Greece: European court awards damages for ‘degrading’ migrant detention conditions

Migrant detention in Greece

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday awarded €8,000 in damages each to two plaintiffs who filed a suit against the Greek state over the “degrading” conditions of their incarceration after being arrested for failing to produce a valid residence permit.

Aisayah Erliana Herman, an Indonesian national born in 1982, and Bardi Serazadishvili, a Georgian born in 1971, claimed that their incarceration in Athens in 2010 pending deportation was illegal and the conditions under which they were held were degrading.

While awaiting removal they were both held in custody for a maximum period of six months. In their submission, they claimed that the cells in which they were held were “overcrowded, cramped and unhealthy.”

Separate appeals against their custody and requests for asylum were respectively rejected…

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