Pursuant to the call for inputs issued by the Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) and the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID), the present submission attempts to address the questions raised by the CED and the WGEID, within the scope of GCR’s statute and based on GCR’s experience in Greece.
Read GCR's contribution here

Διαβάστε τις παρατηρήσεις του ΕΣΠ για την υπόθεση MSS ενώπιον της Επιτροπής Υπουργών του Συμβουλίου της Ευρώπης εδώ.

With a joint letter to the UN Human Rights Council on 19 June 2023, 194 civil society organisations, including GCR, call for the creation of an independent, international monitoring mechanism for human rights violations at the borders.

"In light of the scale, severity, and global nature of this failure to respect, protect and fulfil the human rights of all regardless of migration status", it is imperative to create an independent international mechanism "to undertake a global investigation into deaths, enforced disappearances, torture and other grave human rights violations faced by people in transit across international borders including as a result of pushbacks and collective expulsions, and to contribute to accountability and redress for victims and their families".

 Read the joint letter here

On 28 February 2022, the Greek Council for Refugees (GCR), responding to an open call, sent its input on the forthcoming report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of migrants, in relation to the human rights violations at international borders.


You can read the comments here.

The ICJ and GCR have presented to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants a submission on the human rights of migrants report on ending immigration detention of children and seeking adequate reception and care for them.


The submission is an input for the forthcoming report of the UN Special Rapporteur on ending immigration detention of children and seeking adequate reception and care for them, which is expected to be submitted to the 75th session of the General Assembly.

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and Greek Council for Refugees (GCR) have provided a brief overview of aspects of immigration detention of migrant children in Greece.

The submission is to be found here.

A longer note can be found here.

With a joint statement on push back practices, 6 NGOs respond to the call for data on the report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants.

In the statement sent yesterday, February 1, 2021, the signatory organizations ARSIS, GREEK COUNCIL FOR REFUGEES, HELLENIC LEAGUE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, HIAS GREECE, HUMAN RIGHTS 360, REFUGEE SUPPORT AEGEAN report their concerns about the phenomenon which is growing at an alarming rate since March 2020 and constitutes a direct violation of Greek, regional and international law.

The NGOs also note that Greece has never conducted an effective investigation regarding the numerous allegations, reports, testimonies and criminal complaints on illegal push-backs, neither at the level of the Judicial System nor at the level of Independent Authorities or mechanisms.

Read the full Statement here

Read GCR’s answers to the Special Rapporteur's questionnaire here

Read the GCR Submission to the Committee of Ministers of The Council Of Europe concerning the groups of cases of M.S.S. v. Greece and Rahimi v. Greece here

Read the report that the Greek Council for Refugees submitted to the UN committee against torture in view of its 67th session in Geneva: https://tbinternet.ohchr.org/Treaties/CAT/Shared%20Documents/GRC/INT_CAT_CSS_GRC_35375_E.pdf

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