H.A. and Others v. Greece (Application no. 19951/16) (Judgment in French only)

The judgment is only available in French. Find the press release in English below.

Excerpt(s) from the press statement can be found below the document(s).

The case concerns the arrest of the applicants, nine unaccompanied minors, and their placement in
different police stations in northern Greece and in the Diavata centre.

Relying on Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment) and Article 13 (right to an
effective remedy), all the applicants complain of their conditions of detention and of their lack of an
effective remedy under which to complain about those conditions. Furthermore, under Article 3,
two of the applicants claim to have been ill-treated by police officers at Kilkis police station and not
to have benefited from an effective investigation into their allegations on that count.

Relying on Article 5 ยงยง 1 (d), 2 and 4 (right to liberty and security/right to be promptly informed of
the charges against them/right to a speedy decision on the lawfulness of their detention), all the
applicants complain that they were placed in police station cells with adults detained under the
ordinary criminal law, despite their status as unaccompanied minors; that they were not informed in
a language which they understood of the reasons for their detention; that they were unable to lodge
an appeal challenging the lawfulness of their detention on the grounds that they had not been
notified of the decision to detain them; and that they had no access to a lawyer or an interpreter.