Balkan Region Report – May 2021

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.

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