30 June-13 July 2020


  • Greece: Criminal charges pressed against the asylum seekers who arrived in Lesvos in March 2020
  • State of emergency declared on Mediterranean rescue ship
  • Denmark may return Syria refugees as Damascus area deemed 'safe'

Those not expelled following an unsuccesful asylum claim or relocated following a succesful one would "end up in some sort of facility," reports EUobserver.

Press release issued by HIAS on 6 July 2020.

Following six suicide attempts by rescued persons, the crew of the Ocean Viking ship have declared a state of emergency on board. Repeated requests to Italy and Malta to provide a port for disembarkation have either been refused or gone unanswered.

According to press reports, the Danish government is claiming that Damascus is 'safe' and is now undertaking a review of the residence permits of some 900 Syrian refugees from the city.

Press release from Oxfam and the Greek Council for Refugees.

The Swiss Committee for the Defence of the Rights of Migrants has called on the UN Committee Against Torture to launch an inquiry into Italy's role in 'pull-backs' to Libya. A formal inquiry by the Committee would be able to establish the legal facts surrounding Italy's practices.


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