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venerdì 26 dicembre 2014

In Grecia i profughi sono abbandonati nella morsa tra le organizzazioni di trafficanti e le autorità di polizia. Aprire subito canali legali di trasferimento verso altri paesi europei.



I siriani che nelle scorse settimane sono stati protagonisti di un’importante manifestazione in piazza Syntagma, ad Atene, dopo essere stati sentiti in un commissariato di polizia, subito dopo lo sgombero della piazza, avrebbero ottenuto un documento di viaggio da parte delle autorità per lasciare la Grecia e raggiungere il nord dell’Europa. La buona notizia si è trasformata in un incubo per un piccolo gruppo di ragazzi/e siriani, che erano stati tra gli organizzatori delle manifestazioni di piazza Syntagma e avevano cercato di mediare fra il governo greco e i profughi  in sciopero della fame che presidiavano la piazza .

http://www.precariouseurope.com/borders/young-syrian-hunger-strike 

http://samoschronicles.wordpress.com/2014/12/09/in-syntagma-square-syrian-refugees-fight-back/ 

http://ffm-online.org/2014/12/05/athen-appeal-sustaining-hungerstrikers-syntagma-place/ 

Syrian_refugee_in_Syntagma_square_remove.html

https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/matthaios-tsimitakis/syrian-refugees-in-athens-and-consequences-of-fortress-europ 

Alcuni dei profughi che manifestavano in piazza Syntagama, già durante le trattative con il parlamento greco, nel tentativo disperato di lasciare al più presto la Grecia, erano stati contattati da trafficanti e “scafisti di terra”. Mentre dalle autorità greche, per tre settimane, non arrivava alcuna risposta alle loro richieste, alcune famiglie avevano cercato un canale per raggiungere il Nordeuropa, cominciando anche ad indebitarsi con gli intermediari. Questi trafficanti sembravano sconfitti quando la maggior parte dei manifestanti, grazie alla mediazione svolta durante la protesta davanti al Parlamento, hanno ottenuto la possibilità di lasciare legalmente la Grecia.

Da quel momento è iniziata una vera e propria persecuzione (se non una caccia all’uomo) nei confronti di questi ragazzi, che per una settimana hanno vissuto nascosti vicino ad Atene: gli scafisti chiedono la loro testa, circolano su internet nomi e foto dei protagonisti della protesta di piazza Syntagma, sembrerebbe anche un numero di telefono da contattare qualora fossero rintracciati, con una ricompensa per chi li troverà. Come avviene anche in Italia, tutti i volontari che assistono gratuitamente i profughi in transito sono nel mirino degli intermediari e degli scafisti di terra che vedono sfumare le loro possibilità di guadagno.

I ragazzi siriani sono terrorizzati, divisi al loro interno e sotto la pressione di altri connazionali che sono stati informati dalla polizia che, attraverso la loro mediazione, potrebbero ottenere un lasciapassare per lasciare legalmente la Grecia. Sembra anche che i trafficanti siano ormai sulle loro tracce, al punto che alcuni di loro avrebbero tentato un’ennesima fuga.

Le autorità greche hanno chiesto la collaborazione dei ragazzi per il riconoscimento degli scafisti ma non hanno garantito concrete possibilità di lasciare la Grecia in condizioni di sicurezza. Ne’ sembra purtroppo che le stesse autorità abbiano saputo o voluto garantire quel minimo di protezione che sarebbe indispensabile, primariamente per salvaguardare la vita dei ragazzi, ma anche per portare avanti indagini efficaci. 

Il caso dei profughi che protestavano in piazza Syntagma ad Atene era arrivato anche all'esame della Corte Europea dei diritti dell'Uomo, ma non si ha notizia di decisioni che potessero concretamente garantire una protezione immediata ai ricorrenti, esposti ai ricatti ed alle minacce dei trafficanti.

https://damomac.wordpress.com/2014/12/08/syrian-refugees-case-reaches-european-court-of-human-rights/ 

E’ importante che questi ragazzi possano lasciare la Grecia con la massima urgenza e che, nel frattempo, vengano protetti perché in condizione di particolare vulnerabilità.
 
Events brought to a deadlock situation. According to our information, though authorities are aware of the situation of the group,  this people are not receiving effective protection. We are all aware of the fact that most Syrian people arriving in Greece are in a sensible condition (apart from those who submit an application for the recognition of international protection, many of those arriving would like to leave the Country to head to other Countries in Northern Europe). However, a situation of particular vulnerability should be taken into consideration by the authorities but – sadly to say – it seems that this does not apply to this group.

The people need urgent support and assistance (even legal assistance) to protect their lives. At the same time, based upon the specific situation of vulnerability of the group, we are wondering if it might be activated any procedure to allow them to urgently leave Greece to head to another European Country (where their lives would be safer).

In this respect, the involvement also of international organizations in Greece, in particular UNHCR and IOM, as well as of the Greek Council for Refugees might be useful.

http://www.cronachediordinariorazzismo.org/sosteniamo-protesta-dei-cittadini-siriani-piazza-syntagma/  

Questo il documento della società civile italiana che da settimane chiede una soluzione per i profughi siriani intrappolati in Grecia, ed in particolare per quelli che hanno partecipato alla protesta in piazza Syntagma, e per tutti quei migranti che in Grecia si trovano in condizioni di particolare vulnerabilità.

15 dicembre 2014
EUROPEAN CIVIL SOCIETY CALLS ON THE EU TO PROVIDE HUMAN RIGHTS BASED SOLUTIONS FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES IN GREECE. 


In Athens, at Syntagma Square, police intervention was expected, after that the Greek government had refused all the requests made by Syrian refugees who camped for over three weeks. All the requests of the Syrian families had been rejected, and they had been offered only a limited provision of accommodation for women and children, but at the cost of separation of families. There was no answer to their request to leave Greece and reach another European country.

During the night, at around 3am Monday 15 December 2014, police loaded all Syrian families in jeeps and transported them like “parcels” to a police station. The day before, a young refugee man tried to hang himself in the Square. Now the despair will be even bigger. And other inhumane and violent treatment of refugees may take place, far from the Square and away from the eyes of Greek activists who for days have made a line around the Syrians on hunger strike. The Greek authorities continue to be condemned for this reason by the European Court of Human Rights, but in Brussels nobody seems to realize it.

The new EU Commissioner for Immigration, Mr. Avramopoulos, must provide clear answers. Europe has chosen the policy of blocking of escape routes, even for asylum seekers, containing them, in accordance with the Dublin Regulation III, in the country of first entry, which is a move towards externalizing the procedures for asylum in the countries of transit.

It seems clear at this point in time that this is not an isolated issue, which does not concern only Syrian families in protest in Athens at Syntagma Square. It is now clear that the solutions to this serious humanitarian crisis, going on in Greece, from the Evros borders to the ports of Patras and Igoumenitsa, can only arrive from Brussels, from the European Union.

The most important issues are:

1 ) The urgent need for a substantial revision of the Dublin Regulation III, with the right for Syrian refugees who are currently stuck in Greece of a legal and guaranteed passage from Greece to other European countries, in which it is possible to submit an application for asylum. This is the only solution which is consistent with the blocking of procedures that allow refugees to be sent back from another state to Greece, established through several decisions by the administrative courts of various European countries and the judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights.

2 ) The verification of the availability of several European countries to follow the procedures for resettlement of Syrian refugees who have already obtained  asylum or other forms of international protection in other no-European countries.

3) Immediate and temporary reception of Syrian asylum seekers in Greece, ensuring non-separation of families, in decent facilities, prior to their transfer, guaranteed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, to another European country that declares itself available to receive them.

4 ) Monitoring the procedures for international protection and reception systems in Greece and other countries, such as Cyprus, Malta and Italy, which at this time are particularly exposed to the arrival of a very large number of refugees (not only Syrians), in order to verify compliance with the procedures and standards set by the Directives and Regulations of the European Union.

Finally, what is needed is an evaluation of the immediate operational capabilities of EASO, based in Malta, still in the start-up phase, and a review of the funding programs of the European Union to support the increased costs that the above-mentioned will have to bear to effectively harmonize the practices applied in the different states of the Union, in order to achieve: a mutual recognition of decisions on international protection status; a greater respect for the needs of family reunification not yet satisfied by the Dublin Regulation III; and, more generally, an effective freedom of movement in the Schengen area for holders of an international protection status.


FIRST SIGNATORIES:

LasciateCIEntrare, Association Européenne pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme (AEDH), European Civic Forum (ECF), SOLIDAR, CIPSI, Asociatia Pro Democratia, Coalizione italiana per le libertà e i diritti civili (CILD), Forum Italiano sulla Disabilità (FID) - Italian Disability Forum.



If you are interested to support this call, please send your name or association to this mail adress: info@lasciatecientrare.it


 Questa la lettera, inviata pochi giorni fa dalla parlamentare europea Barbara Spinelli ai suoi colleghi, una lettera che finora non ha ottenuto risposta, come non hanno risposto diversi avvocati greci che sono stati contattati dalle associazioni italiane per fornire assistenza legale ai profughi siriani intrappolati ad Atene. Una circostanza quest'ultima, che preoccupa profondamente sulla effettiva possibilità di fare valere i diritti di difesa e il diritto alla protezione dei migranti che transitano in Grecia.

 Dear colleagues, 
We have been informed, yet again, of worrisome developments for some of the protesters of Syntagma Square. 
Italian NGOs provided us with this draft letter that could be sent to the Greek Ministry of Interior. We therefore ask you your opinion on the letter and/or whether you would like to sign it and/or whether
delegation is planning other initiatives to support these syrians,
I would gladly support them!
I would also like to keep up to date Mr Avramopoulos by sending him this letter with more references to the need to amend the current Common European Asylum system and any correction you might find useful.
Looking forward to hearing your comments and opinions on the matter,
Kind Regards and Best Holiday Wishes
Barbara Spinelli
       


Ultimi aggiornamenti... un appello
It continues in Greece the struggle of the Syrian refugees who have demonstrated for weeks in Syntagma Square in Athens. and the strike had been separated by the syrian refugees according to the greek government promises of making the asylum proceded way easier for the syrians in greece and this should be proceeded in a short time.
The agreement between the Syrian refugees and the Greek government was handle by a group of Syrians partecipating to the strike. The group was constantly in contact with all stakeholders and facilitated the finalization of the Agreement between the Greek Authorities and the Syrians participating to the demonstration.
The demonstration of Syntagma Square caused a big damage to the traffickers who economically depend on the Syrian refugees. The latter need the smuggles to illegally cross the European borders and reach the desired destination but most of the time they risk their lifes because of the deadly conditions of the trip they are forced to face.
After Syntagma square was evacuated smuggles and local criminals have started to threaten some of the representatives of the group of Syrians because they could be able to agree with the Greek Government to get for them an international protection visa and therefore be able to cross the borders in a legal way without involving the traffickers.
The same group has received threats  from others Syrians who did not take part to the Syntagma´s demonstration and that therefore didn´t receive the international protection visa from the Greece. The representatives of the Syntagma Square have been threatened via some social Networks. Hate messages have been posted on Facebook; a new page has been created against them to raise hostility and propel act of violence.
They have also received deadly threats via phone. It also happened that one of the organizer of the demonstration of the Syntagma Square while attending a meeting in Exarkia along with some Greek parties, media, lawyers and others Syrian nationals was beaten up by one of those Syrians who were intimidating them.
In another occasion the same group was insulted and accused of disonesty while attending one of the meeting with the Greek Migration Office. Witnesses of the event are Mr. Angelos Syrigos, Advisor of the Interior Minister and Mr. Costa, Regional Manager of the Asylum in Greece.  
It is since the evacuation of Syntagma Square that these group of Syrians are forced to hide themselves from smugglers, Syrians and local criminal groups. Their lifes are constantly in danger.
They denounce the Greek Government of lack of protection. After pushing them into this situation, the Greek Authorities have not guaranteed them the minimal protection from the local and internatinal medias which have shown their pictures all over and have exposed them to serious risk. They condemn as well the Greek Governmet of not fully applying the treaty agreed during the demonstration of Syntagma Square that could solve the issues of Syrians refugees in Greece.
They ask to the humanitarian organizations to take on the responsibility of protecting these people by providing them the legal assistance that so far has been lacking and moving them to a safer area.
They ask to the European States to transfer lawfully these particularly vulnerable people in their territories with a protection visa for asylum seekers.
They ask to the European Parliament and the European Commission to activate all legal instruments to ensure the respect of the fundamental rights of these people in Greece.

 



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