European Court Condemns Greece for Treatment of Child Migrants



The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday condemned Greece for their treatment of child migrants and refugees in cases dating to early 2016.

It ordered Greece to pay €4,000 to each of the nine migrants and refugees aged between 14 and 17 at the time of the incidents.

The court heard that the migrants and refugees were held in cells in police and border guard stations. The then-teenagers were held there between 21 and 33 days before they were transferred to a reception center.

The ECHR said the conditions in the cells were unsustainable for lengthy detention and included degrading treatment and unlawful detention. The ECHR added that a European committee against torture said detaining unaccompanied minors for “several days or even weeks, without any psychological or social assistance” was unacceptable.

The nine migrants and refugees involved in the trial were from various countries. Six of them were from Syria, two from Iraq and one from Morocco.

Tens of thousands of migrants and refugees, primarily from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan were arriving every month in Greece in 2016.