Refugees and migrants sit in front of tents as they protest outside parliament in central Athens, Greece. Photo: EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS
Refugees and migrants sit in front of tents as they protest outside parliament in central Athens, Greece. Photo: EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS

The European Committee of Social Rights of the Council of Europe is calling on Greece to adopt all possible measures to avoid serious harm to minor migrants on the country's mainland and islands.

The European Committee of Social Rights, said that Greece "must adopt all possible measures to avoid serious and irreparable harm to minor migrants on the mainland and the islands", ensuring, among other things, food and timely and adequate medical care.

The Committee made its statement in a decision in which allowed a complaint by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and the European Council for Refugees and Exiles (ECRE). In their complaint, ICJ and ECRE alleged the Greek government violated numerous rights for minors contained in the European Social Charter.

Shortcomings deprive minors of assistance

The organizations alleged that the serious shortcomings in the system deprived young migrants a safe place to live, medical and social assistance, education, and all types of protection. Considering the complaint was admissible based on "the dangerous and sub-standard conditions" in which the minors are living, the Committee decided "that it is necessary to indicate to the government which urgent measures it must take."

The Committee is also calling for the use of alternatives to the detention of minors, and to ensure in particular that unaccompanied children in police stations, pre-removal centers and Reception and Identification Centers are provided with immediate access to age-appropriate shelters.

 

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