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No End in Sight - Report about the Mistreatment of Asylum Seekers in Greece published

A report on the conditions for asylum seekers in Greece, that are still too often inhumane and degrading, was published today by Refugee Rights Europe.

Together with 11 other civil society organizations, Equal Rights Beyond Borders contributed to the report by providing case studies from our everyday work.

An unaccompanied minor describes the conditions in the so-called "safe zone" for minors in the camp Vial on Chios:

"Many of the minors also had razor blades to cut themselves. This was also because many of them wanted to talk to a psychologist but were rejected. The procedure for talking to a psychologist was as follows for minors: you cut yourself. After that they take you to the hospital to be sewn. Then comes the police and brings you to jail for two or three days. Then you can go to a psychologist and they make many promises to move you and get you out of the camp. But that usually does not happen, it’s promises [...] Whatever illness you have, they will give you Panadol, a painkiller. For everything, headache, fever, cancer, Panadol [...] There was no procedure to go to the hospital or to see a doctor. The procedure was: Wait until the minor is about to die and then they put him in a police bus to take him to the hospital. If you are in the hospital, they will treat you at some point. But it was very difficult alone. Sometimes, volunteers from an independent NGO accompanied us to the hospital. They always fought with the hospital so we could see a doctor. It was very difficult.”

The gathered evidence was also basis for a submission to the UN Committee against Torture.

Find the full report here.

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