AYS Daily Digest: Police investigation of abuse of minors in Greece

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A Kiosk near a transit zone, Serbia/Hungary border Photo Credit: Amien Essif


Around 70,000 civilians are starving on the border of Jordan.

Using the excuse of protection against ISIS activity in this area, the Jordanian government has limited air strikes to the region that is a hotspot for Syrian refugees, according to Al Jazeera. It is likely that unless the situation changes, this action will also result in pressing refugees into choosing northern routes towards Europe rather than staying in the vicinity if there is inadequate and life-threatening conditions closer to home.


Westeros comes to Greece, serious reports of abuse of minors in camps

As part of HBO’s Game of Thrones’ partnership with the International Rescue Committee, several cast members from the popular series visited several refugee camps in Greece, expressing horror over the plight of refugees. Lena Headey, Maisie Williams, and Liam Cunningham took a break from their imaginary characters’ bloody lives to hear about the equally violent reality of refugees trapped in Greece. Liam Cunningham had pointed words to say on the crisis: Cunningham heard about the fear felt by Afghan and Syrian fathers. He said:


Up to eighty-three refugees caught in sting operations across Macedonia.

Macedonian news reports that dozens of refugees have been caught in sting operations targeting smugglers transiting Macedonia. As camps have been emptying across Macedonia, activists continue to push for safe passage as Macedonia quickly ascends the list of countries with an extremely dangerous reputation.

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Night vision photos of patrols at Serbia-Hungary border. Photo Credit: Balasz Cseckö


Serbia/Hungary: Long lines, unclear protocols, and inadequate services.

Predicted by Deutsche Welle in May 2016, the transit zones, not to be confused with camps of which there is one in Subotica, are rapidly being considered the new Idomenis, with many NGOs, volunteers and journalists being thoroughly and perplexingly limited from entering and delivering aid. Although a few more NGOs are on-site, most volunteer work takes place at the bus station.

Volunteers interested in assisting in Kelebija and/or Horgos are strongly encouraged to read and listen to the experiences of volunteers currently on-site in order to find the best way to deliver aid. Although the situation remains dire, this new attention in media will surely bring new waves of support and/or volunteer interest, and it is of utmost importance that chaos is kept to a minimum in order to best support the community of refugees there. A volunteer network has emerged that notifies volunteers on-site of incoming refugees. The following is a report from journalist Amien Essif who ahs been traversing the Balkan route.

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Oreokastro flooding Photo: Geo Messmer


In addition to the conviction of the Roezke eleven, Hungarian authorities also target support agencies.

Migszol Csoport also experienced discrimination and was prevented from fully covering the event. As anti-refugee sentiment hardens, supporters of refugees will come under fire. Read their experience at the trial below.

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A refugee shows solidarity with those imprisoned in Hungary Photo Credit: Amien Essif


New discussions on immigration in Slovakia

Acknowledging that migration and refugee issues “can be a divisive subject,” president of Slovakia Robert Fico called for new dialogue and a “change of narrative” on the subject. “This is a complex issue that needs a complex political solution rather than an administrative one,” said President Fico. Despite this call for change, the president held his ground against the perceived centralization of migration decisions, advocating for local change taking precedence over EU-administered policy. He furthermore warned that the lack of dialogue and perceived “coercive” policy could only strengthen fascist movements throughout central Europe.


Amnesty International has joined the chorus of voices decrying the EU-Turkey deal.

As the projected start date of July first has come and gone in terms of implementation of the EU-Turkey deal, more voices have joined up in critiquing it. Like others before, Amnesty International highlights Turkey’s lack of capacity, already struggling under a paperwork load of over two-million refugees, transparency, and justice for refugees as many are forced into exploitative situations in order to remain in Turkey. As such, Amnesty International does not consider Turkey to be a safe “third country” in this context. Until effective protection is delivered, many heavyweights in the human rights community will continue to protest the deal.

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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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