Greece must take immediate action to end the violence against migrants and asylum seekers at the Turkey-Greece border and enhance their protection, a UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Felipe Gonzalez Morales rights said yesterday.
“I am very concerned about the reported pushbacks of asylum seekers and migrants, which constitutes a violation of the prohibition of collective expulsions and the principle of non-refoulement,” said Morales, shedding a light to the situation of migrants who are trying to enter Greece through Turkey.
The UN Special Rapporteur expressed concern for the statements made by Greek security forces and unidentified gunmen about the violence and attacks carried out by Greek security forces and unidentified gunmen to push them to the Turkish side of the border.
Morales also expressed concern about violence and nurtured hostility against humanitarian workers, human rights activists and members of the press in the border region and Greek islands.
Noting that Greece's decision to suspend asylum applications for a month is also against human rights and international law, Morales called for this decision to be abandoned as soon as possible.