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Greece defends illegal immigrants

October 31 2007

Greece thoroughly investigates all violations of the rights of illegal migrants, referred to in the report of the human rights organization "Pro Asyl", said Minister of Merchant Shipping and insular policies Giorgos Voulgarakis (Giorgos Voulgarakis) on Tuesday in Athens.

"I have carefully examined the contents of the report of the organization" Pro Asyl "the rights of refugees and immigrants, and ordered an investigation of all facts contained in the report - said Voulgarakis, who was quoted by the Athens News Agency.

A well-known human rights organization accuses the Greek authorities, especially the coast guard, the systematic violation of the rights of refugees. According to human rights activists, the Coast Guard leaves the boat with illegal immigrants suffer distress on the high seas or they Plants on uninhabited beaches, throwing its fate.

If the refugees are being arrested, then held up even small children, which is contrary to international law. Also, all newly arrived illegal immigrants are automatically subject to deportation process, which is also illegal, according to the organization.

In addition, the experts "Pro Asyl" of inspections in the detention centers of illegal migrants in Greece called the living conditions in them "unacceptable."

"Pro Asyl" also accuses the staff of one of the centers, located on the island of Chios, in the electric shocks, systematic beatings and even mock executions of detainees.

According to the Greek minister, this behavior if it occurred, does not characterize the Coast Guard as a whole. " "I've read in reputable newspapers that workers Coast Guard to buy milk for children of illegal migrants on their money," - said Voulgarakis.

According to him, over the past months, the Coast Guard rescued a half thousand illegals born with a disaster at sea.

"If the investigation finds that mentioned in the report violations occurred, we are very strict," - said Voulgarakis.

According to official Greek statistics, the number of illegal migrants who try to enter the territory of Greece, has been steadily increasing. In 2005, only the Greek-Turkish border has been delayed a little less than 8,000 illegal immigrants in 2006 - already more than 22 thousand, whereas in the past few months in 2007 - almost 18 thousand.

The border between Greece and Turkey, passing over land in the region of Thrace and around the Aegean Sea, is both the eastern border of the EU and the Schengen visa agreement, informs RIA Novosti news agency .

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