Immigrant support group KISA has called on the government to immediately resume support services at the reception centre in Kokkinotrimithia hosting around 200 Syrians rescued off the coast of Cyprus in September.
The government withdrew all state services last Saturday, leaving the Syrians to fend for themselves after a three-month residence permit given to all of them expired and telling them they should have already made the necessary arrangements for their legal stay on the island.
KISA also urged the Red Cross, asked by the government to stop providing humanitarian aid at the camp, to recommence aid distribution in compliance with the rules of the International Red Cross.
“We emphasise that even though they lack a legal residence status, because of not applying for asylum, the refugees have at least the right to live in decent conditions and have access to health care and education,” KISA said.
KISA added that the government’s decisions condemn the Syrians to inhuman, humiliating and degrading treatment in violation of all international obligations.
The support group also calls for the prompt examination and granting of recognised refugee status to those who have already applied and are eligible for asylum.
“In conclusion we urgently invite the public, restaurants, those related to the food sector, volunteer doctors and teachers to support the refugees with food and things of first need, medical and pharmaceutical equipment and health care as well as educational programmes for children, since the government is depriving them of every basic human right,” the KISA announcement said.
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