This report considers violence within state borders experienced by people-on the-move (herein POM) and those seeking asylum in Greece. It draws on 40 testimonies collected in the last months of violence in detention, police brutality, racist violence, and hate crimes, as well as open- source data on structural forms of violence present in the management of migration and asylum in Greece. Since the BVMN’s last report on internal violence in Greece in October 2020, the situation has continued to deteriorate, leaving POM at increasing risk of both physical, actual harm, and structural violence against their living conditions and immediate amenities. Continue reading “Violence Within State Borders: Greece”
Since spring 2018, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) has become one of the most important cross-roads along the Balkan route. The build up of people-on-the-move in the country in Sarajevo, Tuzla, and especially in the Una-Sana Canton at the Croatian border, has been marked by myriad forms of violence used against this population by national police. Added to this is the situation in the EU-funded and IOM-run camps, whose conditions can be described as a form of violence and are undoubtedly inhumane.
Continue reading “Violence Within State Borders: Bosnia and Herzegovina”
Over the last decade, Serbia has become one of the most important cross-roads along the Balkan route. The build up of people-on-the-move in the country – in cities like Belgrade, Subotica, Kikinda, and Šid – has been marked by myriad forms of violence used against this population by police and vigilante groups
This report is part a new branch of our network that document violence within a states borders on a recurring basis. Here, we look more broadly at violence in Serbia, honing in on three focal points:
- Physical Violence
- Material Violence
- Other Forms of Structural Violence
Read the full report below for extended analysis and timeline of these events, as informed by our network’s years on the ground in the country.
This timeline provides a graphic overview of Serbia becoming part of the buffer zone of the EU in regards to curbing migration. Starting with the visa liberalisation between Serbia and the EU in 2009, continuing with the increase of clandestine transit migration from 2011 onwards, the state-organised humanitarian passage in 2015, the so-called closure of the corridor and the resulting “Balkan impasse” from 2016 and the rise of the anti-migration far right in Serbia from 2020, the history of the Serbian part of the so-called Balkan route will be traced and contextualized.
This report initiates a new branch of our network that will document violence within a states borders, separate to cross-border pushbacks. Greece is the first case study in a bi-monthly series that will explore patterns and trends in states along the Balkan Route. Here, we look more broadly at violence in Greece before honing in on three focal points:
- State run detention facilities
- Lesvos after the Moria fire
- The port of Patras.