Migration and Struggle in Greece

Archive for November, 2013

Two Greek coast guard officers convicted over 2007 migrant abuse

Posted by clandestina on 27 November 2013

Two coast guard officers were found guilty and one cleared on Tuesday of
torturing Moroccan migrants on Chios in 2007.

The navy tribunal handed the two men suspended jail sentences of three
and six years.

One of their two victims appeared in court and said he was subjected to
waterboarding and fake executions. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ship wreck with dead immigrants in the Ionian sea

Posted by clandestina on 15 November 2013

Another ship wreck with dead immigrants occurred in Greece, this time near the island of Lefkada in Ionian sea. The boat capsized and according to initial reports there are at least eight dead immigrants. A greek coastguard vessel spotted the overturned boat. Fifteen immigrants had managed to reach the beach, but eight others were found dead. Rescued immigrants reported that more undocumented were aboard and are now reported missing.

Update: The final death toll is 12 immigrants dead, four of them children…

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Pushed Back – refoulement of refugees at the Greek-Turkish land and sea border

Posted by clandestina on 8 November 2013

On the Greek-Turkish land border refugees are systematically refouled with brutal, shocking and systematic violations of human rights: ‘When they left us in the Turkish waters they made waves again and six of us – all men – fell into the sea. The Greeks saw that, but they didn’t help, they just left.’ PRO ASYL documents these systematic pushback in the report “Pushed Back – systematic human rights violations against refugees in the aegean sea and the greek-turkish land border”. With few exceptions, all documented pushback took place in the area of ​​operations of Frontex. PRO ASYL raises the question of the involvement of Frontex on the human rights violations and calls: Frontex must end its operations in Greece.

Summary (in German):

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