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[07. Jul 2018]

Two Push-Back Operations at the Greek-Turkish Land Border Witnessed by the Alarm Phone

Statement, July 06, 2018: The Alarm Phone witnessed two illegal push-back operations at the Greek-Turkish land border over the course of five days.

The first case occurred on Saturday the 30th of June 2018. In the early morning, we had been informed about a group of people along the Turkish-Greek land border that was in need of support. Five of them were from Syria, five from Sierra Leone, six men, two women, and two children. We contacted the travellers, received their GPS position, and notified the police to their whereabouts, as the travellers had asked us to do. The police confirmed to us that they would search for them. Hours later, in the early afternoon, one of the members of the group told us that she was on her way back to Istanbul. She informed us about what had happened to them: At around 9am local time, they had been found by Greek officers in blue & black uniforms. Their belongings was taken away, and at least 5 of them were forced back to Turkey. They had not taken any pictures as their phones had been taken away. Our contact person had been able to hide her phone. They were kept in confinement for about one hour and treated badly, “like dogs” she said, before being forced onto a boat that returned them illegally to Turkey.

On Thursday the 5th of July, the second push-back operation was observed by the Alarm Phone. We had received a distress call from a group of Syrian, Iraqi, Yemeni and Sudanese migrants who had crossed into Greece seeking international protection. The group was found by the Greek police. The police handed the group to Greek officers who did not hesitate to use violence and intimidation. They were beaten, robbed, and forced onto a boat that returned them to Turkish territory.

The Alarm Phone denounces in the strongest possible terms these cruel and inhumane push-back operations carried out by Greek authorities along the Greek land border with Turkey that seriously violate the people’s fundamental human rights and dignity. We demand immediate actions to stop these attacks from taking place.

Source :: alarmphone.org, 06. Jul 2018