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2017

  • 02/11/2017 - Summary
    - Obligations of State Agencies hosting conscientious objectors
    Following the Ombudsman’s proposal, the National Defence General Staff highlighted to State agencies, where conscientious objectors fulfil their alternative service obligations, that they are obliged either to provide them with adequate housing conditions or to secure in advance the necessary amounts for their remuneration.
  • 01/06/2017 - Special report
    - Migration flows and refugee protection – administrative challenges and human rights - Special Report 2017
    The Greek Ombudsman, Andreas Pottakis, publicized on June 1, 2017, his special report titled “Migration flows and refugee protection – administrative challenges and human rights”. The special report is a comprehensive account of the Ombudsman’s findings and conclusions on the management and corresponding procedures regarding migration flows and refugee protection. Particular emphasis is placed on the period of time since peak of the number of refugees and migrants and until a year after the implementation of the EU-Turkey joint statement.
  • 07/02/2017 - Summary
    - Additional fee on citizens for re-issuance of passports due to errors
    The Ombudsman asked from the Hellenic Police to reissue citizen’s passports without charging them again, if the reissue is necessary because of manifest error (eg a mistake in recording sex), in the electronic filling in of the application for the original passport.

2016

  • 31/12/2016 - Special report
    - National Preventive Mechanism Against Torture and Ill-treatment - Annual Special Report 2016
    This report reflects the National Preventive Mechanism’s operation in 2016, both with regard to its visits and on-site inspections of places of detention, as well as its national and international presence, and includes interventions and recommendations regarding current policies, as well as its networking and collaborations with corresponding authorities.
  • 09/10/2016 - Special report
    - Special report on return of third country nationals
    The Greek Ombudsman, Andreas Pottakis, publicized on September 29, 2017, his special report titled “Return of third country nationals - 2016”. In his third annual report on the issue the Ombudsman notes that the number of forced returns operations has decreased, in 2016, whereas the number of detainees has increased. The Ombudsman also notes the lack of adequate and timely information provided to third country nationals regarding the removal operation as well as the wrongful use of handcuffs as a standard procedure without individual assessment of its necessity. At a European level, the Ombudsman observes the problems in managing mixed flows of both migrants and asylum seekers along the south east borders of the EU and calls for the strengthening of an external control mechanism to monitor the return operations.

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