A 21-year-old Syrian refugee has spent more than five months in police detention awaiting a decision on whether he will be forcibly returned from Greece to Turkey under the EU-Turkey deal. The decision on the return is expected at any time and in the interim he remains unlawfully detained on the island of Lesvos.
Noori (not his real name) has been in police custody awaiting the decision on his case since 9 September 2016, exceeding the maximum time asylum-seekers can be detained under Greek law (90 days).
He shares a small cell with five to six people and sleeps on a mattress on the floor. Noori suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the aerial bombings in Syria and his mental health is aggravated by poor detention conditions and uncertainty. He has also contracted scabies due to the poor conditions.
In Syria, Noori was studying to be a nurse but had to halt his education because of the war. He recently said: “I am looking for safety in Europe and to start my studies again”.
The court’s decision could be handed down at any time. If it agrees that Turkey is a “safe third country”, Noori will be at immediate risk of being returned to Turkey. However, Turkey is not currently a safe country for refugees to be returned to.
Please take action for Noori immediately.