Greece: Transfer Refugees and Asylum seekers to Safety on Mainland

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Respect for Human Rights should Prevail over Use of Force

Following yesterday’s fire in Moria, on Lesvos, which destroyed the Reception and Identification Centre, 31 civil society organizations call on the Greek Government to immediately provide assistance to people who lost their shelter. Those affected, among them many children and at-risk groups, must be carefully transferred to safety on the mainland.

The transfer of at-risk groups, including unaccompanied children, pregnant women, people with disabilities, people with medical and mental health conditions, and older people should be prioritized. People who tested positive for Covid-19 should be given safe housing for the quarantine period, healthcare, and hospitalization if necessary.

Moving people from Lesvos to mainland Greece requires finding urgent solutions to address the fact that many current housing facilities for refugees and asylum seekers are at full capacity. We urge the Greek authorities to work on a coherent plan that maximises all available resources including those from the EU and we renew our call to European leaders to share the responsibility for the reception and support of asylum seekers now more than ever.

In these difficult times, it is of outmost importance that respect for human rights is at the centre of the response to the fire at Moria, and that authorities do not resort to use of force or inflammatory language, but take appropriate steps to de-escalate any risk of violence.

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  • Co-signatories

    ActionAid Hellas

    Amnesty International

    Boat Refugee Foundation

    CRWI Diotima



    Equal Rights Beyond Borders

    Fenix – Humanitarian Legal Aid

    Greek Council for Refugees (GCR)

    Hellenic League for Human Rights

    Hellenic Platform for Development (Ελληνική Πλατφόρμα για την Ανάπτυξη)

    Help Refugees

    Hias Greece


    Humanitarian Legal Aid

    Human Rights Watch

    International Rescue Committee (IRC)

    INTERSOS Hellas

    Legal Centre Lesvos

    Médecins Sans Frontières


    Network for Children’s Rights


    Refugee Legal Support (RLS)

    Refugee Rights Europe (RRE)

    Refugee Support Aegean (RSA)

    Refugee Trauma Initiative

    Solidarity Now

    Symbiosis-School of Political Studies in Greece

    Terre des hommes Hellas

    The HOME Project

  • Member organisations - Greece

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