Nils Muižnieks: Greece must take action against “long-standing and systemic problem of excessive use of violence in law enforcement”

Today the Commissioner for Human Rights published correspondence with the Greek government in which he raises his concern about new reports of ill-treatment by police officers.

Greece: Human rights court awards €576,000 to forced labour migrant strawberry-pickers

The case concerned 42 Bangladeshi nationals who did not have work permits and were subjected to forced labour. Their employers had recruited them to pick strawberries on a farm in Manolada (Greece) but failed to pay the applicants’ wages and obliged them to work in difficult physical conditions under the supervision of armed guards.

Greece: Judges back prisoners in Chios jail overcrowding human rights complaint

The applicants essentially submitted that Chios Prison was overcrowded to the point that it was standard practice for inmates to have to sleep on the floor in their cells. They also complained about the lack of hygiene and inadequate medical care.

Greece: Media professionals win court victory after actress “insult” human rights dispute

The case concerned an award of damages of 30,000 euros (EUR) against the director of a daily newspaper (Kapsis) and a journalist (Danikas), jointly with the newspaper’s proprietor, for a press article describing as “completely unknown” an actress who had been appointed to an advisory board on subsidies awarded by the authority for theatres.

Greece: Court rules against “haircut” on bonds human rights challenge

Judges ruled today that the “haircut” on bonds held by individuals geared to restructuring the Greek public debt during the crisis did not violate their property rights.