AEGEAN MIGRANT SOLIDARITY: The real crime is the border regime - Justice for N. & Hasan

On the Greek islands, the politics of criminalization and deterrence of refugees is escalating: in an unprecedented move, N., a young father, is charged with the drowning of his 6-year-old son during a shipwreck. He will be on trial together with his co-passenger Hasan who is facing life imprisonment for steering the boat – a common practice at Europe's external borders. 

Prayers for Peacemakers 27 October 2021 US/Mexico Borderlands

The United States closed its border with Mexico in March of 2020 ostensibly to prevent the spread of Covid-19, but in the process, denying entry to people seeking asylum and to Mexican residents who frequently travel to and from the US. On Sunday, 7 November 2021, the US will reopen the Mexican border to fully vaccinated visitors.  For the first time in over 19 months, people in Mexico who have valid passports, US visas, and have been vaccinated can enter the US again.  People can again visit with family and friends, go shopping, and travel on vacations.  It is still unclear if unvaccinated children will be allowed to travel with their parents.

Prayers for Peacemakers 6 October 2021 Aegean Migrant Solidarity

In September, a new immigration detention centre on the Aegean island of Samos was inaugurated. According to the Greek government's proposals, new detention centres will follow on the islands of Chios and Lesvos in 2022. The government proudly claims humane conditions in the new detention centre, namely water, heating, laundry facilities, a volleyball court, a playground and more. Those living there will enter using fingerprint scans.

Prayers for Peacemakers 8 September 2021 US/Mexico Borderlands

Every day during this time of the year, Rosalinda Sagaste Chavez goes to the garden of the DouglaPrieta Trabajan Women’s Cooperative in Agua Prieta, Sonora, to water the plants, pull weeds, and gather the ripe vegetables.  As the co-op’s director, she leads the women who grow the community garden, cook and serve meals for visitors to the border, and sew shopping bags, aprons, and other items for a business in Tucson, AZ.  During the pandemic, they have sewn thousands of facemasks.

Prayers for Peacemakers 28 July 2021 US/Mexico Borderlands

At the end of June 2021, the Migrant Resource Center (CRM for its acronym in Spanish) celebrated 15 years of support to migrants travelling in both directions on the border between Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, and Douglas, Arizona, USA.  The CRM—a collaboration of several faith-based organizations—offers food, first aid, phone calls, and information to people whom US Border Patrol has repatriated to Mexico.  Additionally, in the last 15 years, the CRM has helped Mexican citizens locate relatives who might be in detention in the US and has provided support to asylum seekers. 

VIAL 15 Davası Raporu

AMS olarak, göç ve göçmenlerin suçlu sayılmasının Yunanistan ve Avrupa Birliği'nin göçü "yönetme" yönteminin temel taşı olduğuna inanıyoruz. Mahkeme salonlarının duvarlarına bugüne kadar birçok karanlık sayfa yazıldı. Bu nedenle, yargılamalarda gözlemcilerin bulunması, usulleri karşılaştırması ve usulsüzlükleri, adaletsizlikleri ve ulusal ve uluslararası yasaların ihlallerini ortaya çıkarması önemli. Gözlemcilerin mevcudiyeti sanıklara maddi ve manevi destek sağlamakta, hakim, savcı ve polise izlendiklerini göstermekte ve sanığın adil yargılanma şansını artırmaktadır. Bu kapsamda Sakız adasındaki VIAL kampını ateşe vermekle suçlanan VIAL 15 olarak bilinen on beş gencin duruşmasında hazır bulunduk.

Για την Δίκη των 15 της ΒΙΑΛ

Ως AMS εκτιμούμε πως η ποινικοποίηση της μετανάστευσης και των μεταναστών είναι ένα καίριο ζήτημα στον τρόπο που Ελλάδα και Ε.Ε. «διαχειρίζονται» το μεταναστευτικό ζήτημα και πολλές «μαύρες σελίδες» αδικίας και συστηματικών διακρίσεων έχουν γραφτεί μέσα στους τέσσερις τοίχους των δικαστικών αιθουσών. Για το λόγο αυτό έχει ιδιαίτερη σημασία να υπάρχουν παρατηρητές στις δίκες ώστε να συγκρίνουν και να αποκαλύπτουν παρατυπίες, αδικίες, παραβίασες εγχώριων και διεθνών νομοθεσιών. Παράλληλα η παρουσία των παρατηρητών να συμβάλλει στην ανάγκη υλικής και ηθικής υποστήριξής ανθρώπων που κατηγορούνται, δείχνοντας σε δικαστές εισαγγελείς και αστυνομία ότι δεν δρουν ερήμην, αυξάνοντας τις πιθανότητες οι κατηγορούμενοι να λάβουν μια δίκαιη δίκη. Σε αυτό το πλαίσιο είμασταν παρόντες τη δίκη για τον εμπρησμό της ΒΙΑΛ.

AEGEAN MIGRANT SOLIDARITY: Report on the trial of the VIAL 15

The criminalization of migration and migrants has become a cornerstone of Greek and European Union migration “management”. Many dark pages have been written on the walls of the courtrooms. Therefore, it is crucial to have observers at the trials to compare procedures and expose irregularities, injustices, and violations of domestic and international laws. The presence of observers also offers moral support and basic needs for the accused and shows judges, prosecutors and police that they are being watched, increasing the chances that the accused will receive a fair trial. In this context, AMS was present at the trial of fifteen young men, known as the VIAL 15, accused of setting fire to the VIAL camp on Chios island.

Prayers for Peacemakers 14 July 2021 Aegean Migrant Solidarity

Since March 2020, we have observed a significant increase in push-backs in the Aegean Sea, and the number of new arrivals to the Aegean Islands has dropped dramatically. Push-backs consist of collective expulsion of migrants back into Turkish waters by the Greek Coast Guard, in collaboration with Frontex and NATO, putting at risk the lives of people on the move to seek a safe place. Verbal and psychological violence, and in some cases also torture, is used against migrants during these push-backs. They’re exposed to violent attacks, their dingies are often damaged on purpose, and they are left to their fate in the sea on orange liferafts or motorless boats.
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