Category: Pushback and Human Rights Violations
Number of people: 9
In the night from 9 to 10 September 2020, we receive a call from a relative of someone in a boat in distress in the Aegean Sea, reportedly in the area around Chios island. We are not able to establish direct contact with the group on the boat during the night and cannot verify the distress.
At 8:00h CET, we finally manage to speak with one of the travellers. He explains that the group has been pushed back by the Hellenic Coast Guard and is now detained in Izmir. They lost everything in the pushback including their phones.
Days later he gives us the following testimony: