Greece: ICJ’s briefing to the UN Human Rights Committee

The ICJ submitted a briefing to the UN Human Rights Committee in advance of the Committee’s examination of Greece’s compliance with its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

In its submission the ICJ expressed concern and made recommendations about the following issues:

i. the Greek asylum system’s failure to comply in practice with the
non-refoulement obligations and the right to an effective remedy (article 2.3, read in conjunction with articles 6, 7, 9 and 14 ICCPR, in particular);

ii. the immigration detention of refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants and the conditions of their detention (article 7, 9 and 10 ICCPR);

iii. the treatment and immigration detention of unaccompanied children (articles 7, 9 and 24 ICCPR); and

iv. the reception and living conditions of asylum seekers amounting to
destitution (article 7 ICCPR).


Massimo Frigo, Europe Programme Legal Adviser, email: massimo.frigo(a)

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