ATHENS – Even though Greece is slowly but steadily lifting strict COVID-19 restrictions across the country, it is keeping more than 120,000 asylum seekers in lockdown, crammed in overcrowded camps to contain the spread the coronavirus.
The virus has killed 190 people in this relatively infection-free country.
In a terse weekend statement, Greece’s Migration and Asylum Ministry said confinement for those in the country’s migrant holding centers would be extended through
While restrictions on freedom of movement to protect public health can be necessary and justified,” said Eva Cosse, of the Human Rights Watch in Athens, “they must be based on scientific evidence, neither arbitrary nor discriminatory in their application… respectful of human dignity and subject to review.”
“The camp lockdowns do not meet these criteria,” Cosse said. “And yet … these discriminatory lockdowns continue.”
A total of 121,000 migrants have been stranded here since a number of Balkan countries sealed their borders