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25.04.2022

Balkan Regional Report | March 2022

In March, the Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) shared 36 testimonies of pushbacks impacting 762 people-on-the-move across the Balkans. This report brings together first-hand testimonies 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. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Balkanstaaten

21.04.2022

Pushback Report 2021

The Pushback Report 2021 first provides a brief overview of the history of European border violence and illustrates different ways of dealing with different migratory movements of the European border regime. In the main part of the publication, it becomes clear that illegal pushbacks have become a regular practice of human rights violations against people on the move. These are neither isolated cases nor a "side effect" of so-called border protection. Rather, different testimonies reveal impressively that (physical) violence, humiliation and torture are used as strategic means to prevent fleeing people from reaching EU territory, also by illegal methods. read more

Language(s): Deutsch / German
Region(s): Griechenland / Türkei, Europäische Union

07.04.2022

"Their Faces Were Covered". Greece's Use of Migrants as Police Auxiliaries in Pushbacks

Greek authorities are utilizing migrants for pushbacks at the Evros River. Afghan asylum seekers and migrants, including children, are assaulted, robbed, and stripped, before summarily pushed back to Turkey without a possibility to lodge an asylum claim. Men in balaclavas, who appear to be of Middle Eastern or South Asian origin, force the stripped or barely-clothed migrants onto small boats, take them to the middle of the river, which marks the land border between Greece and Turkey, and force them into the frigid water, making them wade to the riverbank on the Turkish side. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Griechenland / Türkei

23.03.2022

E-Book: "The Time to Act Is Now" by Carola Rackete

Sea Watch captain Carola Rackete made the courageous decision to defy the Italian Interior Ministry's ban and head for the port of Lampedusa with the Sea Watch 3 and 40 refugees rescued from the Mediterranean Sea on board. 
In her book, she recounts moments of the rescue operation and makes a connection between migrations, global and environmental justice and conservation. And she calls for engagement and action now. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English

14.03.2022

E-Book: Free the El Hiblu 3

Three years of torment for three young men who fled Libya across the Mediterranean to build a better life. The publication sheds light on their experiences and how the case exemplifies Europe’s systematic attempts to criminalise people on the move. On 120 pages, the three accused, their lawyers, members of the campaign and the Freedom Commission denounce the injustice Abdalla, Amara and Kader experience in Malta since 2019. read more


07.03.2022

Migrant resistance against yet another new level of brutality

In the second half of 2021, Alarm Phone was alerted to 214 boats in the central Mediterranean region. Together with the 193 boats that Alarm Phone had supported in the first half of the year, in 2021 we assisted a total of 407 boats in distress in the central Mediterranean only. This is by far the highest number of distress cases reported to us in this region within a year. In 2019, Alarm Phone had assisted 101 cases. In 2020, we supported 173 distressed boats. This considerable increase in distress cases reflects both a significant increase of precarious crossings over the past years, as well as a greater knowledge of the Alarm Phone network among migrant communities. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Italien / Malta

24.02.2022

When the UNHCR in Tunisia throws refugees on the streets like rubbish

For seven nights and eight days now, refugees and asylum seekers have been demonstrating in front of the offices of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Zarzis and Medenine, in the south of Tunisia. As more and more of them are being expelled from the accommodation centers, they have started to denounce their abandonment by the UN agency, which is supposed to provide protection. read more

Language(s): Deutsch / German
Region(s): Nordafrika

10.12.2021

Humanitarian crisis at the Polish-Belarusian border

This report of the Polish network Grupa Granica focuses on the situation of migrants at the border between Poland and Belarus. It is based on information and data collected by Grupa Granica activists since August 2021, with the primary aim of providing humanitarian support to migrants and helping them access the relevant legal procedures. An integral part of this work was also the monitoring and documentation of human rights violations.
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Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Osteuropa

09.12.2021

Werkzeugkoffer für Gespräche gegen rassistische Migrationspolitik

Bevor die inhaltliche Auseinandersetzung mit dem eigentlichen Werkzeugkoffer beginnt, klären wir zunächst unsere Grundlagengedanken und Position zum Thema Rassismus. Danach laden wir Dich ein unsere kritische Reflexion zur Entstehung und (Nicht-) Umsetzung der Menschenrechte zu lesen. Alle Texte in diesem Werkzeugkoffer können jedoch nur ein erster Aufschlag für die Beschäftigung mit den verschiedenen Gegebenheiten zu Migration sein. read more

Language(s): Deutsch / German
Region(s): Deutschland

04.11.2021

AYS Special from Greece, where saving lives is illegal. An interview with Nassos Karakitsos.

On the 18th of November the first trial will be held on Lesvos for Nassos Karakitsos, Sara Mardini and Sean Binder. They were originally arrested in 2018 and accused of people smuggling, money laundering, espionage and membership of a criminal organisation while working and volunteering with Emergency Response Centre International, ERCI. 21 more people from other groups were also charged. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Griechenland / Türkei

15.10.2021

From Sea to Prison: The Criminalization of Boat Drivers in Italy

Freedom of movement is a right, not a crime. But over the past decade, Italy has arrested thousands of people in connection with driving migrant boats across the Mediterranean Sea. The report describes their journeys from sea to prison, examining and taking a stand against the criminalization of migration.
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Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Italien / Malta

13.10.2021

Border Fence at the Serbian-Macedonian Border

Report about the border fence which is being built by the Serbian government alongside the border between Serbia and Macedonia since last year and its influence on the rights of people on the move and their access to asylum. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Balkanstaaten

14.07.2021

Report on the fact-finding investigation on Frontex concerning alleged fundamental rights violations

The Frontex Scrutiny Working Group (FSWG) of the European Parliament was requested to present its findings on the fact-finding investigation in a written report with conclusions and concrete recommendations. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Europäische Union

15.07.2021

Year of Covid-19 for the people on the move in Serbia

This report is the outcome of the project “Free legal aid and social support for people on the move in Serbia” and this report explains the context and legal background of the whole year 2020, with special
focus on the state of emergency and Covid-19 outbreak in Serbia. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Balkanstaaten

15.07.2021

'No one will look for you' - forcibly returned from sea to abusive detention in Libya

In a grim illustration of prevailing impunity in Libya, Amnesty International’s new research reveals how since late 2020 Libyan authorities have legitimized informal places of captivity with unremedied histories of abuse against refugees and migrants by integrating them into the official migration detention infrastructure. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Nordafrika

06.07.2021

Press release: Deportations to Afghanistan and Syria

The Berlin Alliance against Deportations to Afghanistan and SyriaNotSafe strongly condemn today's deportations to Afghanistan, a country at war, as well as the breaking of taboos by Franziska Giffey, the SPD's top candidate for the elections to the Berlin House of Representatives, who now also calls for deportations to Syria, a torture state. (Languages: English, German, Arabic and Dari): read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Deutschland

30.06.2021

Sentence of the trial against the Vial 15

A press release has been published by You Can't Evict Solidarity about the outcome of the Vial 15 trial that ended yesterday, 29th of June, in Mytilini, Lesvos. The court procedure followed the allegations towards 15 people for riots and fire within the EU Hotspot Camp Vial on Chios Island. The defendants were all acquitted of the felony charge of arson and of membership in a criminal group! While four people are completely innocent, eight people were found guilty for resisting arrest and violence in the camp and one for destroying public goods. One of the defendants was excluded from the procedure as he is a minor. Another person could not be found and therefore was not present in the trial. The nine people who were convicted received 3.5 years suspended sentence, which the lawyers will appeal. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Griechenland / Türkei

01.05.2021

"Lethal Disregard" - Search and rescue and the protection of migrants in the central Mediterranean Sea

This thematic report aims to highlight how certain laws, policies and practices related to search and rescue (SAR) and the protection of migrants at sea have negatively impacted the human rights protection of migrants transiting through Libya. The report is part of a wider project by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) seeking to identify, document and analyze human rights violations and protection gaps impacting migrants in Libya and the neighbouring region and to formulate recommendations to relevant governments and other stakeholders, aimed at ensuring compliance with international human rights law and standards.This report covers the period from January 2019 to December 2020. We have made a summary of the report. You can find the hyperlink to the original document in the summary. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Nordafrika, Europäische Union

Pushing Back Responsibility. Rights Violations as a “Welcome Treatment” at Europe’s borders

Between January and April 2021 civil society organizationsin 6 differentcountries collected testimonies of 2162 cases of pushbacks, including chain pushbacks over multiple countries. The rights violations were recorded at different borders in Italy, Greece, Serbia, Bosnia-and-Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Hungary. Over a third of pushbacks were accompanied by rights violations (denial of access to asylum procedure, physical abuse and assault, theft, extortionand destruction of property), at the hands of national border police and law enforcement officials. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Balkanstaaten, Italien / Malta, Griechenland / Türkei, Europäische Union, Europa

Torture and pushbacks: Stories of migration to Europe during Covid-19

Violent and often sadistic pushbacks from Italy, Slovenia and Croatia are a damning indictment of Europe's broken migrant policy.
Here, in an article and a comic, the artistic journalist collective Brush&Bow shares human stories behind the pushbacks and protracted violence that characterise journeys on the Balkan route. read more

Language(s): Englisch / English
Region(s): Balkanstaaten, Italien / Malta, Europäische Union

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