Italian Court Ruling on Chain Pushback

A new ruling from the Court of Rome has been released, finding in favour of an applicant who was subject to an illegal chain pushback from Italy, via Slovenia and Croatia, to Bosnia-Herzegovina. This important development was brought to the court by Italian legal association ASGI, and supported by the Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN), who provided a first hand testimony from the applicant. The court found unequivocal evidence of violations of international law, and acknowledged the applicant’s right to enter Italy immediately, and to full and proper access to the asylum system.

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Press Release: Enforced Disappearances Report to UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances

For the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the Border Violence Monitoring Network releases its seminal report to the United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearance regarding the use of illegal pushbacks by the Greek government. 

BVMN has consistently documented the disappearance of refugees and migrants from Greek territory, including the illegal pushbacks of 1196 persons. BVMN is increasingly concerned of the disappearance and pushbacks of refugees and migrants from humanitarian distribution sites, refugee camps and pre-removal centres in Greece. The illegal pushback and disappearance of refugees and migrants is systematically followed by the statewide dismissal of credible evidence and the perpetual refusal to open a free and fair investigation into the whereabouts of the missing. 

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Press Release: Court find Slovenian state guilty of chain pushback to Bosnia-Herzegovina

Civil initiative Info Kolpa, a key member of the Border Violence Monitoring Network, are sharing here the landmark judgement issued on 16th July 2020 by the Slovenian Administrative Court. The findings prove that the national police force carried out an illegal collective expulsion of a member of a persecuted English-speaking minority from Cameroon who wanted to apply for asylum in Slovenia. Continue reading “Press Release: Court find Slovenian state guilty of chain pushback to Bosnia-Herzegovina”

Germany must actively promote the respect of human rights and the rule of law at the EU borders during its EU Council Presidency

You can find a German version here.

More than 700 reports published on the database www.borderviolence.eu document the experiences of a total of more than 7,000 asylum seekers who have been illegally expelled from Croatia in recent years. In many of these so-called pushbacks, the persons concerned were deported from the EU to Serbia or Bosnia-Herzegovina even across several national borders. In 80% of the cases there are indications of disproportionate use of force up to cases of torture by Croatian officials and 38% of those affected are minors. For thousands of people seeking protection, who want to continue their refuge to Western and Central Europe via Greece, the Balkan region represents a politically intended impasse.

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Deutschland muss während EU-Ratspräsidentschaft aktiv für die Einhaltung von Menschenrechten und Rechtsstaatlichkeit an den EU-Grenzen eintreten

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Über 700 auf der Datenbank www.borderviolence.eu(*) veröffentlichte Berichte dokumentieren die Erfahrungen von insgesamt über 7.000 Schutzsuchenden, die in den letzten Jahren rechtswidrig aus Kroatien ausgewiesen wurden. Bei vielen dieser sogenannten Pushbacks wurden die Betroffenen sogar über mehrere Ländergrenzen hinweg aus der EU nach Serbien oder Bosnien-Herzegowina abgeschoben. In 80% der Fälle finden sich Hinweise auf unverhältnismäßige Gewaltanwendung bis hin zu Fällen von Folter und erniedrigende Behandlung durch kroatische Beamt*innen und 38% der Betroffenen sind minderjährig. Für tausende Schutzsuchende, die über Griechenland weiter nach West- und Zentraleuropa fliehen wollen, stellt die Balkanregion eine von der EU gewollte Sackgasse dar.

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