Job Vacancy – Grants and Admin Coordinator

The Border Violence Monitoring Network are pleased to be recruiting a Grants and Admin Coordinator. The team are looking for candidates with fundraising experience and who are confident in proposal writing to help ensure the sustainability of the project. If you have a background in finance and would like to be part of a dynamic Network working to document and advocate against illegal pushbacks, then we would like to hear from you.

To find out more on the post, please see the vacancy attached with full job description, terms and details on how to apply. Read more here:

VACANCY_GRANTS AND ADMIN COORDINATOR_BVMN

The deadline for applications is 31st January 2020.

We look forward to hearing from you.

The team at BVMN

New yearly report on torture of asylum seekers by Croatian authorities at EU external borders

Together with a number of NGOs such as Human Rights Watch,  Are You Syrious / Centre for Peace Studies, and Amnesty International, the Border Violence Monitoring Network has been working to document  illegal pushbacks and police violence along the EU’s external borders in the Western Balkans since the formal closure of the route in 2017. While the existence of systematic illegal pushbacks along the Croatian and Hungarian borders with Serbia and Bosnia is evidenced extensively, this report focuses on the increasing violence that is applied to refugees and migrants under the framework of the Croatian case. Continue reading “New yearly report on torture of asylum seekers by Croatian authorities at EU external borders”

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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Press Release: Croatian Police Shoot Person in Transit

On Saturday 16th November 2019, a group of people-in-transit were fired upon by Croatian police with live rounds. The shooting occurred on​ Tuhobić mountain, Gorski Kotar (​HR), an area close to the Slovenian border. One man was shot in the stomach and chest area and remains in a critical condition in a hospital in Rijeka (​HR). The Croatian Ministry of Interior have stated this potentially fatal shooting to be an accidental outcome of regular border protection work. However, The Border Violence Monitoring Network are sharing their dataset of firearms incidents, proving the regular and systematic use of guns by the Croatian police during pushback operations. The statistics, drawn from the ​common database​, show:

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