The European Commission urges an investigation into the alleged abandonment of migrants at sea by the Greek Coast Guard.
The European Commission has called for an urgent investigation into disturbing reports of 12 migrants allegedly abandoned at sea by the Greek coast guard. Video evidence supporting the incident, which the New York Times first reported, showed the forcible expulsion of asylum seekers, including a baby, who had sought refuge in Greece. This article will provide an overview of the situation, including the response from relevant authorities, the rescued migrants’ current status, and the implications for Greece’s compliance with international and EU laws regarding the treatment of asylum seekers.
On April 11, a video emerged capturing the distressing ordeal of refugees, consisting of Somalis, Eritreans, and Ethiopians, being transported in a white van to a remote location on an Aegean island. Naima Hassan Aden, a 27-year-old Somali refugee, shared her harrowing experience, recounting the lack of mercy shown during the transfer.
In contrast, the Greek government has consistently denied mistreatment of migrants, citing its significant burden in managing new arrivals and emphasising adherence to domestic, EU, and international laws prohibiting the denial of asylum seekers at the border.
Fayad Mulla, an Austrian aid worker who has spent a lot of time documenting migrant abuses, has provided video evidence that may indicate violations of international laws and EU rules governing the treatment of asylum seekers. While activists and journalists have long raised concerns about Greece’s treatment of migrants, concrete evidence has been limited until now.
As the investigation unfolds, it is crucial for Greek authorities to demonstrate transparency, accountability, and commitment to upholding the rights of migrants seeking asylum within their borders.
Apurva Singh is currently pursuing BBA. She is a student with a strong communication and content writing skills. Apurva is currently working as an intern at The Shining Media.