Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Greek treatment of illegal migrants criticised

Financial Times
March 15, 2011

The Council of Europe has slammed Greece over its “unacceptable” treatment of illegal immigrants, saying that conditions were deteriorating at police stations and detention centres across the country.

The council’s committee for the prevention of torture, inhumane and degrading treatment or punishment said on Tuesday that Greek authorities had ignored its recommendations, while at the same time claiming they were taking measures to improve the situation.

At the Filakion detention centre close to Greece’s land border with Turkey, migrants “including juveniles and families with young children were kept locked up for weeks and months in filthy, overcrowded, unhygienic conditions with no daily access to outdoor exercise,” the committee said.

Such conditions were “unacceptable and could even amount to inhuman and degrading treatment”, it said.


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