People are at imminent risk of freezing to death because European leaders are failing to help them. As heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures hit Greece, thousands of people are being held in makeshift detention camps on the Greek islands.
According to Amnesty UK: women, men and children could freeze to death as arctic weather sweeps across the Greek islands. Trapped in squalid detention camps, refugees are surviving in flimsy, snow-covered tents as temperatures plummet below zero. No one should be left to live or die like this.
— MSF Sea (@MSF_Sea) January 11, 2017
We all have the right to seek safety, to escape war and persecution. Call on the President of the European Commission to ensure that people are moved to a safe place on the mainland now. Put human lives first – held hostage by EU policy – Thousands of lives are at risk.
These people arrived in Greece after the introduction of the EU-Turkey deal last March – a flawed pact that encourages European countries to send people seeking asylum to Turkey, infamous for it’s inhumane human rights record and forcing refugees back into war-zones.
Stuck in legal limbo and unable to leave the detention camps, people are effectively being held hostage by cruel and dysfunctional EU policies.
If you have a second, urge the European Commission to ensure that refugees are urgently moved out of the Greek islands, instead of trying to maintain a deal that has condemned thousands of people to unbearable conditions. Please urge Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, to put human lives first and provide safety for those who need it by signing this.