AYS DAILY DIGEST 03/01/2018: Delays and detentions continue

Delays at the Athens’ Immigration Unit / New centers for unaccompanied minors in central Greece / 1632 people detained across Turkey yesterday / 335 people landed in Catania, Italy / Rough sleeping in Paris / and more

Yesterday afternoon, a refugee cooks for a group of companions in the so-called “jungle” near the Serbian-Croatian border, where they have been living for more than a year; by Gabriel Tizon


The individual; known as K.M, is a 31-year-old citizen of Pakistan, and has been a refugee in Greece since 2016 after being forced to flee due to religious persecution. His detention is purely administrative. His case is on-going and his previous rejection from the Asylum Office has legal reasons to be contested.

Despite his co-operation with the Greek authorities, longstanding health problems, and having a safe address to return to on the island, K.M has been imprisoned in one of the most notorious refugee facilities in Europe. Along with 16 other detainees, K.M is locked in one room for 23 hours per day. Suicide attempts within PROKEKA are numerous.

“K.M lives a punishing life. Every single day he is submitted to conditions that, according to International Law, consist of torture,” said K.M’s lawyer. “Cleanliness, heating, food, communication and dignity within PROKEKA are absolutely unacceptable and degrading for every detainee, not to mention for a person suffering from both depression and a longstanding illness.”

The most recent UNHCR coordination meeting acknowledged that the provision of medical services in PROKEKA is poor. K.M’s requests to see a doctor are only sometimes granted, and always with an average delay of 48 hours. The judicial authorities have been made aware of K.M’s worsening physical and psychological condition, however twice they have refused to order his release, despite this being an option that is legally available.

“This example of detention is unnecessary and dangerous. We raise our voice against the inhumane detention of any human asking for international protection. Detention should be an exceptional measure that should only be implemented in exceptional cases. This is an example of bureaucracy before humanity and it is causing irreversible damage to a large number of already vulnerable people”, said Efi Latsoudi from Lesvos Solidarity.


New centers for minors


Every day new tents are popping up in the Olive Grove, the wild camp around the Moria refugee camp on Lesvos, Greece — Enough is Enough


Volunteers needed

Action from Switzerland are looking for female volunteers for at least 3–4 weeks from February 2018 for the Athena Centre for Women on Chios. The Centre has been a safe space for the female refugee population of Chios since July 2016. Besides empowerment and educational activities, it functions as a hub from where specific needs — legal/psychological/female health — of the women are addressed. Email rahel@actionfromswitzerland.ch with a short introduction of yourself, your availability and CV if interested.

Greek Reporter writes about a possible correlation between the Greek asylum committee granting asylum to one of the Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece after the failed coup attempt and a rise in migrant flow to the Aegean. On Monday and Tuesday alone, 400 more people landed on Chios and Lesvos, adding to the already overcrowded registration centers.

Another 180 asylum seekers were transferred today from Lesvos to inland Greece, amna reports. All of them are members of vulnerable groups of refugees (families, single women, disabled, etc).

Hesam Shaeri Hesari is a political activist and a refugee from Iran. For months he has been under arrest in Lesvos and could be deported from Greece to Turkey in the following hours.




We spent the morning cleaning under the bridge, just four volunteers with some plastic bags and gloves and in few minutes almost 30 people helping and making the place a little bit better… We collected almost 100 huge plastic bags of rubbish!
They want to live in better conditions, we just need to provide them resources to do it.
After cleaning we came back to Eufemia — Info&Legal Point to keep working like dayly, but today we had an unexpected visit. Italian police decided to come in front our local to arrest people, the people with who we are working everyday… our friends. Arrested people will be sent tomorrow to Taranto, 1200km far away from here. They will be back in a week or two… crossing all Italy again and again. Is the way how Italian authorities want to stop our apparently uncomfortable work. Scare the people who are coming to our place as the only possibility to contact their families or have some clothes.



Care4Calais are asking everyone to have a look in their closets for a coat they no longer use and donate it to refugees who need them desperately.

Tents as the only option for refugees in Paris. They are popping up all over the north part of Paris. I was invited for dinner in one of them tonight — Danika Jurisic

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