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ECHR Condemns Greece for Inhumane Migrant Treatment

greece-migrantsOnce again, the European Court of Human Rights has condemned Greece for the inhumane treatment of 14 illegal migrants originating from Iran, the Ivory Coast, Egypt, Nigeria and China.
During today’s judging of the Mahammad and others versus Greece appeal, the Court of Human Rights condemned Greece for violating the Convention’s Article 3 that prohibits inhuman and degrading treatment of prisoners, as well as for the right to prompt review of the detention legality violation.
Fourteen illegal migrants who entered Greece in the region of Evros without travel documents, applied for asylum in Greece. However, their application was rejected and on February 22, 2012, they submitted formal complaints regarding their treatment and continued detention, pending deportation.
A few days later, on March 2, 2012, the Administrative Court of Alexandroupolis president, dismissed the allegations as baseless. As a result, the illegal migrants made an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights and today they were vindicated.
The court ruling requires Greece to pay the amount of 8,000 euros to 11 migrants for just satisfaction, 5,000 euros to two migrants for non-pecuniary damage, and finally, 2,000 euros for judicial costs and expenses.

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