The Coordinator of the Office of Refugee Affairs in the Syrian Opposition Coalition, Salim Idris, has issued a warning about an imminent disaster that could befall dozens of Syrian asylum seekers who are currently stranded in Greece, including women and children. Idris emphasized that swift assistance must be extended to them to avert potential loss of lives.
Idris revealed that the Office of Refugee Affairs has received information indicating a fresh violation of human rights and international laws concerning asylum seekers by the Greek authorities. These authorities have returned numerous asylum seekers to an island in the Evros River, known for its treacherous currents, depth, and undrinkable water, after they had arrived on Greek territory on July 14.
According to the received information, over fifty asylum seekers, including women and children, find themselves marooned on this isolated island, teetering on the brink of a life-threatening situation. This dire circumstance unfolds despite a European Court decision issued on August 2, 2023, which mandates Greece to admit these individuals onto its territory.
Idris condemned the actions of the Greek authorities, deeming them in violation of essential international laws, norms, and basic human rights. He held these authorities entirely accountable for any potential harm that may befall these Syrian asylum seekers.
Idris urgently appealed to international organizations and bodies, including the UN Secretary-General, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the Hellenic Red Cross, human rights organizations, and advocates in Europe and worldwide. He implored them to directly engage with the Greek authorities, advocating for prompt intervention to rescue these individuals from their plight. Additionally, Idris urged for the immediate provision of food and medical assistance to prevent any loss of life.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)