Aegean Migrant Solidarity

Prayers for Peacemakers 24 November 2021 Aegean Migrant Solidarity

Last week two critical trials were scheduled to take place in Mytilene court, Lesvos. Both were an attempt to punish solidarity. The first concerned 24 people who were arrested in February 2018 on charges related to human smuggling and espionage, simply for being members of search-and-rescue networks on the coastline of the Aegean Sea. Despite working in full knowledge of the authorities, their criminalisation was part of a chain of arrests aimed at deterring independent sea rescue and monitoring initiatives. In the end, their trial was postponed because of procedural issues, leaving the 24 defendants again in limbo. The accused themselves demand a timely trial in order to prove their innocence.

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 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.

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.

Η ΔΙΚΗ ΤΩΝ 6 ΤΗΣ ΜΟΡΙΑΣ

Η δίκη των 4 από τους 6 εφήβους Αφγανούς – καταγωγής Χαζαρά –  που κατηγορήθηκαν για το κάψιμο του ΚΥΤ της Μόριας τον περασμένο Σεπτέμβριο, που είναι και γνωστή η υπόθεση ως οι 6 της Μόριας, πραγματοποιήθηκε στις 11 Ιουνίου 2021 στο δικαστήριο της Χίου. Παρά το γεγονός ότι 5 από τους 6 ήταν ανήλικοι, μόνο 2 από αυτούς αναγνωρίστηκαν και δικάστηκαν στο Δικαστήριο Ανηλίκων της Μυτιλήνης.  Η υπόθεση των 2 εκδικάστηκε τον Μάρτιο του 2021 και καταδικάστηκαν σε ποινή φυλάκισης 5 ετών. 

AEGEAN MIGRANT SOLIDARITY: Trial of the Moria 6

The trial of four of the six Afghan youth—all teenagers, all of Hazara origin—accused of burning down Moria camp last September, collectively known as the Moria 6, was held on 11 June 2021 in Chios Island. Although five of the six were minors, only two of them were recognized as such and were tried in Mytilene juvenile court. The case of these two was heard in March 2021 and they were sentenced to five years imprisonment each. The remaining four were on trial for ‘arson endangering the life of an unknown number of people’, ‘destruction of public property’ and ‘membership of a criminal group’. Before the trial, more than seventy solidarity groups and non-governmental organizations signed an open call for a fair and transparent trial.

AMS: Moria 6 sentenced to 10 years imprisonment after fire in Moria camp

Saturday 12 June, four teenage asylum seekers were found guilty of ‘arson with risk to human life’ and sentenced to ten years imprisonment at Chios court after the fire in Lesvos’ Moria camp. Despite documents proving that three of the accused were minors at the time of arrest, they were tried as adults. Two of the six defendants had already been sentenced in March at the juvenile court in Lesvos.
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