Amnesty International: EU-Turkey deal creates intense problems for refugees

The deal between the European Union and Turkey to reduce refugee flows to Europe is putting human rights at risk, due to the overcrowding conditions on the islands of reception, the head of Amnesty international’s Greek chapter, Gavriil Sakellaridis said on Wednesday, after a visit to reception and identification center at Moria, Lesvos.

Sakellaridis is on his second day of his tour of the northern Aegean with the NGO’s delegation “to assess the living conditions for refugees and be able to speak with them and discuss their problems, as he told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA).

“Amnesty International’s opinion, which was published a long time ago, and which we have stated to the institutional bodies that are managing the issue, is that the EU-Turkey deal creates very intense problems with regards to the respect of those people‚Äôs human rights,” he said.

“In this respect, our main goal and the fundamental goal of Amnesty International are to remove the geographical constraint, to allow these people to be moved to decent conditions in the mainland. And this is something that we are sure would also help the local community, since it has also borne great weight over the years from this situation,” he added.