AYS DAILY DIGEST 9/12/2017: A disastrous reception system that does not guarantee medical assistance to victims of torture

Report of MEDU on the medical assistance given to migrants in Rome / Transfers from Greek islands to mainland and Crete / Donations and volunteers needed/New report to be published regarding police illegal push backs and violence at the border with Serbia / Volunteers needed in Paris/Demo against deportations in the Netherlands / More rescue operations in the Mediterranean / Representation form for victims of armed conflict violence in Afghanistan to be submitted to ICC / More news from Italy, Switzerland, the UK…

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Credit: MEDU — Medici per i diritti umani


According to the latest statistics published by AYS, 3,800 people arrived in the Greek islands the past month, while 2,128 were transferred to the mainland in the same period.

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Credit: Erik Gerhardsson




En Red Sos Refugiados has shared a donations’ request form in order to collect funding for the Victoria Social Centre in Athens. The centre distributes food every day to refugees.

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Credit: En Red SOS Refugiados


Rigardu e.V. will publish on Sunday the full report regarding systematic police violence against refugees and illegal push-backs occurring at the borders of the EU with Serbia. The entire report will be available on their website and on the AYS FB page.




A border guard was sentenced to seven months in prison and a 60-day-fine of 150 francs (with probation) in Switzerland after the miscarriage of a Syrian woman under his responsibility.




Right to Remain has published a detailed article explaining the family return process, which “applies to all families with a dependent child or children (under 18) when the family is liable to be removed from the UK if they are categorised by the Home Office as one of the following:

  • someone who requires leave to enter or remain in the UK but does not have it
  • someone facing deportation from the UK (usually following the serving of a criminal sentence)
  • a person refusing leave to enter or leave to remain
  • a person who has been refused asylum and has asked for assistance in leaving the UK


On Monday, 11 December, the Sudanese Democratic Forum is organising a demonstration, against the deportation threat of three Sudanese refugees at the Ministry of Security and Justice in The Hague. A previous demonstration on 15 May against the deportation of another refugee was a success: not only was the deportation stopped but the refugee was also given right of residence.


115 people have been rescued by Aquarius today. Thankfully, the operation was successful.


On 20 November 2017, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (the ICC), Ms. Fatou Bensouda, requested authorisation from Pre-Trial Chamber III to initiate an investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in relation to the armed conflict in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan since 1 May 2003, as well as regarding similar crimes that are linked to the armed conflict in Afghanistan and were committed on the territory of other States Parties to the Rome Statute since 1 July 2002 (“Situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan”). The Prosecutor issued a Public Notice on the same date.

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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