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Balkan Region Report – June 2021

Date 18 July, 2021
Category Monthly Report
Summary and analysis of pushbacks and internal violence documented by BVMN during the month of June.

In June 2021, the Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) reported on a total of 30 pushbacks, impacting a combined number of 1,073 people-on-the-move at borders across the Balkans. The reports illustrate a range of different tactics and rights breaches which have become embedded in EU border enforcement. BVMN is a network of watchdog organisations active in Greece and the Western Balkans including No Name Kitchen, Rigardu, Are You Syrious, Mobile Info Team, Disinfaux Collective, Josoor, ports Sarajevo, InfoKolpa, Centre for Peace Studies, Mare Liberum, IPSIA, Collective Aid and Fresh Response.

Combining insights from these different members, the report analyses among other things:

  • Pushbacks in Evros region
  • Violence in the Port of Patras
  • Trials on the Moria and Vial fires
  • Video evidence of pushbacks from Croatia
  • Updates from the Romanian border

Read the full report to find out about these developments, alongside further information on quarantine conditions in North East Italy, Greece declaring Turkey as a “Safe Third Country”, camp and squat conditions in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and protests in Greece and Croatia against pushbacks. The report also includes a full glossary of first hand pushback testimonies taken during June by reporters in the field.

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