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Human rights in Greece are observed by various organizations. The country is a signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights, the Geneva Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and the United Nations Convention Against Torture. The Greek constitution also guarantees fundamental human rights to all Greek citizens.

Current issues

Police brutality

Excessive use for force, torture and other ill-treatment by police officers and other law enforcement officials has been reported.[1][2] Reports of such actions against people during arrest and imprisonment has increased in the end of 2019, including against journalists and students demonstrating against the abolition of a law restricting officers from accessing university campuses. Arbitrary strip-searches have been documented in a variety of cases as part of the ill-treatment. There were significant suspicions that these frequent events were not rare and were not immune to the omnipresent atmosphere of impunity for such behavior.[3][1]

Conscientious objection

In 2020, Amnesty International reported that a continuation of "serious violations" of the rights of conscientious objectors occurred resulting in arrests, prosecutions, fines, trials in military courts, repeated punishment and suspended prison sentences. The replacement service is also much longer than the military service and is therefore regarded as a punishment for prisoners of conscience.[4]

Migrant pushbacks

Main article: Pushbacks in Greece

Amnesty International

According to Amnesty International's 2007 report on Greece, there are problems in the following areas:

US State Department

The US Department of State's 2007 report on human rights in Greece identified the following issues:

International rankings

See also


  1. ^ a b "Everything you need to know about human rights in Greece". Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Torture and ill-treatment by police officers in Greece". European Implementation Network. 12 December 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Committee against Torture concludes its consideration of the report of greece". UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. 25 July 2019. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Gewetensbezwaarden en mensenrechten". Amnesty International (in Dutch). Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  5. ^ ECHR, 13 July 2006, Agga v. Greece (n°3), 32186/02
  6. ^ Press Freedom
  7. ^ "Worldwide Quality of Life - 2005" (PDF). The Economist. 2005. Retrieved 2007-04-10.