This website documents illegal push-backs and police violence inflicted by EU member state authorities, mainly on the borders of Serbia/Croatia, Croatia/Slovenia, Serbia/Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina/Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina/Montenegro. Through systematic documentation, it aims to render visible the equally systematic and planned character of these abuses of basic human rights on the margins of the EU.
The reports that make up this database have been collected by individuals working with the NGOs No Name Kitchen, Rigardu, [Re:]ports Sarajevo, Aid Brigade, Balkan Info Van, Escuela con Alma, BASIS, BelgrAid, Fresh Response as well as independent persons. We also work closely with Are You Syrious and Centre for Peace Studies in the field of political interest representation and advocacy. Border Violence Monitoring is a network consisting of a variety of organizations, rather than an NGO. In (humanitarian) support work for people-on-the-move at different locations in Serbia and in Bosnia-Herzegovina, volunteers of the aforementioned organisations started to notice the effects of push-backs and, increasingly, physical violence perpetrated against the people we were working with, which led to initiating the common database. Since we started documenting these cases in 2016, the frequency of such incidents has risen and the level of violence has reached shocking levels. In solidarity with the people suffering these abuses, we aim to bring their often forgotten stories to public attention and demand that these practices stop immediately.