Amnesty Intl says EU-Turkey accord shouldn't be replicated

Refugees in 'squalid conditions' and illegal repatriations

14 February, 20:06

    Moria  refugee camp on the eastern Greek island of Lesbos. Moria refugee camp on the eastern Greek island of Lesbos.

    BRUSSELS - Amnesty International said on Tuesday that the EU-Turkey migrant accord, nearing its one-year anniversary, has left refugees "in squalid and dangerous living conditions, and must not be replicated with other countries".
    It released a report titled "Blueprint for Despair" in which it documented "unlawful returns of asylum-seekers to Turkey in a flagrant breach of their rights under international law".
    "The EU-Turkey deal has been a disaster for the thousands who have been left stranded in a dangerous, desperate and seemingly endless limbo on the Greek islands," said Gauri van Gulik, Amnesty International's Deputy Director for Europe. "It is disingenuous in the extreme that European leaders are touting the EU-Turkey deal as a success, while closing their eyes to the unbearably high cost to those suffering the consequences," she said.

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