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Parliamentary question - E-000788/2023Parliamentary question

Accusations of serial mistreatments by Greek security forces

Question for written answer  E-000788/2023
to the Commission
Rule 138
Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D), Javier Moreno Sánchez (S&D), Domènec Ruiz Devesa (S&D)

Recent investigations by the Spanish newspaper El País and Greek news outlet Solomon report what seems to be a modus operandi of the Greek security forces: allegedly, a vast number of migrants are apprehended when they enter Greece illegally, without being offered the possibility to apply for asylum, contrary to EU law. In addition, migrants are held in detention centres where they are subjected to violence and inhuman and degrading treatment.

According to these investigations, they are stripped of their belongings before being transported along the Evros River to Türkiye in inflatable boats. Based on the data collected, it is estimated that over the past six years, Greek security forces may have taken more than EUR 2 million in cash as well as phones and other valuable belongings.

Submitted: 8.3.2023

Last updated: 14 March 2023
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