The Council of Europe meeting in Strasbourg, France, today (Wednesday) denounced Greece for alleged violations of basic human rights, including the widespread torture of prisoner.
GV EXT. conference hall Mr. Gredier (Austria) arrives and enters
SV Mr. Caja (Italian ambassador) enters
SV Malta delegate and Netherlands delegate seated
SV Turkish delegate
SV German delegate
SV President, Mr. Thorn sits down
SV Mr. Thorn speaks
SV Mr. Schrieber arrives
CV Mr. Schrieber makes statement
TRANSCRIPT: SCHRIEBER (SEQ 10): "My impression of the resolution is that it is a very sensible one....a very positive one. And from my short experience in this, I think that kind of resolution can have a very definite influence....and is already having an influence. And I'm happy that the Council voted it....and I'm a little bit unhappy that my country did not sign it."
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Background: The Council of Europe meeting in Strasbourg, France, today (Wednesday) denounced Greece for alleged violations of basic human rights, including the widespread torture of prisoner. The condemnation was based on a report by the European Commission for Human Rights, which detailed allegations that prisoners were beaten on the feet, given electric shocks or had their hair pulled out.
The Ministers decided by 15 votes to nil to publish the report by the Commission, seen as a heavy psychological blow to the Athens regime.
Under normal conditions, the Greek leaders would have been give time to amend their policy, but because Greece withdrew from the Council last December, and its declaration that it is not legally bound by the report's conclusion, this article of the charter has been waived.
Journalist Jean-Jacques Servan-Schrieber, who helped arrange the release of Greek composer Mikis Theordorakis, handed over a statement to the Council at today's meeting. It was from the composer and severely criticised the treatment handed prisoners in Greece.
Mr. Servan-Schrieber later commented on the Council's resolution denouncing Greece......