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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.

2020

  • 31/12/2020 - Special report
    - National Mechanism for the Investigation of Arbitrary Incidents – Special Report for 2020
    According to the Greek Ombudsman, the year 2020 marks a decisive turn in the investigation of arbitrary incidents by police officers or other members of the security forces. The alleged incidents submitted to the Ombudsman as National Mechanism for the Investigation of Arbitrary Incidents increased by 75% by individual complainants and by 26% in total, indicating the recognition by the public at large of the independent authority’s contribution to securing substantial safeguards in independent and objective investigation procedures. The rising trend of complaints reflects the demand for effective investigation of alleged violations of the right to life, physical integrity and personal safety. The legislative enhancement of the independent authority with institutional means of investigation in 2020, increases its potential to fulfill its mandate as National Mechanism for the Investigation of Arbitrary Incidents which is crucial in a rule of law state.
  • 31/12/2020 - Special report
    - Returns of third-country nationals – Special Report 2020
    The Greek Ombudsman points out the disproportionate number of detained migrants in view of return, compare to the number of those returned in their countries of origin, a finding valid yet another year, in the independent authority’s special report on Returns of third-country nationals in 2020.

2019

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