Balkan Region Report – June 2021

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

In June 2021, the Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) reported on a total of 30 pushbacks, impacting a combined number of 1,073 people-on-the-move at borders across the Balkans. The reports illustrate a range of different tactics and rights breaches which have become embedded in EU border enforcement. BVMN is a network of watchdog organisations active in Greece and the Western Balkans including No Name Kitchen, Rigardu, Are You Syrious, Mobile Info Team, Disinfaux Collective, Josoor, [re:]ports Sarajevo, InfoKolpa, Centre for Peace Studies, Mare Liberum, IPSIA, Collective Aid and Fresh Response.

 

Combining insights from these different members, the report analyses among other things:

  • Pushbacks in Evros region
  • Violence in the Port of Patras
  • Trials on the Moria and Vial fires
  • Video evidence of pushbacks from Croatia
  • Updates from the Romanian border

 

Read the full report to find out about these developments, alongside further information on quarantine conditions in North East Italy, Greece declaring Turkey as a “Safe Third Country”, camp and squat conditions in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and protests in Greece and Croatia against pushbacks. The report also includes a full glossary of first hand pushback testimonies taken during June by reporters in the field.

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