EU rights of­fi­cial slams ex­pul­sions

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The Coun­cil of Europe’s Com­mis­sioner for Hu­man Rights Nils Muiznieks has asked Greek au­thor­i­ties to end the col­lec­tive ex­pul­sions of im­mi­grants, par­tic­u­larly of refugees from Syria and other war-torn na­tions.

Muiznieks sent a let­ter to Pub­lic Or­der Min­is­ter Nikos Den­dias and Mer­chant Ma­rine Min­is­ter Mil­tiadis Varvit­si­o­tis last month urg­ing Greece to “to rad­i­cally change its mi­gra­tion pol­icy and prac­tice,” ac­cord­ing to a state­ment on the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s web­site yes­ter­day. He ex­pressed con­cern over re­ported push­backs of “a large num­ber of Syr­i­ans flee­ing war vi­o­lence and al­le­ga­tions of ill-treat­ment of mi­grants.” He also cited a re­port by Ger­man watch­dog Pro Asyl, ac­cord­ing to which Greece pushed back 2,000 mi­grants be­tween De­cem­ber 2011 and Au­gust 2013.

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