Human rights in Greece

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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.

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:

  • Cases of abuse by security forces, particularly of illegal immigrants and Roma.
  • Overcrowding and harsh conditions in some prisons.
  • Detention of undocumented migrants in squalid conditions.
  • Restrictions and administrative obstacles faced by members of non‑Orthodox religions.
  • Detention and deportation of unaccompanied or separated immigrant minors, including asylum seekers.
  • Limits on the ability of ethnic minority groups to self-identify, and discrimination against and social exclusion of ethnic minorities, particularly Roma.

International rankings

See also


  1. ^ ECHR, 13 July 2006, Agga v. Greece (n°3), 32186/02
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-06-07. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  3. ^ "Worldwide Quality of Life - 2005" (PDF). The Economist. 2005. Retrieved 2007-04-10. 

External links

  • NCHR - National Committee for Human Rights
  • Human Rights Watch - Greece
  • Denying Ethnic Identity - The Macedonians of Greece: Report by Human Rights Watch on the conditions of ethnic Macedonians in Greece
  • Censorship in Greece - IFEX
  • United Nations Committee against Torture
  • European Council on Refugees and Exiles
  • Amnesty International Report for 2007
  • US Department of State: Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - 2007: Greece
  • Freedom House
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