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Read the latest news on child protection from around Europe. For news related to the recent refugee crisis in Europe please see our Thematic Page.

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05 Nov 2018
Human Rights Watch (HRW) published an article urging Greek authorities to drop the charges against activists who were trying to rescue migrants and asylum seekers at sea. The two activities, Sarah Mardini and Sean Binder, and two Greek nationals...
25 Jan 2018
According to the Washington Post ''Europe’s top human rights court has cleared Greece of allegations of serious mistreatment made by three Afghan migrants who were arrested and held at an overcrowded island detention center. The Council of Europe’s...
30 Sep 2016
'Sputnik' reports that on September 27, five boys aged between 12 and 16 were detained, while they carried plastic toy guns in the Greek capital of Athens. During the detention, police had reportedly ill-treated children because allegedly they were...
01 Aug 2016
IRIN reports that sixteen-year-old Hamza, an Afghan refugee, can't shake the memory of another teenager's bloody, dying body on the ground metres from his tent. The victim, also an Afghan refugee aged 16, suffered severe stab wounds and head...
26 Jul 2016
Human Rights Watch reports on Italy's illegal forced returns of migrant children to Greece. The practice has been going on since 2013 and in October 2014 the European Court of Human Rights ruled that summary returns of migrants from Italy to Greece...
19 Jul 2016
Human Rights Watch reports that numerous unaccompanied migrant children are being detained in police station cells which are unsanitary and overcrowded. Many of these asylum seeking children have fled the horrors of war and persecution in the hope...
14 Jul 2016
Save the Children shares the stories of unaccompanied minors in Greece who have fled war zones in the hope of a better life yet who find themselves detained. As vulnerable children, many of those detained do not know their legal status nor their...
22 Jun 2016
Middle East Monitor reports on the increasing numbers of migrant minors being detained on arrival in Europe: Since the EU-Turkey deal came into action, unaccompanied children between 10-18 are now detained for long periods of time, while their...
15 Apr 2016
Reuters reports that at least 1,500 unaccompanied migrant and refugee children stranded in Greece have nowhere safe to stay, with many sleeping rough in the cold and others incarcerated, a charity warned on Saturday ahead of Pope Francis' visit to...
22 Jun 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report on unaccompanied minors’ migration from the Middle East to EU. HRW claims that the European Union response is inadequate to the care of children who have escaped war conflicts and discrimination in Syria,...

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