Europe's top rights body calls on Greece to amend migrant deportation bill

An Afghan woman with her three children walk outside the perimeter of the refugee camp at the port of Vathy on the eastern Aegean island of Samos, Greece, June 11, 2021.   -   CopyrightAP Photo/Petros Giannakouris

Greek authorities must amend a draft bill that would see NGOs fined for carrying out life-saving rescue of migrants at sea, the Council of Europe (CoE) said on Friday.

Dunja Mijatovic, Human Rights Commissioner for the CoE, said in a statement that the draft legislation currently being discussed by Greek parliamentarians "would hinder the life-saving work carried out at sea by NGOs, and their human rights monitoring capacities in the Aegean."

The CoE is an organisation founded in the wake of the Second World War tasked with upholding human rights, democracy and the rule of law on the Old Continent. It comprises 47 member states.