Balkan Region Report – February 2020

The Border Violence Monitoring Network is releasing it’s latest report on violations recorded from across the Balkan Route. In February volunteers observed a convergence of abuse against people-on-the-move during illegal pushbacks and prevention tactics at the EU’s external border. The Network shared the story of 190 people who suffered collective expulsion, analysing several trends and phenomena that can be found below. These cases are also summarised in conjunction with the set of violent measures taken at official border crossings, as seen most overtly at Turkey’s border with Greece.

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Balkan Region Report – January 2020

The Border Violence Monitoring Network is releasing it’s January Report, covering the pushback of 263 people, across fourteen different incidents. Work by volunteers in the field shone a light on the continued use of blunt physical force to damage, impair and brutalise people-on-the-move. Reports involved a range of perpetrators, with Croatia carrying out the majority of recorded pushbacks, alongside three chain removals from Slovenia and two mass explusions from North Macedonia to Greece.

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Balkan Region – Report December 2019

The Border Violence Monitoring Network just published it’s monthly update, covering the pushback of 128 people in December, adding to the thousands who have already faced brutal collective expulsions during 2019. Monitoring work identified consistent police violence, alongside deepening trends specific to the winter conditions on the Balkan Route. The report covers pushbacks from Croatia to Bosnia-Herzegovina, and from Greece to Turkey.

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Balkan Region – Report November 2019

The Border Violence Monitoring Network just published it’s November report, covering pushbacks and police violence from Croatia, Slovenia, Italy and Greece. This report covers several different trends, analysing the illegal and life threatening police practices which govern the external border of the European Union. In focus was the near fatal use of firearms by Croatian authorities, supported by the recent publication of BVMN’s wider statistics on the exercise of guns during collective expulsion. 

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Balkan Region – Report October 2019

The Border Violence Monitoring Network just published it’s October report, covering pushbacks and police violence from Croatia (and Slovenia), into Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia. Highlighted by the trend analysis of this report, pushbacks by Croatian authorities in particular included the use of stripping, fires, water immersion, theft and beatings. The tactics, shared by multiple respondents and quoting direct statements from the police, show an armoury of formal and informal weaponry which also include: tasers, pepper spray and gatekeeping of asylum. Each facet of these pushbacks shows a clear intentionality: to compound further the experience of people subject to illegal collective expulsions.

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