CPT Aegean Migrant Solidarity

Coast Guard boats docked at the port of Samos

Scandalous case of criminalization of refugees: Trial against #Samos2 set for 18 May

In an unprecedented move, Greek authorities have charged a refugee with the drowning of his 6-year-old son during a shipwreck. On 18 May 2022, he will be on trial in Samos together with his co-passenger, who is facing life imprisonment for steering the boat. Seventy organizations across Europe call for the charges against the #Samos2 to be dropped.

The human rights groups Aegean Migrant Solidarity, borderline-europe e.V. and the European Democratic Lawyers will monitor the trial. Twitter: @BorderlineEurop; #Samos2

three people sit in a court room bent over their chairs, with their backs to the camera.

#Paros3 were sentenced to a total of 439 years for steering the boat

On 05 May, the trial against the Paros3, Kheiraldin, Abdallah and Mohamad, took place on the Greek island of Syros. Both the prosecution and the judges acknowledged that the three defendants were not the smugglers and had not acted for profit, nor were they to blame for the 18 lost lives. Despite this, the three fathers were nevertheless convicted of “facilitating unauthorized entry,” resulting in a sentence of 187 years for the “captain” and 126 years for each of the two “assistants.”

A police officer in riot gear walks past a concrete wall. On the wall is written "No one is illegal" and "Solidarity with migrants."

Migrants crossing the Aegean face double the risk

Not only are migrants subject to the dangers of fleeing across the ocean in unsafe vessels, they also face the risk of being pushed back into the open waters by Greek authorities.

People protest outside court with signs that read "Justice for Amir and Razuli" and Free Amir and Razuli

Appeal trial against Amir and Razuli interrupted

The chain of injustice that Amir and Razuli were confronted with over the last years is continued: arbitrarily arrested, detained, and convicted without any evidence, and now their appeal trial is interrupted.

Looking up at a Greek flag flying on top of a building.

Justice for Amir and Razuli!

The two men from Afghanistan were seeking safety in Europe, but were instead arbitrarily convicted to 50 years imprisonment.

orange rafts in the sea with clouds in the background

Violence at the border: the case of pushbacks

Join the Aegean Migrant Solidarity team in conversation with the Legal Centre Lesvos, which has been documenting pushbacks in the Aegean sea and offering legal support to the victims of this practice.

Two pieces of large machinery moves land on a proposed site for a migrant detention centre to manage the refugee crisis

To no more worlds built behind bars

The Greek government celebrates its management of the migration crisis, leaving atrocious human rights violations in its wake.

A picture of a crowd from behind marching in a demonstration on a street

Which side are we on?

We stood alongside those with whom we have our disagreements but who share the position that there should be no ‘camps’ because camps are prisons. But we also stood amongst our opposition, those who do not want camps because they can’t stand the people in them.

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