The survivors of the shipwreck at Farmakonisi, which claimed the lives of 3 women and 8 children, have appealed to the European Courts claiming that articles 2, 3 and 13 of the European Convention of Human Rights have been violated.

In their statement, the survivors stress that the Greek courts controversially shelved the case earlier in 2014. There are no legal provisions in Greek legislation against the filing of a case.

The survivors allege that a Greek coast guard ship tugged their boat towards Turkish shores at a great speed, which resulted in the migrant-carrying ship to capsize.

According to the report conducted by the survivors’ technical advisor, the Greek coast guard’s actions made the capsizing inevitable.