Women and Girls Face Insecurity in Greek Camps: Daily Brief | hrw.org

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Women and girls face insecurity in Greek camps; Venezuelan children fleeing alone into Brazil; Phlippines’ President Duterte threatens to shut down TV network; France drops plan to give boats to Libyan coastguard; Tanzania’s pressure on Burundian refugees; Vietnamese government should release detainees; and Germany should press Kazakhstan for reforms.

Women and girls face relentless insecurity in Greece’s overcrowded Moria “hotspot” for asylum seekers and migrants on Lesbos island. HRW researchers who visited recently found their lives are “defined by fear” and insecurity. This video shows the camp’s dire conditions.

    

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Samos, Chios and Leros up in arms over pre-departure centers capacity | keeptalkinggreece.com

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Local authorities on the islands of Samos, Chios and Leros are up in arms less than 24 hours after the government announced the opening of five pre-departure centers on the five Aegean islands with capacities mostly exceeding the number of refugees and migrants currently been hosted there. Local authorities speak of additional congestion rather of de-congestion.

The mayor of East Samos and almost the whole of the city council announced on Wednesday  night that they will resign should the plan to open a pre-departure center that will host 7,000 (5,000 +40%) refugees and migrants be implemented.

    

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Questions surround Greece’s stricter course on refugees | dwnews

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Athens has announced tougher action against migrants and refugees. New deportation camps are to be set up, while asylum applications are to be processed more quickly. But some doubt the efficacy of the planned measures.

After the Greek government announced plans to shut down hopelessly overcrowded registration camps for refugees in the eastern Aegean and to build new, closed holding centers for several thousand people instead, the mayor of the island of Samos openly threatened consequences. Giorgos Stantzos, who initially had supported the new conservative government’s stringent course, warned that the entire city council would resign if the government went ahead with the plans.

Why the change of heart? The administration on Samos agreed on the whole with the government’s proposal to set up closed camps, deputy mayor Giorgos Dionysiou told DW, but said it opposed “the fact that we will continue to have to accommodate 5,000 new arrivals; it is time to give our island some relief.”

    

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Greece to replace island refugee camps with ‘detention centres’ | guardian

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Government announces plans to relocate 20,000 people from islands of Lesbos, Chios and Samos by early 2020

Greece has announced plans to close its three largest migrant camps and replace them with facilities on the mainland that campaigners have likened to detention centres.

People living in overcrowded camps on the islands of Lesbos, Chios and Samos will be moved to closed complexes for identification, relocation and deportation with a capacity of at least 5,000 people each.

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