Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Aid Agencies Pull Out of Greek Migrant Camps; Say EU Deal Excludes Migrants Human Rights

More aid agencies helping refugees and migrants arriving in Greece said they were joining a boycott of detention centers today (March 23, 2016), angered at an EU (European Union) deal they say denies human rights, according to the Reuters website.

Human rights organizations reject the pact between the European Union and Turkey to fast-track registration and asylum applications, under which hundreds of new arrivals have been detained since March 20. Refugees or migrants whose applications fail will be sent back to Turkey under the deal.

Aid agencies said cooperating with the Greeks at detention centers would make them complicit with an "unfair and inhumane" practice.

The aid agencies said today they were following the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR and aid organization Medicins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), a major contributor to the relief effort, which both announced yesterday they would cut back assistance.

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