Greece's Council for Refugees has called on the country's government to launch an investigation into alleged "systematic pushbacks" by police on the northeastern border with Turkey in the Evros region.
Greece's Council for Refugees (GCR) has released a 14-page report containing refugee testimonies accusing the Greek police of continuously and purposely refusing to let people eligible to request asylum cross the border. Even if refugees and migrants were allowed to cross the border between Greece and Turkey, the police would then arrest them and take them back to Turkey, the CGR claims.
- the arrests were arbitrary
- people were placed in police detention facilities where conditions of hygiene were miserable,
- the use of force put border crossers' lives at risk
"The GCR would like to remind the government that as recently as June 2017, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, on the occasion of reported repatriation from the Greek-Turkish land borders, had called on the Greek authorities to stop this practice and fulfill their obligations with regard to the basis of human rights - that all people arriving in Greece can exercise their right to seek and enjoy the right to asylum," the GCR said.