Open letter to European governments: Immediately honour commitments to relocate unaccompanied children from the Greek islands

Athens, 3 April 2020 We, the undersigned organizations, jointly call on European governments to proceed immediately with the emergency relocation of unaccompanied children from the Reception and Identification Centres (RICs) on the Greek islands, with no discrimination, giving precedence to existing family links and the best interests of the child. In mid-March, a group of […]

Greece: Move Asylum Seekers, Migrants to Safety

Immediate Hotspot Decongestion Needed to Address COVID-19 (Athens, March 24, 2020) – Greece’s government should immediately reduce congestion in the islands’ Reception and Identification Centers (RICs) for asylum seekers and migrants to avert a public health crisis amid the coronavirus pandemic, 21 human rights and humanitarian organizations said today. Thousands of people, including older people, […]


In an open letter addressed to the Greek and European political leadership, 24 civil society organisations express our concerns about recent developments at the country’s borders, in particular those concerning people who have arrived to Greece since March 1st, as among the newcomers, there are families with children and according to all indications unaccompanied minors. […]

“Protect our laws and humanity!”

Open Letter by 256 Organizations To: Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, Kyriakos Mitsotakis President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli President of the European Council, Charles Michel President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen Athens, 6 March 2020 – The undersigned organisations are deeply concerned about recent developments at the Evros border […]

Racist Violence Recording Network: Serious concern over attacks against refugees and humanitarian workers

The Racist Violence Recording Network (RVRN) strongly condemns the recent incidents targeting refugees, asylum seekers, and humanitarian workers on the Greek Aegean islands and at Evros. In recent days, the member organizations of the RVRN witness numerous and escalating xenophobic and racist incidents, by groups of some locals against newly arrived refugees and migrants, as […]

Greece/EU: Urgently Relocate Lone Children

Refugee Camps Have Reached Breaking Point Athens, March 4, 2020 – European Union (EU) Member States should urgently relocate unaccompanied children from the Greek islands to safety in their territory, while ensuring that the children’s best interests are taken into account, 65 human rights, humanitarian and civil society organizations said in a statement today. The […]