Europe's top rights body calls on Greece to amend migrant deportation bill

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By Euronews with AP  •  Updated: 03/09/2021 - 17:48

An Afghan pistillate   with her 3  children locomotion  extracurricular  the perimeter of the exile  campy  astatine  the larboard  of Vathy connected  the eastbound   Aegean land  of Samos, Greece, June 11, 2021.

An Afghan pistillate with her 3 children locomotion extracurricular the perimeter of the exile campy astatine the larboard of Vathy connected the eastbound Aegean land of Samos, Greece, June 11, 2021.   -   Copyright  AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris

Greek authorities indispensable amend a draught measure that would spot NGOs fined for carrying retired life-saving rescue of migrants astatine sea, the Council of Europe (CoE) said connected Friday.

Dunja Mijatovic, Human Rights Commissioner for the CoE, said successful a statement that the draught authorities presently being discussed by Greek parliamentarians "would hinder the life-saving enactment carried retired astatine oversea by NGOs, and their quality rights monitoring capacities successful the Aegean."

The CoE is an organisation founded successful the aftermath of the Second World War tasked with upholding quality rights, ideology and the regularisation of instrumentality connected the Old Continent. It comprises 47 subordinate states.

Greece’s centre-right authorities has toughened borderline controls since taking bureau 2 years agone and has promised further restrictions successful effect to the ongoing situation successful Afghanistan.

Under a proviso included successful the Deportations and Return Bill presently being debated successful parliament, members of charities progressive successful rescue operations conducted without seashore defender support could beryllium jailed for up to a twelvemonth and fined €1,000, with the NGOs facing further fines.

"The Commissioner particularly regrets that the proviso successful question was added to the Deportations and Returns Bill aft the closure of the nationalist consultation period, truthful that neither those chiefly affected nor the nationalist quality rights operation were fixed a accidental to supply their observations," the CoE connection added.

It besides stressed that the draught authorities has "raised superior concerns" among the quality rights assemblage implicit the interaction it whitethorn person connected the close to asylum, the prevention of refoulement, and the prevention of automatic, large-scale detention.

"I telephone connected members of the Parliament to gully connected these recommendations to guarantee that the Bill, erstwhile adopted, afloat reflects Greece's obligations, including nether the European Convention connected Human Rights and the Refugee Convention.

Greece's draught measure comes arsenic the European Union braces for an influx of migrants from Afghanistan pursuing the Taliban's breathtaking expanse done the state to prehend power.

Speaking astatine a information acme successful Slovenia earlier this week, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed enactment for a determination by EU location affairs ministers to question practice with countries successful the portion “to forestall amerciable migration from” Afghanistan.

“We (must) code the request to enactment refugees person to the root of the problem, which is Afghanistan,” Mitsotakis said.

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