The Moria Migrant Camp, located on the Aegean Island in Lesvas, was brought to the attention of the Greek parliament for its migrant rights violations by the human rights group, Human Rights Watch (HRW).
The island’s migrant camp currently under Greek rule, was said to be in direct violation of disability rights by HRV researchers.
The researchers claimed that both Greek and European governments have failed to provide proper living conditions for those seeking shelter and employment at the camp.
HRW researchers believed that the less than humane conditions of the camp were due largely to its high population. As of right now, the migrant camp in Lesvos has to accommodate a population that is more than twice the capacity it can reasonably handle.
Other criticisms of the camp included food shortages, improper supplies and medication for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, sexual harassment, not enough blankets, and inadequate showering facilities.
HRW’s Pleas to Government Officials
HRW has already contacted Greek government officials in charge of such matters to discuss the situation in Moria. However, until now they have not gotten any reply. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/
What is more, all of HRW’s efforts to engage European officials have also ended in failure as the European Government does not feel itself responsible for the situation. They basically think that is up to Greece to solve the problem.
Greece seems to not want to handle the situation either, as the government says that their policies for the transfer of camp members to the mainland is strictly prohibited and therefore it can do nothing about the overpopulation problem there. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia
HRW, however, is not going along with this so-called policy as they say that they can not find any legal agreement that makes such claims.
The human rights group has also challenged the idea by certain officials to transfer camp members to ships to reduce the population problem within the camp. This suggestion seems a bit inhumane to them.
Instead, HRW would like Greece to consider a transfer policy to accommodate the extra members on the island camp. They think this is the only viable solution at the moment to overcome the population problem in Moria.
Lacy & Larkin Frontera Fund
The Frontera Fund was started by Jim Larkin & Michael Lacey of Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. They started the fund through settlement money won from a case uncovering corruption within the Phoenix Sheriff’s department.
The fund seeks to help migrant rights organizations throughout Arizona, as well as support groups that uphold civil and human rights.