Greece uses brutal methods to push back migrants in Aegean waters. This time, the drama in the Aegean was the subject of the Ombudsman Institution’s report “Pulling back and drowning human rights in the Aegean Sea”. The report prepared by the Ombudsman Institution once again revealed that Greece’s cruelty knows no bounds. Accordingly, 41 thousand 523 irregular migrants have been pushed back by Greece in the Aegean Sea in the last 2 years. The findings in the report reveal once again that Greece’s brutality knows no bounds. Accordingly, 41 thousand 523 irregular migrants have been pushed back by Greece in the Aegean Sea in the last 2 years. 97 irregular migrants pushed back to death by drowning. 86 immigrants froze to death in push-backs from land. According to the report, migrants arriving in Greece were left hungry and thirsty. There were those who were thrown into the sea by wearing reverse handcuffs without a life jacket, and were even burned by spilling gasoline. Migrants were left to die with their boots pierced or naked in the freezing cold.
The report called on European countries to put an end to violations in the Aegean Sea. It was demanded that the European Union should manage the migration wave in accordance with international law, and that language, religion, race and color discrimination against immigrants should be abandoned. In addition, a call was made to “press Greece to put an end to its outdated pushback policy”. While asking Greece to punish the personnel who carried out these actions, it was pointed out that the situation of children, disabled and elderly people should be handled with a humane approach.
Greek-born Law Professor also criticized Greece
Pavlos Eleftheriadis, a Greek-born Law Professor at Oxford University, criticized this attitude of Greece. Professor Eleftheriadis wrote an article in the newspaper Politico with the headline “The rule of law sinks in Greek waters”. “Hundreds of cases of illegal push-backs by Greek authorities have been reported in recent years,” he said. It reminded the Greek government of both the false claim of all these reports and their efforts to portray them as Turkey’s propaganda. In his article, Pavlos Eleftheriadis also included the information that the reports started to appear before the Mitsotakis government took office, and stated that since the beginning of March 2020, the detections of pushback have increased.