Migrant Ill – Treatment in Greek Law Enforcement – Are the Strasbourg Court Judgments the Tip of the Iceberg?
21 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2017 Last revised: 29 Apr 2017
Date Written: 2017
The present paper aims to provide an analysis of the first major judgments of the Strasbourg Court which usefully shed light on the underlying, long-standing systemic failures of the Greek rule of law. The author argues that these judgments are in fact only the tip of the iceberg. For this the paper looks into the process of supervision of these judgments’ execution by Greece, which is pending before the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, as well as into alarming reports issued notably by CPT as well as by the Greek Ombudsman. The paper also highlights the question of racial violence that has not been so far the subject of analysis in the Court’s judgments concerning ill-treatment in Greece. However, a number of reports, especially the annual reports of the Greek Racist Violence Recording Network since 2012, record numerous cases of racist violence by law enforcement officials targeting migrants and the ineffective responses by the administrative and judicial authorities. The paper’s concluding observations provide certain recommendations in order to enhance Greek law and practice and eradicate impunity. All views expressed in the paper are strictly personal.
Keywords: Greece, migrants, torture, ill-treatment, ECHR, rule of law, racial violence, law enforcement
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