Two Greek NGOs tabled a complaint on Tuesday with the Supreme Court of Greece calling for the rescue of 50 Syrian migrants, including 3 pregnant women and 12 children, from an islet on the Evros River, in Greece’s borders with Turkey.
The Greek Council for Refugees and HumanRights360 said the 50 also included an elderly woman, all of whom were “stranded on an islet of Evros River despite the European Court of Human Rights decision that they should be assisted and not be removed from Greece.”
Another illegal pushback in Evros 🧵@GCRefugees & @rights360 submitted today a formal complaint to the Athens Prosecutor as a last resort to rescue the 50 Syrian #refugeesgr who had been stranded for 11 days on the islet of #Evros despite the decision of the @ECHR_CEDH 1/5 pic.twitter.com/rahYwtY0Ie
— HumanRights360 (@rights360) July 26, 2022
However, the NGOs said, the Syrian nationals “were pushed back one day before the expiration of the deadline of the Court’s decision, and as the Supreme Court chief prosecutor was being briefed on the case,” and became stranded between the borders of the two countries.
Also issuing an urgent call for rescuing the stranded migrants was Amnestry International, collecting signatures to present them to the Civil Protection minister.