The Greek Coast Guard uses extreme brutality against the people on the boats; they even confiscate their telephones so that no information about the abuse is leaked to the outside world, further perpetuating impunity. There are cases where refugees who have given public statements or interviews about crimes committed by the Greek Coast Guard have been arrested or threatened for speaking out.
The Aegean Sea has become a scene of daily human rights violations and also a black box for information. Nevertheless, there are instances where activists and civil society have managed to document pushbacks with videos, witness statements, and forensic evidence. The European Union, including Germany, bears responsibility for this. It is long overdue to end the systematic sealing of Europe's external borders, and the consequential human rights abuses that occur as a result!
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