In occasion of the awarding of the Aachen Peace Price on 1st September 2016 to Academics for Peace, we post the content of the speech by Esra Mungan. You can find the speech on the homepage of the Aachen Peace Price (in Turkish and German).
In occasion of the awarding of the Aachen Peace Price on 1st September 2016 to Academics for Peace, we post a shortened version of the laudatory speech by Georg Restle, managing editor and host of the German political TV magazine Monitor. You can find the speech on the homepage of the Aachen Peace Price (in German).
MPI –Turkey hosts more refugees than any other country in the world, having taken in more than 2.7 million refugees from neighboring Syria alone since the civil war began in 2011. Despite Turkey’s generous humanitarian approach, long-term integration prospects for these refugees remain limited.
KAOS GL – The report entitled “Tekin Olmayı Beklerken: LGBTI Mültecilerin Ara Durağı Türkiye” which was prepared by Kaos GL Association reveals life of Iranian refugees in Turkey. While the report focuses on the daily life, access to the fundamental rights, and discrimination in governmental agencies and society, it is emphasized that LGBT refugees are exposed to physical and oral violence and harassment.
Refucomm – This information is intended for Syrian asylum seekers in Greece who are considering opting for the Assisted Voluntary Return scheme to go back to Turkey, either with the intention to stay in Turkey or in order to return to Syria.
Human Rights Watch – Meanwhile on the other side of the sea: Women, Children Fearful, Unprotected; Lack Basic Shelter: (Athens) – Police are failing to protect people during frequent incidents of violence in closed centers on the Greek islands known as “hotspots,” Human Rights Watch said today. The centers were established for the reception, identification, and processing of asylum seekers and migrants. None of the three centers Human Rights Watch visited on Samos, Lesbos, and Chios in mid-May 2016, separate single women from unrelated adult men, and all three are unsanitary and severely overcrowded.
Amnesty International – On 18 March 2016, the EU and Turkey agreed to a far-reaching migration control deal, under which Turkey would take back all “irregular migrants” who reached the Greek islands. The main justification for the EU-Turkey Deal is the assumption that Turkey is a safe place to which asylum-seekers and refugees can be returned. This briefing exposes this assumption as a fiction.
Only in German: Pro Asyl – The German association ProAsyl documented the fatal consequences of the EU-Turkey. The first consequences are way worse than what we expected. People that were returned back to Turkey are being detained. In fact, there is no possibility to apply for asylum and the detainees are being forced to declare their willingness to voluntarily leave the country. If they don’t, they face prison for month.
Only in German: Statement ybyAndrej Hunko, MP from Die Linke, Germany – The debate on visa liberations for Turkish citizens coming to the EU is centered on the Turkish anti-terror law at the moment. The Turkish government and it’s president Erdoğan are using the very broad definition of the word terror to persecute the opposition. This doesn’t seem to be a problem for the German government: Since a long time already they are cooperating on this matter with their Turkish partners. Same goes for the fight on ‘human smuggling’. It needs to be emphasized that refugees are not forced on these boats crossing the Aegean but they depend on the black economy of smuggling because of the EU-migration policy.
Statewatch – A letter from the European Commission to the Greek authorities setting out why Turkey should be considered a safe third country has been condemned by a Greek human rights group as an attempt “to establish standardized reasoning for systematically denying the asylum claims of Syrian and non-Syrian nationals as inadmissible in Greece.”