FEMYSO condemns the inhumane treatment of refugees at the Greek borders and calls upon EU institutions to take immediate protective action

The Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organisations (FEMYSO) strongly condemns the violent and inhumane treatment of refugees at the Greek border. Refugees are beaten at European Union (EU) borders and refugee boats are specifically targeted and attacked in EU seas. 


While Greece is one of the most outer borders of the EU, it is not a shield against the recent influx of refugees fleeing from war. Europe is not at war with vulnerable people in need of protection, who are in a deteriorating mental and physical health situation. Instead of perpetuating rhetoric and measures which only bolsters the humanitarian disaster at the Greek border, we believe EU solidarity should be enforced with Greece to ensure immediate and real respect for human rights.


We call upon the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to condemn and take action against the human violations happening at the borders of Greece. We also call upon the EU Council President Charles Michel to invoke the EU Temporary Protection Directive. Refugees and asylum seekers must be evacuated from the islands and relocated to safe areas in the EU. Attempts at stability in Europe cannot go at the cost of human lives.


FEMYSO will continue to stand for fundamental and human rights and work for a diverse, cohesive and vibrant Europe.




  1. FEMYSO (est. 1996) is a network organisation for 33 Muslim youth and student organisations across 20 European countries, and is the leading voice for European Muslim youth, developing and empowering them, and working to build a more diverse, cohesive and vibrant Europe.
  2. For more information please email media@femyso.org
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