe à côté d’une autre ambulance. On voit une personne à terre, recouverte d’une couverture de survie. On se demande si elle est toujours vivante.

      Hamza prend mon portable. Avec mon outil de traduction, il dit qu’il ne peut pas rentrer en Biélorussie, il raconte qu’ils les ont battus et maltraités. Il a peur de mourir de froid dans la forêt.

      Je verrai cette personne plus tard à l’hôpital. C’est un jeune homme, il a survécu. Quand je le vois aux urgences, le médecin me demande de lui dire, avec l’application de traduction de mon téléphone, qu’il va aller prendre une douche. Il tremble énormément, je n’ai jamais vu une personne trembler autant. Je mets la langue kurde et je parle à mon portable. Il ne m’entend pas mais je vois qu’il essaye de me dire quelque chose. Je me rapproche pour l’entendre, sa voix est très faible. « No Belarus, no Belarus », il dit. Partout sur son corps, des blessures et des traces de coups.

      Après deux ou trois heures, les trois réfugiés avec qui je suis venue se sentent beaucoup mieux. Je recueille des procurations. Je leur dis pourquoi la demande d’asile est leur seule possibilité dans cette situation. J’essaie de leur expliquer que le fait de faire la demande ne garantit pas qu’ils ne vont pas être de nouveau repoussés en Biélorussie. Hamza prend mon portable. Avec mon outil de traduction, il dit qu’il ne peut pas rentrer en Biélorussie, il raconte qu’ils les ont battus et maltraités. Il a peur de mourir de froid dans la forêt. Je ne sais pas quoi lui répondre, comment le réconforter. Je sais très bien, on l’entend tous les jours, que la loi ne fonctionne pas. Mais je ne peux rien lui garantir.

      On a un moment libre. Un militant, Olek, me raconte que quand il était petit, il passait l’été dans ces forêts, ou ses parents ont une maison de vacances. Il raconte comment il ramassait des champignons et faisait du vélo. Moi je lui raconte que l’année dernière je suis venue dans un des villages d’à côté pour écouter le brame du cerf. On se dit qu’on ne pourra plus jamais venir ici comme touristes. Qu’on ne pourra jamais se promener dans ces forêts sans penser à toutes ces personnes qu’on a rencontré parmi les arbres, dont on ne connaitra jamais le sort.

      Comme celui d’Omar et de son groupe. Ou celui de Hamza ses deux amis Irakiens. Je contacte les garde-frontières pour apprendre où ils les ont pris – étant leur conseillère, j’ai le droit d’avoir accès à cette information. Pourtant, on m’informe que personne ne sait où ils sont, personne ne les a jamais vus.

      Tout comme les six enfants de l’hôpital de Hajnówka. Plusieurs institutions, dont l’adjoint au Défenseur des droits, ont essayé d’intervenir en leur faveur.

      Mon Toffifee, je le tiens encore dans ma poche. Je n’arrive toujours pas à le manger.

      * Les noms des militants et des réfugié-e-s ont été changés

      https://courrierdeuropecentrale.fr/no-belarus-no-belarus-reportage-avec-les-benevoles-a-la-fron

    • Entre la Pologne et le Belarus, les migrants abandonnés dans une #zone_de_non-droit

      Le Parlement polonais a voté, le 14 octobre, la construction d’un mur à sa frontière avec le Belarus. Mais aussi la possibilité de refouler les migrants, coincés entre les deux pays, dans une forêt où l’état d’urgence a été décrété.

      Un mur d’une valeur de 350 millions d’euros et le « droit » de refouler les migrants qui se présentent à ses frontières avec le Belarus. C’est ce qu’a voté le Parlement polonais, jeudi 14 octobre, faisant fi du droit international, qui interdit la pratique du push back (refoulement) lorsque les personnes en migration déclarent vouloir demander l’asile dans un pays. Des mesures qui surviennent au moment où la Pologne a créé, à sa frontière, une zone enclavée en pleine forêt, où les migrants restent bloqués sans eau ni nourriture, dans des conditions de vie extrêmes.

      Dimanche 17 octobre, à l’initiative de groupes féministes, des manifestations se sont tenues à Varsovie et dans plusieurs autres villes polonaises, comme Cracovie, pour dénoncer ces refoulements et les « actions scandaleuses des autorités vis-à-vis des personnes à la recherche d’un refuge en Pologne ». Le même jour, un ressortissant ukrainien qui transportait vingt-sept migrants irakiens dans une voiture aurait été arrêté par les garde-frontières polonais, selon l’ambassade de France en Pologne.

      Depuis l’été dernier, la Pologne est devenue l’un des principaux points de passage des migrants qui, venant du Belarus, tentent de traverser la frontière pour rejoindre l’Allemagne et l’Europe de l’Ouest. Les forces de l’ordre polonaises sont accusées par plusieurs ONG, dont Amnesty International, d’abandonner à leur sort des demandeurs d’asile se présentant à leurs frontières et de les renvoyer de force vers le Belarus. Ainsi, mi-août dernier, Amnesty International a pu documenter et prouver, grâce à une enquête numérique, le « renvoi forcé illégal » d’une trentaine d’Afghans ayant déposé une demande d’asile en Pologne vers le Belarus.

      « Des personnes demandent l’asile dans un pays de l’Union européenne et un État membre de l’Union européenne viole de manière éhontée leurs droits : l’Union européenne doit agir rapidement et fermement pour dénoncer ces atteintes flagrantes au droit européen et international », avait alors dénoncé Eve Geddie, directrice du bureau d’Amnesty International auprès des institutions européennes.

      En catimini, dès le 20 août, la Pologne a officialisé le refoulement des migrants par le biais d’un arrêté ministériel. L’état d’urgence décrété dans cette zone frontalière, côté polonais, début septembre, a ensuite fortement restreint l’accès aux ONG et journalistes, les empêchant de documenter le quotidien des personnes vivant ou se présentant à la frontière. C’est dans le cadre de la loi sur le renforcement de la sécurité aux frontières de l’État, adoptée mardi 19 octobre, que le Parlement a légalisé la pratique du refoulement.

      Le Parlement polonais peut voter ce qu’il veut, les refoulements restent une violation du droit international.

      Jan Brzozowski, chercheur et spécialiste des migrations

      « Les migrations sont une nouvelle fois utilisées pour des raisons politiques, analyse le Polonais Jan Brzozowski, chercheur à l’université d’économie de Cracovie et spécialiste des migrations. Mais le Parlement polonais peut voter ce qu’il veut, les refoulements restent une violation du droit international. Ces mesures n’ont donc aucune valeur à l’extérieur de la Pologne. On n’attend pas du gouvernement qu’il accepte toutes les demandes d’asile mais que la loi internationale soit respectée, donc que les migrants qui se présentent à notre frontière, même illégalement depuis le Belarus, soient autorisés à déposer une demande de protection et qu’elle soit étudiée sérieusement. »

      Pour Agnès Callamard, secrétaire générale d’Amnesty International, ce scénario ressemble fort au conflit né entre la Grèce et la Turquie il y a quelque temps. « Le Belarus utilise sa frontière avec la Pologne pour mettre l’Europe dans une situation difficile, en permettant à qui en a l’envie de rentrer sur le territoire sans visa. C’est ainsi que des Afghans ou des Irakiens prennent l’avion pour Minsk et entrent, à l’aide de passeurs ou autrement, sur le territoire polonais. Cela fait partie des intentions de Loukachenko d’utiliser la pression migratoire pour mettre une pression politique sur l’Europe, qui a émis beaucoup de sanctions à l’égard de son régime », souligne-t-elle.

      Problème : l’instrumentalisation de la question migratoire par les deux pays engendre une situation catastrophique à la frontière, en particulier dans cette zone de non-droit où nul ne peut accéder. Déjà sept personnes ont perdu la vie depuis l’été et nombre d’observateurs ont constaté des cas d’hypothermie, de maladies liées à l’environnement de vie, de mal ou non-nutrition.

      « Il faut imaginer une zone de 400 kilomètres de long et 3 kilomètres de large, en état d’urgence, où les seules personnes habilitées à y être sont les garde-frontières. Une zone forestière où il n’y a rien, où l’on ne peut se protéger du froid et où l’on n’a pas à manger. Les réfugiés qui y sont coincés n’ont pas le droit de la traverser pour aller sur le reste du territoire polonais, au risque d’être renvoyés dans cette zone ou d’être repoussés vers le Belarus. Ces push back, sans prise en compte de leur situation individuelle, sont illégaux au regard du droit international. Mais finalement tout est illégal, y compris le fait de les bloquer dans cette zone sans leur apporter une aide humanitaire », résume Agnès Callamard, experte des droits humains, qui rappelle la responsabilité du gouvernement polonais dans ces multiples violations du droit international.

      Les gens boivent l’eau des marais, certains tombent malades.

      Anna Alboth, membre de l’ONG Minority Rights Group

      Anna Alboth, membre de l’ONG Minority Rights Group, estime qu’environ 5 000 personnes seraient aujourd’hui parquées dans cette forêt, au milieu des marécages et des animaux sauvages, sans ressources pour survivre. « On ne peut pas parler d’un afflux, ces mesures sont disproportionnées », relève Agnès Callamard. « Les gens boivent l’eau des marais, certains tombent malades. Les gens ne connaissent pas la géographie des lieux et ne sont pas habitués au froid. Plusieurs migrants nous ont raconté qu’ils n’avaient pas mangé ni bu pendant des jours. Nous, on est juste des travailleurs humanitaires, personne ne nous a préparés à patrouiller en forêt à la recherche de personnes cachées pour leur donner une simple bouteille d’eau », regrette Anna Alboth, qui vient de passer plusieurs semaines à la frontière, rencontrant des groupes de femmes seules, des familles, des enfants, venus pour la plupart de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (Congo, Nigéria), du Kurdistan irakien, de Syrie et du Yemen.

      Si quelques habitants tentent d’aider les migrants sur place, une majorité d’entre eux, rapporte Anna Alboth, appellent la police pour dénoncer leur présence aux abords de la forêt, répondant aux conseils des policiers. « Ils font du porte-à-porte pour inviter les gens à dénoncer les migrants, en affirmant qu’ils sont dangereux et en leur conseillant de bien fermer leurs fenêtres et porte d’entrée le soir. Ils affirment aussi transférer les migrants dénoncés vers des centres d’accueil où ils peuvent demander l’asile, ce qui est faux. 95 % d’entre eux n’en ont pas la possibilité et sont refoulés. »

      Une« propagande » également dénoncée par le chercheur Jan Brzozowski, qui rappelle qu’un programme scandaleux a été diffusé récemment en Pologne, insinuant que les migrants détenaient du matériel illégal sur leurs téléphones comme du contenu pédopornographique, ou étaient des sympathisants de l’État islamique. « Un mensonge total visant à manipuler les gens. La population adhère à la propagande du gouvernement polonais et n’est pas suffisamment informée. Elle ignore ce qu’il se passe à la frontière. »

      L’idée d’une “invasion” prépare la population à accepter le pire des agissements.

      Agnès Callamard, secrétaire générale d’Amnesty International

      À ses yeux, l’une des priorités serait de « sensibiliser » les Polonais sur la réalité du terrain, car le gouvernement polonais actuel accorde une « importance forte » à l’opinion publique. « Cela doit passer par le peuple. Le soutien, même symbolique, des ONG travaillant sur les droits humains à travers le monde peut aussi aider. Quant à l’idée de sanctions au niveau européen, je crois que ce serait contreproductif : on voit bien comment les relations avec l’Union européenne se détériorent dans un contexte où la Pologne espère gagner en autonomie. »

      Jeudi 7 octobre, le Tribunal constitutionnel polonais a rendu une décision venant contester la primauté du droit européen (lire ici notre entretien). Au Parlement européen, mardi 19 octobre, les députés ont appelé la Commission européenne à « utiliser tous les outils à sa disposition pour défendre les citoyens polonais » et à lancer des procédures d’infraction envers la Pologne.

      La dynamique actuelle aux frontières entre la Pologne et le Belarus rejoint, pour Agnès Callamard, ce que l’on voit ailleurs dans le monde et en Europe concernant les migrations : la symbolique de « l’invasion » s’installe dans les esprits, propagée par les milieux de droite et d’extrême droite. Et tant pis si des personnes (y compris des enfants) « meurent de faim ».

      « La majorité des Polonais est d’accord pour que le gouvernement prenne ces mesures, note la secrétaire générale d’Amnesty International, qui revient d’un séjour en Pologne. On n’arrête pas de les bombarder de messages insinuant que le pays est envahi et que s’il ne fait rien, cela aboutira à la même situation qu’en 2015. L’idée d’une “invasion” prépare la population à accepter le pire des agissements. On voit cela partout en Europe, où l’on essaie d’habituer les gens à déshumaniser les réfugiés. Et ça marche. »

      https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/201021/entre-la-pologne-et-le-belarus-les-migrants-abandonnes-dans-une-zone-de-no

    • Video shows Polish guards using tear gas to push back migrants

      A group of migrants stuck at the Belarusian-Polish border trying to cross the border barrier has been repelled by guards using tear gas, the Polish Border Guard said. Up to 15,000 migrants and refugees could be stranded in the border region between the two countries.

      A group of migrants stuck on the Polish-Belarusian frontier for weeks tried to break through the border barrier, according to the Polish Border Guard.

      Near the village of Usnarz Gorny, six people threw wooden logs onto the barbed wire fence in an effort to topple it, the agency said in a tweet on Wednesday (October 20) that included a video of the incident. The migrants also threw stones at border guards and soldiers, the tweet added. Some were equipped with axes and pliers, it said.

      https://twitter.com/Straz_Graniczna/status/1450830048035024903

      Border guards used tear gas to stop the migrants, which can be seen in the last 15 seconds of the video. Nevertheless, 16 of them eventually forced their way into Polish territory but were pushed back to the other side of the border, according to the agency.

      It is important to note that the information provided by the Polish Border Guard cannot be independently verified because Poland has imposed a state of emergency in the border region. Journalists and aid workers are not allowed in.

      Over the past few months, thousands of mainly Middle Eastern migrants have been trying to reach the European Union via Belarus. They chose paths to EU member states Lithuania, Latvia and Poland. According to news agency dpa, around 15,000 migrants have gathered at the Polish-Belarusian border since then. The Lithuanian government on Wednesday spoke of a total of 6,000 to 7,000 who could be waiting at the EU external border with Belarus.

      Read more: Germany mulls sanctions to stop migration from Belarus amid growing concern over rights violations
      Geopolitical conflict

      The governments of Poland and other EU countries as well as EU institutions have repeatedly accused Belarusian ruler Lukashenko of allowing people from countries like Iraq and Lebanon to travel toward the bloc’s external borders via Belarus to put pressure on the EU and sow division. On Wednesday, Germany’s interior minister, Horst Seehofer, accused Belarus of organizing human trafficking, calling it a form of “hybrid threat by weaponizing migrants.”

      Underlying the recent spike in irregular migrant arrivals to the EU via Belarus is a complicated geopolitical conflict. In May, Lukashenko’s security forces diverted a Ryanair plane with a Belarusian activist on board flying from Greece to Lithuania. As a result, the EU imposed sanctions on Belarus.

      In return, Lukashenko indicated that Belarus could retaliate by loosening border controls for irregular, western-bound migrants as well as drug trafficking.

      On Wednesday, the body of a Syrian was found in a river in the border region between Poland and Belarus. It was the eighth recorded migrant death since the beginning of the surge in arrivals. Amnesty International, the Council of Europe and others have repeatedly criticized member Poland for its treatment of migrants at the border with Belarus.

      https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/35949/video-shows-polish-guards-using-tear-gas-to-push-back-migrants

      #Usnarz_Gorny #push-backs #refoulements

    • Freezing to death: the migrants left to die on the Poland-Belarus border – video
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uassRA0qF-s

      Migrants are dying in Poland’s forested border with Belarus, as the countries are locked in a geopolitical standoff. Polish authorities accuse Belarus of deliberately abandoning migrants near its border in an attempt to destabilise the EU because the bloc imposing sanctions on Belarus after its disputed election.

      Poland has responded by declaring an emergency zone, forbidden to journalists and activists, where it is believed that, hidden from sight, they are illegally forcing people seeking asylum back over the border instead of processing applications. We follow Piotr Bystrianin, an activist trying to locate desperate migrants in the woods before the border guards do.

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2021/oct/22/freezing-to-death-the-migrants-left-to-die-on-the-poland-belarus-border

      #froid

  • 27.12.2016, jeune migrant décédé à Vintimille, renversé par un train

    Il 27 dicembre 2016 un giovane migrante viene travolto da un treno mentre stava attraversando i binari sulla linea ferroviaria Ventimiglia-Cannes nella galleria della #Mortola, a Ventimiglia. All’arrivo dei soccorritori e della Polfer, l’uomo era ancora vivo: morirà durante i tentativi di rianimazione per le profonde ferite riportate.

    https://www.riviera24.it/2021/08/migranti-a-ventimiglia-tante-tragedie-al-confine-con-la-francia-712753

    #Italie #France #frontière_sud-alpine #migrations #réfugiés #frontières #décès #mort #mourir_aux_frontières #Vintimille
    –—

    ajouté au fil de discussion sur les morts à la frontière de Vintimille :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/784767

    lui-même ajouté à la métaliste sur les morts aux frontières alpines :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/758646

  • Un migrant meurt électrocuté à la frontière italo-française (29.08.2021)

    Un jeune Bangladais de 17 ans est mort dimanche près de Vintimille, à la frontière italo-française. L’adolescent a été électrocuté alors qu’il était monté sur un train en direction de la France.

    Il avait 17 ans et était originaire du Bangladesh. Un jeune homme est mort dimanche 29 août en début d’après-midi à la frontière italo-française, a indiqué l’agence de presse italienne Ansa (https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/34723/young-migrant-electrocuted-on-train-roof-near-italyfrance-border). Il avait tenté d’atteindre la France en montant sur le toit d’un train depuis la ville frontalière de Vintimille quand il a été électrocuté.

    Le corps de l’adolescent a été récupéré par les pompiers et emmené à la morgue après l’alerte donnée par le conducteur du train. Le maire de la ville de Vintimille, Gaetano Scullino, s’est rendu sur les lieux du drame et a exprimé sa « grande consternation face à cette tragédie ».

    Pour éviter d’autres accidents, l’édile a demandé à la ligne ferroviaire italienne de mettre en place une « équipe pour contrôler les trains à l’arrivée et au départ de Vintimille, en collaboration avec la police des chemins de fer ».

    Des milliers de migrants tentent chaque année de rejoindre la France depuis l’Italie voisine, en montant dans des trains ou en marchant le long des voies ou de l’autoroute. Ces tentatives de traversée de la frontière peuvent parfois être fatales. Ces dernières années, au moins 20 exilés sont morts dans cette zone frontalière.
    Une traversée risquée

    En 2016 notamment, plusieurs décès avaient été recensés. En septembre de cette année-là, les autorités françaises avaient découvert le corps sans vie d’un migrant sous un viaduc de l’autoroute A8, à proximité de la frontière. Le mois suivant, une Érythréenne de 17 ans avait été renversée par un camion au bord d’une autoroute, près de Menton, en France. En décembre, un Algérien de 25 ans avait perdu la vie, renversé par un train non loin de Vintimille, alors qu’il traversait les voies de chemin de fer.

    Pour atteindre la France depuis l’Italie, d’autres personnes empruntent un itinéraire différent, via les Alpes. Mais là aussi, franchir cette frontière naturelle est très risquée et provoque des drames. En juin, une enquête avait été ouverte pour « disparition inquiétante » après plusieurs heures de recherches infructueuses près de Briançon pour retrouver un migrant soudanais. Le jeune homme, dont le groupe s’est perdu pendant deux jours en montagne sans eau ni nourriture, aurait basculé dans une pente en tentant d’échapper à la police.

    https://www.infomigrants.net/fr/post/34747/un-migrant-meurt-electrocute-a-la-frontiere-italofrancaise

    –—

    ajouté au fil de discussion sur les morts à la frontière de Vintimille :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/784767

    lui-même ajouté à la métaliste sur les morts aux frontières alpines :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/758646

    • Young migrant electrocuted on train roof near Italy-France border

      A 17-year-old migrant who was trying to reach the border with France on a train’s roof in the area of Peglia, a town near Ventimiglia in Italy, was electrocuted. At least 20 migrants have died in just a few years while trying to cross the border with France.

      He was 17 and came from Bangladesh. His was headed to France but he died on the roof of a French train in Italy. The incident occurred in the early afternoon of Sunday, August 29, inside a tunnel in the area of Peglia, near the border city of Ventimiglia (Imperia).

      The driver stopped the train in a desperate attempt to save the teen’s life after he saw him jump on the roof as soon as the train departed from the station of the border town.

      When rescuers recovered the teen’s body, they found a paper with his date of birth and nationality and a request to report to a police station. The 17-year-old had climbed onto a rail car and got too close to the power line, rescuers said.
      ’Huge dismay for this tragedy’

      The youth’s body was recovered by firefighters. Railway traffic with France was shut down for over an hour during the operation. The teen’s body was taken to the morgue. Along with firefighters, forensic police, Polfer railway police and rescuers, Ventimiglia Mayor Gaetano Scullino rushed to the scene, expressing “huge dismay for this tragedy”.

      He asked Italian railway line RFI for “the stable presence of a company team to control trains arriving and departing from Ventimiglia, in collaboration with railway police.”
      20 ascertained deaths in the last few years

      At least 20 migrants have been reported dead in just a few years as they were attempting to cross into France. One of them was a 17-year-old Eritrean, Milet Tesfamariam, who died after she was run over by a truck on October 9, 2016 inside a highway gallery just a few meters from Menton.

      Exactly a month before, French authorities discovered the body of another migrant who was found dead under a viaduct of the A8 highway near the French-Italian border.

      Another fatality reported in 2016, on October 22, involved a foreigner who was run over by a car as he was crossing the A8 highway in Menton.

      On December 23 the same year, a 25-year-old Algerian man died when he was run over by a train in Latte, near Ventimiglia, as he was trying to reach France on foot, walking along the tracks.

      Another migrant died in the same way a few days later, run over by a train as he was crossing the tracks of the railway line connecting Ventimiglia to Cannes, inside the Mortola gallery in Ventimiglia.

      Thousands of migrants each year attempt to cross the border through Col de Mort, the so-called ’death pass’, climbing onto rail cars or walking along tracks or the highway. Many rely on traffickers who abandon them in the moment of danger after they are paid a large sum for a trip that, too often, has no end.

      https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/34723/young-migrant-electrocuted-on-train-roof-near-italyfrance-border

  • 21.10.2016 Un jeune migrant tué sur l’autoroute près de Menton

    C’est l’une des routes d’entrée vers la France et l’espoir d’un monde meilleur. Un jeune migrant d’origine africaine a été tué samedi dans la nuit sur l’autoroute A8 à proximité de Menton (Alpes-Maritimes) après avoir été percuté par une voiture et être tombé d’un viaduc, selon Nice-Matin. C’est le troisième à mourir sur cet axe rapide depuis début septembre.

    Projeté par-dessus le parapet

    L’identité de la victime n’a pas encore pu être établie et l’enquête a été confiée à la gendarmerie. L’accident s’est produit vers une heure du matin lorsqu’une automobiliste se dirigeant vers l’Italie a percuté la personne au sortir d’un tunnel, avant le viaduc de Sainte-Agnès. Le jeune homme a été projeté par dessus le parapet et son corps, retrouvé par les secours en contrebas.

    Selon les gendarmes, plusieurs personnes avaient déjà été signalées en début de nuit sur cette portion d’autoroute empruntée par les migrants pour passer clandestinement d’Italie en France, certaines ayant été récupérées et emmenées au poste de la police aux frontières.

    En septembre dernier, ce même viaduc avait déjà été le lieu d’un accident mortel lorsqu’un migrant, à la vue d’une patrouille de gendarmerie, avait sauté sans voir le vide en dessous. Plus récemment, le 7 octobre, une jeune Erythréenne de 17 ans avait été tuée sur la même autoroute, mais côté italien, après avoir été percutée par un poids lourd.

    https://www.leparisien.fr/faits-divers/un-jeune-migrant-tue-sur-l-autoroute-pres-de-menton-22-10-2016-6240525.ph

    –-> événement qui date de 2016, sauvegardé ici pour des raisons d’archivage

    –-> selon cette source c’est le 22.10.2016 :

    Another fatality reported in 2016, on October 22, involved a foreigner who was run over by a car as he was crossing the A8 highway in Menton.

    https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/34723/young-migrant-electrocuted-on-train-roof-near-italyfrance-border

    #Vintimille #asile #migrations #réfugiés #morts #mourir_aux_frontières #frontière_sud-alpine #France #Italie

    –—

    ajouté au fil de discussion sur les morts à la frontière de Vintimille :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/784767

    lui-même ajouté à la métaliste sur les morts aux frontières alpines :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/758646

  • Bangladeshi migrant found dead near Slovenia-Croatia border (04.12.2021)

    The body of a migrant from Bangladesh has been found in Slovenia near the border with Croatia. Police say it is the first such death in this part of the border region.

    Police in the town of Koper, on Slovenia’s Adriatic coast, said that the dead body of a 31-year-old man was found on Saturday, December 4, in the Dragonja Valley, between the Dragonja and Sečovlje border crossings in southwest Slovenia.

    The man’s documents were found near his body. Police said that he was a Bangladeshi citizen and that the Embassy of Bangladesh had been informed.

    An autopsy was ordered to determine the cause of the man’s death, but initial information indicated that he died of hypothermia a day before he was found, a spokesperson from the Koper Police Department told InfoMigrants.

    While deaths of migrants have been recorded in the past on the Croatia-Slovenia border, this was the first known fatality in this region of the Dragonja valley, the spokesperson said.

    https://gw.infomigrants.net/media/resize/my_image_big/71cb065e843a6e5644c551b93e81d801ed828d63.jpeg

    Border patrols

    Slovenian police, supported by the army, are deployed along the 670-km border with Croatia. Border surveillance of irregular migrants is conducted with the help of mounted police, dogs and technical equipment such as drones, thermographic cameras and helicopters.

    The interior ministry announced in 2020 that drones were increasingly being used to monitor the movements of migrants from above. “When migrants try to flee being apprehended, they run in several directions and drones make it easier for police officers to follow and apprehend them,” the ministry said in an article published online in June, 2020.

    Migrants usually “avoid populated areas and travel at night, using forest paths and remote terrain, while they spend the day resting in hidden-away locations,” the ministry continued.

    “Most of them use GPS navigation on smartphones in airplane mode, which prevents them being traced ... Illegal migrants very quickly adapt to police measures and frequently change both their routes and border crossing methods.”

    The police spokesperson in Koper confirmed that border patrols and surveillance have continued during the past 18 months.

    Both Croatia and Slovenia are members of the European Union, but Croatia is outside the Schengen visa-free area.

    There are thousands of migrants trapped in the Balkan states, unable to cross national borders to continue their journeys. Many are sleeping rough in cold winter weather.

    https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/37038/bangladeshi-migrant-found-dead-near-sloveniacroatia-border

    #Croatie #Slovénie #asile #migrations #réfugiés #frontière_sud-alpine #Alpes #montagne #décès #mort

    –—

    Ajouté à cette métaliste des morts à la frontière Slovénie-Croatie :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/811660

    Elle-même ajouté à la métaliste des morts dans les Alpes :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/758646

  • 29.08.2021 : Ventimiglia : tenta di raggiungere la Francia sul tetto del treno, migrante morto folgorato


    –-> photo : https://www.ansa.it/liguria/notizie/2021/08/29/ventimiglia-migrante-folgorato-su-locomotore-treno-francese_b4a58aa4-fef3-400f-

    Tragedia lungo la ferrovia italo-francese poco dopo la stazione di Ventimiglia dove un uomo, che era salito sul tetto di un convoglio passeggeri diretto in Francia, è rimasto folgorato. E’ successo intorno alle 11.30 di questa mattina; dalle prime informazioni si tratterebbe di un migrante, che stava cercando di passare il confine nascosto sul tetto di un treno. Sul posto, dopo l’ultima galleria ferroviaria di Ventimiglia, sono intervenuti i vigili del fuoco, la Polfer e la polizia scientifica.Il treno coinvolto è un convoglio francese. Nel tratto i cavi dell’alta tensione arrivano ai 1500 volt e per l’uomo non c’è stato nulla da fare, è morto sul colpo. La circolazione ferroviaria italiana non ha subito variazioni, quella francese è rimasta bloccata per permettere i rilievi e intorno alle 13.44 è stato riattivato un binario.

    https://www.rainews.it/dl/rainews/articoli/Ventimiglia-migrante-folgorato-su-treno-francese-85169024-5a6a-41f9-abeb-b6d

    #mourir_aux_frontières #frontière_sud-alpine #asile #migrations #réfugiés #mort #suicide #décès #Alpes #Vintimille #Italie #France #frontières
    –—

    ajouté au fil de discussion sur les morts à la frontière de Vintimille :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/784767

    lui-même ajouté à la métaliste sur les morts aux frontières alpines :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/758646

    • Young migrant electrocuted on train roof near Italy-France border

      A 17-year-old migrant who was trying to reach the border with France on a train’s roof in the area of #Peglia, a town near Ventimiglia in Italy, was electrocuted. At least 20 migrants have died in just a few years while trying to cross the border with France.

      He was 17 and came from Bangladesh. His was headed to France but he died on the roof of a French train in Italy. The incident occurred in the early afternoon of Sunday, August 29, inside a tunnel in the area of Peglia, near the border city of Ventimiglia (Imperia).

      The driver stopped the train in a desperate attempt to save the teen’s life after he saw him jump on the roof as soon as the train departed from the station of the border town.

      When rescuers recovered the teen’s body, they found a paper with his date of birth and nationality and a request to report to a police station. The 17-year-old had climbed onto a rail car and got too close to the power line, rescuers said.
      ’Huge dismay for this tragedy’

      The youth’s body was recovered by firefighters. Railway traffic with France was shut down for over an hour during the operation. The teen’s body was taken to the morgue. Along with firefighters, forensic police, Polfer railway police and rescuers, Ventimiglia Mayor Gaetano Scullino rushed to the scene, expressing “huge dismay for this tragedy”.

      He asked Italian railway line RFI for “the stable presence of a company team to control trains arriving and departing from Ventimiglia, in collaboration with railway police.”
      20 ascertained deaths in the last few years

      At least 20 migrants have been reported dead in just a few years as they were attempting to cross into France. One of them was a 17-year-old Eritrean, Milet Tesfamariam, who died after she was run over by a truck on October 9, 2016 inside a highway gallery just a few meters from Menton.

      Exactly a month before, French authorities discovered the body of another migrant who was found dead under a viaduct of the A8 highway near the French-Italian border.

      Another fatality reported in 2016, on October 22, involved a foreigner who was run over by a car as he was crossing the A8 highway in Menton.

      On December 23 the same year, a 25-year-old Algerian man died when he was run over by a train in Latte, near Ventimiglia, as he was trying to reach France on foot, walking along the tracks.

      Another migrant died in the same way a few days later, run over by a train as he was crossing the tracks of the railway line connecting Ventimiglia to Cannes, inside the Mortola gallery in Ventimiglia.

      Thousands of migrants each year attempt to cross the border through Col de Mort, the so-called ’death pass’, climbing onto rail cars or walking along tracks or the highway. Many rely on traffickers who abandon them in the moment of danger after they are paid a large sum for a trip that, too often, has no end.

      https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/34723/young-migrant-electrocuted-on-train-roof-near-italyfrance-border?previ

  • Six countries urge EU to continue Afghan deportations

    Stopping deportations would “motivate even more Afghan citizens to leave their home,” the six states say. Afghan authorities have asked deportations to stop until October.

    Six EU countries have asked the European Commission not to stop the deportations of unsuccessful asylum migrants back to Afghanistan as thousands flee the Taliban’s takeover.

    Ministers from Germany, Austria, Belgium, Greece, Netherlands and Denmark said “stopping returns sends the wrong signal and is likely to motivate even more Afghan citizens to leave their home.”

    The move follows a plea from the Afghan Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation on July 8 to stop EU returns of its nationals for three months during the current resurgence of the Taliban.
    What did the letter say?

    The letter signed by the six states said that more moves should be made on the ground to support Afghanistan and neighboring countries rather than halt deportation from the EU.

    “We fully recognise the sensitive situation in Afghanistan in light of the foreseen withdrawal of international troops,” said the joint statement.


    https://twitter.com/kmlvrmln/status/1424646282505822210

    It recognized that there were 4.6 million Afghans that had already been displaced by the conflict with 570,000 asylum applications from the country lodged in the EU since 2015.

    “In view of of the expected likelihood that Afghanistan will continue to be a significant source of irregular migration to the EU, we would like to underline the importance of returning home those without genuine protection needs,” said the six countries.

    They urged “the Commission to intensify talks with the Afghan government on how returns to Afghanistan can and will be continue in the coming months.”

    EU countries have come under increasing attack from human rights groups for the decision to continue returning unsuccessful asylum applicants. On August 3 the European Court for Human Rights ruled not to send one of these migrants back to Afghanistan at least until the end of August.

    “That regions of a country are not safe does not mean that each national of that country automatically is entitled to protection,” added Belgium’s secretary for asylum and migration, Sammy Mahdi.
    What has the EU said?

    A spokesman for The European Commission said: "At an EU level there isn’t a list of countries considered safe relating to asylum applications or for returns.

    “It’s up to each member state to assess... the country of origin and the

    situation of the person concerned,” he said.

    But a senior EU official said on Tuesday that it wants to avoid “a massive flow of migration from Afghanistan.”

    According to the official, 80% of deportations to the war-torn country are “voluntary.”

    The official said the situation in the Middle Eastern country is “challenging” although it is not yet “desperate” in that it still had a solid government unlike Syria and Iraq in past refugee crises.

    But the EU was concerned about fighting stifling the arrival of humanitarian aid in the country, Doctors without Borders (MSF) said on Tuesday that the situation has “deteriorated” to the point that some cities have “medical facilities on the front lines.”
    What is the situation in Afghanistan?

    By Tuesday the Taliban had taken six Afghan provincial capitals forcing thousands to move to Kabul and other safer areas.

    The insurgents, who want to establish Sharia law in the country, are now looking to take Mazar-i-Sharif, the largest city in the north of Afghanistan.

    Its fall would mean an area that has voiced strongest opposition to the Taliban could now be out of government control.

    The US, which aims to withdraw all its troops by the end of August, has sent a special envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad to Qatar to try to get a ceasefire with the Taliban.

    But Pentagon spokesman John Kirby admitted there was “not much” the US could do but trust the Afghan government forces to turn the tide.

    “Taliban forces advancing in Ghazni, Kandahar, and other Afghan provinces have summarily executed detained soldiers, police, and civilians with alleged ties to the Afghan government,” said Human Rights Watch on August 3.

    With the Taliban advancing through the country at an alarming rate, experts believe more revenge killings could be on the way.

    https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/34221/six-countries-urge-eu-to-continue-afghan-deportations

    #Afghanistan #renvois #expulsions

    Et voilà, encore une fois, apparaître la belle #rhétorique de l’#appel_d'air :

    Stopping deportations would “motivate even more Afghan citizens to leave their home,” the six states say.

    ping @isskein @karine4

    • Six EU countries want to keep forced return of Afghans despite Taliban offensive Access to the comments

      At least six EU countries insist that the forced deportation of migrants back to Afghanistan continues despite the Taliban’s alarming gains in recent weeks.

      Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, and the Netherlands wrote to the European Commission claiming that halting returns "sends the wrong signal and is likely to motivate even more Afghan citizens to leave their home for the EU.’’

      Adalbert Jahnz, the Commission’s spokesman for home affairs explained that “it’s up to each member state to make an individual assessment of whether the return is possible in a specific set of circumstances, that needs to take into account the principles, notable the principle of rule of law and other fundamental rights.”

      “But it’s not something that the EU specifically regulates,” he added.

      The call by the six member states comes a week after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) urged Austrian authorities not to proceed with the expulsion of an Afghan national until late August at the earliest because of “a clear risk of irreparable harm to the complainant”.

      Afghanistan had in July urged Europe to stop deportations for three months, as Finland, Sweden and Norway had done, due to the deteriorating security situation on the grounds.

      Taliban insurgents have captured five out of the country’s 34 provincial capitals in less than a week in a relentless campaign against government forces.

      They have been emboldened by the withdrawal of US and NATO troops from the country.

      Cities claimed by the Taliban include strategically important Kunduz in the north that has transport links to many other cities including the capital Kabul.

      Afghan security forces, which have been backed, trained, and financed with billions of dollars in a 20-year-long Western military effort that included many EU countries, appear unable to cope with the offensive.

      https://www.euronews.com/2021/08/10/six-eu-countries-want-to-keep-forced-return-of-afghans-despite-taliban-off

      #réfugiés_afghans #asile #migrations #réfugiés #retour #renvois #expulsions
      #Austriche #Belgique #Danemark #Allemagne #Grèce #Pays_Bas

      #machine_à_expulser

    • Réfugiés afghans : l’hypocrisie européenne

      La plupart des pays de l’Union européenne ont attendu le dernier moment pour suspendre les expulsions d’Afghans venus demander l’asile sur leur sol. Alors que les talibans ont pris le pouvoir à Kaboul, les vingt-sept ministres des affaires étrangères se réunissent en urgence ce mardi pour décider des suites à donner à leur action. Accueillir dignement les exilés déjà arrivés sur leur sol serait un premier pas en matière de solidarité.

      https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/160821/refugies-afghans-l-hypocrisie-europeenne#at_medium=custom7&at_campaign=104

  • A German Court Has Recognised Not All EU Countries Are Safe For Refugees

    A court in the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia has ruled in favour of two asylum seekers, one from Somalia and the other Mali, whose asylum applications had been rejected because they came into the EU via Italy. The court has decided that, because they could expect inhumane or degrading treatment if sent back to Italy, their asylum claims should be heard in Germany.

    The ruling is significant, as it shakes up some of how asylum processing happens in the EU.

    Under perhaps one of the more well-known EU migration laws, the Dublin regulation, member states are allowed to send people back to the first EU country they were registered in. It’s a complicated process, and not without criticism. Asylum seekers and their advocates don’t like it because it denies agency to an asylum seeker who in theory has the right to claim asylum in the country of their choice (or, more specifically, is not obliged to do so in the first “safe” country they land in). “Frontline” states on the EU border such as Italy, Greece and Hungary don’t like the regulation either, because it unfairly places the burden for humanitarian accommodation on them, while Northern member states can admit people as and when they want to.

    Germany previously suspended its participation in the process during the political crisis around migration to Europe in 2015 and 2016, at a time when around a million refugees made their way to Germany. The regulation has since come back however, and continues to cause confusion and misery for many refugees.

    Now, with this ruling, the North Rhine-Westphalia court has thrown an obstacle in the way of this process. Both men had had their asylum applications rejected by regional courts because they were already registered in Italy (technically speaking, the Somali man had already been recognised as a refugee in Italy, while the Malian man had yet to receive any protection). For both men, however, a removal back to Italy would have meant likely destitution, as neither had much prospect of finding housing, support or employment. Their asylum claims, therefore, should be heard in Germany.

    The ruling acknowledges something many refugee advocates have been saying for a long time. Just because an asylum seeker or refugee finds herself in a country that is relatively safer than the region they came from, that does not mean they are in fact free from danger, poverty or destitution just because they are in any given EU state.

    This is a relevant issue in a number of countries, not just Italy and Germany. Greece, for instance, is considered by many people to be an unsafe country for some refugees, as the Greek authorities have been observed abusing refugees as well as forcing them further back into dangerous regions, violating the international principle of non-refoulement.

    The conversation is salient in the U.K. as well, at a time when prominent anti-immigrant voices are decrying people crossing the English channel from “safe” France in order to claim asylum. The U.K. human rights advocate Daniel Sohege has repeatedly pointed out all the reasons a refugee may not feel safe in France, even though the average Brit might:


    https://twitter.com/stand_for_all/status/1292467258221002756
    The U.K. has in any case withdrawn from the Dublin system, but the government is actively pursuing measures to prevent more people arriving in the U.K., including a controversial bill to make it illegal to seek asylum when arriving by “irregular” means (i.e., arriving without already having an entry permit).

    The court in the German case has ruled out a further appeal, though the government could still lodge a complaint against the ruling to be heard at the federal level.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/freylindsay/2021/07/30/a-german-court-has-recognised-not-all-eu-countries-are-safe-for-refugees
    #Dublin #asile #migrations #réfugiés #COI #Italie #renvois_Dublin #pays_sûr #France

    ping @isskein @karine4

    • Forced return to Italy unlawful, German court rules

      A German court has decided that two African asylum seekers may not be returned to Italy where they had first sought protection, due to the hardship they would face there. It’s not the first time that German courts have ruled against such forced returns within Europe.

      The Higher Administrative Court (OVG) of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) has prohibited the forced returns of two asylum seekers from Somalia and Mali to Italy out of concern over the prevailing living conditions they’d have to endure in Italy.

      There was a “serious danger” that the two men, one Somali and one Malian, would not be able to meet their “fundamental needs” like accommodation and food, the court in the city of Münster said on Thursday (July 29).

      According to the judges, the Somali had already been recognized as a refugee in Italy. The Malian had applied for asylum in Italy before traveling onwards to Germany.

      As a result, Germany’s Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) had rejected both their asylum applications as inadmissable and ordered a return to Italy. The men then filed two separate claims against the BAMF decision.
      ’Inhumane and humiliating treatment’

      In its ruling, the court cited the prevailing Italian system for refugees, which stipulates that accommodation and provision is only granted to particularly vulnerable people like the sick or families with children in reception facilities.

      No access to accommodation and work for a longer period of time, however, would mean that the two men would end up in a situation of extreme material hardship, independent of their will and their personal choices, the court said.

      As a result, the two men would face “the serious danger of inhumane and humiliating treatment” in a member state of the European Union, the court argued further. The ruling could not be appealed, the judges said. However, the authorities can file a complaint against this decision at Germany’s federal administrative court.
      Similar decisions

      This week’s ruling is not the first time a German court prevented asylum seekers from being forcibly returned to another EU country.

      In April, a court in the state of Lower Saxony ruled that two sisters from Syria who received protection status in Greece cannot be deported from Germany. The court said the human rights of the women would be put at risk if they were returned to Greece.

      In a similar case, a court in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) in January found that two refugees threatened with deportation to Greece would be at serious risk of inhumane and degrading treatment if they were to be sent back.

      A slightly different case took place back in 2019, when a Munich court decided that Germany must take back a refugee who was stopped on the border and deported to Greece. The court argued that proper procedure under German law had not been followed.

      https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/33990/forced-return-to-italy-unlawful-german-court-rules