Why Greece Should #OpenTheIslands

Thousands of asylum seekers are trapped in crowded and filthy processing centers on the Greek islands, with many spending the winter in lightweight tents or even sleeping outside on the ground. Greece contends it has to keep the asylum seekers on the islands because a March 2016 agreement between the European Union and Turkey provides […]

Putin Calls on Europe to Rebuild Syria so Refugees Can Return

Ukraine Should Drop Law That Hampers Activists’ Work

On March 11-12 the European Union’s top diplomat will visit Kyiv. This is an excellent opportunity for Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko to deliver on his promises to the EU and Ukraine’s other international partners to roll back requirements for anti-corruption activists and journalists to declare their personal income and assets online. These requirements, embedded in a law adopted in […]

Greece: Dire Conditions for Asylum Seekers on Lesbos

Greece: 13,000 Still Trapped on Islands As EU-Turkey Anniversary Nears, Move Asylum Seekers to Mainland Safety

(Athens) – Thousands of asylum seekers are trapped on the Aegean islands in deplorable conditions and without access to adequate protection and basic services, nine human rights and humanitarian organizations said today as part of the #OpenTheIslands campaign. The Greek government should act immediately to end the “containment policy” that traps asylum seekers in these conditions on the […]