February 26, 2019

Council of Europe Criticized Greece for Terrible Conditions at Migrant Camps

The Council of Europe stated that thousands of migrants and refugees in Greece are living in “inhuman and degrading” conditions, Ekathimerini reports with reference to the report of the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture. 

The report emphasizes the “lack of doctors, medicines, food and drinking water in several camps along Turkey’s land border, in Athens, and on the Aegean islands,” which causes numerous problems with migrants’ health. 

The Council of Europe indicates the camp funded by the European Union in Fylakio on Greece’s northeastern border with Turkey, where, according to the information, 95 migrants are living in one room. 

The report states that migrants and refugees are being detained for a long time in unsatisfactory conditions at border patrol stations, and are often subject to abuse and violence from police. 

It is also noted that hundreds of minors are staying in the same rooms and premises with men putting them at risk of sexual violence. The Committee of the Council of Europe notes that Greece needs to take “immediate action” in order vulnerable persons to be moved to the relevant open camps, while women and children shall never be detained together with unrelated men.