UN official concerned at Greek prison conditions

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Associated Press

Posted on January 31, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 31 at 3:33 PM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A United Nations fact-finding mission has voiced concern at conditions in Greek prisons and detention facilities, lamenting overcrowding and harsh treatment of illegal immigrants.

The UN working group focusing on arbitrary detention noted positive legislative efforts to improve the lot of detainees.

Vladimir Tochilovsky, an official from the working group, said that in an ideal world the new laws would meet international standards by being properly implemented.

"Then you take off your 3D glasses and you find yourself in a different world" of rights violations, Tochilovsky told a press conference Thursday.

International rights groups have repeatedly criticized Greece for its treatment of illegal immigrants held in notoriously congested lockups. The debt-crippled country is the main entry point for illegal migrants seeking a better life in the European Union.

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