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2021

  • 28/04/2021 - Special report
    - Alleged pushbacks to Turkey of foreign nationals who had arrived in Greece seeking international protection
    Interim report (updated up to 31 December 2020) An interim report on alleged illegal pushbacks of foreign nationals from Greece to Turkey, in the area of Evros river was publicised by the Ombudsman, on April 28, 2021. The report provides a brief, concise overview of the Ombudsman’s own-initiative inquiry from June 2017 through the end of 2020. It presents key aspects of the reported incidents, records the handling of the allegations by the Greek authorities and makes proposals, in the direction of shielding legality, enhancing transparency, and ensuring full respect for the principles of the rule of law. The interim report has already been sent to the Minister of Citizens’ Protection and the Chief of the Police.

2019

  • 31/12/2019 - Special report
    - National Preventive Mechanism Against Torture and Ill-treatment - Annual Special Report OPCAT 2019
    National Preventive Mechanism Against Torture and Ill-treatment - Annual Special Report OPCAT 2019
  • 31/12/2019 - Special report
    - National Mechanism For The Investigation Of Arbitrary Incidents - Report 2019
    The Ombudsman’s Special Report 2019 analyzes the shortcomings of disciplinary investigations concerning arbitrary incidents in the security forces. Taking into account that allegations of infringement of physical integrity or health during arrest, detention and all kinds of police operations, account for more than half of the complaints examined, the Independent Authority stresses that impartial and thorough disciplinary investigation is an elementary, non-negotiable requirement for the rule of law.
  • 31/12/2019 - Special report
    - Special Report 2019 on Returns of Third Country Nationals
    The decrease in forced returns and the increase in administrative detention in the year 2019 was highlighted by the Greek Ombudsman in his special report on returns of third country nationals. The Greek Ombudsman, in the capacity of the National Mechanism for monitoring forced returns on the basis of EU law, confirms a trend of disproportionate increase in administrative detention in the recent years and expects a further increase due to the legislative amendments in 2019. Also, in 2019 the dysfunctions in asylum procedures continue to have a negative effect on the legal safety in relation to returns. The reduced number of returnees, the increase in administrative detention, the shortcomings in health and interpretation services, poor living conditions but also a certain improvement in organising returns, are some of the key findings in the monitoring conducted by the independent authority. The report focuses on the European developments for the enhanced role of FRONTEX in border protection and refers to the Greek Ombudsman’s initiative for networking with independent authorities in other member-states and the Council of Europe, aiming at achieving safeguards of independence in monitoring and enhancing transparency in the EU system of returns of third country nationals to their countries of origin.
  • 25/02/2019 - Special report
    - Relocation Revisited The Greek Case
    The Greek Ombudsman published a report on the EU Relocation Programme for asylum seekers, on the occasion of the Regional Board of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI) meeting in Athens on February 20, 2019. An assessment of the EU emergency measure of relocating asylum seekers form Greece to other Member-states was assigned to the Ombudsman by the IOI European Regional Board. Mr. Andreas Pottakis, participating in the Board, presented the report in their meeting in Brussels in October 2018 and also sent it to the Greek Minister for Migration, Dimitris Vitsas.

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