Greece
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Overview

In June, in a historic victory for women’s rights, Greece became the ninth country in Europe to introduce a consent-based rape law. Refugee “hotspots” (EU-funded reception and identification centres for new arrivals) on the Aegean islands were consistently overcrowded and conditions remained dire. New asylum legislation adopted in October expanded asylum-related detention and rolled back safeguards for vulnerable groups. A spike was observed in reports of excessive use of force and ill-treatment by police. Austerity measures adopted over the past decade continued to severely impact access to health care.

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Death penalty status

Abolitionist for all crimes

Does not use the death penalty

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