Joint Statement on push backs practices in Greece

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

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