March 2021 - Monthly Report on Border Violence in the Balkan Region

Dear all,
In March, the Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) recorded 31 pushback cases, impacting 671 people-on-the-move in the Balkans. This report looks at the direct and indirect violence that people face at borders in the region and the way border enforcement has adapted to maximise the abuse of transit communities. In profile were those killed at borders and interiors last month - directly because of the lack of safe passage into the EU.

The network

As a network comprised of grassroots organisations active in Greece and the Western Balkans, this report was produced via a joint-effort between Are You Syrious, Mobile Info Team, No Name Kitchen, Rigardu, Josoor, IPSIA, Disinfaux Collective, InfoKolpa, Centre for Peace Studies, Re:ports Sarajevo, Mare Liberum, Collective Aid and Fresh Response.

The report analyses

  • "Border Killings" on truck and foot routes
  • Pushbacks of minors and families from Croatia
  • Further pushbacks in the tri-border from Bulgaria
  • Fixed and mobile surveillance technologies
  • Law changes and litigation from Slovenia, Hungary and Greece
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Over a year after the first lockdowns were implemented across Europe, the deteriorating Covid-19 situation in camps in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Aegean islands are a reminder of the differentiated experience of the pandemic. From Athens to the Una Sana Canton, March was punctuated with violent urban policing and harassment of squatted and homeless communities. In the month where BVMN published it’s 1000th testimony, it is sadly apparent that practices at the EU external border remain consistently aggressive, both in the systematic use of pushbacks and the violence felt within state borders.

Other news:

BVMN publishs 1000th pushback testimony

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Beginning with reports of pushbacks from Hungary in January 2017, after the formal closure of the humanitarian corridor, the database charts these violations to the present day, visualising the spread of pushbacks across the EU external border. One testimony is easy to ignore. A hundred – a bit harder. What about a thousand?

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Older reports:

Balkan Region Report - February 2021

In February 2021, the Border Violence Monitoring Network Network (BVMN) collected 44 testimonies, accounting for the experience of 1133 people pushed back across borders in the Balkans.

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Balkan Region Report - January 2021

The Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) reported on 21 illegal pushbacks, affecting 684 people in total. This report summarises the latest trends in border policing and provides updates from across the Balkans on violence being perpetrated against people-on-the-move.

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Balkan Region Report - December 2020

During December 2020, the Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) gathered 25 testimonies of pushbacks, impacting a total of 707 people-on-the-move.

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Please do not hesitate to respond with any feedback, questions, or concerns related to this report.

All the best,

The Border Violence Monitoring Network
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