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Joint civil society statement: One year after the country’s takeover by the Taliban – How did Europe welcome Afghans in need of protection?

09/09/2022

As civil society and Afghan diaspora organisations, we are deeply concerned about the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan and the treatment of Afghan asylum seekers and refugees in Europe.

 

One year after the Taliban takeover, the country is in a state of lawlessness without a constitution. The overall security, economic and human rights situation is deteriorating, and people’s suffering is increasing. Afghanistan’s economy has collapsed, and the country is confronting a dire humanitarian crisis, with 23 million people facing acute hunger. The general level of conflict has dropped compared to before August 2021 since the Taliban was a party to the conflict and has taken power, but the country is far from stable. Targeted killings and systematic attacks against religious and ethnic minorities, particularly against the Hazara community, revenge killings by the Taliban against former government officials and former military forces have significantly increased. Freedom of expression and movement of mainly women and girls has been severely restricted. Other rights are violated by measures taken by the Taliban, such as the ban on secondary school education for girls. Many human rights violations and incidents are going unreported in the absence of a vibrant civil society and due to the fear of Taliban persecution.

 

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NGOs call on Member States: Agreeing on the Instrumentalisation Regulation will be the final blow to a COMMON European Asylum System (CEAS) in Europe

08/09/2022

In December 2021, the European Commission presented a proposal for a Regulation addressing situations of instrumentalisation in the field of migration and asylum. The proposal introduces a mechanism which allows Member States to derogate from their responsibilities under EU asylum law in situations of “instrumentalisation” of migration. The mechanism is permanently available to Member States who can invoke it in multiple situations, essentially enabling them to derogate at will from their obligations.

We understand that there is broad support among Member States for the proposed Regulation and that the Czech Presidency aims at adoption of a common position by December. This would make it one of the fastest moving legislative files related to asylum in Council. The proposal allows states to derogate from the proposed Asylum Procedures Regulation of 2016 and amended APR proposal of 2020 (APR), the proposed recast of the Reception Conditions Directive (rRCD) of 2016, and the proposed recast Return Directive (rRD) of 2018. The derogations are substantial and substantive, significantly affecting the rights of people seeking protection.

Άρθρο του Διευθυντή του ΕΣΠ, Λευτέρη Παπαγιαννάκη, στα "Νέα"

02/09/2022

Ο Διευθυντής του Ελληνικού Συμβουλίου για τους Πρόσφυγες (ΕΣΠ) γράφει στα Νέα για την ανάγκη σοβαρού διαλόγου, σε συνέχεια και των 19 ασφαλιστικών μέτρων που έχει χορηγήσει το ΕΔΔΑ για υποθέσεις προσφύγων που εκπροσωπεί το ΕΣΠ, ανά περιπτώσεις από κοινού και με την HumanRights360 και την Υποστήριξη Προσφύγων στο Αιγαίο (RSA).

Information Note

01/09/2022

GCR’s Information Note

on interventions and on interim measures granted by the ECtHR in cases regarding pushbacks

Updated on 1st September  2022

 

          Since March 2022 the Greek Council for Refugees (GCR) has represented 444 Syrian and 32 Turkish refugees, including many children, before the European Court of Human Rights, by filing 19 applications for interim measures (Rule 39), requesting to be granted humanitarian assistance and access to the asylum procedure.

The Court granted the requested interim measures for all cases and ordered the Greek government not to remove the refugees from the country’s territory and to provide them with food, water and proper medical care. The ECtHR also requested to be informed by the Greek government, amongst others, on whether the refugees have submitted an asylum application and whether they have access to the asylum procedure and to legal assistance.

Some of the refugees of these 19 groups have been formally arrested by the Greek authorities but most of them complain they have been pushed back to Turkey. It should be noted that the refugees, even from the groups that were formally arrested, complain that in the past they had been subjected to violent and informal return (pushback) to Turkey from Greece.

Furthermore, both with respect to those stranded on the islets and those in the Greek mainland, the refugees who complain that they have been pushed back to Turkey, also complain that they were informally arrested by the Greek authorities, informally detained for a few hours in an unspecified detention facility in the Evros region, they were treated with violence, they were transferred to the Evros river bank, from where they were forcibly put in boats and pushed back to Turkey.

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