39th UPR session of the Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in Greece as delivered by Ms Jannicke GRAATRUD Minister, Deputy Permanent Representative Norway.
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1 November 2021
Norway welcomes Greece’s participation in the UPR and commends the positive steps taken since its last review, including the creation of the Special Secretariat for the Protection of Unaccompanied Minors in the Ministry of Migration and Asylum.
Norway recommends that Greece:
- develops a long-term strategy to ensure equal access and quality of education for child asylum-seekers, refugees, migrants and other vulnerable children;
- promptly and fully investigates reports of breaches of the principle of non-refoulement and allegations of summary forced returns [also known as pushbacks] of migrants at the EU border between Greece and Turkey, including acts of violence or ill treatment that may have occurred during such incidents;
- continues to improve the criminal justice system and takes measures to address arbitrary deprivation of liberty;
- implements the National Action Plan Against Racism and Intolerance 2020-2023 to address hate crimes and hate speech directed against members of vulnerable groups and to ensure sufficient focus on this topic in the education system.