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Legal Centre Lesvos
Defending and advancing the rights of refugees and migrants on the Greek island of Lesvos. Restricted Fund under Prism the Gift Fund, Charity no. 1099682.
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Giorgos Christides Nov 26
Just wow.. a startling, minute by minute account of a in the Aegean by Greek coast guard. Recorded by themselves. Migration minister ⁦⁩ and Frontex boss Leggeri have a lot of explaining to do. Detailed report in ⁦⁩ soon...
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Legal Centre Lesvos Nov 25
Replying to @EASO
...which is perhaps unsurprising, given US-based consultancy McKinsey's role in the border procedure in Greece, and the company's 2017 contract with itself - which was worth almost a million euros.
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Legal Centre Lesvos Nov 25
Replying to @lesboslegal
EASO’s emphasis on its own “productivity,” in face of such widespread procedural violations, underlines the agency’s willingness to gloss over the migrants’ rights (and its own legal obligations) in pursuing corporate metrics of success...
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Legal Centre Lesvos Nov 25
Replying to @lesboslegal
These are exhausting and inappropriate conditions for anyone, but particularly when people are awaiting an interview about trauma they have survived. Furthermore, given the present COVID-19 pandemic, such overcrowded conditions also place Applicants’ health at serious risk.
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Legal Centre Lesvos Nov 25
Replying to @lesboslegal
There is no or very little provision of food and water, and access to hygiene facilities is limited. There is no shelter from the cold weather. Some applicants reported that they were instructed to stay seated, and that they should not move or talk.
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Legal Centre Lesvos Nov 25
Replying to @lesboslegal
While EASO officers are able to conduct interviews from the comfort and safety of their homes, Applicants are bussed from the new camp to the interview site and left to wait - outside and in confined conditions, and often for several hours.
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Legal Centre Lesvos Nov 25
Replying to @EASO
In one interview, the interviewer's dog was barking loudly in the background; in another, the interviewer from interrupted the applicant and asked her to shorten her answer because the caseworker said she had difficulties taking notes, due to the poor connection.
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Legal Centre Lesvos Nov 25
Replying to @lesboslegal
The majority of interviews are being conducted remotely via telephone/video, with neither the interpreter nor interviewer in the same place as the interviewee. There are numerous issues, inc. poor connection, background noise, and a lack of privacy.
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Legal Centre Lesvos Nov 25
Replying to @lesboslegal
Vulnerable people, inc. unaccompanied minors, face similar issues. An alleged minor was given a day's notice of his interview. Before & during, he stated that he is a child, he struggles with his mental health, and he was not ready to do his interview. It took place nonetheless.
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Legal Centre Lesvos Nov 25
Replying to @lesboslegal
Two people went to request an interview date from authorities & were put on a bus without being told why or where they were going. Later, they found out they were being taken for their asylum interview. They were not mentally prepared, and worry they will be rejected as a result.
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Legal Centre Lesvos Nov 25
Replying to @lesboslegal
The EU Asylum Procedures Directive states that steps should be taken to ensure “personal interviews are conducted under conditions which allow applicants to present the grounds for their applications in a comprehensive manner.” In Lesvos, there are serious concerns about this.
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Legal Centre Lesvos Nov 25
Replying to @lesboslegal
Despite these dire procedural and material circumstances, the authorities have been eager to resume interviews; in fact, EASO recently announced that it aims to complete all interviews for migrants in Lesvos by the end of the lockdown.
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Legal Centre Lesvos Nov 25
Replying to @lesboslegal
The majority of migrants in Lesvos are residing in the camp hastily built to replace the former Moria RIC. Conditions there remain abysmal, over two months after its construction. The camp has flooded repeatedly, and the cold and wind is making people sick and tired.
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Legal Centre Lesvos Nov 25
Replying to @lesboslegal
In Lesvos, the services of the Regional Asylum Office and EASO have been partially suspended since 2 September 2020, following the first positive COVID-19 case in camp and the fires that subsequently destroyed it.
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Legal Centre Lesvos Nov 25
Replying to @EASO
announced last week that it has increased the number of interviews conducted on the Aegean Islands by 170% throughout 2020 - this despite the month-long suspension of asylum, COVID-related lockdowns, and devastating fires that have affected the islands this year.
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Legal Centre Lesvos Nov 25
While Europe struggles with second wave of COVID-19 infections, Greece rushes asylum seekers through procedures in . Our latest report raises serious concerns about the quality of personal interviews conducted by :
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Legal Centre Lesvos Nov 9
Replying to @lesboslegal
The new Frontex contract with Elbit Systems, and the Greek authorities' loan of drones from the Israeli Aerospace Industries, demonstrates Europe's willingness to cooperate with companies profiting off the oppression of Palestinians - and must be resisted. 7/end
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Legal Centre Lesvos Nov 9
Replying to @lesboslegal
Tomorrow, analyst and interpreter Amal Adwan of the Legal Centre Lesvos will speak at a webinar on EU border militarisation, the role of Israeli military companies & ways to coordinate actions against this. Join the panel at 3pm CET - all details here: 6/n
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Legal Centre Lesvos Nov 9
Replying to @ECCPBrussels
“The end of the use of Elbit drones by EMSA shows that public pressure has impact to stop unethical practices and shed light on the atrocious sales strategies of Israeli arms companies”, said Aneta Jerska, . See more: 5/n
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Legal Centre Lesvos Nov 9
Replying to @lesboslegal
Elbit develops its drones together with the Israeli military and promotes its technology as field tested – on Palestinians. It provides 85% of the drones used by Israel in its repeated military assaults and continued inhumane siege on Gaza. 4/n
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