Letter of concern to Frontex

Between 25th – 26th November the European Border and Coastguard Agency (Frontex) is holding a meeting of its Management Board. In advance of this meeting, the Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) sent a letter addressing questions to the Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri concerning compelling evidence of Frontex involvement (or presence) in pushbacks at the Albanian-Greek border and Greek-Turkish border. The letter was promptly sent on the 9th November but, over two weeks later, remains unanswered.

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Reconstructing a Violent Pushback of Asylum Seekers from Croatia to Bosnia – BVMN Border Investigations

Since the beginning of 2018, thousands of refugees and migrants attempting to enter the European Union via Bosnia-Herzegovina’s border with Croatia have reported violence from Croatian authorities carrying out illegal pushbacks outside the Bosnian cities of Bihać and Velika Kladuša.

Despite consistent reports, the Croatian state has denied these accusations by questioning the credibility of the people-on-the-move, activists, and journalists sharing testimonies as well as citing the lack of compelling photographic evidence tying Croatian authorities to these practices. Our investigation seriously challenges this assertion and presents new visual materials and witness testimony concerning the case of a violent pushback near the Bosnian village of Poljana on March 23rd, 2020

 

 

Balkan Region Report – October 2020

In October, the Border Violence Monitoring Network published 40 reports of pushbacks and police violence at European Union borders. These cases, which relate the experience of 1003 people-on-the-move, are a testament to the brutal border systems in place at internal and external EU borders. Respondents experienced a range of physical, psychological and structural violence, which is examined in detail in this report.

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Readers Survey – we want your feedback!

Calling all readers, we need your help:

The monthly report is a regular publication by the Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) which breaks down the trends in pushbacks across the Balkans and Greece. In it, we share all the testimonies recorded by the field teams across the last 30 days, and the latest updates from the various members working across the region.

At BVMN we strongly believe in learning and continuously adapting our work to improve its coherency and reach. For this purpose we decided to launch this survey to get feedback from the readers of the monthly report. The aim is to better tailor the report to current and future audiences, by taking into consideration your suggestions for improvement. Please take a moment to fill out the survey below and let us know what you think about our reports.

All feedback is valued!

New Pact on Migration – Policy Analysis

On 23rd September 2020, the European Commission presented its plans for the future of migration and asylum management in Europe. Whilst it has been widely acknowledged that an overhaul of the current system is imperative, the New Pact does little to quell concerns from INGOs, civil society groups, and human rights watchdogs. The Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) has decided to focus on independent border monitoring, pre-screening procedures and mechanisms that immediately follow for the purpose of this policy analysis. These indicate a system in which external borders will be fortified in the interest of accelerating decision making processes for new arrivals into the bloc. This policy analysis covers: Continue reading “New Pact on Migration – Policy Analysis”