New evidence shows that Frontex is covering up human rights violations // Updates from Legal Centre Lesvos on asylum interviews during the pandemic // Legal steps taken against Greece by victims of pushbacks // Updates from Ventimiglia // Protests in Paris against violent evictions // Research from Uppsalla University condemns European asylum governance

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Demonstration against violent police evictions, Paris, Place de la République. Copyright: Solidarité Migrants WIlson

FEATURE: New evidence against Frontex: Agency covers up human right violations

Frontex’s involvement in the violation of human rights is finally getting more attention. After a group of international journalists reported on how Frontex was directly involved in at least one pushback and was at the scene of at least four more, EU Commissioner Ylva Johansson summoned an extraordinary meeting of the management board, in order to obtain information from Frontex head Fabrice Leggeri about the allegations. The meeting took place on 10 November. At the meeting, Leggeri confirmed that Frontex assets were in close vicinity to pushbacks, however since no Serious Incident Report (SIR) was filed, there was no evidence of the pushbacks. SIRs are the first step of Frontex internal mechanism to obtain information about human rights violations. …


New rescue missions at sea // Follow-ups on situation in Canary Islands and France // New pushbacks in Greece

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Stansted15 group

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New developments on deportations and repatriations — UK, Greece, Malta, Syria, Afghanistan

The UK Home Office is planning a pre-Christmas mass deportation of black British residents to Jamaica on 2nd December. Despite risks related to COVID-19, they will attempt to put full 50 people with escorts (3 per person) — meaning that there will be a plane crammed with 200 people at the height the pandemic.

The Stansted15 group are in court today appealing their counter-terrorism convictions, as they were charged for blocking a plane and halting the forced deportation of 60 people to Africa. Of the people whose deportations they prevented, 11 now legally live in the UK.

The IOM has also published a factsheet on voluntary relocation schemes from Greece to other European countries. To date, 477 unaccompanied minors have been relocated. Bulgaria has also recently joined the scheme. …


New rescue missions at sea // Follow-ups on situation in Canary Islands and France // New pushbacks in Greece

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Stansted15 group

GENERAL

New developments on deportations and repatriations — UK, Greece, Malta, Syria, Afghanistan

The UK Home Office is planning a pre-Christmas mass deportation of black British residents to Jamaica on 2nd December. Despite risks related to COVID-19, they will attempt to put full 50 people with escorts (3 per person) — meaning that there will be a plane crammed with 200 people at the height the pandemic.

The Stansted15 group are in court today appealing their counter-terrorism convictions, as they were charged for blocking a plane and halting the forced deportation of 60 people to Africa. Of the people whose deportations they prevented, 11 now legally live in the UK.

The IOM has also published a factsheet on voluntary relocation schemes from Greece to other European countries. To date, 477 unaccompanied minors have been relocated. Bulgaria has also recently joined the scheme. …


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Nov 24 · 9 min read

Drownings off Rhodes // critical situation in Afghanistan // judge says “no criminal offense” at Arguinguin dock // Italy and Spain negotiate with African countries // and more…

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Drownings off Rhodes // critical situation in Afghanistan // judge says “no criminal offense” at Arguinguin dock // Italy and Spain negotiate with African countries // and more…

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“Occupation in progress of Place de la République in Paris by 450 exiled people, left in the street following the evacuation on Tuesday of the Saint-Denis camp. We are asking for the opening of accommodation places and a real reception system for exiles.” Photo by Utopia 56

FEATURE: OCCUPATION OF THE PLACE DE LA RÉPUBLIQUE FOLLOWING PARIS EVICTIONS

Utopia 56 covered the occupation that took place on Monday evening in Paris in response to the violent evacuation of the camp in Saint Denis on 17/11/20. The police took 100s of euros of donated tents which left 700–1000 people homeless without any solutions.

Utopia 56 tweetedExpelled from Place de la République, more than 300 of us are walking towards the Town Hall to ask for human dignity through shelters, accommodation and a permanent reception system for exiled people.” There were moments where the protestors were surrounded by the police and chased. …


British Home Office plan mass deportation to Jamaica // Calls to stop the construction of the new ‘camp’ on Lesvos, Greece // First snow over Lipa camp, BiH // Videos and reports from Tuesday’s eviction in Paris.

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British Home Office plan mass deportation to Jamaica / Calls to stop the construction of the new ‘camp’ on Lesvos, Greece / First snow over Lipa camp, BiH / Videos and reports from Tuesday’s eviction in Paris.

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(Photo Credit: Ferri Matheeuwsen. A very sad morning in Calais. Despite the rain or the cold… big dismantling in Marcq and Hospital. Mercilessly we leave hundreds of men without blankets tents or even shoes or clothes. What a country of shame! I’m crying and raging.)

FEATURED: Protests and injustice in Italian CPRs

We reported last week on the situation in the CPR at Gradisca D’Isonzo, in north-eastern Italy. On Friday, LasciateCIEentrare, an association supporting the rights of people on the move in detention, received a video from inside the CPR, showing a detainee in respiratory crisis with no intervention from guards or doctors. …


lowest resettlement levels in recent history / France: violent evictions and a big change in relation to Afghan asylum seekers / new pre-deportation centres in the Canary islands / the lowest number of asylum applications in Finland since the 90s / recommended reads & more

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Nov 21 · 9 min read

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lowest resettlement levels in recent history / France: violent evictions and a big change in relation to Afghan asylum seekers / new pre-deportation centres in the Canary islands / the lowest number of asylum applications in Finland since the 90s / recommended reads & more

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Grande Synthe — photo: Lagkadikia Camqu Hama

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The president of Germany’s parliament has said that on migration the EU has no choice but to work with despotic regimes — and suggested the possibility of offshoring detention. Speaking at a conference on Thursday co-organised by the German EU presidency and the European Parliament, W. Schauble said that the EU deal with Turkey “really didn’t work out” (We will skip commenting this).

We need to recognise that we are reliant on cooperation with dubious powers and regimes in the areas of transit and origin,” he was quoted saying, without citing specific countries.

Demonstrating that it is often easier to agree on what others should do than on what we should do, it appears that the political agreement that will be the culmination of the German EU Presidency will focus strongly on external “cooperation”.
Proposals under discussion involve familiar and novel elements, says ECRE Director Catherine Woollard. …


33 human rights observers under preliminary investigations // Anti-Torture Committee sharply critizises Greece, Greece denies alligations // Sea-Eye is launching a new ship // New rulings of high Spanish Court on hot returns // Updates from the Canary Islands // German’s Office for Migration’s practice deemed illegal by European Court of Justice // Updates from Napier Barracks, UK

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Moria 2.0., with winter approaching. Copyright: Moria White Helmets

FEATURE: Human Rights activists are criminalized once again

Greek authorities investigate against several human right activists from NGO’s who do indispensably important work, not only in directly supporting refugees but especially also in monitoring human rights violations by Greek authorities.
Preliminary proceedings have been opened against 33 people, all of them members of NGOs such as Mare Liberum, Sea Watch, FFM e.V., Josoor and Alarm Phone/Watch the Med. The investigations already started in June. Phones were wiretapped and people were observed, but it was never really clear who was actually being accused. …

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Daily news digests from the field, mainly for volunteers and refugees on the route, but also for journalists and other parties.

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