Lesbos refugee site is contaminated with lead, says Human Rights Watch

US-based group asks Athens to release details of tests conducted at facility built on former military installation.

An emergency refugee camp erected on the Aegean island of Lesbos is a potential health hazard for thousands of asylum seekers and aid workers because the site has been contaminated by lead poisoning, according to Human Rights Watch.

The US-based group urged Athens’ centre-right government to release further details of the tests it has conducted at the facility, which was formerly a military installation.

In a statement deploring the lack of transparency with which the issue has been handled, the organisation’s senior crisis and conflict researcher, Belkis Willie, said: “The Greek government knowingly built a migrant camp on a firing range and then turned a blind eye to the potential health risks for residents and workers there.

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