Joint Action against push-backs signed by 49 NGO’s

Over the last years, the undersigned organisations have been receiving allegations of push-backs at the country’s land and sea borders. This practice seems to have now acquired systematic characteristics and constitutes an official state policy aiming at the prevention of refugee and migrant flows.

Although not a new phenomenon, this policy of land and sea push-backs has, however, escalated in an unprecedented fashion over the last year, both in terms of frequency of incidents and of the means employed. Dozens of complaints, substantiated by evidence (videos, testimonies and photos), have been recorded.

Of the utmost concern is the reported tolerance and/or involvement of FRONTEX as well as the inaction in conducting a substantial inquiry into the public allegations connected to it. This policy not only constitutes a violation of fundamental principles of international law but also poses a direct threat to people’s lives.

We emphatically point out that:

Several of the undersigned organizations have already submitted reports and complaints to international and European bodies, aiming at the effective investigation and prosecution of illegal push-back practices. In addition, we now call on civil society organisations and bodies to come together in an initiative to address the below demands to national, European and international bodies:

THE SIGNING ORGANISATIONS

Advocates Abroad

Attika Human Support

Better Days

Boat Refugee Foundation/Stichting Bootvluchteling

BORDERLINE EUROPE E.V.

Changemakers Lab

Choose Love

Diakonie Oesterreich (Austria)

ECHO100PLUS

Equal Rights Beyond Borders

EuroMed Rights

Europe Must Act

Fenix – Humanitarian Legal Aid

Glocal Roots

HIAS – Greece

HumanRights360

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Irida Women’s Center

Legal Centre Lesvos

Lighthouse Relief (LHR)

Mare Liberum

Mobile Info Team

Mobile Info Team

RAD MUSIC INTERNATIONAL

Refugee Legal Support (RLS)

Refugee Rights Europe (RRE)

Refugee Support Aegean (RSA)

SolidarityNow

Still I Rise

The Hope Project

ΑΛΛΗΛΕΓΓΥΗ ΛΕΣΒΟΥ – LESVOS SOLIDARITY

Αλληλέγγυοι Χίου / Chios Solidarity

ΑΝΤΙΓΟΝΗ – Κέντρο Πληροφόρησης και Τεκμηρίωσης για το Ρατσισμό, την Οικολογία, την Ειρήνη και τη Μη Βία/ ANTIGONE – Information and Documentation Centre on Racism, Ecology, Peace and Non Violence

ΑΡΣΙΣ – Κοινωνική Οργάνωση Υποστήριξης Νέων/ ARSIS – Association for the Social Support of Youth

ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΗ ΕΝΩΣΗ ΓΙΑ ΤΑ ΔΙΚΑΙΩΜΑΤΑ ΤΟΥ ΑΝΘΡΩΠΟΥ

Ελληνικό Παρατηρητήριο των Συμφωνιών του Ελσίνκι/Greek Helsinki Monitor

Ελληνικό Συμβούλιο για τους Πρόσφυγες /Greek Council for Refugees

Ελληνικό Φόρουμ Μεταναστών – Greek Forum of Migrants

ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΟ ΦΟΡΟΥΜ ΜΕΤΑΝΑΣΤΩΝ/ GREEK FORUM OF MIGRANTS

Θετική Φωνή / Positive Voice

Ιριδα-Κέντρο Γυναικών – Irida Women’s Center

ΚΕΝΤΡΟ ΓΥΝΑΙΚΕΙΩΝ ΜΕΛΕΤΩΝ ΚΑΙ ΕΡΕΥΝΩΝ – ΔΙΟΤΙΜΑ / CENTRE FOR RESEARCH ON WOMEN’SISSUES – DIOTIMA

“ΛΑΘΡΑ;” – Επιτροπή Αλληλεγγύης στους Πρόσφυγες Χίου

ΜΕΤΑδραση – Δράση για τη Μετανάστευση και την Ανάπτυξη/ METAdrasi- Action for Migration and Development

ΝΑΟΜΙ, Οικουμενικό Εργαστήρι Προσφύγων, NAOMI, Ecumenical Workshop for Refugees

Οικολογική Κίνηση Θεσσαλονίκης/ Ecological Movement of Thessaloniki

Συμβίωση-Σχολή Πολιτικών Σπουδών στην Ελλάδα, Δίκτυο Σχολών του Συμβουλίου της Ευρώπης / Symbiosis-Schoolof Political Studies in Greece, affiliated to the Council of Europe Network of Schools

Συνύπαρξη και Επικοινωνία στο Αιγαίο, Μυτιλήνη  Coexistence and Communication in the Aegean (Siniparxi) Mytilini

ΣΩΜΑΤΕΙΟ ΥΠΟΣΤΗΡΙΞΗΣ ΔΙΕΜΦΥΛΙΚΩΝ (ΣΥΔ)

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