New Europe: Council of Europe releases damning report on conditions in Greece’s migrant camps20 February 2019 | 13:46 | FOCUS News Agency
The Council said in its report that it received “credible” allegations of detainees being physically ill-treated by Greek police and of cases where migrants who had illegally entered Greece being forced to cross the border to Turkey.
The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) staff visited several detention centres last April, mostly near the eastern land border with Turkey in the Greek province of Thrace and in the islands of the Aegean Sea.
The findings painted a bleak picture of the camps, where access to a lawyer or doctor remain non-existent, and where, for the most part, most migrants have their civil liberties stripped. Translation services are rarely provided and custody records are non-existent, while complaint procedures are in dire need of improvement.
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