Migrants in Bosnia ‘Taking Wrong Path’: EU Official

Johannes Peterlik, the EU’s Secretary-General for Foreign Affairs, told media in Sarajevo on Thursday that migrants and refugees currently in Bosnia must be told that they are trying to take the wrong path to the EU. The Austrian diplomat was commenting on continuing tensions in northern Bosnia, where a group of hundreds of and refugees have been trying to get across the border into Croatia. “Austria will make it clear that illegal migration is not a path that can and should be followed. There are legal ways and that is what must be clear,” Peterlik told a press conference after meeting with Bosnia’s deputy foreign minister.

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Council of Europe urges Croatia to probe police abuse allegations

Numerous rights groups have reported on violent pushbacks of migrants, but Croatia denies the allegations. The Council of Europe’s commissioner for human rights has called on Croatia to launch prompt and independent investigations regarding allegations of police violence and theft against refugees and migrants as well as collective expulsions. In a letter published Friday addressed to Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, Commissioner Dunja Mijatovic wrote that she was “worried” by reports from “expert refugee and migrant organisations that provide consistent and substantiated information about a large number of collective expulsions from Croatia to Serbia and to Bosnia and Herzegovina of irregular migrants, including potential asylum seekers”. Particularly worrisome, Mijatovic wrote, were the allegations of systematic violence by Croatian law enforcement officials against those people, including pregnant women and children. UNHCR has received reports of some 2,500 migrants being pushed back from Croatia since the beginning of 2018, with 1,500 people being denied access to asylum procedures, including over 100 children.

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Europarat sieht Polizeigewalt gegen Flüchtlinge in Kroatien

Gegen Kroatien gibt es schon länger Vorwürfe über kollektive Rückschiebungen – ohne Asylverfahren – und Polizeigewalt. Die Menschenrechtskommissarin des Europarats fordert nun, die kritischen Berichte von Menschenrechtsorganisationen erhoben wurden, zu untersuchen. Kommissarin Dunja Mijatovic aus Bosnien forderte den kroatischen Premier Andrej Plenkovic in einem Brief auf, solche Handlungen zu beenden. Zagreb wies die Vorwürfe zurück.

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AYS SPECIAL: EU BORDER VIOLENCE (Update from Bosnian-Croatian border for September)

The authors of this article, two solidarity workers in the Balkans, want to tell the relatively untold story of the violence being perpetrated against refugees on the fringes of Europe. Their research shared here reveals the depth of abuse being carried out by member states at the behest of Brussels and suggests that we reconsider our perception of dangerous actors. What is more dangerous? Refugees fleeing conflict, or a continentally militarised border?

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critical reports and analysis about serbia as a country of transit and origin