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Greece: Fear of forcible return

, Index number: EUR 25/008/2001

A Turkish-flagged ship carrying up to 1,000 people, which was drifting in Greek waters after its engine failed, was towed to the island of Zakynthos by the Greek coastguard on 5 November. The Greek government today announced that it intends to forcibly return most of those on board to their country of origin, indicating that it will not allow them to apply for asylum. Bedia Ergün, Özgür Kiliç and Cem Arikan, and possibly many others, would be at grave risk of torture or other human rights violations if they were returned to their countries of origin.

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