Summary and analysis of pushbacks and internal violence documented by BVMN during the month of May.
The Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) reported on 43 instances of pushbacks impacting a total of 760 people in May. The reports illustrate a range of different tactics and rights breaches which have become embedded in EU border enforcement, including extreme physical and racialised violence. 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:
- Racialised Islamophobia within Croatian pushbacks
- K9 units in Bulgaria and dog attacks
- International officers delpoyed to Slovenian borders
- Parallel pushback violence in Ceuta and Melilla
- Pushbacks of LGBTQ community
- Quarantine conditions in Italy’s Friuli-Venezia Giulia region
Read the full report to find about these trends, as well as further updates from the region including: carceral/surveillance systems being applied to Greek camps, a Lesvos court ruling on ‘smuggling’, squat evictions in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, German equipment donated to North Macedonia and trends in Evros pushbacks. In sum, the month of May saw a continuation of violence against people-on-the-move, both at borders and interiors, with erosion of rights and expansion of state violence underscoring the overall precarious nature of transit along the Balkan Route.
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