Today the Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) presented findings to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) regarding pushbacks and other forms of border violence perpetrated by Romanian authorities. This new submission, offering input to the 69th session of the CESCR, tackles the expulsion and mistreatment of people in Romania, as documented via first hand interviews conducted by members of BVMN on the ground. Despite the ratification of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, BVMN asserts that Romania has failed to meet its obligations.
Summary and analysis of pushbacks and internal violence documented by BVMN during the month of September.
The Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) published 35 testimonies of pushbacks in September, sharing the experience of 815 people-on-the-move at borders across the Balkans. This report looks at a number of trends in these violent expulsions, such as beatings, sexual violence, outsourcing of pushbacks and maritime violations.
Today The Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) is sharing a submission made to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Focusing on Greece, the submission will inform the Special Rapporteur’s annual interim report which will be presented to the General Assembly at its 76th Session in October 2021. The report addresses the lack of accountability for Greek authortities engaged in pushbacks and other forms of border violence which amount to torture, as well as the active supression of evidence by state officials. Building on first hand data collected by members of BVMN through interviews with people-on-the-move, the report lays out a set of responses to questions posed by the Special Rapporteur, as well as core recommendations for attaining accountability.