Judgment concerning Greece

Carpet of the Main hearing room of the Human Rights building

In the case of O.R. v. Greece the Court held that there had been a violation of the prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment.

The case concerned the applicant’s living conditions in Greece from November 2018 to May 2019. The applicant – an unaccompanied minor and asylum-seeker at the relevant time – alleged that he had remained homeless for nearly six months, without access to basic essentials and without an officially designated legal guardian.

The Court found that throughout the period in question the Greek authorities had left the applicant to fend for himself in an environment that was entirely unsuitable for minors and in unacceptably precarious circumstances, given his status as an asylum-seeker and unaccompanied minor.

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