Greece: Anti-torture committee criticises treatment of irregular migrants and continued detention of migrant children

In a new report on Greece, the Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) raises concerns over the situation in  “hotspots” on the Aegean islands.

The CPT is highly critical of the continued immigration detention of unaccompanied children.

The report criticises the situation of adult immigration detainees in Athens and Thessaloniki, and calls for action to tackle the problem of police ill-treatment.

The CPT calls for determined action by Greek authorities to tackle the widespread and deep-rooted problem of police ill-treatment. Formal safeguards against ill-treatment continue to remain ineffective in practice.

The CPT expresses its dismay at the totally inadequate conditions of detention in immigration detention facilities and in most of the police stations visited. The dungeon-like and squalid living conditions at Drapetzona Police Station could be considered as inhuman and degrading, and present a public health risk.

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