. Symbol by angus hyland and steven bateman pdf. Symbol by angus hyland and steven bateman pdf. A quick, but informative, guide.When the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was asked about the treatment of asylum seekers in Greece, the European Union’s top human rights official said she was “shocked, shocked to hear that.”
“I am deeply concerned that these events have taken place,” said Filippo Grandi, adding that the recent reported deaths of three people in Greek custody could be a “tipping point.”
What he failed to mention is that he himself has, on more than one occasion, had to admit to having been aware that some of the most horrific cases were taking place under his leadership and responsibility.
As revealed by Greek outlet Evropaiki Dio, Grandi visited a refugee camp in the village of Makri, near the Albanian border, in April 2014. It was the first time in 14 years that the UN’s humanitarian chief had gone to Greece, and it wasn’t just because of the financial crisis.
“The conditions he found were shocking and disgraceful,” a Greek human rights lawyer told Evropaiki Dio, adding that the UN official was “shocked.”
At the time, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) were trying to organize an evacuation of refugees from the border areas to the Greek mainland.
The Greek government responded by closing the border and stopping all refugee-related operations.
The Greek government has also moved to shut down the border with Turkey, which is now sheltering more than 2 million refugees, including almost 60,000 in camps on the Greek island of Lesbos.
To date, humanitarian organizations have recorded over 2,200 deaths of refugees and migrants in EU and North African countries since October 2015.
In Greece, at least 186 people died in the past five months, according to a Reuters report. The news outlet, quoting Greek and UN sources, said at least 36 of those deaths were in custody.
Grandi, then still the deputy high commissioner, was the one who helped open a safe route between the UN’s refugee processing center in the Turkish border town of Orestiada and the Greek island of Lesbos.
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