Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief

Report on combating intolerance, negative stereotyping, stigmatisation, discrimination, incitement to violence and violence against persons, based on religion or belief.

Despite the Human Rights Council calling upon all States to “take effective measures to ensure that public functionaries, in the conduct of their public duties, do not discriminate against individuals on the basis of religion or belief” BVMN is deeply concerned that Islamophobia continues to underpin violent and illegal border enforcement in Greece and the Balkan region. At the time of submission of this evidence to the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, BVMN had recorded 1,212 pushback testimonies many of which reveal a pattern of verbal, physical and psychological religious abuse and discrimination at the hands of law enforcement.

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Press Release: ECtHR judgement confirms that the Croatian police are guilty of Madina’s death

19th November 2021

The European Court of Human Rights has confirmed that Croatia illegally expels people. Based on the ruling from the ECHR on the killing of a six-year old Afghan girl during a pushback from Croatia to Serbia, Croatian watchdog NGOs Are You Syrious and Centre for Peace Studies assert that the Croatian Prime Minister Plenković must dismiss the top of the Ministry of the Interior and the police. Madina Hussiny was struck and killed by a train, after being pushed back to Serbia with her family in 2017.

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Balkan Region Report – October 2021

Summary and analysis of pushbacks and internal violence documented by BVMN during the month of October.

In October the Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) shared 36 testimonies of pushbacks impacting 986 people-on-the-move across the Balkans. This report brings together first hand accounts from a range of countries in the region to look at the way European Union states and other actors are affecting systemic violence towards people crossing borders.

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New Job and Volunteer Vacancies with BVMN

Looking to join the team?

The Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) is pleased to announce vacancies for two paid positions in the team for a Communications Coordinator and an Accounting and Administrative Coordinator. We are also sharing a new opportunity for volunteers to join the Research and Investigations working group which is currenlty being launched. See the role descriptions and details on how to apply for each post below. The deadline for applications to the two paid roles is 26th November 2021 (midnight CET). We look forward to hearing from applicants, and please do share the opportunity with others who are interested.

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Universal Periodic Review Submission on Greece

BVMN’s stakeholder briefing for the United Nations 39th session of the Universal Periodic Review

The Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) is a coalition of organisations documenting pushbacks and state violence in the Balkans, Greece and Turkey, since the formal closure of the migration route 5 years ago. In 2016, during the last Universal Periodic Review, 35 countries made recommendations to Greece regarding the protection of migrants and asylum seekers. Despite this, BVMN assert that the Greek government has failed its obligations under international law and has systematically rolled back protection granted to migrants and refugees.

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