UN expert raises alarm over migrant, asylum seeker ‘pushbacks’ at Turkey-Greece border

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Monday, March 23, 2020
UN expert raises alarm over migrant, asylum seeker ‘pushbacks’ at Turkey-Greece border

Author: UN News | news.un.org | 23 March 2020 

Greece must take immediate action to end the violence against migrants and asylum seekers at the border between Turkey and Greece, an independent UN human rights expert said on Monday, expressing alarm at reports of violence at the hands of some Greek security officers and unidentified armed men.

“I am very concerned about the reported pushbacks of asylum seekers and migrants, which constitutes a violation of the prohibition of collective expulsions and the principle of non-refoulement,” said Felipe González Morales, Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants.

On 1 March, Greece suspended for 30 days, asylum applications for anyone who crossed the border irregularly, which prompted the Special Rapporteur to urge the country to “immediately reverse its decision”, saying it “has no legal basis in international human rights law”.

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