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European activists fight back against ‘criminalisation’ of aid for migrants and refugees

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More and more people are being arrested across Europe for helping migrants and refugees. Now, civil society groups are fighting back against the 17-year-old EU policy they say lies at the root of what activists and NGOs have dubbed the “criminalisation of solidarity”.

Violeta Moreno-Lax, Lecturer in Law at Queen Mary and legal advisor to the Global Legal Action Network, an international team of lawyers that have brought a recent case, said: “It’s absolutely inexplicable how the Greek authorities dared… to crack down on [Team Humanity] the way they did… The organisation has been released of every charge possible on the domestic level, but [only]… after being put through an ordeal that lasted for more than [two] years and having endured a number of human rights violations [along] the way.”

Read the full article on The New Humanitarian here.