asylumineurope.org | 30 May 2022 |
ACCESS TO THE TERRITORY AND PUSH BACKS - Greece
On 16 March 2022, the European Court of Human Rights granted interim measures under Rule 39 requested by Human Rights 360 and GCR for a group of 30 Syrian refugees who had been confined on an islet of Evros river for 6 days without water, food, medical care, or any means to keep warm. In April 2022, the Court granted interim measures requested by GCR for 5 similar cases of Syrian refugees including 44 children. The Court ordered the Greek government not to remove the refugees from the country’s territory and to provide them with food, water and proper medical care and requested to be informed about whether the Syrian refugees had submitted an asylum application and, if so, whether they had access to the asylum procedure and to legal assistance. Many of these refugees complain that they had been pushed back to Turkey during their attempts to seek international protection in Greece.