End Pushbacks Now
1 March 2020 - 31 May 2021: 5,087 arrivals. 13,342 illegal pushbacks
At least three – almost certainly four – men died on Friday 19 March 2021.
They drowned having been adrift as part of a group of seven people in the Aegean Sea in a life-raft identical to those used by the Greek government for illegal push-backs. All seven had been cuffed with plastic hand restraints.
From 1 March to 31 December 2020, 3,973 men, women and children were registered as new arrivals at refugee camps on the Aegean islands. But in the same period, 9,741 people were pushed back via sea routes in 324 incidents carried out by the Greek government.
From 1 January to 31 May 2021, 1,114 men, women and children were registered at the island refugee camps. In the same period, in 129 pushbacks, 3,601 men, women and children – entirely against their will, and in direct breach of international law - have been forced into engineless life rafts and set adrift.
This means that since 1 March 2020, 73.4 per cent of all men, women and children attempting to reach Greece have been illegally prevented from landing, or forced out, without being allowed to apply for asylum. In 2021 so far, that number has actually increased, to 76.4 per cent.
It is time for this disgraceful, unjustifiable and illegal activity to end.
We call upon all individual MEPs and all parts of the EU to pay attention to, and strongly oppose, the ongoing practice of pushbacks in the Aegean Sea.
E-mail a letter to your MEP/s to request they campaign to end this atrocious practice - and share this link with your friends!
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