The UK welcomes Greece’s commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights. We welcome the steps taken by Greece to implement the recommendations from its last UPR, and the progress made in response to the humanitarian challenges presented by irregular migration – this includes efforts to speed up asylum processes, reduce overcrowding, and increase investment to improve facilities.
We recommend Greece:
- accelerate efforts to implement its 2019 National Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings and continue to provide training on the new National Referral Mechanism to all frontline responders and relevant officials
- ensure that allegations of forcible eviction of irregular migrants from its territory without due process are credibly investigated
- adopt an open, merit-based process when selecting national candidates for UN Treaty Body elections. Greece is one of our oldest and closest friends. Just last week we signed a new Strategic Bilateral Framework that will enable even stronger cooperation between us