• Migrations : l’agence européenne #Frontex mise en cause pour des #refoulements en mer

    Des investigations menées par plusieurs médias dénoncent les pratiques illégales des #gardes-frontières_grecs impliquant parfois l’agence européenne de surveillance des frontières.

    Une enquête de plusieurs médias, dont le magazine allemand Spiegel, affirme que Frontex, l’agence européenne de surveillance des frontières, est impliquée dans plusieurs incidents de refoulement en mer de bateaux de demandeurs d’asile traversant la mer Egée entre la Turquie et la Grèce.

    Les investigations menées « montrent pour la première fois que les responsables de Frontex sont conscients des pratiques illégales des gardes-frontières grecs – et sont en partie impliqués dans les refoulements eux-mêmes », écrit le Spiegel dans un article disponible en ligne samedi 24 octobre.
    Les journalistes assurent avoir documenté six cas survenus depuis avril en mer Egée dans lesquels des équipes de Frontex ont au minimum assisté sans réagir à des refoulements vers la Turquie de bateaux de réfugiés se trouvant dans les eaux grecques, une pratique illégale. Dans un cas, en juin, une vidéo montre un navire de Frontex bloquant un bateau de réfugiés, puis, dans une autre scène enregistrée, passant devant le bateau de réfugiés à grande vitesse avant de quitter les lieux.

    Des dizaines de vidéos, d’images satellites, de récits comparés

    Outre le Spiegel, les recherches ont été menées par un magazine de la chaîne allemande ARD, le collectif de journalistes Lighthouse Reports, la plate-forme d’investigations Bellingcat et la chaîne de télévision japonaise TV Asahi. Les auteurs expliquent avoir comparé des « dizaines » de vidéos, d’images satellites, de récits de témoins oculaires, dont des réfugiés et des employés de Frontex. L’agence européenne de surveillance des frontières a engagé plus de 600 agents en Grèce, une des portes d’entrée de l’Union européenne, ainsi que des bateaux, des drones et des avions, selon l’article.

    Frontex n’a pas commenté les cas précis soulevés par la recherche, explique le Spiegel, mais a déclaré que ses agents étaient liés par un code de conduite en matière de droits de l’homme et respectaient l’interdiction des refoulements. Sans mentionner l’article, Frontex a annoncé vendredi soir sur son compte Twitter avoir été « en contact avec les autorités grecques à propos d’incidents en mer ces derniers mois » et qu’Athènes avait ouvert une « enquête interne ». Frontex agit « dans le respect des droits fondamentaux et de la loi internationale », souligne l’agence sur Twitter.
    Le gouvernement conservateur grec a toujours rejeté les allégations de refoulements illégaux à ses frontières dont font régulièrement état plusieurs organisations non gouvernementales.

    https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2020/10/24/migrations-l-agence-europeenne-frontex-mise-en-cause-pour-des-refoulements-e
    #asile #migrations #réfugiés #frontières #push-backs #refoulements #Mer_Egée #Grèce #Turquie

    ping @isskein @karine4

    • Frontex at Fault : European Border Force Complicit in ‘Illegal’ Pushbacks

      Vessels from the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex, have been complicit in maritime “pushback” operations to drive away refugees and migrants attempting to enter the European Union via Greek waters, a joint investigation by Bellingcat, Lighthouse Reports, Der Spiegel, ARD and TV Asahi has found.

      Open source data suggests Frontex assets were actively involved in one pushback incident at the Greek-Turkish maritime border in the Aegean Sea, were present at another and have been in the vicinity of four more since March.

      Although Frontex assets were not at the immediate scene of those latter four incidents, the signature of a pushback is distinctive, and would likely have been visible on radar, with visual tools common on such vessels or to the naked eye.

      The Greek Coast Guard (HCG) has long been accused of illegal pushbacks.

      These are described by the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), a legal and educational non-profit, as incidents where refugees and migrants are forced back over a border without consideration of individual circumstances and without any possibility to apply for asylum or to put forward arguments against the measures taken.

      In the Aegean Sea, pushbacks generally occur in two ways. The first type is the most common: Dinghies travelling from Turkey to Greece are blocked from landing on Greek soil by the HCG. This could mean either physically blocking the dinghy until it runs out of fuel, or disabling the engine. After the engine no longer works the dinghy can then either be pushed back into Turkish territorial water with waves, or towed if the wind is not favourable.

      The second type of pushback is employed when people have managed to land on Greek soil. In this case they are detained, placed in a liferaft with no means of propulsion, towed into the middle of the Aegean Sea and then abandoned.

      Pushbacks will often result in standoffs between the HCG and Turkish Coast Guard (TCG), both of which will standby, refusing to aid dinghies in distress and carrying out unsafe manoeuvres around them.

      The role of Frontex assets in such incidents, however, has never been recorded before.

      Dana Schmalz, an international law expert at the Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg said the incidents highlighted in this investigation were likely “illegal” and “violate the prohibition of refoulement and maritime law.” The prohibition of refoulement refers to rules banning the forcible return of refugees or asylum seekers and is described by the UN Refugee Agency as a “rule of customary international law.”

      Schmalz added that if Frontex personnel stopped an overcrowded dinghy of the type seen in footage documented during this investigation, they would be obliged to rescue its occupants immediately. “If they don’t do that, even make waves [or] instead drive away and then let the Greeks do the dirty work – then they are involved in the illegal pushback.”

      Despite being presented with numerous examples of the practice, a spokesperson for the Greek Maritime Ministry Greek denied claims of pushbacks, describing allegations of illegal actions relating to the incidents documented in this article as “tendentious.” They added that HCG officers act in compliance with the country’s international obligations.

      Frontex said that the host states it works with have the final say in how operations on its territory or search and rescue zone are carried out. However, it added that Frontex had notified HCG which confirmed an internal inquiry had been launched into each of the reported incidents. Yet Frontex did not say when it notified HCG or when the inquiry had begun.

      On July 24, the director of Frontex, Fabrice Leggeri, told the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) at the European Parliament that the agency had observed and recorded just a single incident which may have been a pushback in the Aegean.

      Our investigation — which looked at the presence of Frontex assets in the Aegean Sea and observed their movements over many months — appears to contradict that assertion.

      This was despite the difficulty in tracking many Frontex assets because their transponder information was either not registered, not turned on, or was out of range. As such, we were only able to view a snapshot of Frontex operations.

      Frontex, an agency of the European Union, is tasked with border control of the Schengen Area. Its activities in the Aegean are called Operation Poseidon.
      How we Recorded Pushbacks: Identification of Assets

      There were two main steps to establishing that Frontex had participated in pushback operations. The first was to identify what assets had been deployed in Operation Poseidon. The second was to establish whether these assets had participated in pushback operations.

      The first step was carried out using open sources. These included social media posts, vessel tracking sites and information published by Frontex itself. We were also able to establish the number of personnel and assets present in the operational area thanks to questions asked in the European Parliament.

      According to this response, Operation Poseidon has 185 personnel, one offshore patrol vessel (OPV), eight coastal patrol boats (CPB), one coastal patrol vessel (CPV), four thermal vision vehicles (TVV) and three patrol cars.

      There is also a “Rapid Border Intervention”, which contains additional assets on top of those dedicated to Operation Poseidon. This includes 74 personnel, two CPBs, two CPVs, one helicopter and three TVVs.

      In total we used open sources to identify 22 assets, including vessels, helicopters and planes, which operated in the Aegean during 2020. Although this is more than the total given in the answer to parliamentary questions above, some of these assets were rotating in or out of theater.
      Tracking Assets

      Some assets featured regularly on the open source record. For example, Romanian and Bulgarian vessels regularly transit through the Bosphorus strait, where there is an active ship-spotting community. As such it was possible to identify their operational rotations, including vessels heading to and returning from deployments roughly every three months. However, other assets were more difficult to track, and their presence on the open source record consisted of a single image or video.


      https://twitter.com/YorukIsik/status/1262417193083510784

      In order to track these assets and identify if they had participated in pushbacks, we required far more data than was available on social media. As such, we turned to AIS and transponder data, publicly available information about the location of particular ships or aircraft, available through sites such as Marine Traffic or Flight Radar 24.

      Many of the assets we identified either did not have their information publicly listed, or appeared to only turn on their transponders under certain circumstances, such as when in port. This made them extremely difficult to track. However, some assets did have their transponders on. We began to collect this data, buying additional, more granular data from ship and flight tracking companies on dates when pushbacks had been reported.

      We combined this tracking data with our own database of reported pushbacks, which we obtained through both public reports and information collected by NGOs such as Consolidated Rescue Group (CRG), Monitoring Rescue Cell (MRC) and Alarm Phone, who track these events. These included the coordinates of reported pushback events, frequently sent by the occupants of the dinghies. By overlaying these datasets we identified multiple pushback incidents in which Frontex assets were in the vicinity. Once we had identified these priority incidents we could then examine the specifics of what had happened.
      Incidents

      Using this data we identified six pushback incidents since March in which Frontex assets were either in the vicinity or participated directly. We have separated these into four “proximity incidents,” where Frontex assets were within five kilometers of the incident, and two “confirmed incidents,” where we can be certain that Frontex were present at the site of pushbacks themselves.
      Proximity Incidents

      April 28-29: In an incident we have previously reported, a group of refugees and migrants made landfall on Samos. They claim they were then detained, placed in a life-raft without any means of propulsion and towed into the middle of the Mycale Strait. A surveillance plane overflew the area twice while this pushback took place.

      June 4: Two dinghies were reported to have been pushed back from Northern Lesbos. Portuguese vessel Nortada appears to have been present around 15 kilometers from the first incident and just over one kilometer away from the second.

      June 5: A dinghy was reported to have been pushed back from Northern Lesbos. Portuguese vessel Nortada was approximately two to three kilometers away.

      August 19: A dinghy was reported to have been pushed back from Northern Lesbos. Portuguese vessel Molivos was five kilometers away and appears to have changed course and headed towards the pushback before its transponder either lost signal or was turned off.

      In these cases, Frontex assets were recorded as being within a certain range, rather than participating directly. Their exact knowledge of what was happening at these distances is difficult to confirm. Operation Poseidon’s mission includes a significant number of tasks requiring surveillance, and its assets are able to use both radar and visual tools, such as low-light or infrared cameras, to observe the environment around them.

      For example, we know that the Molivos is equipped with an FLIR camera similar to this one seen on another Portuguese Frontex vessel. This model is capable of x36 magnification, with low light and infrared cameras.

      The boats that migrants use to make this crossing are very basic, inflatable rubber dinghies several meters long with a single outboard motor. Due to their construction, it is unlikely that these boats would be visible on radar. However, pushbacks don’t just involve a single dinghy. By their definition they must involve at least one other vessel. From images and videos of pushbacks we have reviewed, it is clear that they often involve multiple ships from both the Greek and Turkish coast guards.

      As stated above, ships from both Greece and Turkey will frequently attempt to push the dinghies across the sea border using waves. These vessels manoeuvre in a circular pattern at a relatively high speed close to the dinghy. This manoeuvre is not only dangerous because of the risk of collision, the waves it generates also represent a threat to the overcrowded and often fragile dinghies.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8BdEHtBWp4&feature=emb_logo

      As such, although a dinghy itself may not show up on radar, the signature of a pushback would. Multiple large and small vessels from both TCG and HCG, some of which are carrying out unusual manoeuvres in order to create waves, would be very difficult to miss. Indeed you can even see this kind of event from space.

      There’s also the matter of visual range. The same factors that make a pushback visible on radar will also make it visible to the eye or other visual systems such as surveillance cameras. Even at a range of a few kilometers in calm seas and good conditions, a dinghy would likely be visible, although exact details such as the nature of its passengers might not be. The other aspects of pushbacks which we have already described would also certainly be visible.

      The case of the April 28-29 pushback is a good illustration of surveillance assets passing very close to the results of a pushback.
      April 28

      In an incident previously covered by Bellingcat, a group of 22 migrants who landed on Samos were detained by Greek law enforcement. They were then placed on a life raft without any means of propulsion, and towed into the middle of the Mycale Strait by the Greek coast guard. In response to our request for comment at the time, the Greek government denied these people had ever reached Greek territory, despite witness statements, images, and videos showing this had in fact happened.

      As the life raft was floating in the strait, a private sureveillance plane passed over the area twice at 5,000 feet, once at 02:41 AM and once at 03:18 AM. This plane, G-WKTH, belongs to DEA Aviation, which provides aerial surveillance services to Frontex. In a promotional video from Frontex, it is claimed these feeds are live-streamed back to the Frontex HQ in Warsaw

      The plane is reportedly equipped with an MX-15 camera, which has both low-light and infrared sensors. Considering this plane is specifically employed for aerial surveillance, it would be surprising if it did not identify the life raft full of people and, according to one member of this group, the presence of Greek and later Turkish vessels.

      Indeed, the Frontex executive director’s response to the LIBE committee of the European Parliament indicates this may have been the incident Frontex reported as having seen. In this reply a “Serious Incident Report (‘SIR’) was created based on a sighting of an incident by aerial surveillance where people were transferred on a rubber boat from a vessel and later on rescued by Turkish authorities.
      Active incidents

      In two cases on June 8 and August 15, it seems certain that Frontex was aware of pushbacks as they took place. Indeed, on June 8, it appears that a Frontex vessel participated in a pushback, physically blocking a dinghy from reaching Greek territory.

      We will first address the incident on August 15, where a Frontext vessel was present at the scene of a pushback, before examining the June 8, where a Frontex asset appears to have participated in a pushback.
      August 15

      On the morning of August 15 there were reports of a confrontation between the Greek and Turkish coast guards. As well as multiple photos posted to social media by locals, this was also reported as a pushback by CRG, MRC, Alarm Phone and Aegean Boat Report.

      CRG and MRC also posted videos from people on this dinghy, with CRG’s video showing an engine without a starter cord, claiming it had been taken by the Greek Coast Guard. In the videos, the dinghy is surrounded by vessels from both the Greek and Turkish coast guards. We have previously noted that disabling the motor of dinghies is a tactic that has reportedly been used by the Greek Coast Guard.

      Most of the images of this incident are taken from a distance, making identification of the vessels difficult. However, we were also sent an image of this confrontation that is very clear. In this image we can clearly see the presence of MAI1102, a Romanian border forces vessel which had just arrived in theater.

      The metadata of this image is consistent with the date and time of this incident. Indeed, the ships can be seen arrayed in almost exactly the same manner in a video filmed by the people on the boat.

      Although it is not possible to be certain of exactly how far away MAI1102 is from this pushback, we can see that it is certainly within visual range of the confrontation and the dinghy itself.
      June 8

      On the morning of June 8 a pushback was reported to have taken place, again off the north-east coast of Lesbos. The Turkish coast guard reported it rescued 47 migrants after a pushback by the Greek Coast Guard that day. Footage published by Anadolu Agency appeared to show the Romanian Frontex vessel MAI1103 blocking a dinghy.

      We investigated this incident further, obtaining other videos from the TCG, as well as tracking data of vessels that appeared to be in the vicinity at the time, such as the NATO ship, Berlin. Using these sources we were able to reconstruct what happened.

      After initially trying to cross under the cover of darkness, the dinghy was intercepted and physically blocked from proceeding by MAI1103 early in the morning.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoNJXY3pa_U&feature=emb_logo

      We can see the exact time and a set of coordinates in one of the videos we obtained.

      We plotted the coordinates visible on the screen as they changed. It became clear these were not the location of the vessel with the camera, but rather the location of the dinghy and MAI1103.

      We can visually confirm the general location by comparing a panoramic view that is visible in one of the videos against the appearance of the landscape from the coordinates which appear on the camera feed.

      We can now start to build a picture of what happened that morning.

      We can see that the dinghy was extremely close to MAI1103, and is being physically blocked by the ship. Indeed the two vessels are close enough that it appears that personnel on MAI1103 are communicating with people in the dinghy.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qD_I--2LPA&feature=emb_logo

      At one point MAI1103 makes a pass close to the dinghy at enough speed to generate waves, a maneuver that previously only HCG and TCG have been seen making. It is especially dangerous due to the overloaded and unseaworthy nature of the dinghies.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iUm1_e2R6A&feature=emb_logo

      Eventually HCG vessels arrive and MAI1103 leaves, resulting in a standoff between the TCG and HCG. This lasted several hours and gradually moved to the north-west, observed by the NATO ship Berlin.

      During this period the dinghy was approached at least twice by a rigid-hulled inflatable boat 060 (RHIB) from the HCG.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WODSvxnmoc&feature=emb_logo

      In what appears to be the final segment of video taken at about 09:30 AM we see the TCG radar screen, which can be exactly matched with the Turkish coast. This radar screen matches perfectly with the location and heading of the Berlin at this time, as we can see by overlaying a plot of the Berlin’s course with the radar screen.

      As well as matching the movement of vessels to AIS data, we can further verify that these videos are from the same incident by examining the passengers in the dinghy. We can see that in the earliest videos, showing the MAI1103 with the dinghy, there is clearly a person wearing a white hood, alongside someone who appears to be wearing a reddish top. The presence of these passengers helps to verify that all these videos are indeed from the same incident on June 8.

      In the final stage of the pushback at 10:30 AM it is possible to see the Portuguese Frontex vessel Nortada within 5 km with both AIS data and on the TCG radar screen. The Nortada had been in that vicinity since at least 09:11 AM that morning. Although it may not have been able to pick up this dinghy on its radar, it would have certainly been within visual range of the larger ships surrounding it. After the pushback, the Nortada continued its patrol off North Lesbos.

      Conclusion

      Over the course of this investigation we collected a huge amount of information on Frontex activities in the Aegean Sea. Most of Frontex’s assets were impossible to track because their transponder information was either not registered, not turned on, or was out of range. As such, we were only able to view a snapshot of Frontex operations.

      Despite this limited view, we still managed to identify multiple instances in which Frontex was either present at pushbacks, or close enough to be able to understand what was taking place. In at least one incident it appears that a Frontex vessel actively participated in a pushback. It is possible that there are other incidents we have not been able to capture.

      In a statement provided in response to this investigation, Frontex stated that it applies “the highest standards of border control to its operations” and that its officers are bound by a code of conduct that looks to prevent refoulement and to uphold human rights.

      The statement continued that Frontex’s executive director had notified the HGC regarding all reported incidents and that Greek authorities confirmed that an internal inquiry had been launched.

      A spokesperson for the Greek Maritime Ministry said the actions of HCG officers were “carried out in full compliance with the country’s international obligations, in particular the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea and the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue.”

      The spokesperson added that thousands of migrants had been rescued throughout the refugee crisis of recent years by the HCG, that allegations of illegality were “tendentious” and that the “operation practices of the Greek authorities have never included such [illegal] actions.”

      https://www.bellingcat.com/news/2020/10/23/frontex-at-fault-european-border-force-complicit-in-illegal-pushbacks

      #forensic_architecture #architecture_forensique

    • EU Border Agency Frontex Complicit in Greek Refugee Pushback Campaign

      Greek border guards have been forcing large numbers of refugees back to sea in pushback operations that violate international law. #DER_SPIEGEL and its reporting partners have learned that the European Union is also complicit in the highly controversial practice.

      Jouma al-Badi thought he was safe when he first set foot on European soil on April 28. Together with 21 other refugees, he had been taken in a rubber dinghy from Turkey to the Greek island of Samos. The young Syrian planned to apply for political asylum. He documented his arrival in videos. Local residents also remember the refugees.

      Greek security forces captured the migrants. Under international law, it is their duty to give the new arrivals a hearing and field their applications for asylum. Instead, according to al-Badi, the officers dragged them back out to sea and released them on an inflatable rubber raft. Videos obtained by DER SPIEGEL also show him on the raft.

      For an entire night and a morning, Greek border guards kept pushing the men and women away as their raft floated around in circles. The Turkish coast guard filmed the maneuver.

      An aircraft used by the European border protection agency Frontex also passed over the refugees. The crew of the surveillance plane, with the registration identifier "G-WKTH,” were part of a European Union operation in Greece. The plane twice flew over the Strait of Mykali, where al-Badi and the other migrants were located. According to flight data that has been viewed by DER SPIEGEL, the first flight happened at 2:41 a.m. and the second at 3:18 a.m.

      The plane’s crew has a standard MX-15 camera on board with an infrared sensor and a sensor for poor lighting conditions. Even at night, the sensors are capable of detecting small objects on the water. According to a Frontex promotional video, the camera images are streamed live to Frontex headquarters in Warsaw, Poland. But Frontex didn’t send any help.

      The waves struck the Syrian in the face. He eventually ran out of strength and thought he was going to die.

      The Greek government denies it conducted pushbacks of refugees to Turkey, even though DER SPIEGEL and other media have fully documented several of these operations, known as pushbacks. Greek border guards are growing increasingly ruthless. As in the case of al-Badi, they are now pushing even refugees who have reached the Greek isles back to sea in operations that are illegal under international law.

      Frontex officials have publicly claimed that they know nothing about pushbacks by Greek border guards. The agency has 600 employees deployed in Greece as well as ships, drones and aircraft.

      Together with Lighthouse Reports, Bellingcat, "Report Mainz” — a program on ARD, the German public broadcaster — and Japanese broadcaster TV Asahi, DER SPIEGEL spent several months reporting in the Aegean Sea region. The reporters tracked the positions of Frontex units and compared them with position data from pushbacks recorded by NGOs and migrants. They interviewed witnesses, refugees and Frontex staff. They viewed internal documents and dozens of videos and satellite photos.

      Their research proves for the first time that Frontex officials know about the Greek border guards’ illegal practices – and that the agency itself is at times involved in the pushbacks. Breaking the law has become an everyday occurrence at Europe’s borders, and the EU is allowing it to happen.

      Samira Mohammad could already see Lesbos when the men with the masks arrived. The Syrian woman, who does not want to provide her real name, is 45 years old. That morning of August 15, she was sitting in a rubber dinghy with dozens of other people. She recalls how Greek border guards tried in vain to stop the arrivals and how they steered toward the boat repeatedly and pushed it back toward Turkey multiple times. She says the Turkish coast guard held them off. Locals even have a name for the cynical game: "Greek water polo.”

      Mohammad claims the Greek officials took their gasoline and destroyed the engine. And that masked Greek border guards then boarded the dinghy. Several refugees claim that they forced the migrants to tie the shaky rubber dinghy to a speedboat at gunpoint. The border guards then towed the boat toward Turkey. Videos corroborate the statements made by the refugees, and the destroyed engine is clearly visible.

      Mohammad said she was scared to death during those moments. Her entire family had been onboard, including her pregnant daughter-in-law, who was later hospitalized with severe bleeding.

      The maneuver off the coast of Lesbos lasted hours, and the Turkish Navy didn’t rescue the refugees until noon.

      A Romanian Frontex boat was also on site that morning. The MAI 1102 was located only a few hundred meters away from the refugee boat. The boat can be clearly identified in a photo. A German navy ship on a NATO mission that observed the incident reported it to the German government. It also stated that Frontex people had been present. This is documented in an internal paper that has been obtained by DER SPIEGEL. Nevertheless, this pushback has never been revealed publicly before now.

      On June 8, Frontex officials went one step further, with the MAI 1103, a ship also flying the Romanian flag. It directly blocked a refugee boat. The incident can be seen in several videos recorded by the Turkish coast guard and verified by DER SPIEGEL. It shows officials standing on the deck, where they are obviously communicating with the refugees floating in the water in front of them.

      Later, the MAI 1103 passes the refugees traveling at high speed, with waves beating against the boat. The Romanian officials then withdrew and the Greek coast guard took over the operation.

      "These pushbacks violate the ban on collective expulsions and international maritime law,” says Dana Schmalz, an expert on international law at the Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg. She notes that if Frontex officials stopped a completely overcrowded inflatable boat, they would be required to rescue the people immediately. "If they don’t do that and even make waves instead, only to drive away and let the Greeks do the dirty work, then they are still involved in the illegal pushback,” she says.

      Reporting by DER SPIEGEL and its partners found that a Frontex surveillance plane or Portuguese or Romanian Frontex ships were near at least six pushbacks in the area since April. The number of undetected cases could actually be much higher.

      The vast majority of Frontex vessels patrol the Aegean Sea with their AIS transponders switched off or untraceable in order to prevent giving away their positions. Their presence can only be verified with difficulty through videos and photos.

      When contacted for comment by DER SPIEGEL, Frontex did not deny the individual incidents, instead stating that the officials protected the fundamental rights of migrants and respected their right to non-refoulement. It further stated that the incidents that had been reported were forwarded to the Greek coast guard, which opened an investigation into the matter. The Greek government gave a blanket denial to the allegations, saying that it complies with the law and does not carry out illegal deportations.

      Under Frontex’s statutes, police officers are required to file so-called Serious Incident Reports to document violations of the law. But people familiar with the situation say that fewer and fewer of these reports are getting filed. The sources said the Frontex border guards, who are sent to Greece from all over Europe, frown upon such reports because they cause trouble for the host country.

      https://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/eu-border-agency-frontex-complicit-in-greek-refugee-pushback-campaign-a-4b6c

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      en allemand :
      https://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/fluechtlinge-frontex-in-griechenland-in-illegale-pushbacks-verwickelt-a-0000

  • Turquie, La répression se poursuit contre le HDP

    Le vendredi 25 septembre, une nouvelle vague d’arrestations a frappé le HDP (Parti démocratique des peuples). Dans sept provinces de Turquie, 82 personnes ont été arrêtées, parmi lesquelles des maires, des ancien·ne·s député·e·s et des militant·e·s. Ceci sous le prétexte qu’ils·elles avaient participé à une manifestation de soutien à la ville de Kobané, au Kurdistan syrien, en 2014. Pour rappel, la cité était alors assiégée par les djihadistes de l’État Islamique. De plus, ils·elles sont accusé·e·s de « tentative de coup d’État moyennant les réseaux sociaux ».

    https://entreleslignesentrelesmots.blog/2020/10/24/ceci-est-une-chanson-damour

    #international #turquie #kurdistan

  • « On n’a plus rien à vendre » : au Maroc, la crise sanitaire met un coup d’arrêt à la contrebande
    https://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2020/10/20/on-n-a-plus-rien-a-vendre-au-maroc-la-crise-sanitaire-met-un-coup-d-arret-a-

    Les commerçants du souk Joutia, dans le quartier de Derb Ghallef, à Casablanca, affichent une mine dépitée. L’endroit, réputé pour son marché informel et ses contrefaçons, a beau grouiller de monde, Mohamed est inquiet : « Au début de la crise sanitaire, nous avons écoulé les stocks qui nous restaient, confie-t-il devant son échoppe de matériel électronique. Puis nous avons augmenté les prix sur certaines marques qu’on ne trouve pas dans le circuit formel. Aujourd’hui, nous n’avons plus rien à vendre. »
    Avec la fermeture des frontières marocaines, le 13 mars, à cause de la pandémie de Covid-19, le transport de marchandises non déclarées s’est brutalement arrêté. Comme seules les lignes commerçantes officielles ont pu continuer d’opérer, les produits de contrebande ont petit à petit disparu des étalages des commerçants. Une absence qui a révélé, en creux, l’ampleur considérable d’un trafic qui pèse 20 milliards de dirhams par an (environ 1,8 milliard d’euros), selon les douanes marocaines.
    Pendant des années, les marchandises de contrebande qui passaient par les enclaves espagnoles de Ceuta et Melilla, au nord du Maroc, ont inondé les marchés : agroalimentaire, textile, produits d’hygiène, matériel électronique, pièces automobiles… Des épiceries aux grandes surfaces en passant par les ateliers automobiles et les salons de beauté, on en trouvait partout.
    « Je faisais venir mes produits d’Europe et de Turquie via des transporteurs informels. Soyons honnêtes : la contrebande est au cœur du système. Le Covid-19 nous a montré à quel point tous les commerces en étaient dépendants », reconnaît la patronne d’un salon de coiffure à Casablanca, où une grande partie des produits en vente sont « en rupture de stock ». Si la plupart des entreprises agroalimentaires se sont tournées vers des producteurs locaux ou des sociétés d’importation officielles, beaucoup de commerçants ne parviennent pas à réformer leur modèle d’approvisionnement. « Je serai obligée d’augmenter le tarif de certaines prestations, explique la cheffe d’entreprise. Sans parler des produits qu’on ne trouve pas en dehors du marché noir. On ne sait pas si la situation est définitive ou non, on attend. »
    A Rabat, l’administration des douanes avait pourtant promis de mettre définitivement fin au trafic. En octobre 2019, le pays avait décidé pour la première fois de fermer Bab Sebta, un des deux points de passage frontalier qui séparent les enclaves espagnoles du Maroc. C’est là que s’opère le « commerce atypique », selon la terminologie officielle : Rabat ne reconnaissant pas la souveraineté de l’Espagne sur ces entités, il n’existe pas de douane commerciale entre les deux territoires et le sol marocain. Les marchandises venues d’Europe par voie maritime passent de l’Espagne au royaume chérifien sans contrôle, exemptées de taxes à payer, le plus souvent par l’intermédiaire de « femmes mulets » portant sur leur dos les marchandises, parfois au péril de leur vie. Ce trafic, juteux, est né il y a plusieurs décennies. « Une poignée de mafieux ont exploité le filon et organisé un réseau de transport de marchandises au noir », raconte le directeur général de l’Administration des douanes et impôts indirects (ADII), Nabyl Lakhdar, à Rabat : « Au début, les produits étaient essentiellement vendus localement, dans les régions du nord. Petit à petit, les contrebandiers ont réussi à les faire descendre. Evidemment, le trafic a attiré dans la région beaucoup de gens qui cherchaient un travail pour survivre. »

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#maroc#espagne#turquie#europe#trafic#economieinformelle#sante#crisesanitaire#frontiere

  • #Haut-Karabakh le conflit entre Arméniens et Azéris - #Dessous_des_cartes

    Depuis la fin du mois de septembre, l’#Arménie et l’#Azerbaïdjan s’affrontent dans des combats meurtriers. Drones, chars, armes anti-aériennes, bombardement de cibles civiles : le différend qui oppose les deux pays depuis de nombreuses années ressemble de plus en plus à une véritable guerre. C’est le contentieux autour de la question du Haut-Karabagh qui a précipité le conflit.

    Cette zone montagneuse à majorité arménienne enclavée en plein Azerbaïdjan cristallise en effet les tensions entre les deux États. Mais comment le Haut-Karabagh a-t-il hérité d’une situation géographique si particulière ? Pourquoi l’Arménie et l’Azerbaïdjan entretiennent des relations aussi conflictuelles ? Quel est le rôle joué par les puissances régionales turque, russe et iranienne dans les événements actuels ? Doit-on encore craindre une aggravation de la situation ?

    https://youtu.be/QIsIvWuiBM4

    #Haut_Karabakh #Caucase #Turquie #Erdogan #Russie #Iran

  • Quand les scientifiques deviennent des dissidents politiques
    Ahmed Abbes, Michel Broué, Chandler Davis, Adrien Deloro, Ivar Ekeland, Michael Harris, Masha Vlasenko, Scientific American, le 16 octobre 2020
    https://www.aurdip.org/quand-les-scientifiques-deviennent.html

    Trois cas à travers le monde mettent en évidence les dangers de remettre en cause le statu quo : le mathématicien turc #Tuna_Altınel, le doctorant russe en mathématiques #Azat_Miftakhov et l’astrophysicien palestinien #Imad_Barghouthi .

    #Science #Politique #Justice #Injustice #Turquie #Russie #Palestine

  • Les Turcs, et pas seulement leur président, ont un vrai sentiment d’injustice sur la répartition des richesses en Méditerranée

    https://www.franceculture.fr/geopolitique/gaz-la-turquie-veut-sa-part-des-richesses-de-la-mediterranee

    ... La Turquie est donc le plus grand pays de Méditerranée orientale en termes d’accès à la mer.

    Sauf que ces eaux territoriales ne dépassent pas quelques kilomètres. La façade maritime turque, surtout sur la mer Egée, est très étroite, limitée par l’énorme chapelet d’iles grecques, une sorte de mur à ses portes. Exemple type : Kastellorizo, caillou de 9 km2, à 550 kms d’Athènes et à 2 kilomètres de la Turquie. Mais du coup, les eaux sont grecques.

    Pas étonnant que la Turquie regarde cette situation comme une aberration au regard de la géographie.

    Même thème traité ici
    https://seenthis.net/messages/875584

    #Turquie #Grèce #Erdogan #gaz #Mediterranée

    Organiser des négociations entre les deux pays serait la seule chose raisonnable à faire (ce qu’il me semble, avait commencé à initier Angela Merkel), plutôt que de vendre des armes à la Grèce (qui s’était déjà surendettée en achetant des rames) comme le fait Micron.

  • Arrestations en Turquie : Déclaration de la Coordination Nationale Solidarité Kurdistan

    La Turquie franchit un nouveau pas dans la répression. Vendredi 25 septembre, 82 militants et militantes du HDP (Parti Démocratique des Peuples) ont été arrêtés sur ordre du Président Erdogan, parmi celles-ci l’ancien député Sirri Sûreyya Önder, Aylan Bilgen, maire de la ville de Kars et de nombreux cadres de ce parti.
    Le HDP fait l’objet d’une répression implacable depuis de nombreuses années.

    https://entreleslignesentrelesmots.blog/2020/10/04/arrestations-en-turquie-declaration-de-la-coordination-

    #international #turquie #kurdistan

  • Doctors accused of terrorism flee Turkey by hundreds | Ahval

    Turkey has seen a total of 7,929 deaths due to COVID-19 since the coronavirus pandemic was first seen in the country in mid-March, while 702 doctors have petitioned certificates of good standing to be able to work abroad in 2020, Turkish Medical Association (TTB) Secretary General Bülent Nazım Yılmaz said in the top medical body’s annual congress on Saturday.

    #Covid-19#Turquie#Seconde_vague#Pandémie#Santé#medecins#mobilité#Exil_politique#migration

    https://ahval.me/turkey-coronavirus/doctors-accused-terrorism-flee-turkey-hundreds

  • Niκoς Smyrnaios
    @smykos
    https://twitter.com/smykos/status/1306933539498348544

    J’ai écrit une tribune dans @humanite_fr
    pour dénoncer l’escalade militaire entre la #Turquie et la #Grèce et la course aux hydrocarbures à l’est de la Méditerranée qui conduit inévitablement au conflit et à la dégradation de l’environnement


    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EiMpHfwXgAEPRby?format=jpg&name=large

    Grèce-turquie. Éviter le scénario catastrophe
    Vendredi 18 Septembre 2020
    PAR Nikos Smyrnaios Maître de conférences en sciences de l’information et de la communication
    https://www.humanite.fr/grece-turquie-eviter-le-scenario-catastrophe-693761
    #Grèce_Turquie

  • A Décines, dans la banlieue de #Lyon, l’ombre des « #Loups_gris », des ultranationalistes turcs, sur les #Arméniens
    Par Christophe Ayad // REPORTAGE // Publié hier à 10h15, mis à jour hier à 11h09

    Dans cette ville de la métropole de Lyon, le groupuscule a semé la panique, le 24 juillet, au cours d’un rassemblement arménien. Son leader, Ahmet Cetin, originaire d’Oyonnax (Ain), devait comparaître, jeudi, devant le tribunal de Bourg-en-Bresse.

    Le 24 juillet, au cœur d’un été déjà chargé, la France a échappé, sans même s’en rendre compte, à un drame qui aurait pu déchirer encore un peu plus le tissu fragile d’une société effilochée. A Décines, dans la banlieue de Lyon, des manifestants ultranationalistes turcs ont semé la panique dans une manifestation pro-arménienne, provoquant une réelle inquiétude dans une communauté installée dans la commune depuis bientôt un siècle et n’ayant jamais subi ce genre d’agression.

    Décines, c’est une « petite #Arménie » entre Rhône et Saône. Sur 28 000 habitants, la commune compte aujourd’hui 5 000 Arméniens, dont un nombre important de nouveaux venus arrivés d’Arménie pour des raisons économiques et de Syrie ou d’Irak à cause des guerres. Au tout début des années 1920, la Lyonnaise de la soie artificielle est à la recherche de main-d’œuvre : un recruteur grec part à Thessalonique, où il embauche directement dans un camp de réfugiés des rescapés du génocide arménien. Dès 1932, la Maison de la culture arménienne ouvre ses portes, ainsi que, la même année, une église en face. Le long de la même rue, un monument en mémoire du génocide arménien de 1915 est inauguré en 1972, sur la place de la Libération. C’est le premier en Europe.

    La même rue, rebaptisée « rue du 24-Avril-1915 » – jour du déclenchement du #génocide –, accueille également le Centre national de la mémoire arménienne (CNMA). C’est au pied du mémorial et tout près du CNMA que se tenait le rassemblement du 24 juillet. « Nous avions appelé à une manifestation pacifique et statique de solidarité avec l’Arménie agressée militairement par l’Azerbaïdjan », précise Sarah Tanzilli, 35 ans, membre du Comité de défense de la cause arménienne (CDCA).

    « Tirs de mortiers »
    Dans la nuit du 12 au 13 juillet, en effet, des heurts militaires ont opposé Erevan et Bakou, en conflit depuis 1991 sur le sort du Haut-Karabakh, une enclave peuplée d’Arméniens en territoire azerbaïdjanais. Pour la première fois, les accrochages se matérialisent par une incursion azerbaïdjanaise en territoire arménien, et non pas dans la seule région contestée du Haut-Karabakh. « Etant donné notre histoire, nous ne pouvons qu’être inquiets lorsque la sécurité de l’Arménie est menacée », plaide Sarah Tanzilli. D’autant que la Turquie est un soutien indéfectible de l’Azerbaïdjan, turcophone, face à l’ennemi arménien.

    Quarante-huit heures avant la manifestation, un appel à une contre-manifestation est lancé sur les réseaux sociaux par Ahmet Cetin, une figure connue de la scène nationaliste turque de France, qui multiplie propos à l’emporte-pièce et déclarations d’allégeance au président turc, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Le jeune homme est originaire d’Oyonnax (Ain), où la communauté turque, souvent originaire d’Isparta, est réputée pour ses idées nationalistes.

    Le jour dit, les manifestants turcs débarquent en ville vers 18 h 30. Ils sont entre 50 et 150, selon les différentes sources. Sur la place de la Libération, quelque 500 Arméniens commencent leur rassemblement à 19 heures. A peine Sarah Tanzilli prononce quelques mots au micro qu’éclatent des « tirs de mortiers » – en fait, des pétards agricoles dont la déflagration est en effet effrayante. Ils ne causent aucun dommage, mais les manifestants sont terrorisés, d’autant que, sur les réseaux sociaux, plusieurs sonnent l’alerte aux Loups gris. Ce groupuscule paramilitaire ultranationaliste (MHP) sévit depuis les années 1970, tantôt avec l’accord tacite, voire les encouragements, du pouvoir turc, tantôt à son insu, contre « les gauchistes », les Kurdes et tous ceux qui dénigrent la grandeur turque.

    Comme l’atteste une vidéo qu’Ahmet Cetin a mise en ligne, certains manifestants sont masqués, arborent l’insigne des Loups gris et font le signe de ralliement du mouvement avec leurs doigts en joignant le pouce, le majeur et l’annulaire, l’index et l’auriculaire dressés pour former le profil et les oreilles d’un loup. Sur cette même vidéo, ils scandent, en turc : « Nous sommes le commando turc ! »

    D’après plusieurs témoins, que Le Monde n’a pas pu rencontrer, ces manifestants étaient armés de couteaux et de barres de fer. Deux couteaux auraient été retrouvés dans la boîte aux lettres d’un médecin. Les manifestants auraient aussi emprunté l’avenue Jean-Jaurès en criant : « Ils sont où les Arméniens ? », avant de s’en prendre à la boutique du cordonnier Arm-Ian, aux origines évidentes, épargnant son voisin, le kebab, sans savoir qu’il est en fait kurde.

    « Pourquoi la police les a laissés arriver ? »
    Interrogé par Le Monde, le cordonnier raconte : « Ils ont commencé à jeter des pierres et des pétards sur mon magasin. Avec mes amis, je les ai menacés avec un marteau et des outils, et ils se sont enfuis. Puis la police a débarqué et a lancé du gaz lacrymogène. C’est eux qui avaient peur plus que nous. Ce que je ne comprends pas, c’est pourquoi la police les a laissés arriver en ville. Elle sait très bien que Décines est arménien et qu’il allait y avoir des problèmes. »

    En effet, alors qu’une partie de la population se terre chez elle, de jeunes Arméniens sortent pour en découdre et la police doit s’employer à empêcher les deux groupes de s’affronter. Finalement, il n’y aura pas de confrontation directe, ni de blessé. Quatre Turcs arrêtés par la police font l’objet d’un rappel à la loi avant d’être libérés. L’affaire aurait pu en rester là, mais Ahmet Cetin continue de poster des messages inquiétants après la manifestation. Dans l’un d’entre eux, il déclare : « Que le gouvernement [turc] me donne 200 euros et une arme et je ferai ce qu’il y a à faire partout en France. » Il se plaint de la passivité des Turcs de Paris et de Strasbourg, pourtant plus nombreux mais « pas unis et pas soudés ». « A Lyon, nous, on gère », fanfaronne-t-il.

    A Décines, le choc est réel. Jamais la communauté arménienne n’avait été directement ciblée. Même en mars 2006, lorsque le comité Talaat Pacha, une autre officine d’extrême droite turque, avait organisé une grande marche dans le centre de Lyon, avec 3 000 militants venus de toute l’Europe, contre l’inauguration prochaine d’un monument à la mémoire du génocide arménien place Antonin-Poncet. La marche, émaillée de slogans négationnistes et encadrée par un service d’ordre très agressif, avait affronté des groupuscules étudiants d’extrême gauche qui défilaient à l’époque contre le CPE.

    Cagnotte de soutien
    Très rapidement, le CDCA prend un avocat, Me Charles Consigny, et dépose deux plaintes : l’une pour « appels à la haine » et l’autre pour « attroupement en vue de fomenter des violences ». Le parquet se saisit de la première et décide de l’instruire en comparution immédiate. Placé en garde à vue le 17 août, Ahmet Cetin est interrogé par la police puis relâché. Son procès pour « appels à la haine raciale » est fixé dans l’après-midi de jeudi 17 septembre, au tribunal de Bourg-en-Bresse, le plus proche de son domicile.

    Depuis son arrestation, M. Cetin a supprimé ses comptes sur les réseaux sociaux, mais des activistes arméniens ont archivé ses déclarations et vidéos – dont plusieurs nient la réalité du génocide arménien, ce qui, en France, n’est pas puni par la loi. Il a ouvert un nouveau compte Instagram, où sa communication est nettement plus contrôlée. Mercredi, il a appelé ses soutiens à ne pas se rendre au tribunal. En vue du procès, une cagnotte de soutien a recueilli 1 472 euros. Joint au téléphone, Ahmet Cetin, qui risque jusqu’à un an de prison, préfère ne pas s’exprimer avant le procès, tout comme son avocate, Me Marie Audineau.

    De son côté, Jules Boyadjian, président du CDCA et frère de Sarah Tanzilli, souhaite ne pas en rester là et entend obtenir du ministère de l’intérieur la dissolution des Loups gris en tant que « groupement de fait ». Au-delà de Décines et de la communauté arménienne, l’incident du 24 juillet révèle au grand jour l’émergence d’une jeunesse franco-turque radicale islamiste et nationaliste, très minoritaire au sein des 200 000 Turcs de France mais très organisée et active : une jeunesse intolérante, négationniste, antisémite, antikurde et homophobe. « Cette jeunesse, qui a pu se sentir exclue par la société française, ne sort pas de nulle part, explique Pinar Selek, sociologue franco-turque, qui se présente comme « féministe et antimilitariste ». Elle est le fruit d’années de travail et de maillage associatifs. Elle a grandi dans un univers clos fait de cours de langue, de religion, de propagande télévisée et numérique. Ces jeunes ont un grand mépris pour leurs sociétés d’accueil et les valeurs européennes. Erdogan, en réussissant à marier le nationalisme jeune turc et l’islam ottoman, leur a fourni un contre-modèle fort. » Ce phénomène est présent dans toute l’Europe et la France n’y échappe pas. Mais l’alliance, depuis 2017, entre l’islamiste Erdogan et les ultranationalistes du MHP lui donne un tour franchement inquiétant. D’ailleurs, les actes antikurdes se multiplient ces dernières années dans toute l’Europe, y compris la France.

    Culture en vase clos
    L’un des principaux vecteurs de cette culture en vase clos, qui évoque fortement le « séparatisme » contre lequel le gouvernement Castex veut légiférer, est le Ditib, acronyme d’Union turco-islamique des affaires religieuses. Cette administration de l’Etat turc gère les lieux de culte à l’étranger – en Turquie, c’est le Diyanet – avec l’aide d’associations locales inféodées. « Sous Erdogan, le budget du Ditib a explosé, souligne la chercheuse Elise Massicard, politiste au CERI-Sciences Po et spécialiste de la Turquie. Les islamistes turcs ont toujours choyé la diaspora. Depuis qu’ils sont au pouvoir, c’est encore plus le cas. » M. Erdogan a multiplié les meetings en Europe, faisant des Turcs à l’étranger les « ambassadeurs » de leur pays et de sa vision du monde, très belliqueuse depuis cinq ans.

    A Lyon, les opérations de vote aux dernières législatives turques de 2018 ont eu lieu au Ditib et non pas au consulat : 30 000 Turcs ont ainsi défilé en deux semaines dans la zone industrielle… de Décines. « C’est quand même un choix bizarre d’implanter leur mosquée ici alors que les places fortes de l’immigration turque sont Meyzieu et Vaulx-en-Velin », souligne Dany-Claude Zartarian, une élue locale d’origine arménienne. Coincé entre une déchetterie et une banque alimentaire, le Ditib est un gigantesque ensemble de salles de cours, salles de prière, bureaux et entrepôts.

    Comme par hasard, c’est là que s’étaient donné rendez-vous les manifestants turcs le 24 juillet. Interrogés par Le Monde, les responsables du Ditib ne souhaitent faire aucun commentaire en l’absence de leur directeur, « en voyage ». Un employé local, qui ne souhaite pas donner son nom, assure avoir découvert ce rassemblement avec stupéfaction : « Je ne connaissais pas ces têtes. Je leur ai dit que c’était interdit de stationner ici. Je les ai mis dehors et j’ai fermé le portail », explique-t-il. La mise au jour d’une collusion entre cette nouvelle génération de Loups gris en France et l’Etat turc ferait très mauvais genre. Et alimenterait les tensions, déjà très fortes, entre Paris et Ankara, à couteaux tirés sur le dossier libyen et en Méditerranée orientale.

    Christophe Ayad
    Décines-Charpieu (Rhône), envoyé spécial

    https://www.lemonde.fr/societe/article/2020/09/17/l-ombre-des-loups-gris-sur-les-armeniens-de-decines_6052553_3224.html

    #Turquie #ultra_nationalisme #nationalisme

  • Grèce-Turquie : différends frontaliers en mer Égée
    https://visionscarto.net/mer-egee-differends-frontaliers

    Titre : Grèce-Turquie : différends frontaliers en mer Égée. Mots-clés : #Grèce #Turquie #frontières #espace_Schengen #mer_Égée Sources : Andrew Wilson, « The Aegean Question », Adelphi Papers, n° 155, Londres, 1979 ; Jean Touscoz, Atlas Géostratégique, Larousse, Paris, 1988. Apparition(s) : Atlas du Monde diplomatique 2003. Auteur : Philippe Rekacewicz Date de création : 2002 Grèce-Turquie : différends frontaliers en mer Égée. Ph. R., (...) #Collection_cartographique

  • Un rapport de l’#ONU dévoile des exactions systématiques dans les régions kurdes occupées par les Turcs en #Syrie

    Les enquêteurs de la Commission indépendante internationale sur la Syrie décrivent une occupation militaire marquée dans les zones kurdes par des violations organisées des droits humains.

    Par Allan Kaval Publié aujourd’hui à 14h00, mis à jour à 14h26

    Un jour d’hiver, dans un centre de détention installé dans une ancienne école de la ville occupée d’#Afrin, les miliciens stipendiés par la #Turquie de l’Armée nationale syrienne (ANS) ont hurlé à leurs prisonniers kurdes l’ordre de sortir de leurs cellules. Ils les ont réunis dans le hall du bâtiment pour une occasion spéciale, quelque chose de différent des tortures et humiliations routinières auxquelles ils sont habituellement soumis. Une jeune fille mineure capturée dans cette région kurde syrienne venait d’être arrachée de sa cellule et amenée devant eux. La jeune fille était kurde et, sous les yeux des détenus rassemblés, les geôliers l’ont violée, puis violée encore, les uns après les autres, en les forçant à regarder son supplice.

    Cet épisode, dont Le Monde a pu consulter le compte rendu complet, n’est qu’une exaction parmi tant d’autres à avoir retenu l’attention des enquêteurs de la Commission indépendante internationale des Nations unies sur la Syrie. Leur rapport sur la situation des droits humains dans le pays, paru mardi 15 septembre, porte sur des violations documentées par l’ensemble des acteurs du conflit syrien, du régime de Damas aux djihadistes du groupe Hayat Tahrir Al-Cham en passant par les forces kurdes et leurs alliés. Il décrit toutefois avec une autorité jusqu’alors inédite et en profondeur l’ordre de terreur imposé dans les régions kurdes de Syrie passées sous la coupe de la Turquie et de ses supplétifs islamistes syriens début 2018, depuis l’opération « Rameau d’Olivier ». Une source diplomatique turque a indiqué au Monde qu’Ankara n’avait pas pour l’heure de réaction à apporter, rappelant que la Turquie avait coopéré avec les enquêteurs de la commission.

    Menée contre les Forces démocratiques syriennes (#FDS), à dominante kurde, dans la région d’Afrin, cette opération s’est traduite depuis par une situation d’#occupation, reproduite après une deuxième offensive dans le nord-est du pays. Sans précédent, du fait de sa précision et de ses implications, le texte rédigé sous le mandat du Conseil des droits de l’homme des Nations unies souligne la responsabilité d’Ankara dans ces violations graves, et va jusqu’à décrire, en creux, la #Turquie comme la puissance occupante de ces territoires, un statut potentiellement lourd de conséquences.

    Politique d’exactions planifiée
    Ces violations sont commises dans deux territoires distants de près de 300 kilomètres, Afrin et Ras Al-Aïn, qui ont été visés par des offensives turques dans le contexte du conflit qui oppose Ankara au Parti des travailleurs du #Kurdistan (#PKK), dont les FDS ne sont, du point de vue turc, qu’une émanation. Ces deux enclaves passées sous la domination des forces armées turques sont, selon le rapport de la commission d’enquête onusienne, soumises à des exactions similaires, ce qui pointe vers des pratiques systématiques dont les responsables se trouvent à Ankara.

    Pour la première fois, le rapport des #Nations_unies ne se contente pas d’énumérer des actes isolés mais une politique raisonnée dans le cadre de laquelle les exactions visant les populations #kurdes ont été organisées, coordonnées, planifiées. Les enquêteurs notent ainsi des « pillages systématiques » menés par les supplétifs syriens d’Ankara, des confiscations de propriétés, des détentions arbitraires, le déplacement forcé de familles kurdes fuyant « meurtres, menaces, racket, enlèvements, tortures et détentions », sous les yeux – voire avec la coopération – des autorités militaires et civiles turques qui règnent en maître dans cette zone grise, livrée au chaos et au droit du plus fort. Dans son rapport, la commission note ainsi que « les forces turques étaient informées et présentes dans les installations contrôlées par l’ANS où les mauvais traitements des détenus étaient généralisés, y compris lors des sessions d’interrogatoires au cours desquelles des actes de #tortures ont eu lieu ».

    Le #viol comme arme de guerre
    Un trait saillant se dégage par ailleurs des conclusions des enquêteurs onusiens : la guerre systématique que les miliciens syriens soutenus par Ankara mènent aux femmes kurdes dans les régions qu’ils occupent. Le rapport publié mardi a pu ainsi confirmer la pratique endémique du viol et d’autres violences sexuelles comme armes de guerre dans la région d’Afrin par des membres des groupes armés pro-Turcs qui forment l’ANS. Par ailleurs, à Afrin comme à Ras Al-Aïn, « les femmes kurdes (…) ont subi des actes d’intimidation par des membres de brigades de l’ANS, créant un climat généralisé de peur qui les confine dans leur foyer ». Les femmes issues de la communauté yézidie, une minorité religieuse kurdophone et non-musulmane ravagée en Irak par l’organisation Etat islamique, comptent ainsi parmi les plus vulnérables. L’une d’entre elles, enlevée par des miliciens pro-turcs, a ainsi été intimée de se convertir à l’islam lors d’un interrogatoire, d’après les enquêteurs.

    « La région d’Afrin se trouve dans un angle mort depuis que les forces turques en ont pris le contrôle en 2018, relève un expert international proche du dossier. Le climat de peur qui y règne dissuade les habitants de témoigner. Ils savent que si les nouvelles autorités décèlent le moindre signe qu’ils ont communiqué avec l’extérieur sur les conditions de l’occupation, ils risquent la torture ou la mort. » De fait, les moyens de coercition mis en place dans ces territoires dépassent les capacités de simples groupes armés. Ils sont adossés à la toute puissance d’un Etat, la Turquie, membre de l’OTAN.

    L’implication turque « est totale »
    « Les réseaux téléphoniques syriens ont été remplacés par le réseau turc. Les forces de l’ordre turques ont déployé des caméras de surveillance, mènent des arrestations conjointes… Leur implication est totale », juge un spécialiste du dossier. D’après des informations obtenues par Le Monde et non incluses dans le rapport, la gendarmerie turque de même que les forces spéciales de la police turque occupent ainsi de manière permanente deux anciennes écoles à Afrin. Face à cette présence, des groupes clandestins liés aux forces kurdes mènent des opérations de guérillas. Des attentats visant les casernements de groupes armés pro-Ankara ont également été commis, provoquant de nombreuses pertes civiles. Le dernier en date, une attaque au véhicule piégé, a fait trois morts civils dans le centre d’Afrin, lundi.

    Les autorités civiles turques sont aussi impliquées dans cette occupation qui se traduit par l’utilisation de la livre turque dans les échanges commerciaux, la supervision de la gouvernance de ces territoires par des fonctionnaires turcs, dans les secteurs de la santé comme de l’éducation. Ce travail de reconstruction s’accommode volontiers de nombreux crimes de guerres, comme l’appropriation forcée de propriétés civiles, qui induisent un changement démographique de ces régions. Le rapport note à cet égard un cas des plus parlants, qui dénote de la relation organique qu’entretiennent les miliciens de l’ANS, l’administration civile turque et certaines organisations à vocation humanitaire proches du gouvernement d’Ankara.

    Les enquêteurs ont ainsi montré qu’à Ras al-Aïn, « des membres de la brigade Hamza se sont approprié le domicile d’une famille kurde transformé ensuite en institut d’études coraniques contrôlé par la Fondation pour les droits humains, les libertés et l’aide humanitaire (IHH) ». Depuis le début du conflit syrien, l’IHH, organisation à coloration islamiste, est un acteur connu pour évoluer dans une zone grise de la frontière turco-syrienne entre les intérêts sécuritaires de l’Etat turc, le soutien aux groupes armés issus de l’opposition et l’assistance aux populations civiles. Le rapport note que l’inauguration officielle de cet institut a eu lieu en la présence du gouverneur du département turc voisin de Sanliurfa. Cet événement, largement médiatisé localement, a eu lieu le 23 juin.

    Puissance occupante
    La répression qui s’est abattue sur les régions majoritairement kurdes syriennes contrôlées par la Turquie et ses alliés ne connaît pas non plus de frontière. La commission des Nations unies sur la Syrie déclare, dans le rapport publié mardi, que « des ressortissants syriens, y compris des femmes, ont été détenus par l’ANS dans la région de Ras Al-Aïn, transférés par les forces turques à la République de Turquie, accusés de crimes commis dans la même région, notamment de meurtre ou d’appartenance à une organisation terroriste, le tout conformément au droit pénal antiterroriste turc. »

    Le choix de mettre en avant cette réalité n’est pas anodin. L’objectif réel des conclusions juridiques de la partie du rapport consacrée aux régions placées sous influence turque est de pointer vers le fait que la Turquie y exerce un rôle de puissance occupante et de mettre ainsi Ankara en face de ses responsabilités au regard du droit international. Du point de vue juridique, le rapport conclut que la Turquie détient un « contrôle effectif » de ces territoires. Il pointe la responsabilité de la Turquie d’« assurer autant que possible l’ordre public et la protection des femmes et des enfants ».

    Entre les lignes, c’est bien du statut de puissance occupante régi par les conventions de Genève auquel il est fait référence. La commission note par ailleurs que les autorités turques n’étant pas intervenues alors que des exactions documentées étaient commises par leurs alliés locaux, Ankara « pourrait avoir violé [ses] obligations ». Le travail de documentation des enquêteurs de la commission et le début de qualification juridique des faits offrent une perspective aux victimes mais, dans les régions kurdes occupées par Ankara au nord de la Syrie, l’impunité règne toujours, sous le drapeau turc.

    https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2020/09/15/un-rapport-de-l-onu-devoile-des-exactions-systematiques-dans-les-regions-sou

    • Ça doit être nouveau, ce comportement, de la part des gentils révolutionnaires qu’on nous a tant vantés depuis 2011. Parce qu’avant ils étaient notoirement exemplaires. Se souvient-on des envolées lyriques de notre presse lorsque de la « libération » d’Alep ? Et s’agit-il des mêmes parfaits démocrates dont on pleurait encore récemment le sort à Idlib ?

  • L’île grecque de Kastellorizo, en première ligne face aux menaces de la Turquie
    https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2020/09/14/kastellorizo-l-ile-qui-ne-s-en-faisait-pas-trop_6052061_3210.html

    Plutôt que la fuite des touristes grecs et européens à la suite du « bang » aérien de juillet, c’est plutôt l’absence des touristes turcs ou de pays lointains, due à l’épidémie de Covid-19, qui inquiète Megisti. D’une part, les frontières étant fermées avec la rive d’en face, les visiteurs turcs de Kas, qui avaient deux navettes quotidiennes avec l’île, sont absents depuis mars, et les îliens, qui ne produisent rien hors de la pêche, doivent aller très loin en ferry, jusqu’à Rhodes, pour acheter ce dont ils ont besoin. D’autre part, les « Kassies », comme s’est surnommée la diaspora kastellorizienne d’Australie, qui prennent traditionnellement leurs quartiers d’été à partir de juin dans le village de leurs ancêtres, sont cette année confinés dans le Pacifique. A Megisti, le chiffre d’affaires saisonnier est en baisse d’environ 70 %.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#grece#turquie#australie#diaspora#sante#economie#politique#confinement#tourisme

  • How a rush for Mediterranean gas threatens to push Greece and Turkey into war | World news | The Guardian

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/11/mediterranean-gas-greece-turkey-dispute-nato

    An increasingly fractious standoff over access to gas reserves has transformed a dispute between Turkey and Greece that was once primarily over Cyprus into one that now ensnares Libya, Israel, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, and feeds into other political issues in the Mediterranean and has raised fears of a naval conflict between the two Nato allies in the Aegean Sea.

    #grèce #turquie #méditerranée #chypre #énergie #guerre_du_gaz

  • Aux côtés du peuple kurde

    Pierre Bance

    https://lavoiedujaguar.net/Aux-cotes-du-peuple-kurde

    André Métayer
    Vingt-cinq années aux côtés du peuple kurde
    Histoire des Amitiés kurdes de Bretagne (1994-2019)

    Pourquoi s’intéresser aux Kurdes ? Pour le présent, ce ne sont pas les Kurdes par eux-mêmes qui intéressent, mais leur révolution au Rojava. Ainsi depuis sept ou huit ans, la cause kurde suscite de la curiosité en France. Encore ne faut-il pas exagérer, cet intérêt n’est souvent que compassionnel, quand il ne s’égare pas dans une exaltation qui risque fort d’être refroidie par la réalité.

    Il en est dont l’engagement est plus ancien et dont la durée assure de sa solidité. En des temps où nul ne connaissait le Rojava, où le Parti des travailleurs du Kurdistan (PKK) était suspecté de stalinisme, bien avant son abandon du marxisme-léninisme et du nationalisme dans les années 2000. Des temps, où Abdullah Öcalan, son leader, était encore libre, avant d’être kidnappé par les services secrets américains et turcs en 1999, puis emprisonné à vie dans une île de la mer de Marmara. C’était en 1994. Un petit groupe venu de Bretagne visite le Kurdistan de Turquie. Parmi eux, André Métayer. Ce qui n’aurait pu être que du tourisme militant va se muer en un engagement sous le coup de l’émotion. De ses yeux, voir un village détruit par l’armée turque comme le furent quelque quatre mille autres dans ces années de plomb, voir un peuple entier terrorisé dans ses villes et ses campagnes par la violence militaire et policière, bouleversa ces voyageurs qui prirent la résolution de se solidariser avec ces Kurdes qui paraissaient d’éternels vaincus alors qu’ils étaient d’éternels résistants. (...)

    #Kurdes #Bretagne #Turquie #résistance #amitié #solidarité #PKK #Öcalan #Erdoğan #Rojava #Moyen-Orient

  • Chrysochoidis meets Austrian interior minister

    Citizens’ Protection Minister #Michalis_Chrysochoidis on Tuesday thanked Austria for helping Greece secure its border with Turkey which tens of thousands of migrants and refugees tried for days to breach in March.

    Chrysochoidis was speaking during a meeting with Austrian Interior Minister #Karl_Nehammer in Athens for talks on security, migration and the novel coronavirus.

    “In #Evros in March, we, you and other Europeans moved Europe forward. We fought for a common cause: our borders,” Chrysochoidis said.

    “There was no hesitation about supporting Greece,” Nehammer said about the decision to send dozens of police officers to the border.

    “At this difficult time, European solidarity depends on actions, not just words,” he said.

    “We had to send a clear message to Turkey that no one will be left alone,” he said.

    https://www.ekathimerini.com/256205/article/ekathimerini/news/chrysochoidis-meets-austrian-interior-minister
    #Autriche #Grèce #frontières #asile #migrations #réfugiés #externalisation #Turquie #police #solidarité_européenne (sic)

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    Ajouté au fil de discussion sur l’extension du mur dans l’Evros, car l’envoi de policiers participe aussi à la militarisation de la frontière :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/830355

  • Hasakah’s water crisis may be deadly amid coronavirus outbreak in northeast Syria - North press agency

    espite a partial lockdown imposed by the Autonomous Administration in North and East Syria (AANES), no precautionary measures are taken implemented by those collecting water in Syria’s northeastern city of Hasakah.

    The Crisis Management Team in Jazira Region announced a total lockdown for 14 days starting on August 6, then extended the curfew for another seven days, which ends on August 27.

    Dozens of people of the Khashman neighborhood in the northern countryside of Hasakah queue near a water tank to fill various sized jugs with water, right next to a house where a man recently died of coronavirus, without any commitment to physical distancing measures.

    Youssef Hami, a resident of the neighborhood, said that thirst is more difficult than coronavirus.

    https://npasyria.com/en/?p=45763

    https://www.france24.com/en/20200825-in-northeast-syria-town-families-say-turkey-cut-their-water

    #Covid-19#deuxièmevague#migrant#couvrefeu#migration#eau #syrie#rojava#turquie

  • Turkey starves Syria’s northeast of water as virus death toll mounts - Al Minitor

    Turkey has once again cut water supplies to the Hasakeh region of northeast Syria, and the autonomous administration says Ankara is risking hundreds of thousands of lives in the midst of the pandemic and soaring temperatures to placate Syrians living under Turkish occupation.

    https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/08/turkey-starves-water-syria-northeast-coronavirus-hasakeh.html

    #Covid-19#deuxièmevague#migrant#couvrefeu#migration#eau #syrie#rojava#turquie

  • #CoronaCapitalism and the European #Border_Regime

    As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect people’s lives all over the world, the violence against migrants and refugees has intensified. This article explores #CoronaCapitalism and the Border Regime in a European context. Corporate Watch uses the term “border regime” as a shorthand to mean all of the many different institutions, people, systems and processes involved in trying to control migrants.

    This article only shares the tip-of-the-iceberg of migrant experiences during the coronavirus pandemic and we know there are many other untold stories. If you would like to share your news or experiences, please contact us.

    Mass Containment Camps

    As the world descended into lockdowns in an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus, tens of thousands of people have been confined in camps in the Western Balkans and Greece, as well as smaller accommodation centres across Europe. New and existing camps were also essentially locked down and the movement of people in and out of camps began to be heavily controlled by police and/or the military.

    The Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) has been trying to track what is happening across the Balkans. They write that in Bosnia-Herzegovina, “more than 5,000 people were detained in existing temporary refugee reception centres. They include about 500 unaccompanied minors and several hundred children with families. Persons in need of special care, patients, victims of torture, members of the LGBTQ population, persons diagnosed with mental disorders, and victims of domestic violence have also been locked down into ‘EU-funded’ camps.” Police officers guard the centres and emergency legislation enables them the right to ‘physically force persons trying to leave the centres to return.’

    120,000 people are locked down in containment camps across Greece and the Greek Islands. Disturbing accounts of refugee camps are ever-present but the pandemic has worsened already unbearable conditions. 17,000 refugees live at Moira Refugee Camp where there are 210 people per toilet and 630 people per shower. Coronavirus, uncertainty over suspended asylum applications and the terrible living conditions are all contributing to escalating violence.

    In detention centres in Drama and Athens in Greece, the BVMN report that, “Respondents describe a lack of basic amenities such as running water, showers, or soap. Cramped and overcrowded conditions, with up to 13 inmates housed in one caravan with one, usually non-functioning, toilet. Requests for better services are met with violence at the hands of officers and riot police. On top of this, there have been complaints that no special precautions for COVID-19 are being taken, residents inside told BVMN reporters that sick individuals are not isolated, and are dismissed as having ‘the flu’.”

    While movement restrictions were lifted for Greek residents on 4th May, lockdown is still extended for all camps and centres across Greece and the Islands. This decision triggered thousands of people to protest in Athens. Emergency legislation adopted at the start of March in Greece effectively suspended the registration of asylum applications and implied immediate deportation for those entering the Greek territory, without registration, to their countries of origin or to Turkey.

    Detention and the deportation regime

    While major country-wide lockdowns are an unusual form of restriction of movement, for decades European states have been locking people seeking safety in detention centres. Immigration Removal Centres are essentially prisons for migrants in which people are locked up without trial or time-limit. In the UK the detention system is mostly run for profit by private companies, as detailed in our UK Border Regime book.

    Despite preparing for a pandemic scenario in January 2020, it took public pressure and legal action before the British government released nearly 1000 people from detention centres. As of the end of May, 368 people were still locked up in the profit-making detention centres and many more are living in ‘accommodation centres’ where they have been unable to access coronavirus testing.

    During the pandemic, people have been revolting in several detention centres across France and Belgium. Residents at a refugee centre in Saxony-Anhalt in Germany went on a hunger strike in April to protest against a lack of disinfectant. Hunger strikes have also taken place at detention centres in Tunisia, Cyprus and France.

    Women in a police holding centre for migrants in Greece went on hunger strike in June. In a statement, they wrote: “We will continue the hunger strike until we are free from this captivity. They will either set us free or we shall die”.

    People staged a rooftop protest at a detention centre in Madrid at the start of the outbreak. This was before all the detention centres in Spain were, for the first time in their history, completely emptied. To put this into context, Spain had 6,473 detainees in 2019. Legal challenges have been leveraging the EU Returns Directive which allows detention pending deportation for up to 18 months, but stipulates that if “a reasonable prospect of removal no longer exists…detention ceases to be justified and the person concerned shall be released immediately”.

    With a worldwide reduction in flights, deportations became unfeasible, however, many are afraid that the deportation machine will restart as things “return to normal”.

    Worsening life in the ‘jungle’

    People living in squats and other improvised accommodation have also faced sweeping operations, with people being rounded up and taken to containment camps.

    For those that remained on the street, pandemic restrictions took their toll. In Greece, movement amidst the pandemic was permitted via letters and text messages. For people who did not have the right paperwork, they were fined 150 euros, sometimes multiple times.

    Similarly, in the French city of Calais, people who did not have the right paperwork were commonly denied access to shops and supermarkets, where they may have previously used the bathrooms or bought food to cook. With many volunteer groups unable to operate due to movement restrictions, the availability of food dramatically reduced overnight. Access to services such as showers, phone charging and healthcare also rapidly reduced.

    People in Calais also faced a rise in evictions: 45 evictions were recorded in the first two weeks of lockdown. These expulsions have continued throughout the pandemic. On Friday 10th July 2020, a major police raid in Calais forced more than 500 people onto buses to be taken to ‘reception centres’ across the region.

    In Amsterdam in the Netherlands, some migrants were forced to live in night shelters and made to leave during the daytime – facing constant risks of contracting COVID-19 and police harassment in the city. They protested “I would stay at home if I had one”.

    Many migrant solidarity groups working on the ground lost huge numbers of volunteers due to travel restrictions and health concerns. Access to material donations such as tents, which are commonly collected at the end of festivals, also reduced. A constant supply of these resources is needed because the police routinely take the migrants’ tents away.

    Militarisation of borders

    The pandemic has seen an increase in military forces at borders and camps, persistent police violence and the suspension of ‘rights’ or legal processes. Using ‘State of Emergency’ legislation, the health crisis has been effectively weaponised.

    In March at the beginning of the pandemic in Europe, FRONTEX, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency deployed an additional 100 guards at the Greek Land Border. This is in addition to the agency’s core of 10,000 officers working around Europe.

    In their 2020 Risk Analysis Report, FRONTEX wrote that “the closing of internal borders is binding border guard personnel, which some border authorities have long stopped planning for”. This illuminates a key complexity in border control. For years, Europe has shifted to policing the wider borders of the Schengen Area. As the virus spread between countries within that area, however, states have tried to shut down their own borders.

    Police forces and militaries have become increasingly mobilised to “protect these national borders”. In Slovenia, this meant the military was granted authority to ‘process civilians’ at the border through the government’s activation of Article 37a of the Defence Act. While in Serbia, the army was deployed around border camps to ensure mass containment. 400 new border guards were also dispatched to the Evros land border between Greece and Turkey in addition to an increase in fencing and surveillance technologies.

    Escalating Police Violence

    Although migrants are no strangers to police brutality, national states of emergency have enabled an escalation in police violence. In mid-April an open letter was published by the Eritrean community of the Calais jungle reporting escalating police brutality. It describes the actions of the CRS police (Compagnies républicaines de sécurité); the general guard of the French police, infamous for riot control and repression:

    “They don’t see us as human beings. They insult us with names such as monkey, bitch etc. And for the past few weeks, they have started to threaten our lives by beating us as soon as the opportunity arises. When for example they found a group of two or three people walking towards the food distribution, or in our tents, when we were sleeping. They accelerate in their vehicles while driving in our direction, as if they wanted to crush us. They also took people with them to places far from Calais, and beat them until they lost consciousness.”

    The statement continues with a chronological list of events whereby people were beaten up, hit, gassed, had their arms broken, and were struck on the head so hard they lost consciousness and were taken to hospital by ambulance.

    With fewer people on the streets during the pandemic, police evictions that were not previously possible due to street-level resistance became successful. This was evidenced in the eviction of the Gini occupation at the Polytechnic University in Exarchia, Greece, a location that the police have not dared enter for decades. Dozens of migrant families were rounded up and taken to a detention centre.

    Violent pushbacks across borders

    There has also been an increase in illegal and violent pushbacks. Pushbacks are the informal expulsion (without due process) of individuals or groups to another country. This commonly involves the violent removal of people across a border.

    For example, on April 22nd in North Macedonia, a group of people from Palestine, Morocco and Egypt were pushed back into Greece. Two men were approached by officers in army uniforms and forced onto a bus where officers began to beat them with batons and guns. So much force was used that one man’s arm was fractured. The other members of the small group were later found and abruptly woken by officers. One man was stamped on and kicked across his body and head. Their shoes were removed and they were told to walk the 2km back to the border where they were met with the other group that had been taken there.

    A group of 16 people in Serbia (including one minor) were told they were being taken to a new camp for COVID prevention. They were then forced into a van and driven for nine hours with no stops, toilet or water. They were released at a remote area of hills and told to leave and cross the border to North Macedonia by the officers with guns. When found attempting to cross again days later they were told by police officers, “Don’t come again, we will kill you”.

    In Croatia, police have also started tagging people that they have pushed back with orange spray paint.

    There are also reports that Greek authorities are pushing people back to Turkey. According to the Border Violence Monitoring Network, many people shared experiences of being beaten, robbed and detained before being driven to the border area where military personnel used boats to return them to Turkey across the Evros river. In mid April in Greece, approximately 50 people were taken from Diavata camp in the morning and removed to a nearby police station where they were ordered to lie on the ground – “Sleep here, don’t move”. They were then beaten with batons. Some were also attacked with electric tasers. They were held overnight in a detention space near the border, and beaten further by Greek military officers. The next day they were boated across the river to Turkey by authorities with military uniforms. Another group were taken to the river in the dark and ordered to strip to their underwear.

    As pushbacks continue, people are forced to take even more dangerous routes. In Romania in mid-April, a group were found drowning in the Danube River after their boat capsized. One person was found dead and eight are still missing, while the survivors suffered from hypothermia.

    Danger at Sea

    During the pandemic, increasing numbers of disturbing accounts have been shared by migrants experiencing violence at sea. Between mid March and mid May, Alarm Phone (a hotline for boat people in distress) received 28 emergency calls from the Aegean Sea.

    On the 29th April, a boat carrying 48 refugees from Afghanistan, Congo and Iran, including 18 children, tried to reach Lesvos Island in the early hours of the day. They were pushed back to Turkish waters:

    “We were very scared. We tried to continue towards Lesvos Island. It was only 20 minutes more driving to reach the Greek coast. The big boat let a highspeed boat down, which hunted us down. There were six masked men in black clothes. They stopped us and made many waves. With a long stick they took away our petrol and they broke our engine. They had guns and knives. Then they threw a rope to us and ordered us to fix it on our boat. Then they started pulling us back towards Turkey. After a while they stopped and cut the rope. They returned to the big boat and took distance from us. It was around 6am.

    Then two other boats of the Greek coastguard arrived which were white and grey and drove very fast towards us, starting to make circles around our boat. They created big waves which were pushing us in the direction of Turkish waters. Our boat was taking in water and the kids were screaming. Our boat started breaking from the bottom. We were taking out the water with our boots. We threw all our belongings in the sea to make our boat lighter. Many of us had no life vests. A pregnant lady fainted. The Greeks continued making waves for a long period. A Turkish coastguard boat arrived and stood aside watching and taking photos and videos for more than six hours. Only after 13:30 o’clock the Turkish coastguard boat finally saved us. We were brought to Çanakalle police station and detained for five days.”

    During two months of lockdown, civil monitoring ships (volunteers who monitor the Aegean sea for migrants arriving via boat) were not permitted. In Italy, ports were closed to rescue ships, with many feared lost at sea as a result. Allegations have also emerged that Greece has been using inflatable rafts to deport asylum seekers. These are rafts without motors or propellers that cannot be steered.

    The Maltese Army also hit the headlines after turning away a boat of migrants by gunpoint and giving them the GPS coordinates for Italy. This is after recent reports of sabotaging migrant vessels, and pushing back migrant boats to Libya resulting in 12 people dying. The Maltese government recently signed a deal with the Libyan government to “to coordinate operations against illegal migration”. This includes training the Libyan coastguards and funding for “reception camps”.

    The threat of the virus and worsening conditions have also contributed to a record number of attempts to cross the Channel. The courage and commitment to overcome borders is inspiring, and more successful crossings have taken place during the pandemic. Between March 23rd (when the UK coronavirus lockdown began) and May 11th at least 853 migrants managed to cross the Channel in dinghies and small boats.

    State Scapegoating and the empowerment of the far right

    Far-right politicians and fascist activists have used the pandemic as an opportunity to push for closed borders.

    The election of a new Far Right government in Slovenia in March brought with it the scapegoating of refugees as coronavirus vectors. News conglomerate, NOVA24, heavily publicised a fake news story that the first COVID-19 patient in Italy was a Pakistani person who came via the Balkan route.

    Meanwhile, Hungary’s Government led by Vicktor Orbán moved to deport resident Iranians after claiming they were responsible for the country’s first coronavirus outbreak.

    In Italy, Matteo Salvini, the populist leader of the opposition Lega party tried to blame the movement of migrants from Africa across the Mediterranean as a “major infection threat” shortly before the country was overwhelmed with the pandemic and its rising death toll.

    The racist scapegoating ignores data that proves that initially the virus was transmited predominatnly by tourists’ and business people’s globe-trotting in the service of global capitalism and the fact that those whose movement is restricted, controlled and perilous, who do not have the power and wealth, are the most likely to suffer from the worst effects of both the virus itself and the shut downs.

    The Aftermath of Asylum suspension

    Access to asylum has drastically shifted across Europe with the suspension of many face-to-face application processing centres and appeal hearings. This ‘legal limbo’ is having a severe impact on people’s lives.

    Many people remain housed in temporary accommodation like hotels while they wait for their claim to be processed. This accommodation is often overcrowded and social-distancing guidelines are impossible to follow there. One asylum seeker in South London even shared to The Guardian how two strangers were made to share his double bed for a week in one room. One of the people was later taken to hospital with coronavirus.

    Closed-conditions at Skellig Accomodation Centre, a former hotel in Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry, Ireland enabled the rapid spread of the virus between the 100 people living there. Misha, an asylum seeker confined there, said she watched in horror as people started falling sick around her.

    “We were sharing bedrooms with strangers. We were sharing the dining room. We were sharing the salt shakers. We were sharing the lobby. We were sharing everything. And if you looked at the whole situation, you cannot really say that it was fit for purpose.”

    People were ordered to stay inside, and meanwhile coronavirus testing was delayed. Protests took place inside and locals demonstrated in solidarity outside.

    Asylum seekers in Glasgow have been protesting their accommodation conditions provided by the Mears Group, who Corporate Watch profiled in 2019. Mears Group won a £1.15 billion contract to run the refugee accommodation system in Scotland, Northern Ireland and much of the north of England. Their profiteering, slum landlord conditions and involvement in mass evictions have been met with anger and resistance. The pandemic has only worsened the experiences of people forced to live in Mears’ accommodation through terrible sanitation and medical neglect. Read our 2020 update on the Mears Group here.

    In the UK, the Home Office put a hold on evictions of asylum seekers during lockdown. The Red Cross stated this spared 50,000 people from the threat of losing their accommodation. Campaigners and tenants fear what will happen post-corona and how many people will face destitution when the ban on evictions lifts this August.

    In addition, a face-to-face screening interview is still needed for new asylum claims. This creates an awful choice for asylum seekers between shielding from the virus (and facing destitution) or going to the interviews in order to access emergency asylum support and begin the formal process. While meagre, the £37.75 per week is essential for survival. One of the reasons the Home Office make face-to-face applications compulsory is because of biometric data harvesting e.g. taking fingerprints of asylum seekers. One asylum seeker with serious health problems has had to make three journeys from Glasgow to Liverpool in the midst of the pandemic to submit paperwork.

    Access to food and other support is also very difficult as many centres and support services are closed.

    Barriers to Healthcare

    It is widely recognised that systemic racism has led to the disproportionate deaths of Black, Asian and minority ethnic people throughout the pandemic. Research has shown Black people are four times more likely to die than white people, and Bangladeshi or Pakistani groups are three times more likely. Many people from these communities are migrants, and many work in the National Health Service and social care sector.

    Research by Patients not Passports, Medact, Migrants Organise and the New Economics Foundation has shown that many migrants are avoiding seeking healthcare. 57% of respondents in their research report that they have avoided seeking healthcare because of fears of being charged for NHS care, data sharing and other migration enforcement concerns. Most people are unaware that treatment for coronavirus is exempt from charging. They also often experience additional barriers including the absence of translation and interpretation services, digital exclusions, housing and long distances from care services.

    Undocumented migrants are incredibly precarious. A project worker interviewed for the Patients not Passports Report shared that:

    “One client lived in a care home where she does live-in care and she has been exposed to Corona but has stated that she will not seek treatment and would rather die there than be detained.”

    Elvis, an undocumented migrant from the Philippines, died at home with suspected coronavirus because he was so scared by the hostility of Government policies that he did not seek any help from the NHS.

    For those that do try to access healthcare, issues such as not having enough phone credit or mobile data, not having wifi or laptops for video appointments, and simply not being able to navigate automated telephone and online systems because of language barriers and non-existent or poor translation, are having a very real impact on people’s ability to receive support. Fears of poor treatment because of people’s past experiences of discrimination and racism even if they access the services is another barrier.

    Exploiting Migrant Labour

    The exploitation of migrant labour has always been essential to sustaining capitalist economies. The pandemic generated contradictory responses from politicians and capitalists alike. Germany’s agricultural sector lobbied hard for opening the border after they were closed, leading the country to lift its ban and let in over 80,000 seasonal workers from Eastern Europe. Yet dilapidated living conditions and overcrowding are sparking new COVID-19 outbreaks, such as the 200 workers that contracted the virus at a slaughterhouse in western Germany.

    In mid May, the Italian government passed a law regularising undocumented migrants, whereby undocumented workers have been encouraged to apply for six-month legal residency permits. There are believed to be about 600,000 undocumented workers in Italy but only people doing ‘essential’ work during the pandemic can apply, mostly in the agricultural sector. Thousands of people live in makeshift encampments near fruit and vegetable farms with no access to running water or electricity.

    Working conditions carry risks of violence. On 18 May, five days after Italy’s regularisation law passed, a 33-year old Indian migrant working in a field outside of Rome was fired after asking his employer for a face mask for protection while at work. When the worker requested his daily wage, he was beaten up and thrown in a nearby canal.

    Conclusion

    The coronavirus crisis has exposed and intensified the brutality required to sustain capitalism – from systemic racism, to violent border controls, to slave labour for industrial agriculture, the list goes on. Despite extremely difficult conditions, undocumented migrants have formed strong movements of solidarity and collective struggle in many European countries. From revolts in detention centres to legal actions to empty them, people are continually resisting the border regime. As people reject a ‘return to normal’ post pandemic, the fall of the border regime must be part of a vision for freedom and liberation in a world beyond capitalism.

    https://corporatewatch.org/coronaborderregime
    #capitalisme #covid-19 #coronavirus #frontières #Europe #migrations #violence #asile #réfugiés #camps #camps_de_réfugiés #containment #rétention #campements #technologie #militarisation_des_frontières #Grèce #Turquie #violences_policières #police #refoulements #push-backs #Balkans #route_des_Balkans #santé #accès_aux_soins #travail #exploitation #pandémie #Frontex #confinement #grève_de_la_faim #fermeture_des_frontières

    ping @isskein @karine4 @rhoumour @_kg_ @thomas_lacroix

  • Syrie : La Turquie prive « Hassaké » d’eau ... Le Croissant rouge lance un appel pour sauver 1,5 million de personnes - Jean-René Belliard analyse le Proche-Orient
    http://jrbelliard.blog.tdg.ch/archive/2020/08/22/syrie-la-turquie-prive-hassake-d-eau-le-croissant-rouge-lanc-308

    Le Croissant-Rouge arabe syrien a adressé un appel humanitaire à toutes les parties pour sauver plus d’un million et demi de civils de la province syrienne de Hassaké de la soif du fait que la Turquie a coupé l’eau de la province.

    Le Croissant-Rouge arabe syrien a affirmé dans un communiqué : « Les dures conditions humanitaires dans lesquelles plus d’un million de civils sont forcés de vivre dans le gouvernorat de Hassaké en raison de l’occupation turque et de ses mercenaires coupant l’eau du gouvernorat sont contraires au droit international humanitaire, en plus d’empêcher les équipes du Croissant-Rouge arabe syrien d’y accéder en toute sécurité.

    Dans sa déclaration, l’organisation a souligné qu’elle était toujours prête à faire face aux répercussions du crime de coupure d’eau, notant qu’elle avait élaboré un plan d’urgence pour sécuriser de toute urgence l’eau pour la population du gouvernorat.

    Le communiqué indique que les équipes du Croissant-Rouge arabe syrien sont prêtes à commencer les travaux de maintenance complète de la station d’Alouk dès que l’accès et la maintenance en toute sécurité des lignes électriques et leur connexion entre les puits d’Alouk et la station d’eau seront garantis, en plus des travaux de restauration à l’intérieur.

    Cela fait dix jours (en réalité des mois) que ça dure, mais on ne peut pas dire que l’opinion internationale soit bouleversée... Au passage, de l’eau, en été, dans cette région, ce n’est pas un luxe...

    #eau #syrie #turquie

  • Turkish foreign minister visits Venezuela
    https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/08/turkey-foreign-minister-visits-venezuela.html

    Turkey continued its public embrace of Venezuela this week. The United States opposes and sanctions the South American country’s government, but Washington has yet to comment on Turkey’s endeavors there.

    Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu traveled to Caracas on Tuesday on the 70th anniversary of Turkey and the Bolivarian Republic establishing relations. The minister discussed cooperation and unspecified cultural agreements between the states and met with his counterpart, Jorge Arreaza, Cavusoglu said in a series of tweets. Turkey also delivered coronavirus aid to Venezuela during his visit.

    La #turquie n’a pas froid aux yeux...

  • Taking Hard Line, Greece Turns Back Migrants by Abandoning Them at Sea

    Many Greeks have grown frustrated as tens of thousands of asylum seekers languished on Greek islands. Now, evidence shows, a new conservative government has a new method of keeping them out.

    The Greek government has secretly expelled more than 1,000 refugees from Europe’s borders in recent months, sailing many of them to the edge of Greek territorial waters and then abandoning them in inflatable and sometimes overburdened life rafts.

    Since March, at least 1,072 asylum seekers have been dropped at sea by Greek officials in at least 31 separate expulsions, according to an analysis of evidence by The New York Times from three independent watchdogs, two academic researchers and the Turkish Coast Guard. The Times interviewed survivors from five of those episodes and reviewed photographic or video evidence from all 31.

    “It was very inhumane,” said Najma al-Khatib, a 50-year-old Syrian teacher, who says masked Greek officials took her and 22 others, including two babies, under cover of darkness from a detention center on the island of Rhodes on July 26 and abandoned them in a rudderless, motorless life raft before they were rescued by the Turkish Coast Guard.

    “I left Syria for fear of bombing — but when this happened, I wished I’d died under a bomb,” she told The Times.

    Illegal under international law, the expulsions are the most direct and sustained attempt by a European country to block maritime migration using its own forces since the height of the migration crisis in 2015, when Greece was the main thoroughfare for migrants and refugees seeking to enter Europe.

    The Greek government denied any illegality.

    “Greek authorities do not engage in clandestine activities,’’ said a government spokesman, Stelios Petsas. “Greece has a proven track record when it comes to observing international law, conventions and protocols. This includes the treatment of refugees and migrants.”

    Since 2015, European countries like Greece and Italy have mainly relied on proxies, like the Turkish and Libyan governments, to head off maritime migration. What is different now is that the Greek government is increasingly taking matters into its own hands, watchdog groups and researchers say.

    ​For example, migrants have been forced onto sometimes leaky life rafts and left to drift at the border between Turkish and Greek waters, while others have been left to drift in their own boats after Greek officials disabled their engines.

    “These pushbacks are totally illegal in all their aspects, in international law and in European law,” said Prof. François Crépeau, an expert on international law and a former United Nations special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants.

    “It is a human rights and humanitarian disaster,” Professor Crépeau added.

    Greeks were once far more understanding of the plight of migrants. But many have grown frustrated and hostile after a half-decade in which other European countries offered Greece only modest assistance as tens of thousands of asylum seekers languished in squalid camps on overburdened Greek islands.

    Since the election last year of a new conservative government under Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greece has taken a far harder line against the migrants — often refugees from the war in Syria — who push off Turkish shores for Europe.

    The harsher approach comes as tensions have mounted with Turkey, itself burdened with 3.6 million refugees from the Syrian war, far more than any other nation.

    Greece believes that Turkey has tried to weaponize the migrants to increase pressure on Europe for aid and assistance in the Syrian War. But it has also added pressure on Greece at a time when the two nations and others spar over contested gas fields in the eastern Mediterranean.

    For several days in late February and early March, the Turkish authorities openly bused thousands of migrants to the Greek land border in a bid to set off a confrontation, leading to the shooting of at least one Syrian refugee and the immediate extrajudicial expulsions of hundreds of migrants who made it to Greek territory.

    For years, Greek officials have been accused of intercepting and expelling migrants, on a sporadic and infrequent basis, usually before the migrants manage to land their boats on Greek soil.

    But experts say Greece’s behavior during the pandemic has been far more systematic and coordinated. Hundreds of migrants have been denied the right to seek asylum even after they have landed on Greek soil, and they’ve been forbidden to appeal their expulsion through the legal system.

    “They’ve seized the moment,” Professor Crépeau said of the Greeks. “The coronavirus has provided a window of opportunity to close national borders to whoever they’ve wanted.”

    Emboldened by the lack of sustained criticism from the European Union, where the migration issue has roiled politics, Greece has hardened its approach in the eastern Mediterranean in recent months.

    Migrants landing on the Greek islands from Turkey have frequently been forced onto sometimes leaky, inflatable life rafts, dropped at the boundary between Turkish and Greek waters, and left to drift until being spotted and rescued by the Turkish Coast Guard.

    “This practice is totally unprecedented in Greece,” said Niamh Keady-Tabbal, a doctoral researcher at the Irish Center for Human Rights, and one of the first to document the phenomenon.

    “Greek authorities are now weaponizing rescue equipment to illegally expel asylum seekers in a new, violent and highly visible pattern of pushbacks spanning several Aegean Islands,” Ms. Keady-Tabbal said.

    Ms. al-Khatib, who recounted her ordeal for The Times, said she entered Turkey last November with her two sons, 14 and 12, fleeing the advance of the Syrian Army. Her husband, who had entered several weeks earlier, soon died of cancer, Ms. al-Khatib said.

    With few prospects in Turkey, the family tried to reach Greece by boat three times this summer, failing once in May because their smuggler did not show up, and a second time in June after being intercepted in Greek waters and towed back to the Turkish sea border, she said.

    On their third attempt, on July 23 at around 7 a.m., they landed on the Greek island of Rhodes, Ms. al-Khatib said, an account corroborated by four other passengers interviewed by The Times. They were detained by Greek police officers and taken to a small makeshift detention facility after handing over their identification documents.

    Using footage filmed at this site by two passengers, a Times reporter was able to identify the facility’s location beside the island’s main ferry port and visit the camp.

    A Coast Guard officer and an official at the island’s mayoralty both said the site falls under the jurisdiction of the Port Police, an arm of the Hellenic Coast Guard.

    A Palestinian refugee, living in a disused slaughterhouse beside the camp, confirmed that Ms. al-Khatib had been there, recounting how he had spoken to her through the camp’s fence and bought her tablets to treat her hypertension, which Greek officials had refused to supply her.

    On the evening of July 26, Ms. al-Khatib and the other detainees said that police officers had loaded them onto a bus, telling them they were being taken to a camp on another island, and then to Athens.

    Instead, masked Greek officials transferred them to two vessels that ferried them out to sea before dropping them on rafts at the Turkish maritime border, she and other survivors said.

    Amid choppy waves, the group, which included two babies, was forced to drain the raft using their hands as water slopped over the side, they said.

    The group was rescued at 4:30 a.m. by the Turkish Coast Guard, according to a report by the Coast Guard that included a photograph of Ms. al-Khatib as she left the life raft.

    Ms. al-Khatib tried to reach Greece for a fourth time, on Aug. 6, but said her boat was stopped off the island of Lesbos by Greek officials, who removed its fuel and towed it back to Turkish waters.

    Some groups of migrants have been transferred to the life rafts even before landing on Greek soil.

    On May 13, Amjad Naim, a 24-year-old Palestinian law student, was among a group of 30 migrants intercepted by Greek officials as they approached the shores of Samos, a Greek island close to Turkey.

    The migrants were quickly transferred to two small life rafts that began to deflate under the weight of so many people, Mr. Naim said. Transferred to two other rafts, they were then towed back toward Turkey.

    Videos captured by Mr. Naim on his phone show the two rafts being tugged across the sea by a large white vessel. Footage subsequently published by the Turkish Coast Guard shows the same two rafts being rescued by Turkish officials later in the day.

    Migrants have also been left to drift in the boats they arrived on, after Greek officials disabled their engines, survivors and researchers say. And on at least two occasions, migrants have been abandoned on Ciplak, an uninhabited island within Turkish waters, instead of being placed on life rafts.

    “Eventually the Turkish Coast Guard came to fetch us,” said one Palestinian survivor who was among a group abandoned on Ciplak in early July, and who sent videos of their time on the island. A report from the Turkish Coast Guard corroborated his account.

    In parallel, several rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch, have documented how the Greek authorities have rounded up migrants living legally in Greece and secretly expelled them without legal recourse across the Evros River, which divides mainland Greece from Turkey.

    Feras Fattouh, a 30-year-old Syrian X-ray technician, said he was arrested by the Greek police on July 24 in Igoumenitsa, a port in western Greece. Mr. Fattouh had been living legally in Greece since November 2019 with his wife and son, and showed The Times documents to prove it.

    But after being detained by the police in Igoumenitsa, Mr. Fattouh said, he was robbed and driven about 400 miles east to the Turkish border, before being secretly put on a dinghy with 18 others and sent across the river to Turkey. His wife and son remain in Greece.

    “Syrians are suffering in Turkey,” Mr. Fattouh said. “We’re suffering in Greece. Where are we supposed to go?”

    Ylva Johansson, who oversees migration policy at the European Commission, the civil service for the European Union, said she was concerned by the accusations but had no power to investigate them.

    “We cannot protect our European border by violating European values and by breaching people’s rights,” Ms. Johansson said in an email. “Border control can and must go hand in hand with respect for fundamental rights.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/14/world/europe/greece-migrants-abandoning-sea.html?searchResultPosition=1

    #Grèce #refoulement #refoulements #expulsions #Evros #îles #Turquie #asile #migrations #réfugiés #frontières #push-back

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    sur les refoulements dans la région de l’Evros (à partir de 2018), voir aussi :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/710720

    • Message de l’Aegean Boat Report, 12.08.2020 :

      57 people that arrived on two boats on Lesvos north yesterday seems to have disappeared, port police on Lesvos claims there was no arrivals.
      First boat arrived on a Korakas, Lesvos north during the night, locals in the area claims to have heard gunshots coming from Korakas. The boat was carrying 24 people, 7 was picked up by police on arrival location, the rest, 17 people managed to flee to the woods in the dark. Later in the day, the rest was found by port police, transported from the area in a minivan. Question is, where did port police take them? They are not registered as arrived anywhere, neither the quarantine camp in the north or south has any new arrivals registered.
      Second boat landed in Gavathas, Lesvos north west before first light, carrying 33 people. Locals in the area reported on the new arrivals, also these people were taken away by port police, nobody has seen them since, they are not registered anywhere on Lesvos.
      Port police on Lesvos claims that there has been no new arrivals at all yesterday in the north, and that anyone saying otherwise is pushing “fake news”. There are no reports in any local newspaper on arrivals from Lesvos north yesterday, only one boat carrying 55 people that landed in Skala Mistegnon last night.
      Aegean Boat Report has received documentation that proves that these people actually arrived, there is no question about it! Videos, pictures and location data proves that they where there, question is where did port police take them, and why are they not registered anywhere?
      Yesterday before sundown Turkish coast guard picked up 57 people from two life rafts drifting outside Bademli, Turkey. From pictures posted by TCG, Aegean Boat Report has identified 4 people that also are in pictures and videos that ABR received from Korakas yesterday morning, the identification is 100%.
      There is no doubt that the people from the two boats that landed on Lesvos north yesterday was illegal deported by the Greek Coast Guard. They where taken from safety on land on Lesvos, and put back in the sea in life rafts, helplessly drifting, what kind of people would put children adrift at sea, how can they sleep at night.. This is not human behavior, not even animals would be this cruel!
      Many of Aegean Boat Report’s followers have in the past asked “what can we do?”, “how can we stop this?”, and the usual reply was, you can spread the news, share the info. It’s obviously not enough, now the gloves are off, it’s time to take action in a more direct way!
      Aegean Boat Report call’s upon all followers to participate, to make your voice heard, together this voice can make a difference! Pick up your phone and call the port authority of Mytilíni, Lesvos, and demand answers! They will deny any involvement in illegal activities, but we know they are lying!
      Port police Mytilini: +30 2251 040827
      (Number is open 24/7)
      We need them to understand that we don’t tolerate this any longer, and that there are many people all over the world that are watching what they are doing. One call will not change anything, but if 100 people call, 1000 people, perhaps they will start to understand that we do not tolerate this any longer!
      To call any public authority number is a common right, without any conditions or clauses, it’s fully legal activity that can be taken by anyone without any legal consequences. ABR has consulted Greek lawyers on the matter, and it’s totally legal. But ABR ask you to stay clear of all Emergancy channel’s, don’t flood European Emergancy numbers, only use numbers provided her!
      Aegean Boat Report will from now on, in every case regarding pushbacks and other illegal activities, publish the Port Police number of the area the incident has taken place, so that people can call to demand answers. The more people that calls these numbers, asking questions, the better. At some point they will understand that we will not stop before they do!
      These violations of international laws and human rights has been going on for to long, blessed and financed by Europe. The presence of NATO and FRONTEX is massive in the Aegean Sea, they all know what is going on every single day, but they do nothing, they just watch.
      It’s time we make them listen, it’s time to step up and demand answers, it’s time for YOU to take action!!
      Call port police of Mytilíni, tell them how you feel, make your voice heard!
      Port police Mytilini: +30 2251 040827
      Please share this post as much as possible!

      https://www.facebook.com/AegeanBoatReport/posts/895342667655505

      #Frontex #OTAN #NATO

  • Coronavirus not stopping flow of Israeli tourists to Turkey- Al Monitor

    “Turkey is the ultimate destination for the Israeli tourist who seeks a close and inexpensive vacation without the requirement to quarantine on arrival,” Germon said. “This is one of the only destinations that allows Israelis to enter and travel in the country after a sample coronavirus test at the airport. The relative proximity — only a two-hour flight — and the cheap hotel prices attract Israelis, who can now stay at a five-star hotel for $80 a night in August. For such a price, many Israelis are willing to quarantine for 14 days when they return to Israel.”

    https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/08/israel-turkey-donald-trump-mavi-marmara-flotilla-tourism.html

    #Covid-19#turquie#frontière#Israel#Tourisme#migrant#migration