The Norwegian Refugee Council Secretary General Jan Egeland has expressed his discomfort on human rights violations by the European Union and calls for immediate end to trampling on peoples’ rights.

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Norwegian Refugee Council Secretary General Jan Egeland

“Flawed makes seeking protection in Europe mission impossible. EU: stop trampling on peoples’ rights” He tweeted earlier Friday.

The EU-Turkey deal has turned Greece into a testing ground for European Union policies that are eroding the rights of refugees and asylum seekers, and expose people to risk and abuse, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), and Oxfam said today. The humanitarian agencies warned the deal is causing human suffering and should under no circumstances be replicated with other countries.

20 March, 2017 marks one year since the implementation of the EU-Turkey deal which allows Europe to return asylum seekers from Greece to Turkey, outsourcing their responsibilities to protect people who come to Europe in search of safety.

In a new report “The reality of the EU-Turkey statement – How Greece has become a testing ground for policies that erode protection for refugees.” the three organizations showcase how vulnerable people are forced to live in degrading conditions, and it outlines the many ways in which asylum seekers are barred from exercising their right to a fair asylum process.

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