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Human Rights Watch Blasts Greece's Proposed Asylum Legislation

The international group Human Rights Watch on Tuesday sharply criticized the new asylum bill brought forward by Greece's new conservative government as it restricts legal protection only to individuals who are fleeing wars. “The bill is a naked attempt to...

Greece Accused of Violence at Turkish Border (video)

The group "Human Rights Watch" accused Greek authorities on Tuesday of violently forcing back migrants who tried to illegally enter Greece from neighboring Turkey. The organization issued a statement urging Greece to investigate the allegations immediately, Human Rights Watch says...

Human Rights Watch: Greece is Blocking Sick Refugee Children's Access to Care

This week the NPO Human Rights Watch (HRW) made statements criticizing the Greek authorities and bureaucracy in place that is responsible for detaining refugee children with mental and physical illnesses in the Aegean islands' camps, with no access to proper...

Report: Greek Police Still Holding Lone Migrant Kids

Greece's government has been accused of failing to honor a commitment to house refugee and migrant children without families in special shelters. Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday said a pledge by Athens to make sure no children were being...

Human Rights Watch Annual Report Bleak for Refugee Treatment in Greece

Throughout 2017, NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) has been very critical of the Greek government's treatment of refugees and asylum seekers on the island hotspots. Now in its annual report about the conditions of refugees in the EU, the group...

'Urgent Need' to Move Asylum Seekers from Greek Islands

More than 13,500 asylum seekers remain trapped on the Greek islands in deplorable conditions as winter begins on December 21, 2017, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. Greece, with support from its European Union partners, should urgently transfer thousands of asylum...

Human Rights Watch Accuses Greece of Neglecting Female Refugees

Greek authorities are failing to provide adequate protection for women and girls living in government-run, European Union-sponsored facilities for asylum seekers, on the island of Lesvos, NGO Human Rights Watch said today. In November, 2017, Human Rights Watch interviewed 25 asylum-seeking...

Human Rights Watch Warns Against Extradition of Tajik Activist from Greece

Greece should not extradite, deport or otherwise facilitate the return of a Tajik opposition activist to Tajikistan; where he faces possible torture or ill-treatment, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said. Mirzorakhim Kuzov; a senior leader of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan...

UNHCR: Greek Refugee Camps Overcrowded, Unfit for Winter Weather

The government must speed up winter preparations at refugee camps on islands in the Aegean Sea where there has been a sharp rise in arrivals, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday. Nearly 5,000 refugees; mostly Syrian or Iraqi...

Migrant Camp in Lesvos ‘a Concentration Camp’ says Human Rights Watch

Representatives of Human Rights Watch (HRW) slammed Greece and Europe for the conditions prevailing in the migrant camp of Moria in Lesvos. "Moria is a concentration camp", said Emina Cerimovic addressing the Greek Parliament’s subcommittee for the disabled. Following a nine-day...