Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), also called Medical doctors With out Borders, revealed a report on Thursday shedding mild on the bodily violence skilled by asylum-seekers upon reaching Greece, similar to beatings and being forcefully returned to sea. The report urges Greece to bolster its efforts in maritime search and rescue operations for migrants.
For years, Greece has served as a major entry level to the European Union for refugees and migrants from areas just like the Center East, Asia and Africa. It has confronted accusations from help organizations and the UN’s refugee company UNHCR. These allegations pertain to the forceful expulsion of migrants at each its sea and land borders, acknowledged as “pushbacks,” a observe deemed unlawful.
Drawing on intensive medical knowledge, affected person testimonies and operational insights from August 2021 to July 2023, the MSF report asserts that this grave lack of help and backdrop of violence endangers the lives of these searching for refuge.
On the islands of Samos and Lesbos, MSF grapples with the medical and humanitarian wants of arrivals, providing help along with different organizations. Testimonies from MSF sufferers narrate accounts of pushbacks starting from bodily assaults to strip searches perpetrated by uniformed and masked people. MSF asserts that these acts compound current vulnerabilities and escalate pre-existing well being circumstances, each bodily and psychological, posing grave threats to the well-being of asylum-seekers.
MSF’s report means that regardless of elevated arrivals, violent episodes proceed unabated, resulting in accounts of a number of pushbacks, violent ways and an almost full absence of help. The report requires humane therapy, an finish to violent border practices and a devoted effort to supply entry to honest asylum procedures.