Ylva Johansson, a member of the European Union Commission responsible for home affairs, has warned Greece that it may take formal steps regarding recent allegations of retaliation reflected in the US press.
Ylva Johansson, a member of the EU Commission responsible for home affairs, made a statement about the response photos on April 11, published by The New York Times on May 19, on her Twitter account.
“A year ago, I met with the Greek government to discuss border management and made it clear that there was no room for illegal deportation.” Using the expression, Johansson inserted the post announcing the meeting in question.
Johansson said he contacted the relevant authorities again after the images published by The New York Times, “We have sent an official request to the Greek authorities for a full and independent investigation into this incident. The Greek authorities require appropriate follow-up, based on the new independent monitoring mechanism.” (European Union Commission) ready to take formal steps as appropriate.” Use his statements.
According to photographs published in The New York Times, 12 asylum seekers, including women and children, were taken to a remote point in a white minibus by people in ski masks, and then put on an inflatable boat on the island of Lesbos. The boat then transfers them to a Greek coast guard boat. The boat drops refugees in the middle of the Aegean Sea.
Reports of pushbacks by the Greek Coast Guard have been in the international press since 2020. According to these reports, Greek Coast Guard boats are blocking and even damaging boats of migrants who want to cross from Turkey to Greece.
Pushbacks are also being raised by the United Nations and many human rights organizations. According to the reports of these organizations, Greece used tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets for those who tried to cross its land borders in the Meric border area with Turkey.
Witnesses to the violence cite numerous violations of the law, including excessive use of force by Greek border units, beatings, use of real ammunition, illegal detention, and systematic retaliation against Turkey.
Despite all the evidence, news and statements from the authorities, pushbacks are still being reported.
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