Greece: Violence, lies, and pushbacks – Refugees and migrants still denied safety and asylum at Europe’s borders

Index Number: EUR 25/4307/2021

Years after Amnesty International first reported pushbacks of refugees and migrants from Greece in 2013, Greece is still violently and illegally returning people to Turkey, in contravention of their human rights obligations under EU and international law. Amnesty International documented 21 new incidents of summary, unlawful returns from Greece to Turkey, often accompanied by arbitrary detention and violence, in some case amounting to torture. The EU has also repeatedly failed to hold Greece to account for these serious violations, ultimately reinforcing the practice and tacitly giving permission for it to continue by way of inaction.

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