The abuse and neglect towards asylum seekers is continuing
The Europe Peace Foundation expresses deep concern and condemnation regarding the reported incident involving the abandonment of 12 asylum seekers at sea by Greek authorities. If the claims are verified and the video evidence is accurate, such actions would constitute a grave violation of international law and EU asylum rules.
The treatment of human beings in such a manner is absolutely inhumane and disregards the fundamental principles of human rights and dignity. Every individual, regardless of their nationality or migration status, is entitled to protection and respect for their life and well-being.
We emphasize the importance of upholding international laws and obligations relating to the treatment of asylum seekers. Access to fair and effective asylum procedures is a fundamental right, and states have a duty to ensure the safety and well-being of those seeking refuge from persecution, conflict, and other forms of violence.
The Europe Peace Foundation calls for a thorough and transparent investigation into the reported incident, and if wrongdoing is found, appropriate measures should be taken to hold those responsible accountable for their actions. It is crucial to ensure that incidents like this are not repeated and that all individuals seeking asylum are treated with compassion, dignity, and respect.
We urge the Greek authorities, as well as all European Union member states, to reaffirm their commitment to international human rights standards and to prioritize the protection of asylum seekers. It is through adherence to these principles that we can build a more compassionate and just society, where the rights and lives of all individuals are respected and protected.
The Europe Peace Foundation will continue to advocate for the upholding of international laws, the protection of human rights, and the promotion of peace and justice for all individuals, regardless of their background or circumstances.