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Council of Europe Pans Greek Migrant Centers

February 19, 2019

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Europe’s top human rights organization is criticizing Greece over “unsuitable” living conditions in detention facilities for migrants.

A Council of Europe report published Tuesday also said it received “credible” allegations of detainees being physically ill-treated by police, and of migrants who had illegally entered Greece being forced back across the border to Turkey.

The report followed visits by Council of Europe staff last April to detention centers, mostly near the eastern land border with Turkey in Thrace and in the Aegean Sea islands.

Commenting on the report, the Greek government said the allegations had either been investigated and disproved or were still under investigation.

The report singled out living conditions at the Fylakio detention center in Thrace for migrants awaiting deportation as “appalling,” and urged action to reduce overcrowding.

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