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Balkan Region Report – January 2020

Date 13 February, 2020
Category Monthly Report

The Border Violence Monitoring Network is releasing it’s January Report, covering the pushback of 263 people, across fourteen different incidents. Work by volunteers in the field shone a light on the continued use of blunt physical force to damage, impair and brutalise people-on-the-move. Reports involved a range of perpetrators, with Croatia carrying out the majority of recorded pushbacks, alongside three chain removals from Slovenia and two mass explusions from North Macedonia to Greece.

The publication summarises, among other things:

  • Impact injuries: Mapping pushback violence around USK
  • Open asylum breaches in Croatia
  • Landmark findings on the use of torture during pushbacks
  • Updates from Greece’s borders
  • Internal violence in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina

Fundamental rights continue to be breached at EU external borders under a growing externalisation program. To find out more, read the full report below, covering systemic border violations from across the Western Balkan Route.


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