Push Backs

In the recent years PRO ASYL together with several other human rights organizations denounced the systematic human rights violations against refugees in the Aegean Sea and the Greek-Turkish land border through illegal push-back operations, sometimes with fatal results. Hundreds of refugees described how their inflatable boats were rammed, knifed, or nearly capsized by armed men wearing black masks while they were being towed or circled by a Greek coastguard boat. Internal investigations of the Greek Coast Guard are ongoing but with no results until today despite the detailed documentations provided in many cases.

RSA follows up related reports and seeks to document cases or irregular returns, as well as expose the fact that such practices have been tolerated, concealed  and sometimes endorsed by the national and European authorities.