The UN wants to investigate 92 naked migrants sent by Turkey to Greece

Geneva: The UN refugee agency is calling for an urgent investigation into the discovery of 92 naked people on Greece’s land border with Turkey, calling the incident shocking and saying it was “deeply disturbed” by the images of the group, a media report said.

The men, mainly from Afghanistan and Syria, were found near the border after crossing the Evros River in rubber boats, according to Greek police, The Guardian reported.

The group included children, a UNHCR spokesperson told The Guardian.

“We want a full investigation as the circumstances are not clear,” said Stella Nanou, a spokeswoman for the agency in Athens.

“We are always against degrading and cruel treatment and what we have seen is shocking.”

Images of naked migrants, some with signs of injuries, emerged over the weekend after they were found by security patrols near the river that demarcates the border, The Guardian reported.

In a statement, Greek police said the men testified they were brought to the area in three Turkish military vehicles before being ordered to remove their clothes before boarding the inflatable boats. The testimony was said to have been given during a joint investigation by Greek authorities with officials from Frontex, the EU’s border agency.

A disturbing image of men squeezing their genitalia while squatting outdoors was posted by Greek Minister of Migration and Asylum Policy Notis Mitarachi on Twitter on Saturday.

“Turkey’s behavior towards the 92 migrants we rescued today at the borders is a shame for civilization,” the politician wrote on the social network.

“We expect Ankara to investigate the incident and finally protect its border with the EU.

(IANS)

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