Call for volunteers with legal experience

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Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) is an independent network of NGOs and associations mainly based in the Balkan regions, Greece and Turkey, that monitors human rights violations at the external borders of the European Union and advocates to stop the violence exerted against people on the move. BVMN publishes monthly reports covering pushbacks along the Greek and Balkan routes. Every report analyzes in detail pushbacks in specific geographical areas, escalating of violence, excessive use of force, cases of alleged tortures and other key issues. 

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Submission to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on Bosnia-Herzegovina

Today, the Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) will share findings in the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) related to pushbacks and protection concerns in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH). In this 70th session of the Committee, BVMN has been invited to present a recent submission made regarding BiH and to outline abuses that people-on-the-move are facing in the country. These include both violations of economic and social rights suffered during cross-border pushbacks and violations within State borders. The submission findings also cover the systemic failings in provision of shelter, health access and basic amenities, which relate to both camps and squated accommodation.

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Balkan Region Report – August 2021

Summary and analysis of pushbacks and internal violence documented by BVMN during the month of August.

In August the Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) recorded 30 pushbacks, impacting 324 people across migratory routes in the Balkans. This report brings together these testimonies with field observations from across the region, highlighting the various types of border violence being enacted by the EU and other states. The analysis presented considers patterns in police violence during pushbacks, as well as the dire conditions in camps and squated housing, aspects which make up some of the internal bordering processes impacting people-on-the-move.

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Submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Today the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child opens a two day session on “Children’s Rights and Alternative Care”. This general discussion is aimed at tackling “the current situation regarding alternative care in its complexity, identify and discuss particular areas of concern with regard to the unnecessary separation of children from their families and appropriate ways to respond to family and child separation in cases where it is unavoidable”. The Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) is sharing here a submission made to the Committee outlining the rights violations carried out against children during pushbacks and the denial of access to alternative care. This submission builds of extensive field data and research gathered by BVMN and responds to the concept note issued by the Committee. 

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