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Greece: immediate action needed to protect human rights of migrants

Commissioner for Human Rights Athens 29 June 2018
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Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović meets with beneficiairies of a semi-independent living programme for unaccompanied minor in Athens, Greece. ©CoE/2018/Giorgos Moutafis

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović meets with beneficiairies of a semi-independent living programme for unaccompanied minor in Athens, Greece. ©CoE/2018/Giorgos Moutafis

“The humanity and hospitality that Greece’s people and authorities demonstrated towards migrants in recent years is truly commendable. In spite of these efforts, however, the situation remains worrying and much more needs to be done to protect the human rights of those who have had to flee their country”, said today Dunja Mijatović, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, at the end of her five-day visit to Greece, which also focused on the impact of austerity on human rights.

Noting the significant decrease in arrivals of migrants to Greece in the last two years, the Commissioner stressed that while current numbers remain difficult to manage for Greece alone, Europe as a whole can handle them without major difficulties. “It is high time that all member states of the Council of Europe united around its foundational values and address this issue in a spirit of collective responsibility and solidarity”, said Commissioner Mijatović.


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