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Migrant fruit pickers win European court case against Greece

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, April 17, 2013, file photo unidentified migrant workers receive first aid at the Medical Center of Varda, in southwestern Greece. A group of strawberry pickers from Bangladesh have won a case on Thursday, March 30, 2017 against Greece at Europe's highest human rights court, after being shot at by employers for demanding unpaid wages. (Eurokinissi via AP)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, April 17, 2013, file photo unidentified migrant workers receive first aid at the Medical Center of Varda, in southwestern Greece. A group of strawberry pickers from Bangladesh have won a case on Thursday, March 30, 2017 against Greece at Europe's highest human rights court, after being shot at by employers for demanding unpaid wages. (Eurokinissi via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Thursday, April 18, 2013 file photo immigrant workers walk at a strawberry plantation near the village of Manolada about 260 kilometers (160 miles) west of Athens. A group of strawberry pickers from Bangladesh have won a case on Thursday, March 30, 2017 against Greece at Europe's highest human rights court, after being shot at by employers for demanding unpaid wages. (Antonis Nikololpoulos/Eurokinissi via AP) GREECE OUT

    FILE - In this Thursday, April 18, 2013 file photo immigrant workers walk at a strawberry plantation near the village of Manolada about 260 kilometers (160 miles) west of Athens. A group of strawberry pickers from Bangladesh have won a case on Thursday, March 30, 2017 against Greece at Europe's highest human rights court, after being shot at by employers for demanding unpaid wages. (Antonis Nikololpoulos/Eurokinissi via AP) GREECE OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Thursday, April 18, 2013 file photo an immigrant worker recovering from a leg gunshot wound sits in makeshift housing provided for them at a strawberry plantation near the village of Manolada about 260 kilometers (160 miles) west of Athens. A group of strawberry pickers from Bangladesh have won a case on Thursday, March 30, 2017 against Greece at Europe's highest human rights court, after being shot at by employers for demanding unpaid wages. (Antonis Nikolopoulos/Eurokinissi via AP)

    FILE - In this Thursday, April 18, 2013 file photo an immigrant worker recovering from a leg gunshot wound sits in makeshift housing provided for them at a strawberry plantation near the village of Manolada about 260 kilometers (160 miles) west of Athens. A group of strawberry pickers from Bangladesh have won a case on Thursday, March 30, 2017 against Greece at Europe's highest human rights court, after being shot at by employers for demanding unpaid wages. (Antonis Nikolopoulos/Eurokinissi via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A group of strawberry pickers from Bangladesh have won a case against Greece at Europe's highest human rights court, after being shot at by employers for demanding unpaid wages.

The Council of Europe's Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday in favor of 42 Bangladeshi nationals, and ordered the Greek state to pay them damages of 12,000-16,000 euros ($13,000-$17,000) each for having "failed in its obligations to prevent the situation of human trafficking, to protect the victims."

The 2013 incident occurred near the southern Greek town of Manolada, 260 kilometers (160 miles) west of Athens, when more than 20 migrant strawberry pickers were shot and wounded by foremen after demanding delayed pay.

The shootings were widely publicized, highlighting the frequent mistreatment of migrant workers in Greek farming jobs.