Turkish bar associations will refer to Greece’s harsh treatment of refugees, trying to pass the Turkish-Greek border, at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).
Speaking at an event in the northwestern province of Edirne, the Union of the Turkish Bar Associations (TBB) President Metin Feyzioğlu discussed the Greek security forces' violent attitude against refugees, including “torture, shootings and acid attacks.”
“We received legations from those people, and we will refer Greece to ECtHR due to human rights violations, disproportionate use of force and misconduct,” he said.
Feyzioğlu also criticized international media for turning a blind eye to the violence of Greek security forces. “But the same international media accuses Turkey in their headlines with fabricated information,” he added.
He also called on the EU to fulfill its responsibilities on the issue.
Thousands of refugees and other migrants have been trying to get into Greece through the country’s eastern land and sea borders over the past week after Turkey declared its previously-guarded borders with Europe would be opened.
Many have been camping out near the border on the Turkish side, hoping to cross despite Greek insistence that its border is closed. Greece has been widely criticized for using force, including water cannons, tear gas and bullets to repel incoming migrants.