Greece: probe into alleged coastguard abuse of migrants

After a letter from Europe's top human rights watchdog

15 January, 11:56

    (ANSAmed) – ATHENS, JANUARY 15 - An internal investigation has been ordered into a number of cases of alleged ill-treatment of migrants by Greek coastguard officials last Autumn, the government has told Europe's top human rights watchdog, daily Eleftherotypia online reports. "The Hellenic Coastguard commandant has ordered the investigation of three distinct cases of alleged ill-treatment of third-country nationals by staff of the Hellenic Coastguard for the period between August and December 2013," Shipping Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis informed Nils Muiznieks, the Council of Europe's human rights commissioner, on January 10. In November, a German-based human rights organisation produced a report that said refugees attempting to enter Greece through the Aegean were being systematically, illegally and, in cases, brutally pushed back by the Greek authorities, in contravention of international law and with the complicity of the European authorities. Amnesty International has also raised its concerns about the same issue.


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