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Abandoned and abused: the forgotten Syrian refugee children on a Greek detention island

Via The Guardian – Stranded on Chios women and teenagers face new horrors, with reports of police beatings, rape and knife attacks:

What those that successfully make the crossing quickly encounter could hardly be further from their aspirations of a civilised and safe world. The child refugees of Chios describe being stabbed by local people, police beatings, attacks by the far right, knife fights among drunken adult asylum seekers, and sleepless nights in flimsy tents on pebble beaches.

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Halkların Köprüsü: Report of Torbalı visit after attack on refugees in April

Via Halkların Köprüsü – We re-issue a report by the association Halkların Köprüsü (Bridging Peoples) in Izmir, who visited refugees after they got attacked by locals in Torbalı in April this year. Having spoken to many people involved in the incident, they claim that in order to avoid such tensions in the future, the state should provide them with a safe and long-lasting legal status as close to citizenship as possible.

The report was published already in May and can also be read on the homepage of the association.

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Syrian girls forced into child marriage in exchange of 5.000 TL

Via Birgun (Link in Turkish) – Ankara representatives of the Association of ‘The United Turkmens of Syria’ are marrying off young girls of families that applied for help in exchange of 5.000 TL while they are lying about the real age of the girls. According to statements of the witnesses more than 300 refugee girls were forced into marriage by the association.
Read the full article in Turkish here.

Call For Immediate Release Of Taner Kılıç, Human Rights Defender And Member Of Kayiki

Via Kayiki – On June 6, 2017 Taner Kılıç, devoted lawyer, chair of Amnesty International Turkey founding member of Mülteci-Der and a member of Kayiki network, has been detained in Izmir, Turkey.

We, members of Kayiki, call for his immediate and unconditional release and suspension of all charges. The accusations brought against Mr. Kılıç are vague and non-evidence based. Continue reading Call For Immediate Release Of Taner Kılıç, Human Rights Defender And Member Of Kayiki

UN, CoE concerned over Greece’s alleged deportation of Turkish asylum seekers

Via Turkey Purge – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a statement on June 8 that the agency is deeply concerned by continued reports about the alleged push-backs and refoulement at the land border between Greece and Turkey.

“Such allegations of informal forced return have been recorded before, and it is of vital importance that the Greek authorities investigate them thoroughly,” said UNHCR Representative in Greece Philippe Leclerc. “If confirmed, this is extremely worrying. The right to seek and enjoy asylum is a fundamental human right.”

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Amnesty started Urgent Action for the release of Taner Kiliç

Amnesty International started an Urgent Action calling for the immediate release of Taner Kiliç:

Taner Kiliç, the Chair of Amnesty International Turkey, has been detained in Turkey wrongly suspected of belonging to the Fethullah Gülen movement, which the authorities blame for last year’s attempted coup. He was taken into police custody along with 22 other lawyers on 6 June. His detention is further proof of just how widespread and arbitrary Turkey’s post-coup crackdown has become. We urgently need your help to secure his release.

Sign the Urgent Action here

Teacher couple, 3 children arrested near Greek border while on way to escape Turkey

Via Turkey Purge – A Kocaeli-based couple, identified with initials A.T. and A.T., were arrested along with their three kids near Greek border in Edirne province, on Wednesday. The family was reportedly on their way to escape Turkey to Greece as they fear government persecution in the aftermath of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.  Continue reading Teacher couple, 3 children arrested near Greek border while on way to escape Turkey

As violence sweeps Kabul, the rapid pace of deportations from Europe continues

Via The Conversation – Liza Schuster critically writes about her experiences during a flight from Istanbul to Kabul where she spoke to some of the thirty men being deported or “voluntarily returned” to Afghanistan. It was their second deportation after having been sent back to Turkey from the EU as part of the EU-Turkey deal. The article addresses not only the particular cruelty of deporting people to a war-torn country – it also shows the absence of the IOM that was supposed to support the arriving refugees:

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