Greece: 92 refugees found naked at border with Turkey

Greece: 92 refugees found naked at border with Turkey

92 refugees were found naked after being forced to cross the Evros, the river that separates Turkey from Greece, according to Athens. “an inhuman image”reacted on Sunday (October 16) the Greek civil protection minister.

A spokeswoman for the European border surveillance agency Frontex, Paulina Bakula, confirmed this to AFP “Rescue of 92 migrants on Friday” with the support of the Greek authorities.

“The (Frontex) agents reported that the migrants were found naked and that some of them had visible injuries.”she added from Warsaw, the organisation’s headquarters, while Athens makes sure Turkey forces these people to undress before deporting them to the Greek side of the border.

Greek Civil Protection Minister Takis Theodorikakos accused Ankara of “Instrumentalizing illegal immigration” However, Turkey has denied any involvement in the degrading treatment of these refugees.

In a series of particularly virulent Twitter messages in Turkish, Greek and English, the Turkish presidency has slammed its Greek neighbor whom it accuses of behavior “inhuman”.

“We call on Greece to end its inhuman attitude towards refugees as soon as possible in order to put an end to the false and baseless allegations against Turkey,” writes the Communications Director of the Turkish Council Presidency, Fahrettin Altun.

“Through these ridiculous actions, Greece is once again showing the world that it does not even respect the dignity of oppressed peoples by publishing the photos of the refugees it deported after taking their personal belongings.” he adds.

Turkey’s Deputy Interior Minister Ismail Catakli had previously called for a stop in Athens “Manipulation and dishonesty”.

Most of those affected, Syrians and Afghans, “said Frontex agents that three Turkish army vehicles took them to Evros”, assured Takis Theodorikakos in an interview with the private TV channel Skai.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) condemned this on Twitter on Sunday “such cruel and degrading treatment” and asked for a “Full investigation into this incident”.

Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi called the incident on Saturday a “Shame on Civilization”.

Greece is regularly singled out by NGOs and various journalistic investigations for illegal and violent pushbacks at its sea and land borders with Turkey.

But it has always denied resorting to this illegal practice.

At the end of September, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Greece on the United Nations platform of having turned the Aegean Sea into one country “Cemetery” with her “Politics of Repression”.

Mr Attun insisted again on Sunday: “The Greek authorities must first be held accountable for the babies they allowed to drown in the Aegean Sea, for the people they robbed and belted in Meriç (the Turkish name for Evros, ed.) and in coordination with them let Frontex freeze to death”he wrote.

This was announced by the NGO Mare Liberum in response to the incident on Sunday “In the Evros region, crimes against human rights are committed systematically and daily by Turkey and Greece.”

“If these crimes are publicly discussed by members of the government, it only serves to fuel the conflict” between these two countries, she continued.

Reference: www.euractiv.fr

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