Source: European Parliament
The effects of suspending asylum in Greece continue to be felt.
The Greek authorities are now using a new tactic to prevent asylum seekers from entering Greek territory: instead of registering asylum seekers when they reach the Greek islands and putting them up in a reception centre until they have access to an asylum procedure, the Greek Coast Guard is carrying out ‘push-backs’: sending boats full of people back to Turkish waters, having taken the engine out the boats, thus abandoning these people to their fate.
Taking into account this practice is a gross violation of the right to non-refoulement and the right to access to an asylum procedure:
1. Is the Commission aware of such events?
2. Does it plan to introduce an independent monitoring mechanism with a view to ensuring that the human rights of asylum seekers are upheld at the EU’s external borders?
3. What measures could be taken to bring an end to violations of EU and international law of this kind?