When: Tuesday 29 April 2014
The European Union (EU) must sanction Greece for its failure to eradicate the routine and widespread practice of pushing back refugees and migrants trying to enter the country, said an Amnesty International report published today.
Greece: Frontier of hope and fear, contains new evidence of the continuing routine and widespread practice of the Greek border and coastguard to push back people who risk their lives trying to find refuge in Europe.
It details the deplorable treatment of refugees and migrants trying to enter the country by the Greek authorities. Push-backs are a violation of the country’s international obligations and Amnesty International is calling for the EU to start legal proceedings against Greece.
To request a copy of the report or an interview and for further information please contact:
Lydia Aroyo, Press Officer, Amnesty International, International Secretariat at [email protected]; +44 (0) 7771 796 350 (UK mobile) or +44 (0)20 7413 5599.