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UN refugee and migration agencies criticize Greece response to 2023 shipwreck

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The UN Refugee Company (UNHCR) and the Worldwide Group for Migration (IOM) launched a statement Friday criticising Greece’s response to the shipwreck off the coast of Pylos, Greece in 2023. The assertion was launched precisely one yr after the “tragic” shipwreck which resulted within the lack of a whole bunch of individuals on the overcrowded vessel.

The joint assertion highlighted the “vital significance of complete and conclusive investigations to make clear the circumstances of this tragedy and guarantee accountability.” The organizations additional acknowledged that they have been each keen to collaborate with Greek authorities with a purpose to obtain this. The UNHRC imagine {that a} “thorough investigation is crucial to safe justice for the survivors and the households of the victims.” Nonetheless, investigations in Greece have but to ascertain concrete details of the incident, and a court docket case investigating the coast guard’s legal responsibility stays in preliminary levels.

The vessel, the Adriana, was reportedly carrying 750 people, primarily from Syria, Pakistan, and Egypt, when it capsized on June 14, 2023. Authorities have been alerted to the vessel 15 hours prior. In keeping with research by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty Worldwide, allegations have been made {that a} Hellenic Coast Guard patrol boat brought on the vessel to capsize after they tried to tow it. Of these on the boat, 104 survived, 82 our bodies have been recovered, and over 500 stay lacking.

On behalf of 53 survivors of the shipwreck, non governmental organizations (NGOs) have claimed earlier than the Greek Naval Courtroom that the Greek authorities are liable for the tragedy. At the moment, the Naval Courtroom prosecutor’s request for forensic evaluation of the telephones belonging to the coast guard officers continues to be pending.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty Worldwide have criticised the Greek response to the tragedy. Judith Sunderland, affiliate Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch acknowledged:

It’s unconscionable that one yr since this horrific tragedy, the investigation into the potential legal responsibility of the Hellenic Coast Guard has barely progressed . . .We have to see a reputable course of for accountability and an finish to the cycle of violence and impunity at Greece’s borders

The Mediterranean Sea stays harmful territory for these trying to cross. The IOM acknowledged that for the reason that shipwreck, “at the least 1,516 deaths and disappearances on the Central Mediterranean Route” have been recorded, “with 175 recorded on the Jap Med.” Additional, “3,155 individuals misplaced their lives or went lacking attempting to cross the Mediterranean,” in 2023. The UNHRC and IOM highlighted that “[t]hese deaths are stark reminders of the pressing want for a principled and predictable method to search-and-rescue primarily based on worldwide legislation.”

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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