The Samos Advocacy Collective, a collaborative group of human rights defenders advocating for fair and dignified
migration policies says:
This call comes days after the EU LIBE Frontex Scrutiny Working Group also placed pressure on Ms Kalnaja to trigger Article 46. Triggering this article would require Frontex to withdraw the financing or suspend/terminate any activity by the Agency in a Member State where violations of fundamental rights or international protection obligations are of a serious nature or are likely to persist.
Ms Kalnaja’s stated to the LIBE Working Group that it is her “feeling” that Frontex’s presence “is conducive to better compliance with Fundamental Rights”. Human rights organisations strongly dispute this statement, pointing to the mounting evidence of pushbacks from Samos and Frontex’s involvement in human rights abuses. They call for Frontex to leave the island. This call follows the Border Violence Monitoring Network writing a similar letter of concern relating to human rights abuses in the Evros region just two weeks ago.
I HAVE RIGHTS, a legal organisation on Samos and one of the signatory organisations to the letter explains: