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35 Migrants Pushed Back to Turkish Waters from Greece

Published : 09-08-2020

35 Migrants Pushed Back to Turkish Waters from Greece

The Greek coast guard has repulsed on Sunday a boat carrying 35 irregular migrants.

The migrant raft was intercepted by Greek coast guard and pushed back to Turkey, leaving dozens at the risk of death.

Human rights activists said several migrants sailing from Aegean coast have been forced back to Turkey by Greek police over recent years.

The activists slammed the Greek authorities for violating European Union treaties and human rights conventions.

Activists have held the Greek authorities responsible for the mounting tension in overcrowded migrant facilities, saying refugees have been psychologically distressed due to the substandard living conditions they have been made to endure in reception centers and the absence of life-saving healthcare services at a time when reports of coronavirus cases have soared.

The migrants, including hundreds of Palestinian refugees, have been subjected to dire conditions on the island and deprived of their basic human rights, including access to water, power, and relief services.

Recently, human rights groups have warned that Greek police have been using tear gas, water cannon, and stun grenades to push back the border crossers.

Greek authorities have made no secret of their resolve and even their use of aggressive tactics to block illegal crossings. But the government in Athens is denying accusations of deadly attacks on migrants.

In a March 17 report last year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Greek security forces and unidentified armed men at the Greece-Turkey land border have detained, assaulted, sexually assaulted, robbed, and stripped asylum seekers and migrants, then forced them back to Turkey.

 

Short URL : https://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/10492

The Greek coast guard has repulsed on Sunday a boat carrying 35 irregular migrants.

The migrant raft was intercepted by Greek coast guard and pushed back to Turkey, leaving dozens at the risk of death.

Human rights activists said several migrants sailing from Aegean coast have been forced back to Turkey by Greek police over recent years.

The activists slammed the Greek authorities for violating European Union treaties and human rights conventions.

Activists have held the Greek authorities responsible for the mounting tension in overcrowded migrant facilities, saying refugees have been psychologically distressed due to the substandard living conditions they have been made to endure in reception centers and the absence of life-saving healthcare services at a time when reports of coronavirus cases have soared.

The migrants, including hundreds of Palestinian refugees, have been subjected to dire conditions on the island and deprived of their basic human rights, including access to water, power, and relief services.

Recently, human rights groups have warned that Greek police have been using tear gas, water cannon, and stun grenades to push back the border crossers.

Greek authorities have made no secret of their resolve and even their use of aggressive tactics to block illegal crossings. But the government in Athens is denying accusations of deadly attacks on migrants.

In a March 17 report last year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Greek security forces and unidentified armed men at the Greece-Turkey land border have detained, assaulted, sexually assaulted, robbed, and stripped asylum seekers and migrants, then forced them back to Turkey.

 

Short URL : https://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/10492