Athens, 30 November 2015
In the aftermath of the recent tragic developments and the loss of so many human lives due to the terrorist attacks, another tragedy is still unfolding in the Aegean Sea, as hundreds of people who are in need of international protection –amongst them many children –lose their lives in an effort to reach the Greek/EU territory and seek protection.
It is worth mentioning that a big number of refugees who try to reach the Greek/European territory have fled from their country because of persecution by the forces who have taken responsibility for the Paris attacks.
Given that the right to life is the ultimate human right and that the protection of this right should be a priority in all circumstances, we appeal to you in order to ask you to take all the necessary measures so that the loss of life in the Aegean Sea ends.
The UN Committee of Human Rights, in its recommendations to Greece issued a few days ago states inter alia that: The State party is encouraged, in consultation with its international and regional partners and neighbours, allowing migrants wishing to enter its territory to have access to safe entry points, where their asylum claims can be evaluated, (http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/Treaties/CCPR/Shared%20Documents/GRC/CCPR_C_GRC_CO_2_22220_E.docx)
· to develop refugee relocation programmes from Greece to other EU countries under which there will be significant increase in both the number of refugees relocated and the eligible countries of origin
· to offer to Greece the financial and technical support needed
· to remove the fence from the Greek-Turkish border and in any case to take all the necessary steps to ensure safe access to the land Greek-Turkey border for people entitled to international protection
· to take all the necessary steps so that the people entitled to international protection entering Greek territory are enjoying appropriate reception conditions that respect foremost human dignity.