On World Refugee Day, June 20th, the advocacy team published the report “They are killing minds”, which featured testimony from people held in the CCAC. Divided into five sections – structure of the CCAC, safety, health, food and water, and hygiene – the report provides a glimpse into the appalling living conditions in the CCAC.
IHR together with the Border Violence Monitoring Network submitted a Third Party Intervention to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in the pushback cases of A.B. v. Greece and D.G. v. Greece. The organisations present evidence of an established practice of pushbacks at the Greek-Turkish land border and demonstrate a lack of access to domestic remedies in Greece for survivors.
Additionally, IHR teamed up with Thessaloniki based Mobile Info Team to provide evidence to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in their assessment of Greece’s implementation of the 2011 M.S.S. v. Belgium and Greece judgement. In this landmark ruling, the ECtHR found that, due to systemic deficiencies in asylum procedures, transfers of asylum seekers to Greece under the Dublin Regulation amounted to refoulement. The organisations show that despite the ruling being over 12 years ago, the Greek authorities have still not implemented it, with serious deficiencies in the Greek asylum system and treatment of asylum seekers in Greece persisting.