Immigration: Amnesty condemns Athens for refugee expulsions

(ANSAmed) – ATHENS, APRIL 29 – Amnesty International has published a report regarding “the ongoing, persistent and shameful treatment by the Greek authorities of people risking their lives to find refuge in Europe” and has called for the European Union to impose sanctions for direct violations of international human rights obligations. According to the report, as To Vima online writes, Greece’s treatment of refugees and immigrants on the borders is “deplorable,” with the report detailing that violence, intimidation and humiliation tactics have become widespread and routine practices.

The report includes chilling testimonies from refugees and immigrants who attempted to cross over to Greece from neighboring countries, including survivors from the sinking at Farmakonisi. According to the testimonies, refugees are typically stripped of valuables and passports, before being pushed back across the border.