Bodies returned to Libya // human trafficking by municipalities in Turkey // insight into the revoked resident permits of Syrians in Denmark // and more…

In a report from February 2021, Reporters Without Borders insisted that “Greece’s new national guidelines for policing demonstrations are likely to restrict the media’s reporting and access to information, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) warns, calling on the Greek authorities to review the guidelines in consultation with representatives of the country’s journalists.” Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis / AFP

FEATURE: Freedom of the press suffered in Greece during 2020

Reporters Without Borders just published an update on press freedom during 2020 within Greece. The situation is not good to say the least. The conservative government led by Kyriakos Mitsotakis really sought to control the flow of information whether it be on COVID-19 or refugee issues. Here is their summary:

“Press freedom suffered in Greece in 2020. The conservative government led by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis granted generous tax rebates on advertising in the media…


Spain: National authorities attempt to stop solidarity in Ceuta // UK: Five people climb in to Napier Barracks // Central Mediterranean: LCG don’t intervene but ban available rescue ships from doing so // France: More evictions in Croatia

Solidarity banner at Mytilene’s court, Lesvos, 22/06/2021 (Credit: Can’t Evict Solidarity)

Featured — Greece: #Vial15 under trial

On Tuesday, 22 June, the trial against the #Vial15 started in the court of Mytilini, on Lesvos Island. Fifteen people from different countries stand accused of starting riots and arson within the EU Hotspot Camp Vial on Chios Island on the night of 18–19 April 2020. The arrests followed protests against the inhumane conditions of Vial camp after a woman died in…


AI’s Pushback report calls out Frontex / Greece: Dutch journalist arrested for “facilitating illegal residence to an asylum seeker” / France: intimidation of activist in the heart of Paris / more news, reports and recommended reads

Photo: Sara Creta

FEATURED

It is only now, following press reports of minors, children, being sexually assaulted by Libyan guards, that the EU Commission is officially saying it is “pressing” to shut down Libyan detention centres.

As Brussels dumped the responsibilities on Rome, all international organisations and representatives of the EU rush to make sure the public is aware they oppose torture and degrading treatment of people.

Even if it is not the first time that I have experienced sexual assaults, these are the most painful, because they are committed by the people who are supposed to protect us, one of the molested girls…


Two women killed in Idlib // Up to two million child laborers in Turkey // Israel struggles to reexamine asylum applications // Teeange girls in Libya report sexual abuse in EU-funded camp // Hundreds of children in Greece need psychological care // French police changes raid tactics in Calais // Germany reunites fewer and fewer families

WFP Jordan needs to end it’s food assistance to Thousands of people due to budget problems. Credits: Twitter/@WFP

Syria

Two women were killed and more people injured in Southern Idlib, according to SNHR: The “Syrian regime artillery forces fired shells at houses located near the high-water tank in northeast of al Bara village” in a breach of the ceasefire agreement.

Jordan

As the World Food Programme (WFP) announced it will end its monthly food assistance of up to 32$ per person to some 21,000 Syrian refugees due to a shortage of funds. “WFP urgently needs US$58 million to continue food assistance until the end of the year for the half million refugees it supports,” the statement reads. Food insecurity among…


Handover of ‘Black Book on Pushbacks’ to Austrian Parliament // Rape and sexual violence in EU supported detention centres in Libya // Dismantling of rule of law and press freedom in Greece // Demonstration at the Croatian border // Updates on the fence at North Macedonian and Serbian border // 5th Frontex operation outside EU launched

Natalie Gruber and others raising awareness about Pushbacks in Vienna. Copyright: Josoor

This weekend with World Refugee Day on Sunday 20th of June saw many actions in support of the situation of people on the move, but also some free-riders and hypocrites trying to whitewash their actions by posting fake solidarity. In today’s feature we speak about Natalie Grubers campaign in Austria, raising awareness about pushbacks. This part will be followed by a short and incomplete best and worst of #WorldRefugeeDay.

Natalie Gruber hands ‘Black Book of Pushbacks’ to Austrian members of parliament

On Friday 18th of June, Natalie Gruber from Josoor, a member organization of the Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN), handed the Black Book of Pushbacks to Austrian Members of Parliament. The…


Handover of ‘Black Book on Pushbacks’ to Austrian Parliament // Rape and sexual violence in EU supported detention centres in Libya // Dismantling of rule of law and press freedom in Greece // Demonstration at the Croatian border // Updates on the fence at North Macedonian and Serbian border // 5th Frontex operation outside EU launched

Natalie Gruber and others raising awareness about Pushbacks in Vienna. Copyright: Josoor

This weekend with World Refugee Day on Sunday 20th of June saw many actions in support of the situation of people on the move, but also some free-riders and hypocrites trying to whitewash their actions by posting fake solidarity. In today’s feature we speak about Natalie Grubers campaign in Austria, raising awareness about pushbacks. This part will be followed by a short and incomplete best and worst of #WorldRefugeeDay.

Natalie Gruber hands ‘Black Book of Pushbacks’ to Austrian members of parliament

On Friday 18th of June, Natalie Gruber from Josoor, a member organization of the Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN), handed the Black Book of Pushbacks to Austrian Members of Parliament. The…


Potsdam to become a welcome city / New evictions in the north of France / Spain: Racist attacks in Murcia, 2 people dead; 4 died off the coast of Lanzarote / Danish policies separating Syrian families / UN criticizes UK policies / Recommended reads & more

Are You Syrious?

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Potsdam to become a welcome city / New evictions in the north of France / Spain: Racist attacks in Murcia, 2 people dead; 4 died off the coast of Lanzarote / Danish policies separating Syrian families / UN criticizes UK policies / Recommended reads & more

Evicting people from makeshift campsites during police raids in the Grande Synthe area (Photo: Utopia 56 Grande-Synthe)

FEATURED

Today we would like to simply share a personal story as the featured news of the day. Although many worrying political decisions are being made, some positive changes are appearing and quite a number of disturbing news items are coming from the ground.
But, from Josoor’s Sleepless Mind series, alternating with previous reports about people who have had to experience pushbacks, we share their story of an eight-year-old Syrian girl.

This young child’s experience highlights to us that a Europe which disregards the basic rights of children on a daily basis, no doubt has worse treatment in store for adults.


Lebanese bank burns 250 million USD in UN aid // New footage from Malakasa camp // New vaccination campaign in Sicily

Are You Syrious? · Jun 18 · 3 min read

More than 13,000 people were pulled back to Libya in 2021 — a place that is not safe for them. Credits: Twitter/@TilleyMarc

Lebanon

Lebanese banks have burned at least 250 million dollars in UN humanitarian aid, which was intended to support people on the run and poor communities. According to Thomson Reuters Foundation, they lost the money by “selling the local currency at highly unfavorable rates”, Al Arabiya reports. …


Lebanese bank burns 250 million USD in UN aid // New footage from Malakasa camp // New vaccination campaign in Sicily

More than 13,000 people were pulled back to Libya in 2021 — a place that is not safe for them. Credits: Twitter/@TilleyMarc

Lebanon

Lebanese banks have burned at least 250 million dollars in UN humanitarian aid, which was intended to support people on the run and poor communities. According to Thomson Reuters Foundation, they lost the money by “selling the local currency at highly unfavorable rates”, Al Arabiya reports. Due to the economic crisis and inflation, the value of the aid has shrunk despite the amount per person increasing , making it hard for people to get basic supplies like food.

Greece

“Despite mounting national and international pressure, Greece is still continuing, business as usual, with pushbacks and the EU stands idly by”, Raphael…

Are You Syrious?

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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