Allow Salam Aldeen to leave Greece
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Every human being has the right to be helped when they are in danger. It is a right that cannot be taken away by any country. Today, people who provide this aid and prevent the deaths of others are being punished for it their selfless work. You can add your voice to the international petition to stop the punishment of tireless volunteers who have given so much themselves to help others.
Salam Aldeen came to Lesbos and created Team Humanity, a hands-on NGO working to rescue people crossing the sea to Greece, fleeing war and imminent danger in their country. Salam and another member of Team Humanity were arrested with three volunteers from Proem-aid. He was criminally charged with human trafficking and jailed. He was released after paying a large fee but trapped in Greece, unable to leave. Salam is currently awaiting trial where can receive 10 years in prison. It is currently the only one of the five defendants remaining in Greece, submitting to weekly Police check-ins and harassment by local law authorities.
Denmark, his country of origin, is currently opposed to humanitarian aid to refugees, and has abandoned him.
Meanwhile, Salam continues with the daily tasks of Team Humanity. He works in camps near Thesaloniki, as well as attending to those families who cannot live in camps for special circumstances. He continues managing resources, assisting families, and creating temporary housing, but he cannot leave Greece.
Now Salam is in a forced detention in Greece, working there since September 2015, he is a prisoner there since January 2016. He has not seen his family, his friends, or his home. He cannot remember his normal life.
The work of Salam Aldeen inspires us all with his commitment, determination and courage, having saved thousands of people leaving unimaginable situations. Activists and artists have visited Salam to see first hand the overwhelming strife of families seeking refuge, including Ai Wei Wei and actress Susan Sarandon. Hundreds of everyday people, volunteers, and NGOs who have worked with Salam and Team Humanity.
We ask you to add your voice to this petition to the Greek government for Salam’s unconditional release. Inspired to help, Salam left his whole life in Denmark, he and his group wake up every day with a fighting spirit, committed to those in need.
Sign this petition and tell the Greek government and European Union to consider the principles for which it was created. Currently, it is not complying with their obligations under international law accepted by its 28 members requiring them to welcome refugees who arrive at its borders fleeing danger. Join us in sending a message to Greece to drop charges against Salam and end legal action against those who help save lives.
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