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Sara and Seán are Free and Will Continue to Defend Solidarity

Berlin, 12 December 2018. Last week brought us news worthy of much celebration at SolidarityNow. On Wednesday 5 December, and after spending 107 days in pre-trial detention, Sara Mardini and Seán Binder were finally released on bail. Sara became internationally known when she and her sister Yusra pulled a boat to safety and saved a […]

Greece, EU: Move Asylum Seekers to Safety End Containment Policy, Organize Transfers Now

The Greek government and its European Union partners should urgently ensure that all asylum seekers on the Aegean islands are transferred to suitable accommodation on the mainland or relocated to other EU countries as winter approaches, 20 human rights and other organizations said today. Despite the Greek government’s recent efforts to transfer asylum seekers from […]

Takeaways: The first Sirius Policy Dialogue Workshop on Labour Market Integration

The first SIRIUS policy dialogue workshop Integration of Migrants and Refugees: a contested issue in domestic and EU politics and how to address it was held in Athens on Friday 9 November. The SIRIUS consortium, in collaboration with its partners SolidarityNow and DIKTIO, convened different stakeholders to explore how Europe can approach migration and asylum […]

On November 25th we demand the elimination of violence against women and girls

November 25th is when we demand the elimination of violence against women and girls. Since its inception in 1991, the international campaign galvanizes concrete actions to ultimately bring the number of women and girls who experience any and all forms of violence down to zero. It was the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women of 1993 that first amplified the issue as a […]

Joint Letter to European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship

In view of the ongoing reforms of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and related national-level developments, SolidarityNow, along with 18 civil society organisations across Europe, calls on the European Commission to seize this historic opportunity to promote an orderly and efficient asylum system which strengthens the EU’s and Member States’ ability to meet obligations […]

International Day of the Girl: An Opportunity to address Female Genital Mutilation

by Melina Dunham, Advocacy Intern October 11 marks the 6th annual International Day of the Girl. Today’s celebration aims to address both the challenges girls face and to promote their empowerment and uphold their human rights. In this spirit, it is important to address the issues of women’s reproductive health and sexual violence which remain […]

Conditions at Moria are “shameful”.

19 NGOs decry conditions at the site, now worse than ever, and call for sustainable solutions to both decongest the islands and improve conditions across first receptions centres in North Aegean Sea. Athens, September 13, 2018 – Over 17,000 people remain crammed in Greek island reception centers with a total capacity for only 6,000, living […]

Help is no crime: stand with volunteers against the criminalisation of solidarity

The arrest of Sarah Mardini and Seán Binder is the latest case of a worrying trend towards the criminalisation of solidarity in Europe. The two volunteers were arrested by the Greek authorities on 21 August for helping refugees and migrants arriving by sea on Lesbos island. With this joint letter, European civil society organisations call […]