The European Court for Human Rights (ECtHR) grants interim measures for 2 groups of Syrian refugees on islets in Evros river

The Greek Council for Refugees (GCR) represented the Syrian refugees before the ECtHR, requesting humanitarian assistance and access to the asylum procedure. The ECtHR last night granted the interim measures (R 39) and ordered the Greek government not to remove the refugees from the country and to provide them with food, water and proper medical care. The ECtHR also requests information from the Greek government, including whether the Syrian refugees have submitted an asylum application and whether they have access to the asylum procedure and to legal assistance.

 

The Syrian refugees, among them 26 young children, patients and a pregnant woman, were stranded for several days on two islets in Evros, without access to water, food, medical assistance, exposed to the cold and weather conditions.

 

For the first group of 37 people, including 16 minors, GCR sent last week an intervention to the Greek authorities for their rescue and access to the asylum procedure. The Greek authorities' response was that they had not found them. After a while, communication with the refugees was lost and since then their whereabouts are unknown to our organization.

For the second group consisting of 46 refugees, including 10 minors, GCR sent on Monday 18/4 an intervention to the Greek authorities which has not been answered. The refugees are still on the islet today in a deplorable state.

GCR calls on the Greek authorities to comply immediately with the decisions of the European Court for Human Rights, before their health is put at greater risk and before we mourn victims.

Since the beginning of the year, GCR has sent 22 interventions to the Greek authorities on at least 230 refugees, including at least 55 children, from Syria, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iraq, who entered Greece irregularly from the Evros region to seek international protection. In 12 of these interventions, the Greek authorities responded positively as regards their identification and their inclusion in the legal procedures, while in the others they either did not respond or replied that they had not been identified. Of these, in at least 3 cases, concerning refugees from Turkey and Syria, our organization was informed that the refugees were informally and forcibly returned by the Greek authorities to Turkey, without being given the opportunity to submit an asylum claim.


 

 

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