AYS Daily Digest 15/5/17: Dangerous deportations by the ‘fenced’ Europe continue

Deportations to danger and absence of responsibility for the resulting deaths / New arrivals on crowded Greek islands; doctors wanted on Lesvos; new local racist attacks / Europe urges Hungary to pull back the infamous Bill / millions of asylum funds in the hands of the mafia and Church charities in Italy / Europe’s fences damage wildlife

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Afghanistan — Deportations to insecurity and death threats continue

Reportedly, the people were beaten with fists in their faces and torsos by the police officers, as they remained seated in the aircraft. According to the Danish police officers’ statements, the local police chief pulled one of the passengers out of the seat by pulling his hair.

The Afghan refugee who was deported from Germany on February 14, Farhad Rasuli, was killed by the Talibans in Afghanistan on May 10. His cousin was also murdered and his brother was seriously wounded in the same province that the countries who deport Afghan nationals consider a safe zone.

This sparked outrage and reactions from many refugees in similar situation, as well as activists, lawyers and people aware of the danger in sending people fleeing persecution forcefully back to the danger, refusing to take responsibility for their safety.

A group of organizations in Vienna are also organizing demonstrations against the forced deportations to Afghanistan practiced by the Austrian government.

The Poverty Status Update report shows that Afghan households have been negatively affected by the crisis triggered by the security risk and political transition. Poverty increased substantially from 36 percent in 2011–12 to 39 percent in 2013–14. As a result, 1.3 million more Afghans were unable to satisfy their basic needs.
The economic and security crisis has accentuated deep and widening inequalities between those who have the means to cope with shocks and those who must give up vital assets to stay alive.

Protests against deportations to other countries people fled from are also organized in other European countries. The Dutch are currently fighting another scheduled deportation to Sudan, here is the link to their demonstration event.

SEA

GREECE

Arrivals

The drama continues, families crossing every day to Chios island. The camps are full and worse then ever. All new arrivals stay in tents and are suffering.
Wake up, Europe, this story doesn’t have an end…We are dealing with humans. — Chios volunteer

Urgent need for doctors on Lesvos

ERCI — Emergency Response Centre International

Greeks protest the new austerity package measures with a 24-hour general strike

Racist attacks in Aspropyrgos

HUNGARY

“Public remarks on the activities of civil society raise serious concerns about the government’s commitment to basic freedoms in a democratic society”

“We urge the government to withdraw the Bill and to provide a safe and enabling environment for civil society organizations both in practice and rhetoric, in line with their international human rights obligations,” the experts concluded.

Volunteering teams at the Serbian-Hungarian border need help

We try to give hope and safety in that unpredictable chaos, in which most of these people had to live in for the past years. Performing our new tasks calls for new resources. — Sirius.help

Photo: SIRIUS.HELP

Here are some of the ways you can support or join them.

ITALY

More than 30 million euro Asylum-Mafia affair

FRANCE

EU

Fencing and (wild)life

AUSTRALIA

“Consider your options” — closing of the detention centre

This coincides with the latest report released on Monday by the Amnesty International, whose digital and military experts have verified images and footage from the Good Friday shooting on Manus Island, and their findings contradict claims made by Australian immigration officials.
“This was not an isolated incident. Refugees trapped on Manus Island have faced several violent attacks in the past. They are the direct result of an inherently abusive system put in place by the Australian government.”

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