• Balkan Region - Report July 2019

    The Border Violence Monitoring Network has just published it’s August report summarizing the current situation regarding pushbacks and police violence in the Western Balkans, primarily in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Se​rbian borders with Croatia and Hungary, but also including Italy, Slovenia, North Macedonia and Greece.

    This report analyzes, among other things:

    – Torture: Recurrence of extreme violence and abuse
    – Pushback from Italy
    – Beyond police: Actors within the pushback framework
    – Further dispersion of pushback sites in NW Bosnia
    – Trends in pushback sites to and from Greece

    More broadly, monitoring work continues to note the trans-national and bilateral cooperation between EU member states in the north of the Balkan route. Instances of chain pushbacks from Italy to Bosnia and Herzegovina, though relatively rare, offer insight into the web of actors engaged in the refoulement of groups across multiple borders, and liminality of due process in these cases. The intersection of unlawful acts also raises key concerns about aiding and abetting of pushbacks by Brussels. Specifically, analysis from this month elaborates on the involvement of Frontex in facilitating pushbacks.

    #rapport #migrations #réfugiés #Balkans #route_des_balkans #asile #frontières

    • Je mets ici les passages qui m’intéressent particulièrement... et notamment sur la #frontière_sud-alpine

      Push-back from Italy

      Chain push-backs from Italy are comparatively rare. Yet notably one report (see 1.1: https://www.borderviolence.eu/violence-reports/august-5-2019-0700-fernetti-italy conducted last month provided evidence of this sequential phenomena of expulsion from Italy back to BiH, via Slovenia and Croatia; drawing into question why such uncommon and illegal procedure was conducted by Italian police officers. The transit group was initially apprehended by Italian police officers in a small village on theoutskirts of Trieste from where they described being brought to a government building. Both in Italy and later in Slovenia, the transit group in question was detained, made to give their fingerprints, had their pictures taken and were asked to sign paperswritten in languages that they did not understand.

      “We asked the woman, what was on the paper because it was in Italian. She didn’t translate and we didn’t understand what we signed.” “I told the translator that they have to find a solution. They can’t just bring us back to Slovenia, knowing that we were in Italy. And they said, we are just migrants, we are not tourists.”Once they arrived in Croatia, the transit group was detained in a police station and interviewed one at a time before being brought to the border with Bosnia-Herzegovina where the group had their phones individually broken with a hammer by a Croatian police officer. They were then told to walk through a forest into Bosnia-Herzegovina. The chronology of events above alludes also to the complicit nature of preliminary actors within the wider pushbacks. Arguably initiators such as Slovenia and Italy -who often afford groups with translators and legal documents -have an intimate relationship to the violence and terror that accompanies subsequent push-backs from Croatia to BiH. The feigning of due process by these countries, despite prior knowledge of violent chain refoulement, forms a central part of their conceit. Italy and Slovenia mask their actions in a malaise of procedures (regularly untranslated or explained), in order to hide the institutionalisation of illegal chain pushbacks. The nature of chain pushbacks are defined by these bit-part processes, which simultaneously imitate regular procedures, while providing ample space for state authorities to deviate from legal obligations.

      #Italie #push-back #Slovénie #refoulement

    • And on the

      Construction of further fencing along Slovenian-Croatian border

      This August the Slovenian government authorized the construction (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-migrants-slovenia/slovenia-erects-more-border-fence-to-curb-migrant-inflow-idUSKCN1VC19Q) of a fence 40 kms long on the banks of the river Kolpa, on the border with Croatia. The security device, installed by Serbian firm LEGI SGS, will add up to an already existing fence, making the barrier a total of 219km long. The exact location of the construction was not made public, and a spokeswoman for the interior ministry said itwill be a temporary measure to prevent people crossing the border. She did however directly cite migration as a threat to the security of citizens’ in her statement, arguably reinforcing the ideological bordering that accompanies this further fencing. Theconstruction is part of an escalating approach to border security which includes the deployment of military (https://www.aljazeera.com/amp/news/2019/07/slovenia-deploy-soldiers-boost-border-patrols-migrants-190721191235190.ht), stationed on the border since 2016, and bolstered this year alongside regular police forces.

      The opposition party NSi demanded tighter control (https://balkaninsight.com/2019/07/05/slovenia-opposition-demands-tighter-border-controls-with-croatia) sat the border with Croatia in July, and there seems little, or no will to challenge the mainstream rhetoric on migration. These demands, as BVMN reported last month (http://www.nonamekitchen.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Final-Report-July-2019.pdf), coincided with concerns of Italy building a wall on the border with Slovenia, were the ongoing joint border not to stem movement from Slovenia into Italy. Thus it seems somewhat ironic to observe the construction of a barrier on Slovenia’s Southern border, preempting the machinations of Italian interior minister, Matteo Salvini.

      Unfortunately, the domino effect being played out between these states only feeds into Croatia’s intensifying security measures. While interior minister David Bozinovic was plethoric, stating that “what Slovenians are doing, is their own decision” (https://www.total-croatia-news.com/politics/38042-migrants), his assertion that a joint European solution would be more welcome rings fairly hollow when viewed in tandem with the heightened repression around pushbacks this month and the already complicit role of Frontex. To this end, there seems to be no escape from the vicious circle of reborderization and loss of human rights in Europe, shown most recentlyby Slovenia’s harder borders.

      Allegations of smuggling made against asylum centerstaff in Ljubljana

      A statement (https://push-forward.org/novica/izjava-iniciative-prosilcev-za-azil-la-lutte-de-la-liberte-6-8-2019-az) by the asylum seekers initiative La lutte de la Liberté, and released at the beginning of August highlights what may be a serious case of abuse by security personnel in the asylum seekers camp Vič, Slovenia. According to the group, a resident in the camp called Ibrahim witnessed a number of security guards smuggling migrants out of the camp with cars in exchange for money. After the incident, which took place at the beginning of July, Ibrahim told the director of the camp who flatly denied the allegations, yet simultaneously removed two guards from their posts, causing great suspicion. In retaliation, other guards started to mob Ibrahim resulting in a series of episodes of violence culminating in a fight, for which Ibrahim was taken to a detention centre in #Postojna.

      Ibrahim has now been released and three security guards in the camp are under investigation, a source from InfoKolpa shared. Even though the actual occurrence of smuggling remains a supposition, the event highlights an important grey zone in which camp staff are operating, and the potential for systemic abuse of the asylum system. It can be argued that such cases can only emerge in the void left by inaccessible procedures and it is well known that extremely long waiting times are built into the asylum system in Slovenia. The behaviorof the security guards, in a position of absolute power over the migrants, can be explained by the fact that they are virtually invisible to the outside world, unless the migrants can organizethemselves as in this case. There has already been proof of violent behaviorby the guards in Vic, as shown in this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4GP0qLTsg0

      ) taken some six months ago.

      People on the move, for their part, are in a position of structural and individual disadvantage, susceptible to many types of violence. As the statement correctly underlines, regardless of some staff being amenable, one person abusing a position of power is enough to ruin the life of someone held captive in a protracted asylum system. Infact, evidence would go further to suggest that in this case it seems like the guards were more of an organizedmob, rather than rogue individuals.

      The waiting period for asylum which reaches nine months maximum in theory (with only 18 euros a month granted to applicants by the state), makes the tenure of asylum seekers even more precarious, adding to the poor or nonexistent measures taken to integrate them into society: asylum seekers have no access to welfare, assistance in access to work or social housing and their placement in the detention center in Postojna is decided arbitrarily bythe police. The entire Slovenian asylum system goes thus into inquiry, if viewed through thelensof this case, which both expounds its flaws and the potential corruption within.


      #murs #barrières_frontalières #militarisation_des_frontières

  • "Je réessaierai" : l’Albanie devenue étape pour les migrants

    Après la fermeture dite de la « route des Balkans » début 2016 puis le renforcement des contrôles par la Macédoine du Nord, la Serbie et la Croatie, ce pays pauvre d’Europe du sud-est est devenu un point de passage de migrants. Après le Monténégro, parfois la Bosnie, ils tentent de rejoindre l’Union.

    #Albanie #parcours_migratoire #Balkans #route_des_Balkans

  • Myanmar’s Persecuted Rohingya Join Balkan Route into #Europe

    Persecuted for decades, members of Myanmar’s Rohingya ethnic group are now turning up on the Balkan route for migrants and refugees trying to reach Western Europe.

    “Army people were torturing my family,” Ali Mulla began his story. “That’s why I couldn’t live anymore in Myanmar.”

    Mulla, 17, spoke in a refugee and migrant camp near the northern Serbian town of Kikinda, some 7,000 kilometres from the home he fled in Southeast Asia.

    Stateless and persecuted in Myanmar, in 2017 some 700,000 Rohingya fled in the face of a military crackdown, joining many who fled earlier bouts of repression.

    Most are housed in sprawling refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh, but now a few have joined the long road to Western Europe carved through the Balkans by refugees and migrants from Asia, Africa and the Middle East since 2015.

    Mulla was one of three Rohingya in the Kikinda camp near Serbia’s northern borders with European Union members Hungary and Romania.

    Besides the three in Kikinda, Serbia’s Commissariat for Refugees says it has registered only four other Rohingya, in the summer of last year.

    The Rohingya themselves say they were among 30 who entered Serbia two months ago.

    Mulla left Myanmar in 2009, the 2017 crackdown only the latest chapter in decades of repression against the Rohingya, a mainly Muslim ethnic group effectively denied citizenship in Myanmar under a 1982 law.

    Mulla and his family first moved to Bangladesh before travelling through Pakistan and eventually reaching Turkey. There, he said, he lost touch last year with his family – his parents, four brothers and two sisters.

    “I was looking and searching for six months”, he said, without success. Someone told him they had perhaps gone to the EU. Mulla chose to try too. “Maybe I go,” he said. “Maybe I’ll get my family.”

    Long road to Europe

    Rights groups have documented mass killings, sexual violence and widespread arson among atrocities committed against the Rohingya by Myanmar’s security forces. The Myanmar government has dismissed the allegations, saying the army in 2017 was responding to attacks by Rohingya militants.

    In July, the United States imposed sanctions on Myanmar’s top general and three senior military officers, accusing them of human rights violations against the Rohingya.

    Mulla now shares the Kikinda camp with two other Rohingya – Omar Farur and Jahur Ahmed – and some 200 other refugees and migrants mainly from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    Serbian authorities say roughly 20,000 migrants pass through Serbia every year. According to the latest figures, some 3,000 are living in Serbia waiting for their chance to reach the EU.

    Ahmed, 29, first became a refugee in 1994 when his family settled in Bangladesh. Seven years ago, he travelled to India but soon became a target of mafia racketeering.

    “I went then in Pakistan, but too much mafia,” he said.

    From Pakistan, Ahmed travelled to Iran and then Turkey. Like thousands of others trying to reach Europe, he crossed from Turkey to Greece by boat before heading north through North Macedonia and into Serbia.

    He estimated the journey had cost him between 1,700 and 2,000 euros.

    Ahmed and Mulla both said they hoped to reach Germany, but had yet to try their luck crossing the border between Serbia and Croatia that has become notorious for the heavy-handed tactics used by Croatian police to deter migrants and refugees.

    Their compatriot, 24-year-old Farur, broke down telling his own story.

    Farur said most of his family had been killed or detained in Myanmar. He fled in 2017, crossing India, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and Greece. He worked for a couple of months in each country – for example in an oil factory in Turkey – to earn money for the next leg of the trip but that his funds were running low.

    Asked if he ever planned to return to Myanmar, Farur replied: “There is no home in Myanmar anymore. It is lost. Crashed. Army crashed it”.


    #route_des_balkans #Balkans #réfugiés #réfugiés_rohingya #Rohingya #asile #migrations #réfugiés #parcours_migratoires #itinéraires_migratoires
    ping @reka

  • #Bosnie-Herzégovine : une journée ordinaire avec les #réfugiés oubliés de #Sarajevo

    Plus de 35 000 migrants et réfugiés sont entrés en Bosnie-Herzégovine depuis le début de l’année 2019. Ils sont chaque jour plus nombreux à tenter de franchir la frontière croate, malgré les coups et la violence. Car tous savent que le « jeu » est leur seule chance de rejoindre un jour l’Union européenne. Le reportage de Bilten à Sarajevo où la situation humanitaire ne fait qu’empirer.
    Quelque soit l’heure, le parc municipal de Hadžići, à Sarajevo, est toujours noir de monde. Les enfants jouent et les vieux conversent en les observant du coin de l’oeil. On pourrait penser qu’il s’agit d’un jour ordinaire, dans n’importe quel parc du monde, s’il n’y avait autant de jeunes, principalement des hommes, des sacs sur le dos, fatigués de regarder la vie passer devant eux. Personne ne semble avoir la force de lever les bras, personne n’a plus la force de sourire ou de parler. Depuis des jours ils dorment dans la rue, dans les parcs, dans des bâtiments abandonnés… Durant l’été, ils se lavent et font leurs lessives dans les rivières, le long des routes.

    Certains sont marqués dans leur chair. « Celle-là, elle vient de la police croate, celle-ci c’est la police bosniaque à Bihać, et celle-là à Sarajevo », raconte un jeune Marocain d’une vingtaine d’années, en détaillant les innombrables cicatrices de son corps. « Celle-ci, c’était dans la forêt, celle-ci vient de la sécurité du camp. Et celle-là, je l’ai faite moi-même. Ma soeur, c’est une vie difficile. » Omar passe sa seconde année en Bosnie-Herzégovine. Ou du moins il lui semble. Il a en tout cas arrêter de compter ses tentatives pour entrer dans l’Union européenne. « Quand j’ai un téléphone ou de l’argent, la police croate me confisque tout », explique-t-il. Retourner en arrière ? « Pas possible ».

    Pendant que nous discutons, assis sur un banc, Hasan, un Bosnien plus âgé nous adresse la parole. Il salue les gars d’un « Salam » et d’un bref signe de tête. Ces derniers mettent la main sur le cœur et retournent le « Salam ». Hasan commence à me parler : « J’aimerais bien parler avec eux mais je ne connais pas leur langue. Pour vous dire la vérité, je prendrais bien un café avec eux. Ce sont des enfants, je n’ai pas peur. J’entends ce qu’on dit à la télévision, mais je vois ce qui se passe ici. Ces enfants sont assis dans le parc et ils parlent. Personne ne m’a jamais rien fait. On se salue, et chacun vit sa vie », raconte ce vieil homme de bientôt 80 ans.
    « Le jeu »

    Hadžići est une banlieue de Sarajevo qui compte quelque 20 000 habitants, nichée au pied du mont Igman. Elle pourrait être jolie si son architecture n’était pas gâchée par des bâtiments modernes. Avant la guerre, près d’ici, à Ušivak, se trouvait une caserne de l’Armée populaire yougoslave (JNA), dans laquelle il y a avait un bunker souterrain où des armes étaient entreposées. Durant les combats, elle se trouvait sous la contrôle de l’armée de Republika Srpska, puis elle fut cédée à l’armée de la Fédération en 1996. Elle fut utilisée jusqu’en 2000 puis remise au gouvernement de Fédération, qui l’a enfin transférée en 2005 à la Croix-Rouge du canton de Sarajevo.

    Pendant des années, personne ne sut que faire de ce vaste espace, jusqu’en juin 2018, date à laquelle il fut décidé de transformer l’ancienne caserne en camp de réfugiés. La Croix-Rouge a remis les clefs du complexe au ministère de la Sécurité, qui gère aujourd’hui le camp avec l’Organisation internationale pour les migrations (OIM). Celui-ci était prévu pour accueillir 400 personnes, mais sa capacité fut dépassée dès le premier soir. Des préfabriqués de mauvaise qualité et des tentes furent ajoutés, si bien que le camp accueille en ce moment 900 personnes. Et de nouveaux réfugiés arrivent tous les jours.

    Comme tous les camps montés à la hâte, le camp de Hadžići est gris et laid, même s’il est entouré de verdure. L’OIM accorde l’entrée aux journalistes ou aux ONG qui s’y intéressent. L’enregistrement des réfugiés et des migrants est effectué par le service des étrangers du ministère de la Sécurité. On trouve dans le camp plusieurs organisations partenaires de l’OIM ou du HCR, et une agence d’assurance privée payée par l’OIM.

    Ali vient d’Afghanistan et vit dans l’un des préfabriqués, avec des familles nombreuses. Seuls quatre lits sont disponibles, sur lesquels dorment des femmes et des enfants. Les autres s’allongent par terre. L’espace est exigu, il n’y a qu’une fenêtre et il fait une chaleur intolérable à l’intérieur. La famille d’Ali n’est là que depuis deux semaines. Elle est arrivée de Grèce et est passée par la Macédoine, le Kosovo et la Serbie. Ces deux dernières semaines, Ali a déjà commencé le « game ». C’est ainsi que les réfugiés et les migrants désignent les tentatives de franchissement illégal de la frontière croate. La famille d’Ali a l’intention de demander l’asile dans l’UE.

    Ali s’est déjà rendu à Bihać, le jour où les autorités locales ont décidé de supprimer les droits de toutes les personnes en déplacement résidant sur le territoire de ce canton. Durant deux jours, la famille a dû se cacher de la police, craignant d’être repérés et d’être emmenés à Vučjak, un ancien site d’enfouissement de déchets, devenu selon les témoignages le pire des camps sur la route des Balkans, et certainement le pire de toute l’Europe.

    « Retournez en Bosnie ! Go back to Bosnia »

    Après deux jours de fuite, Ali et sa famille se sont dirigés vers la Croatie. « C’était terrible », raconte Ali. « La police nous a trouvés, nous a encerclés dans les bois, puis ils ont commencé à nous frapper. Ils nous ont emmenés à proximité d’un énorme feu, dans la forêt et nous ont obligé à jeter tout ce que nous avions, nos téléphones, notre nourriture, nos affaires personnelles... Tout. Nous les avons supplié de nous permettre de garder notre nourriture, mais ils ont refusé. Les enfants pleuraient. Une fille du groupe a laissé tomber ses lunettes. Le policier s’est approché et les a écrasées. Puis ils ont commencé à nous fouiller, en détail. Les hommes, les femmes, même les enfants. Ils nous ont touchés partout. Finalement, une camionnette est arrivée, ils nous ont enfermé dedans et ont mis la climatisation. Nous étions gelés. Quand ils nous ont laissé sortir, nous étions à la frontière et ils nous ont simplement dit de retourner en Bosnie. Nous avons dit que nous voulions demander l’asile en Croatie. Ils nous ont dit que ce n’était pas un pays pour nous et ont répété ’Go back to Bosnia’. Nous ne pouvions pas rester à Bihać, parce que les conditions de vie sont très mauvaises, alors nous sommes revenus ici. »

    Ali parle un anglais presque parfait et veut témoigner pour raconter ce que lui et sa famille ont vécu ces quatre dernières années. Ils sont restés sept mois dans un camp surpeuplé de l’île de Samos, dans des conditions extrêmement difficiles. Ils pensaient même qu’il ne pouvait pas exister pire. Mais ce qu’ils ont vécu en Bosnie-Herzégovine est encore plus terrible. « Nous n’avons pas le choix. Nous ne pouvons pas retourner en Afghanistan », explique Ali, alors que nous sommes assis dans un café de Hadžići. Il m’explique que les conditions de vie sont mauvaises au camp. Il dit que des gardes frappent des gens, qu’il n’y a pas assez de douches ni de toilettes, que les femmes n’ont pas le droit de traverser seules le camp, qu’il y a des gens qui volent et qui frappent... Il ajoute que tous sont fatigués et que tous cherchent seulement le moyen de franchir les frontières avant que l’UE ne les ferme totalement. Il ajoute que les gens à Hadžići sont bons avec eux. »

    Comme dans beaucoup d’autres endroits en Bosnie-Herzégovine, la population locale s’est organisée pour aider les réfugiés. Mais même les bonnes volontés se lassent. Amira, qui tient un magasin, raconte qu’au début les habitants d’Hadžići sont sortis dans la rue pour accueillir les réfugiés, qu’ils allaient au camp leur apporter de la nourriture et des vêtements, mais que l’ambiance a progressivement changé. « Nous ne pouvons pas porter tout ce poids, il sont trop nombreux. Nous n’avons même pas assez pour nous-mêmes. Je ne sais pas, vraiment je ne sais pas. Tout cela n’est pas bon… Ni pour eux, ni pour nous », s’inquiète-t-elle. Elle poursuit ce qu’on lit dans les médias en Bosnie-Herzégovine : « Ils volent, ils attaquent les femmes, les kidnappent, ils sont malades ». Elle affirme ne pas connaître personnellement quelqu’un ayant eu un problème, mais qu’elle a « entendu des histoires ».

    Sur l’un des bancs du parc, trois jeunes hommes, des enfants encore, sont assis à côté des balançoires et des toboggans. Leurs regards sont fatigués. Ils ont 17, 20 et 22 ans. Tous les trois ont quitté le Maroc il y a deux ans. Ils m’invitent à m’asseoir à côté d’eux. Alors que nous parlons, un homme plus âgé accompagné d’un enfant s’approche de nous et avec un grand sourire, serre la main des trois jeunes, et il dit au petit garçon de saluer aussi les jeunes hommes. Ces derniers ne le connaissent pas, mais ils sont heureux qu’il les ait abordés. Depuis 15 jours ils vivent dans les rues de Sarajevo et d’Hadžići car il n’y a pas de place dans le camp. Ils se faufilent parfois la nuit venue à travers la clôture pour dormir sur un lit et se doucher mais doivent repartir le matin venu.

    Ils n’ont pas encore tenté « le game » - et s’y préparent. « Je veux aller en Italie », dit l’un d’eux dans un très bon anglais. « Je dois me rendre en Italie et trouver un travail. Il n’y a pas de travail dans mon pays, les conditions de vie sont dangereuses. Mon frère est en Italie depuis sept ans et je veux juste le rejoindre. Je ne suis pas un voleur. Je veux juste aller où je peux vivre et retrouver mon frère », dit-il, les larmes aux yeux. Pudique, il tourne la tête. Je leur demande s’ils ont peur de passer par Bihać puis par la Croatie. Personne ne répond. « Nous n’avons pas d’autre choix », dit doucement le plus jeune, celui qui a 17 ans.
    « Retourne au camp »

    Et puis ils me posent des questions auxquelles je n’ai pas de réponse. « Pourquoi nous traitent ils comme cela en Bosnie-Herzégovine ? Nous sommes allés dans tellement de pays et nulle part ce n’était aussi terrible. Nous n’avons pas de nourriture, pas de vêtements, aucun endroit pour nous laver. On nous frappe, on nous vole. Pourquoi ? » Ils me racontent avoir été attaqués par un groupe de jeunes dans le centre de Sarajevo, alors qu’ils dormaient. « Ils nous ont pris nos téléphones et ont tiré des coups de fusil en l’air. La police est venue, mais n’a rien fait. Ils nous ont juste dit : ’retourne au camp’. Nous nous sommes cachés jusqu’au matin, puis nous sommes arrivés à Hadžići ».

    Depuis des jours, ils essaient de s’enregistrer au camp pour avoir trois repas quotidiens et pouvoir laver leurs vêtements. Mais ils n’ont toujours pas réussi. La liste d’attente s’allonge chaque jour. Les familles sont prioritaires, il n’est pas rare de voir des enfants et des femmes dormir dans les rues ou les prés autour d’Ušivka. C’est la même chose à Sarajevo. L’inscription est lente et très problématique. Ceux qui ont essayé racontent que parfois les employés refusent tout simplement d’inscrire quelqu’un. Parfois, ils inscrivent des mineurs comme des adultes. L’accès à l’asile n’est clair pour personne. On ignore comment avoir accès à des soins médicaux. Rien n’est clair.

    Les autorités du canton de Sarajevo, dont la commune d’Hadžići fait partie, font comme si elles ne remarquaient pas tous ces gens qui se promènent dans la ville. Aucune aide n’a jamais été organisée. Même la Croix-Rouge n’est pas impliquée. Certaines mosquées permettent aux réfugiés de passer du temps dans leurs cours, parfois même d’y dormir. Il existe plusieurs cantines publiques à Sarajevo, mais aucune n’offre vraiment de la nourriture aux réfugiés et aux migrants, qui sont de plus en plus nombreux dans les rues. Depuis un an et demi, ils dépendent de l’aide des citoyens bosniens. Néanmoins, les autorités cantonales ont récemment annoncé qu’elles allaient « nettoyer » les rues et les parcs et que personne ne pourrait plus y rester. Mais personne ne dit aux réfugiés où ils doivent aller. Lors des chaudes journées d’été, les médias invitent les citoyens à se protéger de la chaleur mais la police intervient lorsqu’elle repère des migrants assis à l’ombre dans un parc, et les force à bouger.

    Le Premier ministre du canton a récemment annoncé qu’il allait bientôt rencontrer son homologue du canton d’Una-Sana. Au cours de ces derniers 18 mois, les autorités de ce canton ont réussi à enfreindre la quasi-totalité des lois régissant les droits des demandeurs d’asile et à déshumaniser complètement les migrants et les réfugiés. À Ključ, la police force les passagers à sortir des bus qui se rendent en Krajina et laissent les réfiugiés sur le bord de la route, des enfants, des malades, des femmes, ou des mineurs voyageant seuls… La Croix-Rouge locale fait ce qu’elle peut, l’OIM et le HCR aident les familles qui veulent aller en Krajina. Les autres, personne ne s’en occupe. À Hadžići, la police en général ne crée pas de problèmes. Un policier avec qui je discute dans le parc explique ne forcer personne à quitter les lieux publics, mais qu’il attendait des ordres.
    Des témoins muets

    Dans le parc près de la piscine, Naila garde sa petite fille. Pendant qu’Una joue sur le toboggan, Naila est assise sur le banc. Elle dit qu’elles viennent ici tous les jours et qu’elles n’ont jamais eu de problème. Elle ajoute que les policiers sont plutôt gentils avec les jeunes migrants, mais elle a remarqué qu’ils leur demandent parfois de bouger lorsque ceux-ci sont assis dans l’herbe. « Hier, j’ai vu qu’ils les ont forcé à partir, et les ont emmenés quelque part alors qu’ils étaient assis tranquillement. Je n’ai pas vu que les garçons avaient fait quelque chose », raconte-elle. Una, dans l’intervalle, s’est assise sur ses genoux. Elle écoute attentivement ce dont nous parlons. À un moment, elle demande si elle peut dire quelque chose. « Moi je ne les aime pas ». Sa grand-mère et moi demandons pourquoi. « Il y en a un qui m’a tiré la langue ». Naila rit. « Eh bien, c’est parce que c’est juste un gamin, comme toi. Pas aussi jeune que toi, mais tout de même, ça reste un enfant ».

    Et puis Naila se tourne vers moi et commence à parler. « Je suis triste pour eux, vraiment. Je les regarde et je me dis que leur mère leur manque. Je suis assise ici et je réfléchis à ce qui les attend. Vont-ils réussir à aller là où ils veulent ? Font-ils réussir à fonder une famille ? C’est peut-être parce que j’étais moi-même une réfugiée dans les années 1990 que cela me tient à coeur ». Il y a 20 ans, Naila a dû fuir Hadžići. « Nous avons été humiliés en tant que réfugiés. Nous n’avons jamais pensé à réclamer des droits, nous n’avions rien. Nous baissions la tête, nous n’avions rien. Je n’ai jamais osé dire un mot à personne. J’attendais juste que cela passe. Nous étions aussi assis dans ce parc et attendions. Mais eux, ils sont différents. Ils sont très fiers. Et c’est bien qu’ils le soient. Pourtant, nous ne pouvons pas les aider. Nous avons déjà si peu nous-mêmes. Nous pouvons juste être ici avec eux, et regarder ces enfants souffrir. Nous partageons leur souffrance. À quoi tout cela rime-t-il ? »

    Plus de 35 000 personnes sont entrées en Bosnie-Herzégovine depuis le début de l’année et les arrivées continuent tous les jours. Les Bosniens les aident toujours, autant qu’ils le peuvent. Les autorités et certains médias propagent des rumeurs désobligeantes sur les migrants, et les présentent comme des criminels. Certaines organisations internationales qui ont reçu plus de 20 millions d’euros de la part de la Commission européenne pour aider ces migrants en Bosnie-Herzégovine ont créé des camps qui sont devenus des lieux d’horreur. Ceux qui y ont séjourné disent avoir été traités comme des animaux. Il n’y a pas assez de place et on dirait que personne ne s’en soucie réellement. Les autorités suivent les instructions reçues de l’UE. En fin de compte, on peut rappeler les paroles de Borka Pavićević, qui disait dans une interview que les populations de l’ancienne Yougoslavie ont « l’expérience du témoin ». « Parce que nous pouvons aider à faire en sorte que ce qui s’est passé ici ne se produise plus jamais ». Malheureusement, ce que nous avons vécu ne semble pas avoir été suffisant pour retenir la leçon.

    #asile #migrations #Balkans

  • The Croatian government decided to put a fence at the Croatian-Bosnian border crossing #Maljevac (https://www.bilten.org/?p=28196#). This is another practice put in place by the government to frighten and harm both refugees and the local community living in the surrounding area. Building a fence, and using violence at the border, are two sides of the same coin: discourage and deny refugees their right to seek asylum in an EU country.

    #murs #barrières_frontalières #Croatie #frontières #migrations #réfugiés #Balkans #route_des_balkans

    Reçu via la newsletter de Inicijativa Dobrodosli, le 14.06.2019

    • Hrvatske anti-izbjegličke ograde i nacionalna nevinost

      Hrvatska je još jednom pooštrila svoje antimigrantske mjere. U ponedjeljak je na graničnom prijelazu Maljevac prema Bosni i Hercegovini podigla željeznu ogradu sa šiljcima, visoku tri metra. Temelji za postavljanje ograde napravljeni su i na graničnim prijelazima Gejkovac i Pašin Potok, izvijestilo je Ministarstvo unutarnjih poslova RH (MUP) te podsjetilo na Schengenski katalog za nadzor vanjskih granica i odredbe Zakona o nadzoru državne granice.

      Ministarstvo financija kao tijelo nadležno za izgradnju i održavanje graničnih prijelaza, na traženje Ministarstva unutarnjih poslova RH, postavilo je 10. lipnja 2019. godine pomičnu fizičku barijeru (ogradu) na Granični prijelaz Maljevac s obzirom na to da je Schengenskom katalogu EU-a za nadzor vanjskih granica, povratak i ponovni prihvat navedeno “kako granične prijelaze i neposredno okolno područje treba tehnički nadgledati, a granične provjere i nadzor trebaju biti osvijetljeni“.

      Granični prijelazi, u pravilu, trebaju biti odijeljeni ogradom, a iznimke se mogu napraviti u slučaju graničnih prijelaza za lokalni granični promet, priopćio je MUP. Hrvatska dakako nije kriva, objašnjava nam MUP, jer je postupala u skladu s mogućnostima koje dopušta Europska unija – u skladu s “katalogom” za nadzor granica.

      Maddalena Avon iz Centra za mirovne studije kazala je za Bilten kako je “ograda na graničnom prijelazu Maljevac način na koji se RH pokazuje ispred Bruxellesa i institucija EU”. Dodala je i da “ova odluka još jednom pokazuje kako migracija mora biti zajednička odgovornost u cijeloj Europi, utemeljena na načelu solidarnosti, i kako bi odgovor na nju trebao biti kolektivan”. Iz CMS-a još jednom neumorno ponavljaju zdravorazumske društvene zahtjeve: “Još jednom, od RH zahtijevamo da poštuje zakon i prestane uskraćivati ljudima pravo na traženje azila u EU, a od EU tražimo da osigura legalnost prolaza za ljude koji traže sigurnost u Europi.”
      Obeshrabriti i uskratiti

      Avon zaključuje kako je ovo “još jedna praksa koju vlada provodi kako bi zastrašila i naškodila i izbjeglicama i lokalnoj zajednici koja živi u okolici.” Dodala je kako su “izgradnja ograde i korištenje nasilja na granici dvije strane istog novčića: obeshrabriti i uskratiti izbjeglicama njihovo pravo tražiti azil u nekoj zemlji EU.

      Granice se više ne štite od kriminalaca i mafije. Kao što vidimo po medijskim natpisima, droga i druge ilegalne potrepštine najnormalnije prolaze, nema gotovo nikakvih zastoja u opskrbi. Valjda to znači slogan “slobodan protok kapitala, roba i ljudi”. Ljudi su i u stvarnosti i u sloganu na posljednjem mjestu. Sad kada je eksploatacija prirodnih resursa dovela do klimatskih promjena koje vode u društvene nesigurnosti i egzistencijalne neizvjesnosti, zidovi koji se podižu vjerojatno generacijama neće biti srušeni. Hoćemo li u Hrvatskoj ostati poslušni i sretni zbog toga što smo se kroz ušicu igle provukli u EU koja nam omogućuje da ostanemo s prave strane zida i za promjenu i sami ne budemo izbjeglice?

      Hrvatska, zbog ograde dakako kriva nije, baš kao što nisu krivi ni ispitanici u poznatom Milgram eksperimentu provedenom na Sveučilištu Yale kojim se dokazalo da većina ljudi između svojih osobnih i društvenih vrijednosti i naredbe figure autoriteta zapravo sluša naredbe autoriteta, makar pritom te naredbe rezultirale smrću trećih subjekata. Najave kažu da imamo još 30 godina do kraja civilizacije. Društvena situacija može se samo pogoršavati, ako ili kad nestane hrane, začeci ove politike “svako sam za sebe” dobit će katastrofalne razmjere odustanemo li već sada od načela solidarnosti i uzajamne društvene pomoći.


  • News about opening a new shelter for asylum seekers in the village of #Mala_Gorica in the vicinity of #Petrinja has been circulating for a while in the public and disturbed Petrinja’s War Veterans Initiative. The Initiative has so far launched a petition against the construction of the shelter, and recently announced the blockade of the state road to Petrinja and Sisak on the day of elections for the EU Parliament if they did not comply with their request to withdraw from the construction of the shelter. The Ministry of Internal Affairs yesterday published a press release telling the public that because of the refusal of the local community to open the shelter there, pushed them away from the idea. The funds provided for this purpose will be redirected to the reconstruction of the existing reception capacities and to the reconstruction of a number of flats owned by the Republic of Croatia for the accommodation of refugees. The script we are witnessing reminds us of the one in 2004 when the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs tried to build an emplacement in the area of ​​Stubicka Slatina with the EU funds, and the citizens opposed it almost the same way as today.

    #Croatie #réfugiés #asile #migrations #accueil #hébergement #logement #Balkans #route_des_balkans

    Reçu via la mailing-list Inicijativa dobrodosli, le 15.05.2019

  • The creation of preconditions for Croatia’s entry into #Schengen is visible in the both on the field and diplomacy - while the Croatian border police continues to prevent the entry of refugees into the country and does not restrain from using violent methods, Minister #Božinović received praises from Bavarian Minister of Interior, Sports and Integration, #Joachim_Herrman, on the work of Croatian #police and protection of Croatian Borders (http://hr.n1info.com/Vijesti/a401099/Bavarski-ministar-unutarnjih-poslova-pohvalio-hrvatsku-granicnu-policiju.). The border area of the European Union seems to have become a mirror in which politics sees only itself and those who “pat it on the back”, while they refuse to face with the reality.

    #route_des_balkans #Allemagne #asile #migrations #réfugiés #frontières #Croatie #externalisation #contrôles_frontaliers #militarisation_des_frontières #buffer_zone #Balkans

    Une manière de contrôler la #frontière_sud-alpine

    Reçu via la mailing-list Inicijativa dobrodosli, le 15.05.2019

    ping @isskein

  • #The_game’: vanuit Bosnië naar de EU, het hoogste level

    Via de nieuwe Balkanroute proberen migranten de EU te bereiken door vanuit Bosnië de Kroatische grens over te steken. Ze noemen het ‘the game’ en ze spelen het vaak zonder succes.

    #terminologie #mots #vocabulaire
    #game #jeu #Game over #next_level
    #Balkans #route_des_Balkans #Bosnie #Velika_Kladusa #Slovénie #Bosnie-Herzégovine #IOM #OIM #frontières #violences_policières
    ping @reka signalé par @Virginie_Mamadouh

  • From Bosnia and Herzegovina a video showing seven adults and five children detained in cage-like detention cells in #Klobuk near #Trebinje as part of the #International_Border_Crossing (#MGP) was published. It is terrifying to read the official statement of the BiH Border Police, where they state how all is in line with EU standards- we must ask whether inhumane and humiliating treatment of people who migrate is an EU standard?

    #Bosnie #Bosnie-Herzégovine #Monténégro #frontières #asile #migrations #réfugiés #route_des_Balkans #Balkans

    –-> signalé par Inicijativa Dobrodosli, via leur mailing-list (29.04.2019)

    Held in a cage?!

    We have received footage and photos displaying two detained families after they were pushed back in the border area between Bosnia and Herzegovina with Montenegro, Klobuk border crossing near Trebinje.

    Video and the photos show people being held in cage-like detention cells, previously also seen and mentioned with the case of the Houssiny family. There were reportedly 7 adults and 5 children among the detained people. The youngest is 3 years old.

    They were detained in this way and stayed over night. However, the authorities claim everything is “by the book” and in accordance with the EU standards.

    They say since the border crossing where people were later taken to is not a firm building, they have no barred rooms to detain people, so they use this — ironically funded by the European Commission — in order to “provide daylight” to the people and they stress the people were not locked inside.

    Either way, the question remains — is this the standard and a collective decision to treat and detain currently the most vulnerable group in the planet, refugees?

    Will anyone finally bring into question and condemn the methods and current human rights breaking detention and push back practice?


    Lien vers la vidéo:

    #cages #cage #vidéo #animalisation #brutalisation

    • In our neighbouring country Bosnia and Herzegovina, the local authorities consider volunteers to disturb public order and peace by helping migrants. As a result, the work of some of them has been banned - you can read more about it in this article: https://www.telegram.hr/politika-kriminal/vlasti-bih-smatraju-da-volonteri-remete-javni-red-i-mir-tako-sto-pomazu-mig. This is the last example of the criminalization of solidarity work, yet it’s not the only one: nowadays Europe is becoming more and more a place of repression towards those who are willing to oppose hate speech and intolerance, promoting and everyday practicing solidarity. You can read more about it in this article: http://novilist.hr/Komentari/Kolumne/Pronadena-zemlja-Borisa-Pavelica/BORIS-PAVELIC-Brigade-bespomocnih?meta_refresh=true.

      Reçu via la mailing-list Inicijativa Dobrodošli, le 31.05.2019

    • Migrants dying in Bosnia: Red Cross

      Thousands of migrants and refugees are stranded in Bosnia on their way to Western Europe. They are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. The international Red Cross says some have died while trying to find shelter.

      About 6,000 people have entered Bosnia and Herzegovina since the start of the year, according to the country’s security agencies. But all the transit centers, which can accommodate around 3,500 people, are full, forcing thousands to sleep rough.

      “People are sleeping in parks, in carparks, on the footpath, and in dangerous buildings,” said Indira Kulenovic, operations manager for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Bosnia.

      “A few weeks ago, three migrants sheltering in an abandoned building burned to death when a candle they were using caused a fire. Soon after, another fell from the top floor of a building he was sheltering in. Psychological stress among migrants is high – just last week one man set himself on fire in desperation,” Kulenovic said.

      ‘Humanitarian crisis’

      Bosnia is on the route of thousands of people from Asia and North Africa who try to enter Europe via neighboring Croatia, an EU member state. Last year, about 25,000 people entered Bosnia from Serbia and Montenegro.

      Mobile teams from the Bosnian Red Cross society have been handing out food, water, clothes, blankets and first aid to the migrants, as well as trying to provide psychological support.

      Red Cross workers are also distributing information about active landmine fields to warn people of the dangers of unexploded bombs. Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of the most landmine-contaminated countries in Europe.

      The Red Cross is working in five migrant centers across the country providing meals for 3,000 people a day, as well as clothing, bedding, tents and first aid. Meanwhile, the UN migration agency, IOM, is providing food supplies.

      Despite their efforts, the head of the Bosnian Red Cross, Rajko Lazic, says living conditions for many people remain inadequate in the centers and worse for those outside. “The situation has reached a critical point. This is a humanitarian crisis,” Lazic said.

      Disease outbreaks

      In migrant reception centers, overcrowding has led to an increase in infectious diseases. The Bosnian health minister, Nermina Cemalovic, said on 15 May there were 800 cases of scabies in transit centers in Bihac, one of the western towns where migrants are concentrated.

      Health workers have also been trying to prevent an outbreak of measles after aid workers were hospitalized with the disease.

      “We are extremely concerned for people on the move in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” the IFRC’s Kulenovic said. “They are arriving in poor condition, and many, including children, have walked for weeks. They are hungry, exhausted, sick and cold and traumatized by their journeys. The recent wet weather has just made their journeys worse.”

      Kulenovic added that the local population was also suffering from the pressure that extra numbers had put on services, land and property. The IFRC and the Red Cross Society of Bosnia aim to provide food, first aid and other assistance to 7,600 of the most vulnerable migrants as well as cash grants for 1,500 host families during 2019.

      #mourir_en_Bosnie #morts #décès #Kljuc #OIM #IOM #Croix-Route

  • An article about the experiences of one of the Syrian families living in Zadar and the struggles that followed them due to insufficient support from the state.

    PRIJE GODINU I POL DANA U BIJEGU OD RATA U SIRIJI STIGLI SU U ZADAR: OVO JE NJIHOVA EMIGRANTSKA PRIČA Djeca nam se ne sjećaju Sirije, njihova je kuća ovdje, u Zadru

    Sirijca Abdulrahmana prvi put sam vidjela prije godinu i pol dana.
    Hladnog siječanjskog dana stigao je u Zadar sa suprugom Jašir i četvero male djece, skupa s još sedam drugih obitelji koje su pobjegle iz ratnog vihora rodne Sirije.

    Prvi susret s tim mladim ljudima, preplašenim i zabrinutim roditeljima koji su u strahu od neizvjesnosti koja je pred njima, a istodobno presretni jer su uspjeli spasiti živu glavu, teško je zaboraviti. Iza sebe su morali ostaviti izgrađene živote i obitelji, a do temelja porušeni rodni Alep, najveći i najljepši sirijski grad, preko noći zamijeniti kampovima u Turskoj i Prihvatilištem za tražitelje azila u Kutini. Najmlađa djevojčica Tabarak tada je bila beba ni od godinu dana, a najstarija Đenan imala je četiri godine. Te dvije godine izbjegličkog života uzele su svoj danak i ostavile veliki pečat na njihovim životima.

    Drugi put Abdulrahmana sam vidjela dva mjeseca kasnije, kada sam ga posjetila na radnom mjestu. Dočekao me je u trlišu, na gradilištu, gdje je dobio prvi posao. Zajedno s kolegom Šukrijem, koji mu je danas susjed, postavljao je knauf i bio neopisivno ponosan što će za to dobiti svoju prvu hrvatsku plaću.
    No, puno ga je toga mučilo. Suočavanje sa stvarnošću, prije svega. Vladin pilot-projekt integracije u sklopu kojega su sirijske obitelji stigle u Hrvatsku, u Zadru je funkcionirao uglavnom zbog poduzetnika Mladena Ninčevića i njegove supruge Sarah, koji su sami odrađivali sve ono što sustav nije. U tom najosjetljivijem razdoblju prilagodbe, kada jedna topla ljudska riječ znači više od svih međunarodnih sporazuma, smjestili su ih u svojemu hostelu, dali im posao i brinuli se o njih 40 kao da su im najuža obitelj. Abdulrahman je tada nestrpljivo čekao pristojan smještaj za svoju obitelj, zabrinut kako će se djeca snaći u školi i vrtiću. Znao je tada samo nekoliko riječi hrvatskoga pa smo se jedva sporazumijevali uz pomoć prevoditelja.
    Prije nekoliko dana posjetila sam ga ponovno, no ovaj put razgovarali smo na hrvatskom u njihovu zadarskom domu u Diklu. Prevoditelj nam nije trebao, osim za pokoju riječ kada bi ocu simultanim prijevodom pomogao devetogodišnji Fadel. U godinu i pol dana, koliko se nismo vidjeli, puno se toga u njihovu životu promijenilo. Abdul, kako ga hrvatski prijatelji zovu, drugi je čovjek. Nasmijan je i puno opušteniji, bez onoga grča i straha na licu.

    – Uh, te početke bih najradije zaboravio – priznaje nam.
    – Ne znaš govoriti jezik, nikoga ne razumiješ, ništa ne znaš. Nisam mogao sam u dućan otići kad ne znam tražiti ono što mi treba. Nisam znao ni cigarete kupiti – smije se 35-godišnji Abdul svojemu “broken” hrvatskom.
    – Težak vam je ovaj jezik, uh! Rekao sam sam sebi – Abdule, pomalo, jedino tako ćeš hrvatski naučiti. Mene je spasilo što na poslu s ljudima puno razgovaram, većinu vremena samo hrvatski govorim, nema arapskog više. I moj najbolji prijatelj, kojega sam upoznao na gradilištu, Hrvat je imena Velimir. “Samo pomalo”, te sam riječi prvo naučio – govori ovaj simpatični Sirijac, kojemu je Ninčević vrlo brzo nakon dolaska dao priliku i posao u svojoj građevinskoj tvrtki. Trenutačno radi na njegovu gradilištu u Sinju, ponedjeljkom ujutro odlazi na teren, a petkom se vraća obitelji. Rado govori o poslu i ekipi na gradilištu, ponosan što sam zarađuje svoju plaću i što više nikomu nije na teret.
    – Sada je sve dobro. Radim dobar posao, vozim bager, imam dobru plaću, djeca su sretna ovdje. Iako su svi rođeni u Siriji, oni je gotovo i ne pamte. Naša najstarija, Đenan, sjeća se jedino malog dućana kraj naše kuće u Alepu, i ničeg drugoga iz tog okruženja. Njihovo djetinjstvo je ovdje u Hrvatskoj. Kada im žena i ja kažemo da ćemo se vratiti kući u Siriju, govore nam da neće natrag te da je njihova kuća ovdje u Zadru. I jest, još šest mjeseci. A što će biti nakon toga, ne znam – retorički se pita Abdul.

    Za tih šest mjeseci koje spominje, sirijske obitelji imaju osiguran podstanarski stan koji im plaća Hrvatska preko svojega Središnjeg državnog ureda za stambeno zbrinjavanje. Od dvije godine, na koliko se Vlada obvezala osigurati im smještaj, već je prošlo godinu i pol. Što će biti kad taj ugovor istekne?
    – Ne znam. Zadar je jako lijep, ali skup. Puno skup za život. S jednom plaćom teško mogu prehraniti četvero djece i plaćati pristojan podstanarski stan, ako ga uopće uspijemo pronaći jer je država i ovaj jedva pronašla kada su nas doselili. O svom domu možemo samo sanjati. Koliko god radio, svoje kuće neću vidjeti jer je cijena kvadrata nama ovdje nedostižna. Tri obitelji koje znam otišle su nedavno za Njemačku jer u Zadru nisu mogli pristojno živjeti. U Njemačkoj isti ovakav program traje deset godina, što ipak daje neku sigurnost da možeš planirati život. Vidim da i Hrvati puno odlaze vani iz istog razloga. Da nema Mladena i Sarah, koji su prema nama kao rođeni otac i majka, i mi bismo već bili otišli. Sarah se brinula o ženama i djeci, vodila ih kod doktora i zubara, u kupnju, organizirala proslavu rođendana za djecu – priznaje Abdul i prepričava anegdotu iz prvih dana nakon dolaska.
    – Kad smo tek stigli u Kutinu, moj prijatelj Šukri razgovarao je s jednim gazdom o poslu i troškovima života. Kad je sve zbrojio i oduzeo, rekao mu je: “Znači, da bih mogao normalno živjeti od svoje plaće u Hrvatskoj, trebam raditi tri puta! Ne dvaput, jer to nije dovoljno za sve troškove, nego triput. Kolega”, pitao ga je na kraju Šukri, “a kad da ja spavam?” – smije se Abdul.

    On, a pogotovo supruga Jašir, često razmišljaju o povratku u Siriju. Kazuju nam kako je život u Alepu bio lijep i kako je Abdul tamo posjedovao automehaničarsku radionicu od koje je cijela obitelj mogla lijepo živjeti. Njezini roditelji i braća ostali su u rodnom gradu. A sam Abdul ima desetero braće i sestara koje je rat raselio po cijeloj Europi, od Turske do Njemačke. I njegovi roditelji su ostali u Siriji.
    – Otac mi je rekao da ne želi otići i da će, ako već mora poginuti, umrijeti u vlastitoj kući. Mi smo morali otići zbog djece. Koliko god nas vuče povratak, stanje tamo i dalje je daleko od normalnog. Sve je razrušeno, nema ni struje ni vode. To bi se možda još i dalo preživjeti, izgraditi porušeno i krenuti ispočetka, samo da rata nema. Ali, tom ratu kao da nema kraja.

    #Croatie #Zadar #migrations #réfugiés #asile #accueil #réfugiés_syriens #Balkans

    –-> signalé par Inicijativa Dobrodosli, via leur mailing-list (29.04.2019)

  • Report of the fact-finding mission by Ambassador #Tomáš_Boček, Special Representative of the Secretary General on migration and refugees, to Bosnia and Herzegovina and to Croatia 24-27 July and 26-30 November 2018

    #Bosnie #Croatie #Bosnie-Herzégovine #asile #migrations #réfugiés #route_des_Balkans #Balkans #rapport #2018

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    Report by the Special Representative of the Secretary General on migration and refugees, Tomáš Boček, was published following his visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia in 2018. In all areas covered by the Report; access to territory, access to asylum, reception, detention and returns, unaccompanied minors – numerous problems have been detected, followed by testimonies from refugees who have experienced violent pushbacks. Although the Report contains different data, contextual descriptions, perspectives of different actors and recommendations, the language of the Report is rather tepid and does not leave any impression of the urgency of resolving serious violations of human rights. The Report addressed, among others, violations concerning policy and practice of detaining children, specifically unaccompanied minors, the failure and unavailability of integration measures, seizing money for the purpose of covering expenses related to stay in detention center, the lack of access to legal aid and the lack of information about the grounds for detention.

  • Turkey’s Policy in the Balkans: More than Neo-Ottomanism

    There is a fundamental misperception with regard to Turkey’s relationship with the Balkans. Turkey is not external to the region, the way Russia is for instance. Its history and geographic location make it a part of southeast Europe. Millions of Turks have their family roots in what was once known as ‘Turkey-in-Europe.’ This includes the founder of the republic, the Salonika-born Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Ties run deep at the political, economic, and societal levels.

    All those connections have drawn Turkey to the Balkans, especially after the end of the Cold War. The notion that Turks are now coming back does not hold. Closer engagement in the region started under President Turgut Özal in the early 1990s. But back then, Turkey balanced between bilateralism and multilateralism. It invested in economic and security ties with friendly countries such as Albania, Macedonia, Romania and Bulgaria while adhering to NATO as its response to the wars in ex-Yugoslavia. What changed under the Justice and Development (AK) Party, notably over the past decade, is the switch to bilateralism. That is understandable given the cracks in relations between Ankara and the West. All the same, it is concerning since it is coinciding with the push against the EU and NATO by Russia, which leverages history, religious identity and anti-Western rhetoric to legitimize its actions.

    Pundits and politicians often use ‘Neo-Ottomanism’ to describe Turkey’s forays. The label can be often misleading. Yes, Turkish President Recep Erdogan praises the Ottoman Empire and its legacy, domestically and beyond Turkey’s borders. But so did his predecessors in office. Within the country, liberals and Islamist conservatives alike all rediscovered the Ottomans from the 1980s onwards in questioning the Kemalist political order. The government has been reaching out to Balkan Muslims through TIKA, the Turkish developmental agency, and the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) for decades.

    Neo-Ottomanism is therefore the packaging, not the substance. Turkey’s objective is not to recreate the Ottoman Empire in the Balkans. That is far beyond the country’s resources and capacity. The region is gravitating in economic, social, institutional and political terms to the West. What we have instead is Erdogan using the Balkans to make a case that he is the leader of the wider (Sunni) Muslim community in Europe and the Middle East. The main audience is his electorate in Turkey and only secondly Muslims abroad. The pre-election rally he held in Sarajevo in the run-up to last year’s presidential and parliamentary elections is a case in point.

    But Turkish policy in the Balkans cannot be reduced to the promotion of Islamic solidarity. Erdogan’s main achievement is the fact that he has built relations with leaders from countries that are majority non-Muslim. In October 2017, for instance, he was welcomed in Serbia by President Aleksandar Vucic. The visit gave some credence to complaints by Bosniaks (Slavic Muslims) that Turkey loves to talk brotherhood in Bosnia but when it comes to investing money it goes for Serbia. Similarly, Erdogan has strong links to Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, who hosted the EU-Turkey summit a year ago. Bulgaria and Serbia are interested in hosting an extension of the TurkStream gas pipeline, a joint Russo-Turkish venture. Greece’s Alexis Tsipras also received the red carpet treatment during his latest visit to Turkey where he discussed ideas on decreasing tensions in the Aegean.

    Despite its quest for strategic autonomy, Turkey is still partnering with Western institutions. In addition, Ankara has been supportive of the Prespa Agreement and newly renamed North Macedonia’s accession to NATO, its quarrels with the U.S. and other key members of the Alliance notwithstanding. Collectively, EU members Romania, Bulgaria and Greece account for the bulk of Turkish trade with southeast Europe, with the Western Balkans trailing far behind. Greece and Bulgaria see Turkey as key to stemming the flow of asylum seekers from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and further afield. They are highly supportive of the EU-Turkey deal on migration from March 2016, renewed last year.

    Does the authoritarian system built by Erdogan pose an ideological challenge in the Balkans? Perhaps yes. For instance, pressure on governments to close educational institutions and surrender, without due process, members of the Fethullah Gülen community, which is implicated in the coup attempt in July 2016, undermine the rule of law. At the same time, the authoritarian drift observed in the Balkans is an indigenous product. It is not imported from Vladimir Putin’s Russia nor from Turkey under its new ‘sultan’.


    #néo-ottomanisme #Turquie #Balkans

  • La police croate renvoie de plus en plus de migrants en #Serbie

    4 avril 2019 – 17h30 : La police croate déporte de plus en plus de migrants en Serbie, y compris des personnes qui n’ont jamais transité par ce pays. Il s’agit donc de #déportations illégales. Des migrants sont également renvoyés de Hongrie. La police serbe tolère ces « retours » infondés, dénoncent plusieurs organisations de soutien aux migrants au réfugiés, notamment les ONG croates Are you Syrious, Centar za mirovne studije et l’Initiative Dobrodošli.


    #route_des_balkans #Balkans #renvois #expulsions #push-back #refoulement #Croatie #migrations #asile #réfugiés #frontières

  • Dans le procès en appel de Radovan Karadzic ce mercredi à La Haye, aux Pays-Bas, les juges internationaux ont enfoncé le clou encore plus profondément : sa peine, qui était de 40 ans de détention à l’issue du premier jugement, a été transformée en prison à vie.
    Karadzic, emprisonné depuis 11 ans, âgé maintenant de 73 ans, faisait appel car il estimait que son procès et le verdict en première instance étaient avant tout « politiques ».

    #Sarajevo #Srebrenica #génocide

  • Bosnia Records 12 Migrant Deaths in 2018

    Bosnian ministries recorded a dozen deaths last year among migrants and refugees in the country, but precise data on those who lost their lives crossing the country remain absent.

    Official data from Bosnian government ministries shows that 12 migrants or refugees lost their lives in the country last year.

    The data were gathered from the interior ministries of Bosnia’s two entities, the Serb-dominated Republika Srpska, RS, and the mainly Bosniak and Croatian Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    It is not clear if that is the final number, as the interior ministries in each entity only keep data on deaths where they suspect violence was the cause.

    Border police have data on bodies of people transported back to “countries of high migration risk”, referring to those states from where most migrants and refugees are coming.

    “In 2018, we had four cases; namely two transported to Pakistan and one to Jordan and one to Morocco,” Bosnian Border Police told BIRN.

    Una Sana Canton recorded four migrant or refugee deaths. One of ten units in the Federation entity, in northwest Bosnia, it is where most migrants and refugees are based, as it lies closest to EU-member Croatia.

    “In two cases, natural deaths were confirmed, one case concerned drowning and one person was killed,” the prosecutor’s office of Una Sana Canton told BIRN.

    No Name Kitchen, an NGO that assists migrants and refugees, said it was concerned over the fate of one young Moroccan who they fear is lost in Bosnia or Serbia.

    “He went to cross the border to Croatia from Republika Srpska in Bosnia and got pushed back into Serbia. As he wanted to cross back into Bosnia, he went to cross the [border] Drina river, and that was the last news we have of him,” No Name Kitchen told BIRN.

    His fate remains unknown, as local police could not confirm any details about him.

    The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, told BIRN it does not possess data on migrants and refugees who died in Bosnia but recalled its recently published report on their plight, Desperate Journeys.

    The report notes an estimated 2,275 people perished crossing the Mediterranean in 2018 – an average of six deaths every day, as more and more people attempted the perilous sea crossing to Europe.

    Just over 20,000 migrants and refugees were registered as having entered Bosnia during 2018, according to the country’s Service for Foreign Affairs.

    But the exact number of those still in Bosnia is hard to confirm, as many have clearly moved on.

    Latest information from Bosnia’s Council of Ministers, or government, says only 3,900 remain. That means most of those who declared an intention to claim asylum in Bosnia have in fact left the country.

    Those who stayed and are registered in Bosnia have been placed in seven locations: in Sarajevo, Mostar, Bihac, Cazin and Velika Kladusa. Most are in Bihac.

    Most of them are taking the new so-called “Balkan route” to Western Europe, which passes through Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia.

    The former route was closed off after Hungary built a fence to stop migrants and refugees from entering the country from Serbia, and then moving on to Austria.

    #mourir_aux_frontières #Bosnie #asile #migrations #Balkans #route_des_Balkans #statistiques #chiffres #morts #décès

    • Reçu via la newsletter Inicijativa Dobrodosli, le 02.08.2019 :

      In Bosnia and Herzegovina, two people lost their lives this week, one in #Bihać (https://www.index.hr/vijesti/clanak/u-bihacu-umro-migrant-spavao-je-na-pruzi-kad-je-na-njega-naletio-vlak/2105526.aspx) and one in #Polje (https://www.radiovkladusa.ba/u-naselju-polje-pronadjeno-bezivotno-tijelo-migranta). Uncertain and inhumane living conditions and the absence of legal and safe roads have once again proved fatal for those in need of safety.

      #Bihac #2019


      U Bihaću umro migrant, spavao je na pruzi kad je na njega naletio vlak

      SINOĆ je na pruzi u Bihaću od udara vlaka iz smjera Sarajeva poginuo jedan migrant, javlja Klix.ba.

      Nesreća se dogodila oko 00:25 na pruzi u blizini Jablaničke ulice kod benzinske pumpe Čavkunović, potvrdio je glasnogovornik MUP-a Unsko-sanskog kantona Ale Šiljdedić.

      Migrant je navodno spavao, nije čuo sirene upozorenja

      Prema riječima svjedoka, vlak se pokušao zaustaviti, ali neuspješno. Migrant je navodno spavao i nije se uspio skloniti s pruge premda su ga sirene upozoravale da se nalazi na mjestu kojem se približava vlak.

      Policajci su odmah izašli na teren, a obaviješteno je i tužiteljstvo.

      Nije poznato iz koje zemlje dolazi nesretni čovjek koji je preminuo na pruzi.



      U naselju Polje pronađeno beživotno tijelo migranta

      Jučer je u Velikoj Kladuši, prema još uvijek neutvrđenim okolnostima, smrtno stradala muška osoba za koju se pretpostavlja da je migrant, potvrdio je za naš Radio portparol MUP-a USK Ale Šiljdedić.

      Naime, policijski službenici, u 16:55h, zaprimili su dojavu da se na spratu jedne kuće, u naselju Polje nalazi tijelo nepoznatog muškarca. Slučaj je prijavila uposlenica trgovine koja se nalazi u prizemlju pomenute kuće.

      Policijski službenici su po dolasku na teren utvrdili da se radi o beživotnom tijelu, za sada, još uvijek neidentificirane muške osobe. Kako je naveo Šiljdedić, najvjerovatnije je riječ o migrantu, koji je pronađen sa teškim povredama u predjelu glave. Pretpostavlja se da je do smrti došlo usljed nesretnog slučaja, ali se ne isključuje ni mogućnost krivičnog djela. Više informacija bit će poznato nakon što se završi obdukcija tijela.



    The collective expulsion and violent return of asylum seekers to the Bosnian border surrounding #Velika_Kladuša is a routine occurrence. Men, women, and even children regularly return from their attempts to cross through Croatia and Slovenia with split lips, black eyes, and broken bones. The search for safety and asylum is all too often met with police batons and closed fists.

    The brutal practices of the Croatian police are against international laws and directives. Firstly, the beating and deportation of all people on the move, both irregular migrants and asylum seekers, is against the prohibition of collective expulsion (Article 4 Protocol 4 ECHR*), and the absolute prohibition of torture and non-humane or degrading treatment or punishment (Article 3 ECHR*).

    Secondly, according to the EU Directive on Asylum Procedures (2005/85/EC), all people on the move are entitled to information about asylum, translation assistance, the ability to present their case to a competent authority, notification of the outcome, and the right to appeal a negative decision (1). But most importantly, viewing people searching safety as mere illegal numbers and dangerous bodies pushes them to a grey zone. Within this grey zone, they are stripped of the right to have rights, resulting in their humiliation without legal consequence, leaving perpetrators unrecognisable and unpunished.

    Thousands of lives are being slowly destroyed while the EU community silently overlooks the brutality of its own border regime, absolving itself of any real sense of responsibility.

    To this end, No Name Kitchen, in coordination with several other independent groups operating in the area, has been engaged in the collection and presentation of the violence which occurs at Europe’s doorstep. In this capacity, we collect the testimonies of victims of border violence and present them to a variety of actors within the field in the hopes of highlighting the systematic nature of this violence. The methodological process for these reports is centered on leveraging the close social contact that we have as independent volunteers with refugees and migrants to monitor pushbacks from Croatia. When individuals return with significant injuries or stories of abuse, one of our violence monitoring volunteers will sit down with them and collect their testimonies. We collect hard data (dates, geo-locations, officer descriptions, photos of injuries/medical reports, etc.) but also open narratives of the abuse.


    Lien pour télécharger le rapport :

    #violence #rapport #route_des_balkans #Balkans #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Bosnie #frontières #Croatie #Slovénie

    • Garaža za mučenje migranata

      “Policija je dovela njih sedmero u garažu u Korenicu, gdje su im oduzeli sve stvari. Slomili su im mobitele, uništili punjače. Uzeli su im novac, cigarete i hranu. Kad su skinuli odjeću policajci su ih počeli tući rukama, laktovima, nogama”. U posljednjih pola godine pojavila su se višestruka svjedočanstva koja ukazuju na to da hrvatska policija pritvara i muči izbjeglice i migrante u garaži u policijskoj postaji u Korenici. Garaža s plavim vratima, u kojoj, kako se opisuje u svjedočanstvima, izbjeglice i migranti bivaju pretučeni i izgladnjivani, nalazi se svega par metara od dječjeg igrališta.

      U više izvještaja različitih organizacija, a najnovije i u posljednjem izvještaju Border Violence Monitoringa, opisuju se garažna mjesta za pritvaranja i zlostavljanje, koja po opisu mogu odgovarati policijskoj postaji u Korenici, koja je zbog blizina granice često u službi odvraćanja izbjeglica i migranta natrag u Bosnu i Hercegovinu.

      Prema posljednjim svjedočanstvima u travnju je grupa muškaraca iz Sirije, Alžira i Maroka, uhvaćena blizu granice sa Slovenijom, odvedena u garažu u Korenicu i zatim vraćena natrag u Bosnu i Hercegovinu. Izrazili su namjeru za službenim traženjem azila, ali im je odbijen pristup proceduri, iako na nju imaju zakonsko pravo.

      “Policija je dovela njih sedmero u garažu u Korenicu, gdje su im oduzeli sve stvari. Slomili su im mobitele, uništili punjače. Uzeli su im novac, cigarete i hranu. Jednoj su osobi uzeli čak i naočale. U prostoru je samo prljavi pod, bez deka, spužvi, wc-a. Morali su na njemu ležati, iako je bilo užasno hladno. Kad su skinuli odjeću policajci su ih počeli tući rukama, laktovima, nogama. Imali su i elektrošokere i pepper sprej, koje su koristili nekoliko puta. Svi su ljudi plakali”, stoji u svjedočanstvu.

      Prva svjedočanstva i opisi garaže pojavili su se u prosincu prošle godine, od strane migranata koji su nakon prelaska granice u Hrvatsku uhićeni, odvedeni u “garažu” pa protjerani natrag u Bosnu i Hercegovinu, bez da im je omogućeno pravo da u Hrvatskoj zatraže azil.

      U prosincu 2018. godine, kako je evidentirao Border Violence Monitoring, grupu Alžiraca je nakon prelaska granice pokupio kombi s policajcima u maskirnim uniformama, koji su izgledali kao vojska. Odveli su ih u garažu.

      “Policijska postaja je ispred garaže. Dvorište je između policijske postaje i garaže. Unutra je umiovaonik i grijalica, te svjetla na stropu. Prostorija je malena. Nema prozora, samo plava vrata”, stoji u opisu. Istaknuli su kako je bilo hladno te zbog hladnoće nisu mogli spavati. Policajci su, navodi se, s njima pričali nasilno te su im odbili dati hranu.

      Naposljetku su, s drugim migrantima koji su već bili u garaži, bez da im se omogući da zatraže azil, izbačeni u planinama i poslani da hodaju natrag u Bosnu satima. Kad su izišli iz kombija, policajci su naložili vatru u koju su bacili sve njihove stvari. “Jedan je policajac htio uzeti i deku u kojoj je bila umotana djevojčica iz iračke obitelji, ali ga je drugi policajac zaustavio da to ne napravi”, navodi se u svjedočanstvu. Vreće za spavanje i šatori su završili u plamenu.

      “Policija radi što hoće”, komentar je koji se učestalo čuje među brojnim izbjeglicama koji su više puta protjerani iz Hrvatske. Većina odvraćenih i protjeranih u Velikoj Kladuši, gradu blizu granice u kojem smo nedavno bili, žale se upravo najgorljivije na hrvatsku policiju.

      I mještani Velike Kladuše, pogotovo oni koji svakodnevno pomažu izbjeglicama i migrantima, ističu kako ljudi s granice dolaze izmučeni i gladni, nerijetko s modricama, ožiljcima, otvorenim ranama. “Svi ti prizori podsjećaju me na zadnji rat, jedino što nema bombardiranja”, komentira nam jedna mještanka. Nasilje koje provodi hrvatska granična policija tako je postalo svakodnevna tema.

      Krajem prošle godine pojavljuje se još jedno svjedočanstvo o “garaži”, u kojem stoji: “Stavili su nas u ćeliju, ali to zapravo nije ćelija, nego više kao garaža, s plavim vratima i pločicama. Ispred je parkiralište i policijska postaja”. “Kad nas je policija uhvatila, nisu nam dali ništa. Tamo je bio neki stari kruh, dosta star. Zatražio sam taj kruh, ali mi ga nisu dali”, opisuje jedan od migranata.

      Ponukani ovim svjedočanstvima i opisima garaže za mučenje, nedavno smo posjetili Korenicu. Na ulazu u Korenicu primjećujemo jedan policijski auto parkiran kraj šume, i policajca koji se upravo izvlači iz šume prema autu. Tijekom zimskih mjeseci mogli smo čitati kako “službenici postaje granične policije Korenice provode mjere pojačanog suzbijanja nezakonitih migracija”. U razgovoru s mještanima doznajemo kako su pojačane policijske snage u okolici u posljednje vrijeme, a izbjeglice i migrante se intenzivno traži po okolnim brdima.

      Prilikom našeg kratkog boravka u Korenici, ispred policijske postaje se izmijenio velik broj policajaca, dolazili su i odlazili autima i kombijima. Osim policajaca u redovnim uniformama, bilo je i obučenih u tamnozelene uniforme. U postaju dolaze i kombiji bez policijskih oznaka, a prisutni su i policajci u civilnoj odjeći.

      Prednji dio postaje sastoji se od velike zgrade s mnogo prozora, dok je unutarnji dio kompleksa ograđen i s malim dvorištem na kojem je parkirano nekoliko policijskih automobila i kombija, uz prostorije koje nalikuju na garaže, s plavim vratima. Te prostorije s jedne strane gledaju i na obližnje dječje igralište i na tom dijelu nema nijednog prozora. U dvorištu se nalaze i Toi Toi WC-i.

      U najnovijem svjedočanstvu koje je dokumentirao Border Violence Monitoring stoji: “Možemo ići samo dva puta dnevno na zahod, ujutro i navečer. Za ovo nas se vodi van u dvorište, gdje se nalaze tri plastična WC-a”, što ukazuje da postoji mogućnost da se radi upravo o ovoj policijskoj postaji. Aktivisti nam potvrđuju kako su svjedočanstva o “garaži” postala učestalija i sve detaljnija u opisima.

      I u svjedočanstvima iz ožujka izbjeglice i migranti navode kako su bili zatvoreni satima bez vode i hrane, te su iz nužde morali urinirati u kutu prostorije. “Bili smo kao kokoši. Ne želim se prisjećati tog trenutka. Bili smo poput životinja”, opisuje jedan migrant. “Pod je betoniran, hladno je, moramo spavati na njemu. Postoji samo jedna slavina za vodu i mali grijač na zidu. Vrata su plava i na njima je ispisano na mnogo jezika, datumi, imena i mjesta. Pakistanski, alžirski, marokanski, iranski, sirijski, odasvud”, opisuje se.

      Kad su pušteni iz pritvora garaže, kažu, policija ih je ostavila u planinskom području i poslala da hodaju kilometrima natrag prema Bihaću. Učestalo se spominje oduzimanje novca i mobitela i vrijednih stvari koje migranti sa sobom nose.

      Procedure odvraćanja izbjeglica i migranata obično se izvode iza zatvorenih vrata i u skrovitim područjima, čime se umanjuje rizik da će biti onih koji će im svjedočiti. Paralelu možemo povući i sa tzv. trećestupanjskim policijskim ispitivanjima.

      “Većina trećestupanjskih ispitivanja događala se tijekom pritvaranja na izoliranim lokacijama, uključujući policijske postaje, garaže, ponekad i hotele i mrtvačnice. Ali obično se takva mučenja događaju u pozadinskim sobama, incommunicado prostorijama, posebno dizajniranima u ove svrhe. U javnosti se postojanje takvih prostorija poriče, a njihovo održavanje zahtjeva šutnju čitavog sustava. Policija je rijeko kažnjavana za brutalne metode ispitivanja, korištene za izvlačenje priznanja, ali i da se ’nepoželjne’ otjera iz grada”, navodi se u radu Police Interrogation and Coercion in Domestic American History: Lessons for the War on Terror, Richarda A. Leoa i Alexe Koenig.

      “Ovakve prakse postaju sredstvo putem kojeg policija nadilazi svoju ispitivačku ulogu, pojačava svoju moć i zaobilazi ulogu koja je dizajnirana kako bi se spriječila koncentracija i zlouporaba moći od strane države”, zaključuju autori.

      Brutalne prakse zlostavljanja i prisilnih protjerivanja koje provode policijski službenici na hrvatskoj granici i o kojima sad već postoje kontinuirana i detaljna svjedočanstva, protivne su i domaćim i međunarodnim zakonima te direktivama.

      “Premlaćivanje i deportacija ljudi protivni su zabrani kolektivnih protjerivanja (Članak 4 Protokola 4 ECHR) i zabrani mučenja i nečovječnog ili ponižavajućeg postupanja ili kazni (Članak 3 ECHR)”, navodi se u Petom izvještaju o nezakonitim protjerivanjima i nasilju Republike Hrvatske, koji su nedavno objavile organizacije Are You Syrious?, Centar za mirovne studije i Incijativa Dobrodošli.

      Vraćanje migranata u Bosnu i Hercegovinu bez uzimanja u obzir osobnih okolnosti svakog pojedinog slučaja, a posebice zanemarujući njihovu potrebu za međunarodnom zaštitom, pa čak i na izričito traženje azila, uporaba sredstava prisile te ponižavanje ozbiljna su povreda izbjegličkih i migantskih prava, ali i enorman prijestup MUP-a, na što je upozoravala i pučka pravobraniteljica.

      MUP-u smo uputili upit za komentar o opžubama za nasilje i mučenje od strane hrvatske policije, kao i za slučaj “garaže” koju se povezuje s policijskom postajom u Korenici. Upitali smo ih i jesu li, s obzirom na svjedočanstva koja se pojavljuju od prosinca, reagirali na optužbe i posvetili se detaljnoj istrazi i uvidu u potencijalne prijestupe i prekoračenja policijske ovlasti u Korenici. Do zaključenja teksta odgovor na upite nismo dobili.

      Kada su u pitanju optužbe za policijsko nasilje, u prijašnjim reakcijama iz MUP-a su isticali kako “prilikom postupanja prema migrantima policija poštuje njihova temeljna prava i dostojanstvo te im omogućuje pristup sustavu međunarodne zaštite, ukoliko im je takva zaštita potrebna, sukladno općim dokumentima o ljudskim pravima, regulativi EU-a te nacionalnom zakonodavstvu. Želimo naglasiti nultu stopu tolerancije ovog ministarstva na nezakonitu uporabu sredstava prisile od strane hrvatske policije naspram bilo koje populacije, kao i nultu stopu tolerancije nad neprocesuiranjem bilo kojeg kaznenog djela ili prekršaja počinjenog od strane policijskih službenika”.

      Kako je moguće da se u zemlji “nulte stope tolerancije na nezakonitu upotrebu sredstava prisile” kontinuirano pojavljuju svjedočanstva o garažama za mučenje? Ostaje nam zapitati se je li zaista moguće da su sva ova detaljna svjedočanstva, koja se u mnogočemu podudaraju, prikupljena u različitim vremenskim periodima, od ljudi čiji se putevi uglavnom nisu sreli, lažna? Volonteri i aktivisti koji prikupljaju svjedočanstva također se rotiraju i dolaze iz različitih organizacija, pa je i njihova “sugestivnost” faktor koji bi se moglo prekrižiti.

      Garaža za mučenje mali je prostor, ali je bijeg od suočavanja s njenim postojanjem velik i indikativan. Arundhati Roy piše: “Ne postoje oni koji nemaju glas. Postoje samo oni koji su namjerno ušutkani i oni koje biramo da ne čujemo.”


      Commentaire reçu par email de Inicijativa Dobrodosli, le 22.05.2019 :

      H-alter published a text based on refugee testimonies and previously published reports of torture in a blue-coloured door garage that may correspond to the description of the police station in Korenica, located near the children’s playground. The testimonies describe denial of food, limited use of toilet and physical violence that occurs not only at the border but also in the depths of the Croatian territory.

    • ‘Nobody Hears You’ : Migrants, Refugees Beaten on Balkan Borders

      Migrants and refugees say they continue to face violence at the hands of police while trying to cross the Balkan peninsula.

      It was supposed to have closed. But migrants and refugees from the Middle East, Asia and Africa are still crossing the Balkan peninsula en route to Western Europe. Many report brutality at the hands of the police.

      In April this year, some 3,600 migrants and refugees – mainly from Afghanistan and Iran – were registered in Serbia, according to the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR.

      Bosnia last year registered 25,000, though only 3,500 chose to stay in the country while the rest crossed quickly into European Union member Croatia.

      No Name Kitchen, NNK, an NGO assisting migrants and refugees, says police violence is on the rise.

      Between May 2017 and May last year, NNK recorded 215 reported cases of push-backs by Croatian police to Serbia, of which 45 per cent involved physical violence.

      Between May 2017 and December last year, there were 141 push-backs from Croatia to Bosnia, NNK reported, of which 84 per cent involved violence.

      Croatian authorities denied police used violence against migrants and refugees, telling BIRN that such accusations were often made up.

      BIRN journalists spoke to a number of refugees and migrants in Serbia, Bosnia and Slovenia about their experiences with Croatian police. Most chose to be identified only by their first names.

      Ahmed: ‘Nobody hears you’

      “They make the music loud and start beating us, one by one. With sticks, electrical sticks…,” said Ahmed, a Moroccan who had spent the past month in a migrant camp in the small Serbian border town of Sid.

      Ahmed said he had tried several times to cross the nearby border into Croatia, running a gauntlet known among migrants and refugees as ‘The Game’, but had been turned back each time by Croatian police.

      “I’ve been captured and they turn me back, beat me and turn me back,” he told BIRN. “They would come out from the car, one by one and they start, like that until you scream and nobody hears you,” he said.

      Ali: ‘Police have no heart’

      Ali and a group of friends had made it into Croatia from Bosnia in April and walked for six days in the direction of Slovenia.

      “Police officers, they caught us and after that, they brought us in the police station and we were for four hours in the police station like a prisoner and after that… they beat us,” he told BIRN in the northwestern Bosnian town of Bihac, a hub for migrants and refugees trying to cross the Croatian border.

      “Police have no heart. They don’t want to see that the guys are human. It’s really horrible.”

      Nue: ‘I don’t have a country’

      Some of those BIRN spoke to said they were fleeing repression in their own countries.

      Nue, a Palestinian now also stuck in Sid, said: “My country, I don’t have a country because I am from Palestine… I have ID just to say I am from Palestine.”

      Nue said that when he tried to cross the border, he was caught by the Croatian police. He pointed to a cut on his head.

      “When he’s [the police officer] catching me, he does like this,” he said, imitating being beaten. “I have to just stay in the tent because maybe I have a problem in my head because [the beating was] very strong.”

      Nue said he was now sleeping in the street.

      Another man, in the centre of Sid, said police were also violent towards his wife, who was nine months pregnant when BIRN spoke to the couple.

      “They don’t care if she’s pregnant or not,” he said. “There is no human qualities in them, you understand. I never seen such people.”

      Muhamed: Old and new injuries

      Muhamed, from Tunisia, said he had been in Serbia for six weeks having been beating by police on the Croatian border.

      “They done with you everything,” he said, and showed injuries he said were inflicted the day before by Croatian police.

      Muhamed said he was beaten for 10 minutes and then sent back to Serbia.

      “Everytime, doing this, everytime, look, this old and this new,” he said, pointing to the bruises and cuts.

      Khalid: It was necessary

      In a migrant camp in Slovenia, Khalid, from Eritrea, said he had been deported back to Bosnia eight times.

      “I came to Ljubljana by walk,” he said.

      “[Croatian police] deported me eight times – four times to [Velika Kladusa] and four times to Bihac. They beat us, and they take [our] phones. They make many things.”

      Though he personally had not faced violence, Khalid said he knew of many others who had.

      “All the people now, they forget everything because they crossed the borders and also we have to tell them sorry, we cross your country… It was necessary to do it.”

      Activist: ‘It’s worse and worse’

      Diego Menjibar, an activist with No Name Kitchen, told BIRN:

      “They are beaten by batons in borders. Also, with fist, kicking them. We have a lot of cases every week of people beaten with batons, with physical violence, also verbal violence and some of them, they also passed out while they [were] beat, so we have a doctor here.”

      Menjibar spoke in a disused factory in Sid that is now filled with tents for migrants and refugees. Roughly 100 pass through the camp each day.

      “We talk with the people in the squat and we listen what they say and every time it’s worse and worse,” he said.

      Beaten around the legs

      In April, Swiss broadcaster SRF and the crew of the TV programme “Rundschau” spent three weeks in the fields on the Bosnian-Croatian border speaking to migrants and refugees in the moment after they were turned back by Croatian police.

      “I was literally running after these people when they came down [after being deported],” SRF journalist Nicole Vögele told BIRN. “I was aware that now what we really need is a full line of evidence.”

      In May, SRF broadcast a piece showing Croatian police pushing back migrants and refugees into Bosnia. Vögele said many sustained injuries to their legs from being beaten by police with sticks.

      “Most of them were showing me the [lower] parts of the legs,” Vögele said. “Two days later, I asked them if they have same traces because just an hour after the beating, as you can imagine you can see a bit of red. But two days later it is clearly visible.”

      In the SRF report, an Afghan family, including small children, spoke of bring stopped in the forest by Croatian policemen.

      “They pointed their guns at us and said ‘Stop’. We were very scared and cried,” said the oldest of the children. When the family asked for asylum, the police officers laughed and said that they would be given “Bosnian asylum” – meaning that they would be deported back to Bosnia.


      The Serbian-based NGO Asylum Protection Centre has also gathered extensive evidence of Croatian police brutality.

      In late April, Rados Djurovic, the director of the centre, said instances of violence were on the rise.

      The NGO has also gathered evidence of migrant families, including children, being starved and exhausted and illegally pushed back into Serbia by Hungarian police.

      Police denial

      The office of the Croatian ombudsperson said it had acted in more than 50 cases concerning refugees and migrants.

      The cases “often involve complaints on various grounds, including police treatment,” the office said in a written reply to BIRN.

      Most complaints concerned Croatian and Hungarian police.

      “The complaints relate to various types of violence, from hits by hands and sticks to the bite of official dogs,” the office said.

      The local health centre in Bihac, in northwestern Bosnia, said it saw up to 10 cases of violent injuries each month, “but injuries are done by various subjects, i.e. the internal conflicts of migrants, third parties and / or police”.

      Croatia’s interior ministry said it had looked into all complaints of alleged coercive measures against migrants and that none had warranted further criminal investigation.

      “In all these cases, detailed field inspections were carried out in police administrations, and so far in none of the cases have been found that police officers are using forced means against migrants,” it told BIRN.

      The ministry stressed its respect for the fundamental rights and dignity of migrants and that it used “prescribed procedure for returning to the country from which they illegally entered into the Republic of Croatia.”

      “Migrants are most often falsely accusing police officers of violence, expecting such accusations will help them with a new attempt to enter the Republic of Croatia and continue their journey towards the destination countries,” it said.

      In Bosnia, a police spokesman in the Una-Sana canton, where Bihac is located, said police had not received any complaints of violence against migrants and refugees by Bosnian police.


  • #métaliste de #campagnes de #dissuasion à l’#émigration

    Une analyse de ces campagnes par #Antoine_Pécoud

    Un entretien avec des représentants de l’ODM (Suisse, maintenant SEM) et de l’OIM sur le lien entre cinéma et campagnes de dissuasion à la migration :

    En #Guinée , l’Organisation internationale pour les migrations contrôle des frontières et les âmes :
    #OIM #IOM #organisation_internationale_contre_les_migrations

    Toujours l’OIM, mais en #Tunisie :

    Et au #Cameroun , OIM, as usual :

    Au #Sénégal, avec le soutien de l’ #Espagne (2007) :

    Campagne #aware_migrants, financée par l’ #Italie :

    Une campagne de l’ #Australie
    #Etats-Unis #film
    Il y a aussi la campagne #No_way :

    Financée par l’#Allemagne, une campagne en #Afghanistan :

    Les campagnes de la #Suisse :
    notamment dans les #Balkans mais aussi en #Afrique_de_l'Ouest (#Cameroun, #Nigeria)

    Campagne des #Etats-Unis :

    Une campagne du #Danemark :

    En #France :
    Traversées de la #Manche par des migrants : les associations “révoltées” par une publicité du gouvernement

    #campagne #migrations #vidéos

    ping @isskein @_kg_ @reka

  • Report to the EU Parliament on #Frontex cooperation with third countries in 2017

    A recent report by Frontex, the EU’s border agency, highlights the ongoing expansion of its activities with non-EU states.

    The report covers the agency’s cooperation with non-EU states ("third countries") in 2017, although it was only published this month.

    See: Report to the European Parliament on Frontex cooperation with third countries in 2017: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2019/feb/frontex-report-ep-third-countries-coop-2017.pdf (pdf)

    It notes the adoption by Frontex of an #International_Cooperation_Strategy 2018-2020, “an integral part of our multi-annual programme” which:

    “guides the Agency’s interactions with third countries and international organisations… The Strategy identified the following priority regions with which Frontex strives for closer cooperation: the Western Balkans, Turkey, North and West Africa, Sub-Saharan countries and the Horn of Africa.”

    The Strategy can be found in Annex XIII to the 2018-20 Programming Document: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2019/feb/frontex-programming-document-2018-20.pdf (pdf).

    The 2017 report on cooperation with third countries further notes that Frontex is in dialogue with Senegal, #Niger and Guinea with the aim of signing Working Agreements at some point in the future.

    The agency deployed three Frontex #Liaison_Officers in 2017 - to Niger, Serbia and Turkey - while there was also a #European_Return_Liaison_Officer deployed to #Ghana in 2018.

    The report boasts of assisting the Commission in implementing informal agreements on return (as opposed to democratically-approved readmission agreements):

    "For instance, we contributed to the development of the Standard Operating Procedures with #Bangladesh and the “Good Practices for the Implementation of Return-Related Activities with the Republic of Guinea”, all forming important elements of the EU return policy that was being developed and consolidated throughout 2017."

    At the same time:

    “The implementation of 341 Frontex coordinated and co-financed return operations by charter flights and returning 14 189 third-country nationals meant an increase in the number of return operations by 47% and increase of third-country nationals returned by 33% compared to 2016.”

    Those return operations included Frontex’s:

    “first joint return operation to #Afghanistan. The operation was organised by Hungary, with Belgium and Slovenia as participating Member States, and returned a total of 22 third country nationals to Afghanistan. In order to make this operation a success, the participating Member States and Frontex needed a coordinated support of the European Commission as well as the EU Delegation and the European Return Liaison Officers Network in Afghanistan.”

    #externalisation #asile #migrations #réfugiés #frontières #contrôles_frontaliers
    #Balkans #Turquie #Afrique_de_l'Ouest #Afrique_du_Nord #Afrique_sub-saharienne #Corne_de_l'Afrique #Guinée #Sénégal #Serbie #officiers_de_liaison #renvois #expulsions #accords_de_réadmission #machine_à_expulsion #Hongrie #Belgique #Slovénie #réfugiés_afghans

    • EP civil liberties committee against proposal to give Frontex powers to assist non-EU states with deportations

      The European Parliament’s civil liberties committee (LIBE) has agreed its position for negotiations with the Council on the new Frontex Regulation, and amongst other things it hopes to deny the border agency the possibility of assisting non-EU states with deportations.

      The position agreed by the LIBE committee removes Article 54(2) of the Commission’s proposal, which says:

      “The Agency may also launch return interventions in third countries, based on the directions set out in the multiannual strategic policy cycle, where such third country requires additional technical and operational assistance with regard to its return activities. Such intervention may consist of the deployment of return teams for the purpose of providing technical and operational assistance to return activities of the third country.”

      The report was adopted by the committee with 35 votes in favour, nine against and eight abstentions.

      When the Council reaches its position on the proposal, the two institutions will enter into secret ’trilogue’ negotiations, along with the Commission.

      Although the proposal to reinforce Frontex was only published last September, the intention is to agree a text before the European Parliament elections in May.

      The explanatory statement in the LIBE committee’s report (see below) says:

      “The Rapporteur proposes a number of amendments that should enable the Agency to better achieve its enhanced objectives. It is crucial that the Agency has the necessary border guards and equipment at its disposal whenever this is needed and especially that it is able to deploy them within a short timeframe when necessary.”

      European Parliament: Stronger European Border and Coast Guard to secure EU’s borders: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20190211IPR25771/stronger-european-border-and-coast-guard-to-secure-eu-s-borders (Press release, link):

      “- A new standing corps of 10 000 operational staff to be gradually rolled out
      - More efficient return procedures of irregular migrants
      - Strengthened cooperation with non-EU countries

      New measures to strengthen the European Border and Coast Guard to better address migratory and security challenges were backed by the Civil Liberties Committee.”

      See: REPORT on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Border and Coast Guard and repealing Council Joint Action n°98/700/JHA, Regulation (EU) n° 1052/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council and Regulation (EU) n° 2016/1624 of the European Parliament and of the Council: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2019/feb/ep-libe-report-frontex.pdf (pdf)

      The Commission’s proposal and its annexes can be found here: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2018/sep/eu-soteu-jha-proposals.htm


  • #Giles_Duley, survivre pour mieux photographier les victimes de la guerre

    Invité par le Centre international de déminage humanitaire à l’occasion d’une conférence sur les mines à l’ONU, à Genève, le photographe britannique, triple amputé, a survécu par miracle à un engin explosif improvisé en Afghanistan. Ce tragique épisode a décuplé son empathie pour les sujets qu’il photographie et renforcé une vocation

    « Tu es un dur, tu vas vivre, buddy. » Le 7 février 2011, au cœur de l’Afghanistan. Dans l’hélicoptère qui l’emmène d’urgence à l’Hôpital des Nations unies à Kandahar, des soldats américains s’évertuent à maintenir Giles Duley en vie. Incorporé dans la 101e Division aéroportée de l’armée américaine pour photographier l’impact humanitaire de la guerre sur les civils, il vient de sauter sur une mine improvisée. Deux jambes et un bras arrachés. Transféré à Birmingham en Angleterre, il passe 46 jours aux soins intensifs. Il survit. Un miracle. Il subit 37 opérations en un an avant de pouvoir quitter l’hôpital.
    Façonner ma vie future

    Invité par le Centre international de déminage humanitaire (GICHD) à Genève à l’occasion de la 22e Conférence internationale de Mine Action réunissant plus de 300 responsables nationaux et onusiens au Palais des Nations jusqu’à vendredi, ce Britannique de 47 ans n’est pas du genre à s’apitoyer sur son sort. A l’ONU, mardi matin, équipé de ses deux prothèses, il lâchera devant un parterre plutôt rangé : « Si je n’avais plus été capable de faire de la photo, j’aurais préféré mourir en Afghanistan. »

    « J’ai d’emblée perdu mes ressources financières, ma maison, ma fiancée, poursuit Giles Duley. J’ai vécu dans une petite chambre où même ma chaise roulante ne rentrait pas. Tout le monde voulait façonner ma vie future. A moi qui avais été un sportif (boxe et athlétisme), on m’avait dit, un an après l’Afghanistan, que j’allais pouvoir désormais m’intéresser aux Jeux paralympiques de Londres de 2012. » Une remarque offensante pour lui qui voit le handicap comme l’incapacité de faire ce que l’on veut faire.

    « Or aujourd’hui, je fais ce que j’aime. Je suis un meilleur photographe qu’avant. » Dans son appartement de Hastings faisant face à la mer, ce Londonien s’en fait un point d’honneur : son appartement n’est pas aménagé spécialement pour lui. Il rappelle qu’il y a quelque temps, il posait vêtu de noir, avec les amputations visibles, sur un tronc blanc pour un autoportrait, prouvant qu’il acceptait son nouveau physique. « Au British Museum, explique-t-il, il y a bien des statues en partie abîmées qu’on continue de trouver belles. »

    Pour la seule année 2018, Giles Duley, exemple de résilience, a voyagé dans 14 pays. Avec la photo comme raison d’être, de vivre. Pour documenter les horreurs réelles de la guerre : « Je ne suis pas un reporter de guerre. Je suis anti-guerre. Je ne photographie jamais des soldats au combat. » Son empathie pour les sujets qu’il photographie est décuplée. En 2015, le Haut-Commissariat de l’ONU pour les réfugiés (HCR) lui confie un mandat pour raconter la crise des migrants de Syrie en lui donnant pour seule directive : « Suis ton cœur. » Une manière de bien cerner le personnage.

    A Lesbos, l’arrivée de migrants épuisés le touche profondément. Il le confesse au Temps : « Je n’ai pas que des blessures. Mes souffrances physiques et émotionnelles sont quotidiennes. Mais c’est précisément cela qui me connecte aux gens. » Giles Duley n’a plus la même palette de possibilités qu’auparavant. Mais il s’en accommode : « Les limites que je peux éprouver me forcent à davantage de créativité. » D’ailleurs, ajoute-t-il, « les meilleures photos ne sont pas celles qu’on prend, mais celles qu’on nous donne ».
    Une vérité, pas la vérité

    Quand, en 2014, il rencontre Khouloud dans un camp de réfugiés dans la vallée de la Bekaa au Liban, il est touché par cette Syrienne, atteinte par un sniper à la colonne vertébrale et alitée dans une tente de fortune depuis plusieurs mois. Un cliché la montre en compagnie de son mari, « une scène d’amour » davantage qu’une scène dramatique dans un camp de réfugiés, relève-t-il. Deux ans après sa première rencontre, il constate que Khouloud est toujours dans la même tente. La situation l’insupporte. Il lance une campagne de financement participatif pour lui venir en aide. Un jour, il recevra de Khouloud, médicalement traitée aux Pays-Bas, un message disant « Vous m’avez redonné ma vie. »

    Giles Duley reste honnête. Ses photos ne représentent pas la réalité, mais une réalité qu’il a choisie. Préférant le noir et blanc, il aime utiliser un drap blanc comme seul arrière-fond pour effacer tout contexte : « Si je photographie une personne dans un camp de réfugiés, on va se limiter à la voir comme une réfugiée. Or elle est bien autre chose. Elle n’est pas née réfugiée. »
    La puissance de l’esprit

    Aujourd’hui directeur de sa fondation Legacy of War, Giles Duley estime être « l’homme le plus chanceux du monde » à voir les milliers de mutilés qui croupissent dans des conditions de vie inacceptables. Dans une interview avec Giles Duley, Melissa Fleming, directrice de la communication au HCR, le relève : « Au cours de toute ma vie, je n’ai jamais rencontré une personne aussi forte, ayant été si proche de la mort et capable de recourir à la puissance de son esprit et de sa volonté pour surmonter » l’adversité.

    La vocation de Giles n’était toutefois pas une évidence. Des cinq frère et sœurs, il est le plus « difficile ». Les études ne le branchent pas, au contraire du sport. Il décroche une bourse d’études aux Etats-Unis pour la boxe, mais un accident de voiture met fin à ses espoirs. Il se lance dans la photo de groupes de rock (Oasis, Marilyn Manson, Lenny Kravitz, etc.) et de mode. Mais un jour, face à une jeune actrice en pleurs dans un hôtel londonien, il réalise que la photo de mode ne le rend plus heureux. Il abandonne, travaille dans un bar, cédant brièvement à la dépression et à l’alcool.
    A 30 ans, une nouvelle vocation

    Mais comme une bouée de sauvetage, il se souvient d’un cadeau laissé par son parrain à peine décédé quand il avait 18 ans : un appareil photo Olympus et Unreasonable Behaviour, l’ouvrage autobiographique de la légende de la photo Don McCullin. Les images du Vietnam et du Biafra le bouleversent. A 30 ans, il identifie sa nouvelle vocation : raconter par l’image l’histoire personnelle des victimes oubliées du cynisme humain à travers la planète. Pour leur donner la chance d’une nouvelle vie. Malgré les douleurs qui ne le lâchent jamais. Ou peut-être à cause d’elles.

    #photographie #victimes_de_guerre #handicap #autonomie
    ping @albertocampiphoto @philippe_de_jonckheere

  • Réfugiés morts sur la route des Balkans

    En 2015, en Macédoine, un train a renversé plus de quatorze réfugiés. Parmi eux, #Mahdi_Mohebi, un jeune afghan âgé de 19 ans, qui a survécu à la catastrophe. Depuis l’accident, Mahdi n’a plus aucune nouvelle de son jeune frère Alireza. À Brême, il poursuit tant bien que mal son existence, dans une incertitude angoissante...

    D’autres familles qui ont perdu des proches dans ce drame sont en quête de réponses. Mais elles se heurtent au silence des autorités macédoniennes, peu enclines à collaborer. Leur dernier espoir : retourner sur la route des Balkans, afin de mener leur propre enquête.

    #migrations #asile #réfugiés #route_des_balkans #Balkans #Macédoine #accident #morts #mourir_dans_la_forteresse_européenne #cadavres #identification #attente #Croix-Rouge #mourir_sur_la_route_des_balkans

    –-> Dans le documentaire on dit que la tragédie du #23_avril_2015 a fait 14 morts.

    • Izbjeglice umiru na balkanskoj ruti

      Balkanska ruta se od 2016. godine smatra zatvorenom. Ali izbjeglice i dalje umiru pokušavajući da pređu granice - kao što je slučaj sa Ihsanudinom Gull Muhammadom.

      hsanudin Gull Muhammad stradao je u maju 2018. Njegovo tijelo su našli u rijeci Korani. Ta rijeka predstavlja granicu između Bosne i Hercegovine i članice EU - Hrvatske. Rasim Ruždić živi u blizini Korane. On ima terensko vozilo sa prikolicom, tako da ga policija uvijek pita za pomoć kada treba da se transportuje nešto sa teško pristupačnog terena. Tako je bilo i ovaj put. “Okrenuo sam auto i stavio beživotno tijelo u prikolicu. Držao sam ga za ruke. Koža mu se već počela guliti, što znači da je već nekoliko dana bio u vodi”, kaže Rasim.

      Ihsanudin Gull Mohammad imao je na sebi sivu majicu, traperice, tene, jednu bosansku marku i 30 centi gotovine, gumu za kosu i perle za molitvu safirne boje. Kada je Rasim Ruždić položio njegovo tijelo u prikolicu, vidio je da je u Ihsanudinovoj lijevoj šaci ostao tespih - čvrsto stegnut.

      Udavio se u bijegu od hrvatske granične policije?

      Okolnosti pod kojima je Ihsanudin umro nemoguće je razjasniti. Zna se da je bio u grupi i da je pokušao da pređe bosansko-hrvatsku granicu. Ruždić pretpostavlja da je grupu zaustavila hrvatska granična policija:

      “Onda su pobjegli natrag u Bosnu, ali jadni mladić se najvjerovatnije izgubio i nije znao kako da se vrati. Ušao je u duboku vodu, vjerojatno nije znao plivati i utopio se.”

      Bosna i Hercegovina godinama nije bila na takozvanoj „Balkanskoj ruti". Putevi ka zapadnoj Evropi vodili su kroz druge, susjedne zemlje. Tokom 2017. godine u BiH je došlo manje od 800 ljudi, dok je 2018. godine registrovano čak 25.000 takozvanih ilegalnih migranata. Ljudi se pokušavaju domoći neke od članica EU. Neki uspijevaju, druge hvata i vraća hrvatska granična policija.

      Migranti i izbjeglice uvijek iznova izvještavaju da im hrvatska policija ne daje šansu da podnesu zahtjev za azil, da ih ilegalno šalje nazad preko “zelene granice” i da koristi silu. Hrvatska konsekventno odbacuje ove navode. Rasim Ruždić ne vjeruje hrvatskim vlastima i ima o tome jasno mišljenje:

      “Ako želite da spriječite ljude da pređu granicu, trebali biste da ih zaustavite, ali ne morate ih ubiti.”

      Ihsanudin Gull Mohammad sahranjen je na muslimanskom groblju u Bihaću, na sjeverozapadu Bosne. Prije toga je njegovo tijelo držano mjesec dana u mrtvačnici. Bosanske vlasti nisu bile sigurne šta da rade sa lešom. Na kraju je sahranu organizovala Zemira Godinjac, koja se dobrovoljno brine o izbjeglicama u Bihaću. “Svako ljudsko biće zaslužuje minimum dostojanstva na kraju ovozemaljskog života, i ja sam, kao čovjek, u to duboko uvjerena”, kaže ova Bosanka.

      Zemira Godinjac je najprije pokušala dobiti informacije o nastradalom mladiću. Od jednog Ihsanudinovog pratioca saznaje da je mladić bio oženjen i da je imao dvoje djece. Nakon toga pokreće akciju da njegovo tijelo bude prebačeno u rodni Afganistan.

      Zemira Godinjac traži Ihsanudinove članove porodice

      To je teško, jer nema kontakta sa njegovom porodicom i jer joj nedostaju informacije o njegovom mjestu porijekla. Ali Zemira Godinjac ne odustaje i nada se da će neko već početi da traži Ihsanudina. Dodaje i da je imao jednu osobenost: šest prstiju na lijevoj ruci. Zato će, kaže, na sigurno pohraniti Ihsanudinov plavi tespih I njegovu gumu za kosu. “Sigurno je želio više od ovoga ostaviti svojoj porodici, ali tako vam je to. Njegova sudbina je bila da pronađe smiraj u Bosni. Ovo je njegov tespih a sa ovim je vjerovatno vezao kosu. Ostaviću te stvari kod sebe da ih jednoga dana mogu dati njegovoj porodici.”


    • Die Story im Ersten: Tote auf der Balkanroute

      2015 überrollt ein Zug in Mazedonien 14 Flüchtlinge. In Europa ist dieses Unglück nicht einmal eine Randnotiz. Recherchen vor Ort zeigen: Die Ermittlungen wurden schnell eingestellt, nicht alle Augenzeugen befragt. Wie der 19-jährige Afghane Mahdi Mohebi aus Bremen. Er hat das Unglück überlebt. Von seinem Bruder jedoch fehlt jede Spur: Hat der Zug seinen 14-jährigen Bruder verletzt, getötet? Wenn ja, was ist mit seinen sterblichen Überresten geschehen?

      Statt aufzuklären und zu helfen, schob die mazedonische Polizei Mahdi Mahebi sofort zurück nach Griechenland: ein klarer Verstoß gegen die Europäische Menschenrechtskonvention, wie die Kritiker sagen. Informationen und Hinweise zur Identifizierung der unbekannten Toten werden von den mazedonischen Behörden bis heute zurückgehalten. Kein Einzelfall, doch kaum jemand traut sich, die Verantwortlichen anzuklagen.
      Entlang der Balkanroute sind Tote Alltag

      Anders die Eltern des sechsjährigen Mädchens Madina Hussiny. Sie starb an der kroatisch-serbischen Grenze in Folge eines „Pushbacks“, einer polizeilichen Sofort-Abschiebung. Ihre Eltern klagen an, ihre Tochter hätte nicht sterben müssen, wenn es Rechtsstaatlichkeit an der kroatischen EU-Außengrenze gegeben hätte. Die Eltern erleben dann einen weiteren Schock. Denn statt den Fall aufzuklären, versucht die Regierung in Zagreb, genau das Gegenteil zu erreichen.

      Fast überall entlang der Balkanroute sind Tote Alltag: Menschen, die erfrieren, die vor Erschöpfung zusammenbrechen, die Opfer von Gewaltverbrechen werden. Genaue Zahlen gibt es nicht, nirgendwo in Europa eine Stelle, die Zahlen fortlaufend zusammenträgt und jeden Fall prüft.
      Behörden und Politik fühlen sich nicht zuständig

      In Deutschland leben mehrere Flüchtlingsfamilien, die ihre Angehörigen vermissen und annehmen müssen, dass sie auf der Balkanroute ums Leben gekommen sind. Es sind Familien, die 2015 über diesen beschwerlichen Weg nach Deutschland gekommen sind. Nach ihrer Ankunft wenden sie sich an die deutsche Polizei, berichten dem BAMF, dass es von ihren Verwandten auf der Balkanroute kein Lebenszeichen mehr gibt. Hilfe jedoch bekommen sie nicht.

      Weder Behörden noch Politik in Deutschland fühlen sich zuständig. Der Suchdienst des Deutschen Roten Kreuzes ist zwar bereit zu helfen, ist jedoch auf eine Kooperation der Behörden im In- und Ausland angewiesen. Die aber gibt es nur selten. Ist die Notlage von in Deutschland lebenden Flüchtlingsfamilien also einfach egal?
      Leidvolles Bangen um das Schicksal von Angehörigen

      Der Film belegt: Es wird so gut wie gar nicht hingeschaut, wenn Flüchtlinge in Deutschland sich seit Jahren mit der Ungewissheit um den Verbleib ihrer Familienmitglieder quälen. Einige halten das leidvolle Warten nicht mehr aus: Sie wollen zurück auf die Balkanroute, um ihre Kinder und Geschwister zu finden.

      „Die Story im Ersten“ hat sie auf ihrer Spurensuche begleitet und die Behörden vor Ort konfrontiert. Werden die Angehörigen Antworten auf ihre drängendste Frage finden: Was geschah mit ihren Familienmitgliedern?

      Der Film zeigt auf, welchen Stellenwert Rechtsstaatlichkeit und Menschenwürde einnehmen, wenn es um den Umgang mit toten Geflüchteten und ihren Angehörigen geht.


  • En Bosnie, l’#OIM se félicite d’avoir suffisamment de places d’hébergement pour tous les migrants

    L’organisation internationale des migrations (OIM) a déclaré fournir suffisamment de places d’accueil pour les migrants présents en Bosnie. La Croix-Rouge, pourtant, affirme qu’elle a besoin de davantage de moyens pour faire face aux besoins des migrants restés dans les camps de fortune, et exposés au froid glacial de l’hiver.

    Selon l’Organisation internationale des migrations (OIM), les milliers de migrants actuellement présents en Bosnie peuvent avoir accès à une place d’hébergement, et ainsi passer l’hiver au chaud. « Nous avons mis en place suffisamment de structures pour accueillir les personnes à la rue », a déclaré à InfoMigrants Peter Van der Auweraert, le responsable de l’OIM, en Bosnie, avec exemple à l’appui. « Les migrants de Velika Kledusha ont tous été relogés, ils ont été placés dans un centre humanitaire de 600 places », précise-t-il. Pendant des mois, la ville de #Velika_Kledusha, à quelques kilomètres seulement de la frontière croate, a abrité un campement sauvage de centaines de migrants. Les conditions de vie y étaient très précaires, exposant les migrants aux intempéries, à la boue, et au froid.

    À #Bihac, non loin de Velika Kledusha, le centre de #Borici, qui a abrité des centaines de migrants durant plusieurs mois, fait peau neuve et devrait être en capacité d’accueillir très prochainement des centaines de migrants. L’immeuble jusque là abandonné était particulièrement insalubre. « Le nouveau Borici devrait accueillir 500 personnes, principalement des familles de migrants. Et il devrait ouvrir d’ici les fêtes de fin d’année », précise Peter Van Auweraert.

    À #Sarajevo, aussi, près de 800 places supplémentaires ont été créées, précise l’OIM.

    « Nous avons en tout 5 000 places d’hébergement disponibles en Bosnie », affirme Peter Van der Auweraert. Le nombre de migrants présents en Bosnie oscille autour de 3 500 personnes. « Normalement, cet hiver, personne ne devrait mourir de froid », continue le responsable de l’OIM. "Il faut continuer à communiquer pour expliquer aux migrants que des structures existent".

    « La nuit, les températures descendent jusqu’à -15 degrés »

    En dépit du constat positif de l’OIM, la Croix-Rouge est inquiète. « La récente réinstallation des migrants dans des structures plus sûres et loin des camps sauvages est une évolution positive, mais nous pensons que la situation reste imprévisible », explique à InfoMigrants Elkhan Rahimov, un responsable de la Fédération internationale de Croix-Rouge (FICR). « La dynamique des arrivées peut varier. Nous restons vigilants quant au fait que des migrants peuvent quitter les centres d’hébergement et choisir de retourner à la rue. »

    Certaines personnes préfèrent en effet rester non loin de la frontière croate pour tenter de passer la nuit. « Mais le soir et la nuit, les températures descendent jusqu’à -15 degrés Celsius », rappelle Elkhan Rahimov. "Ces personnes ont besoin de couvertures, de vêtements chauds. Face à ce constat, la FICR de Bosnie a lancé lundi un appel de 3,3 millions de francs suisses (2,9 millions d’euros).

    « Par le biais de l’appel d’urgence, nous souhaitons attirer l’attention sur un problème humanitaire crucial qui ne disparaîtra pas dans les mois à venir », conclut-il.

    Auparavant évitée par les migrants, la Bosnie est confrontée depuis cette année à un afflux qu’elle peine à gérer. Depuis janvier, plus de 23 000 sont entrés dans ce pays.


    #Bosnie #Bosnie-Herzégovine #IOM #Croix-Rouge #hébergement #logement #asile #migrations #réfugiés #externalisation

    • En février 2019...
      Violence et désespoir s’emparent des migrants oubliés en Bosnie-Herzégovine

      Vendredi soir, de très violents affrontements ont éclaté dans le camp de réfugiés de #Bira, à #Bihać, au nord-ouest de la Bosnie-Herzégovine. Entre les squats de Sarajevo et les camps surpeuplés, des milliers de réfugiés sont toujours bloqués dans ce pays. Sans grand espoir de pouvoir passer dans l’Union européenne.


    • #Bihać : Dove i corpi non si sfiorano

      Pubblichiamo il primo di due articoli dal confine tra Bosnia e Croazia, dove memorie di guerre e migrazioni del passato e del presente si incrociano. Il secondo articolo sarà di Gabriele Proglio, compagno di viaggio di Benedetta.

      Sono le 8 di mattina, e dopo una lunga giornata di viaggio e poche ore di sonno, Bihać ci sorprende nel tepore di una giornata inaspettatamente calda e soleggiata. La città bosniaca si circonda di montagne e colline, che ne tracciano fiere ed imponenti il confine che la separa dalla Croazia. Negli anni 90, queste cime sono state luogo di un assedio da parte dell’esercito serbo, fungendo da vera e propria prigione naturale. Oggi, invece, rappresentano, per migliaia di migranti in fuga da guerre, persecuzioni e povertà, l’unica speranza di giungere in Unione Europea.

      Il fascino delle terre di confine sta proprio nel loro essere allo stesso tempo luoghi di limite e superamento, di prigionia e di libertà, di antagonismo e di incontro. Inevitabilmente, questa eterna contraddizione li rende condanna e benedizione per i popoli che li abitano, e per quelli che vi passano.

      Io e Gabriele siamo arrivati fin qui con lo scopo di esplorare la sovrapposizione storica delle memorie di un popolo che ha visto la guerra, e che ora si ritrova ad essere luogo di passaggio di persone che dalla guerra stanno ancora scappando. Lo stimolo intellettuale di smascherare il confine, una conoscenza superficiale della storia del paese, ed un interesse accademico per la questione della crisi migratoria, sono i bagagli che ho con me. Sono ancora ignara dei fantasmi di questo posto, e degli scheletri che si porta dentro. In poco tempo il confine mi entrerà nella pelle, lo sentirò scorrere e spostarsi alterando le sicurezze che mi ero costruita attraverso lo studio minuzioso ma distaccato di questa realtà. Ma per ora, Bihać deve ancora svegliarsi e con lei, mi sveglierò anche io.

      Ad un primo sguardo, la città mi appare come un non luogo, dove l’apatia generale ha lentamente rimosso le ferite di una guerra fin troppo recente. Ma i resti sono evidenti. Monumenti ai caduti, cimiteri e colpi di mortaio che appaiono come cicatrici sui palazzi della città. Nella sua calma opprimente, Bihać ricorda molto la Seahaven di Truman Show. Una cittadina tranquilla dove non succede niente. Un posto come un altro dove mettere su famiglia e vivere una vita semplice. Come Seahaven, questa mattina Bihać si apre ai miei occhi come un palcoscenico pronto a mettere in scena uno spettacolo dell’inganno, che va avanti giorno dopo giorno da decenni, nel tentativo di legittimare la finzione di una serenità tanto desiderata quanto superficiale.

      Le strade sono pulite e silenziose e le comparse del grande spettacolo dell’inganno devono ancora apparire. Tutto è fermo. Tra poco si sparpaglieranno nei caffè del centro impersonando perfettamente il loro ruolo di cittadini annoiati e disillusi. Lo sguardo stanco dei cani randagi che si assopiscono all’ombra di alberi spogli, l’immagine stereotipata di ragazzi e anziani seduti ad un bar per riempire la giornata. Eccola Bihać nella sua stasi permanente e volontaria, nella sua apparente tranquillità che da due decenni tenta invano di smacchiarle l’anima dalle cicatrici di una guerra di cui non si parla e non si vuole parlare.

      È mezzogiorno. Improvvisamente noto che l’equilibrio che si è tanto faticato a costruire durante la mattinata si rompe. Appaiono degli estranei che spezzano l’atmosfera. Sono nuove comparse, che stonano con la scenografia e non conoscono il copione. La maggior parte sono uomini sui trenta, alcuni portano con loro zaini e sacchi a pelo. Sono le persone migranti giunte dopo mesi di viaggio per la rotta balcanica, arrivate fin qui per oltrepassare il confine e raggiungere la Croazia, l’Unione Europea. Alcuni vivono nei campi di Borici, Bira e Cedra. Ma da qualche settimana i campi sono pieni, e chi non può permettersi di pagare altissime somme di denaro per un affitto in città in nero, dorme per strada.

      Da circa un anno, a Bihać non si parla d’altro. Dall’estate scorsa, quando i flussi migratori si sono intensificati, i cittadini si sono trovati a dover gestire una situazione d’emergenza umanitaria, dove le uniche presenze di supporto sono la Croce Rossa, lo #IOM e poche ONG internazionali, come #IPSIA. Intanto gli abitanti della città cominciano ad innervosirsi.

      Ci hanno abbandonato’ mi dice Amir, riferendosi al governo centrale di Sarajevo, ‘non gli è mai importato di noi, nemmeno durante la guerra’. Amir vive a Bihać da tutta la vita, e come ogni bosniaco della sua generazione, ha visto la guerra e se la porta dentro e addosso, nella sua gestualità al limite del compulsivo e nell’azzurro glaciale del suo sguardo, che non si azzarda mai ad incrociare il mio, ma si focalizza sempre su zone limitrofe. ‘Non odio, ma sono arrabbiato’ mi confessa Amir mentre avvicina ripetutamente alle labbra la tazzina ormai vuota di caffè, come per rimarcare con quella pausa la scelta coraggiosa ed insolita di abbandonarsi al ricordo della guerra. Amir non se lo permette mai. ‘Non parliamo della guerra, non sono bei ricordi. Cerco di non stare solo. Quando sono solo, suono il piano. Questo è un altro modo per scappare. Lo faccio solo per me’. Amir ha combattuto sul fronte a Bihac e ‘probabilmente’, come tiene a sottolineare, ha ucciso qualcuno.

      Ma non lo vuole sapere, non ci vuole pensare. Un’altra pausa, un sospiro e di nuovo un finto sorso ad una tazzina ormai vuota da venti minuti. Mi trovo di fronte a questo signore di cinquant’anni a cui la guerra ne ha aggiunti almeno quindici in volto. Lo ascolto ed improvvisamente mi ritrovo a comprenderne la violenza, subita ed esercitata. D’un tratto, il confine tra bene e male che ho tracciato nella mia coscienza va a sgretolarsi nel dramma di un popolo che non comprende la ragione del proprio trauma, ma ne subisce ogni conseguenza.

      Nella costante rimozione di un passato scomodo e violento, la materializzazione della crisi migratoria risveglia la rabbia ed il senso di abbandono dei cittadini di Bihać. ‘Noi siamo un popolo aperto e tollerante, sappiamo cosa vuol dire dover scappare dalle proprie case. Ma io non so chi sono queste persone, e non mi sento al sicuro. Ho paura per mia figlia’ mi confessa Harun. ‘Queste persone non vogliono rimanere qui. Fosse per me, le condurrei io al confine. Questa situazione non va bene nemmeno per loro e sono le istituzioni che dovrebbero darci supporto.’

      ‘Il pisciatoio d’Europa’, cosi lo definisce Alessandra, italiana migrata a Bihać negli anni 90. Anche lei arrivata al limite della sopportazione nei confronti del fenomeno che ha sconvolto la realtà quotidiana di questa città. Dalle prime interviste agli abitanti di Bihać, mi appare chiara una cosa. Nessuno si azzarda a dire che il migrante è un problema in quanto tale. Tutti parlano di sicurezza, di identità. Il problema non è che so chi sei e per questo ti odio, il problema è che non so chi sei, e per questo ho paura. Ancora una volta, ‘non odio, ma sono arrabbiato’.

      Incontro gli abitanti di Bihać nei patii dell’Hotel Opal e Paviljon che si affacciano sulle due rive opposte del fiume Una. In mezzo, l’isolotto di verde che spezza il ceruleo del corso d’acqua si copre di ragazzi con zaini e sacchi a peli. Alcuni sono soli, altri in gruppo. Tutti hanno solo un obiettivo al momento: arrivare al confine. Invadono il paesaggio ma non le coscienze. Sono osservati costantemente, ma non vengono mai guardati. Tra di loro c’è Abdul, arrivato dall’Iraq dopo 9 mesi di viaggio attraverso la Turchia, la Grecia l’Albania e la Serbia. Domani tenterà di nuovo il game, nonostante non cammini ancora bene, dopo gli ultimi pestaggi della polizia croata. Il game, così lo chiamano, è il tentativo di valicare il confine, cercando di sfuggire alle violente deportazioni della polizia croata. Cosi nel grande spettacolo dell’inganno, la trama si infittisce di adrenalina e suspense. Migranti e forze dell’ordine croate si rincorrono e si combattono in un moderno guardia e ladri che avviene lassù, sulle montagne che separano il confine bosniaco da quello croato, lontano dagli occhi del mondo. Abdul mi dice che questo è il suo ottavo tentativo, ma che ha deciso che in caso venga respinto ancora, si sposterà a Velika Kladuša, altra città di confine, a pochi chilometri da Bihać. Abdul non mi parla di casa, non mi parla del futuro. Nei suoi occhi vedo solo il game. Eppure Abdul ha visto morire suo padre, ed è scappato lasciando una madre ed una sorella. Come Amir, ha la guerra negli occhi. Come Amir, non odia ma è arrabbiato. È arrabbiato con lo IOM che non lo ha fatto entrare nel campo di Bira. E’ arrabbiato con l’uomo della polizia croata che lo ha picchiato e gli ha rubato il cellulare. Ma Amir non odia, non ne vede il motivo. Vuole solo oltrepassare il confine, vuole solo una possibilità.

      In questa danza imbarazzata e goffa tra due storie di vite spezzate, presenti e passati di guerre e miseria, i corpi non si sfiorano. Accarezzano il lento scorrere del tempo tra la pesante presenza dei monumenti di guerra e lo sforzo collettivo di ignorali. Proprio come quei monumenti, i migranti sono altamente visibili, e sistematicamente ignorati. Proprio come quei monumenti, i cittadini portano addosso i marchi indelebili di una memoria sanguinolenta, che scorre attraverso le loro menti e le loro fisicità, ma viene anch’essa rimossa dalla coscienza.A Bihac oggi, coesistono due tragedie: quella di un passato macchiato di sangue e quella di un futuro incerto ed opprimente. Due linee parallele che non si toccano mai nella temporalità e nella geografia complesse di questo eterno enigma che è la Bosnia. Eppure, in qualche modo, queste due linee hanno entrambe attraversato i confini della mia soggettività, prima scontrandosi violentemente in uno scarabocchio emotivo che non riesce a dare senso a quello che prova e poi ridefinendo il perimetro curvo e fluido della mia certezza. Il confine si è spostato. Non ci sono più buoni o cattivi.

      A Bihać, per quanto lo si tenti di negare, si è tutti parte della stessa rabbia. E come in una tragedia greca, io, da spettatrice di questo spettacolo dell’inganno, ho vissuto la catarsi nel riscoprire che queste comparse stonate, nel loro essere fuori luogo, ignorate e non volute, sono in realtà parte integrante della trama. Lo sbaglio sta nel cercare il torto dove non c’è ragione, e nel cercare la ragione dove non c’è il torto. Quando si smette di farlo, Bihać non fa altro che rivelare le pieghe drammatiche della tragedia dell’essere umano nella sua costante ed insensata ricerca di un nemico a cui dare la colpa della propria sofferenza.

      #Croix-Rouge #OIM #frontières #Bosnie #Croatie #Balkans #route_des_Balkans

    • The City Council of Bihać unanimously made a decision (https://www.nezavisne.com/novosti/gradovi/Vucijak-nova-lokacija-za-izmjestanje-migranata/537203) to open a new accommodation facility for refugees - in #Vučijak, a suburb near #Plješevica, near the border with Croatia. There they found an object that meets the necessary conditions for refugee accommodation, and authorities have announced that this move will move refugees from the temporary center of Bira or the center of Bihać to the EU border. Although the new facility could provide better reception conditions for refugees in Bosnia, this move is an indication of how countries in the region share an ignorant integration policy.

      Reçu via la mailing-list Inicijativa dobrodosli, le 15.05.2019

    • New migrant reception center to be built in Bosnia

      Bosnian authorities have announced that a new migrant reception center will be built near Bihac. This center will replace two temporary reception centers.

      In Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Operating Unit for Migrants has decided to build a migrant and refugee center near Bihac, in the country’s northwest. The center will be built in Vucjak, eight kilometers from the Bihac city center, according to media sources.

      The new structure will take the place of two temporary reception centers: #Bira in Bihac and #Miral in #Velika_Kladusa, both near the Croatia border. In 2018, 25,000 migrants entered Bosnia illegally from Serbia and Montenegro. Since the start of this year, police have registered 8,930 arrivals.

      Bosnia is a transit country for many migrants who are trying to make it to Western Europe from Turkey or Greece. Bosnia is not a member of the European Union. But its neighbor Croatia is.

      Volunteers banned from providing aid

      Meanwhile, Bosnian authorities have banned the international aid group “#Aid_Brigade” from providing food to migrants and refugees at the main train station in Bosnia’s capital Sarajevo, according to the website Klix.ba.

      The volunteers reportedly also had to close the place where they were providing medical assistance to migrants. Since March 2018, Aid Brigade volunteers have prepared and distributed 120,000 meals to migrants and 600 jackets and sleeping bags.

      The volunteers are accused of violating public order and aiding migrants and refugees in violation of the law, as well as volunteering with a tourist visa.


    • Bosnie-Herzégovine : à Bihać, on transfère les réfugiés sur une ancienne #décharge

      16 juin -14h30 : Depuis samedi matin, quelque 500 migrants ont été déplacés de Bihać vers une ancienne décharge située sur localité de #Vučjak, tout près de la frontière croate. Les migrants s’opposent à ce transfert et en appellent à la communauté internationale. Des heurts ont éclaté lors des premières opérations de transfert, et quatre policiers ont été blessés selon les sources officielles.

      Des habitants de Bihać annoncent une grande manifestation ce dimanche pour dénoncer la dégradation de la situation en ville, due, selon eux, à la présence des migrants. Ils accusent les autorités locales, cantonales, fédérales et centrales de ne prendre aucune mesure.



    • A particularly worrying situation in the northwest of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the Una-Sana Canton, is escalating. After the fire in the Miral camp and numerous conflicts between the refugees and the police, the situation seems to be unsustainable. Poor hygienic and living conditions led the refugees to despair. After the escalation of various forms of violence, local authorities decided to move all refugees outside the camps to an isolated area in Vučjak, at the same place where a waste landfill was once housed. The authorities de facto closed the camps, refusing refugees to enter or leave the building. Ironically, the UN and IOM, who have run camps in BiH, oppose this solution (http://ba.one.un.org/content/unct/bosnia_and_herzegovina/en/home/presscenter/un-country-team-in-bih--joint-statement-on-relocation-of-migrant.html. By using force, more than 600 people were transferred to that area, including searches and incursions into several private homes where nearly 300 people were accommodated. "Local police and local Red Cross teams are only present because international organizations do not support the idea and accommodation in Vučjak in the current circumstances. The Red Cross is allegedly only allowed to provide first aid, so there is no medical care for the people who are staying there. Also, food that is distributed is very basic and is not enough to feed people, "AYS reported.

      Reçu via la mailing-list Inicijativa dobrodosli, le 24.06.2019

    • The jungle camp #Vučjak in BIH exists in the last two weeks. There is no presence of medical staff in the camp which makes unacceptable hygienic and sanitary conditions even worse - especially due to reported skin infections among the people who are there. The only organization currently active in the camp is the Red Cross that provides food. The EU responded with additional approval of 14.8 million Euros (http://europa.ba/?p=64423 - of which 13 million are intended to support border management (June 21, signed by IOM), and 1.8 million for humanitarian aid. Thus, the EU has so far financially supported BiH with 24 million euros around the refugee situation. It is extremely worrying that the EU allocates 90% of its intended funds to migration management and a very small part to humanitarian support for people living in very poor conditions. This is a direct indication that the Commission is more concerned with border conservation than human life.

      Reçu via la mailing-list Inicijativa dobrodosli, le 03.07.2019

    • EU provides €14.8 million to assist refugees and migrants in BiH

      The European Union announced today €14.8 million to address the needs of migrants and refugees who remain present in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This includes €13 million of support to migration management – for which an implementation agreement was signed on 21 June with the International Organisation for Migration – and €1.8 million for humanitarian aid.

      This brings EU overall assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina to cope with the increased migratory flow since 2018 to €24 million (€20.2 million from the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance and €3.8 million of humanitarian aid). This is in addition to €24.6 million assistance the European Union has provided to Bosnia and Herzegovina in the area of asylum, migration and border management since 2007.

      Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, said: ‘As stated in the recent Commission Opinion, Bosnia and Herzegovina authorities need to ensure effective coordination, at all levels, of border management and migration management capacity, as well as the functioning of the asylum system. This is necessary for the country to take full advantage of the EU substantial assistance – in the interest of refugees and migrants and of the local communities.’

      Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, said: ‘The EU is committed to help those most in need and cover the basic needs of refugees and migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina, complementing national efforts. It is important that the well-being of the refugees and migrants is at the heart of decisions for the location and quality of accommodation centres.’

      Building on the results of the previous assistance, this funding will ensure accommodation for around 5,000 refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. It will provide access to health and protection assistance and outreach to people living outside of the reception facilities. Also, some items such as jackets, shoes and sleeping bags will be made available for people in need. The unhindered access of humanitarian partners to those in need is crucial in addressing these humanitarian needs.

      The EU funding will also strengthen the capacity of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s authorities in border management, as well as for identification, registration and referral to services for refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants. It will also support assisted voluntary returns.


      Since the beginning of the refugee crisis in Western Balkans the European Union has allocated more than €25 million in humanitarian aid to assist refugees and migrants in Serbia, and over €4 million to North Macedonia. EU humanitarian aid helps the most vulnerable refugees and migrants to meet basic needs and preserve their dignity. In addition to humanitarian assistance, the European Union has provided Western Balkans partners with significant financial support amounting to €98.2 million for activities related to migration and refugee crisis. This is done primarily through the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance.

      Since 2007, the European Union has been providing assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina worth amounting to € 44.8 million in the area of migration and border management through the Instrument for pre-accession assistance. The country has also benefited from the IPA regional programme ‘Support to Protection-Sensitive Migration Management’ worth up to €14.5 million. The emergency humanitarian assistance provided so far amounts to € 3.8 million.

      Over 33,300 refugees and migrants entered Bosnia and Herzegovina since January 2018, according to government estimates. Approximately 8,000 refugees and migrants in need of assistance are currently present in the country, mostly in the Una-Sana Canton. Approximately, 4,500 are accommodated in EU-funded temporary reception centres.

      As of Friday 14 June, local authorities proceeded with a forced relocation of 900-1000 refugees and migrants to a new location called Vučijak that has been deemed unsuitable by the European Union and UN. The above-mentioned venue, without the necessary infrastructure in terms of water, sanitation or electricity, surrounded by minefields, creates a clear danger for the life and health of migrants. Furthermore, the land is a former landfill and may still be toxic. The European Union is concerned about the well-being of the people moved there and has, together with its humanitarian partners, requested the authorities to stop forced relocations and provide dignified and secure shelter solutions. The European Union is also concerned about the authorities’ intention to take measures against humanitarian partners.

      The € 13 million is based on the Commission Decision C (2019) 3189 on supporting Bosnia and Herzegovina in managing the migration flows for 2019

      The €1.8 million announced today is based on the Commission Implementing Decision C(2019) 17 on the financing of humanitarian aid operational priorities from the 2019 general budget of the European Union ECHO/WWD/BUD/2019/01000.


    • Rotta balcanica. Caritas: “Situazione a Bihac inaccettabile, Europa intervenga”

      “Mentre in Serbia la situazione è abbastanza buona, in Bosnia le condizioni dei migranti sono del tutto inaccettabili: hanno bisogno di tutto, alcuni si trovano in un centro informale, dove prima c’era una discarica. E’ inaccettabile che, a 4 ore di macchina dall’Italia, ci siano persone costrette a vivere così. Le istituzioni italiane ed europee devono iniziare a seguire in maniera seria la situazione”. A sottolinearlo è Oliviero Forti di Caritas italiana e Caritas Europa, di ritorno da una missione nei Balcani, nelle zone di confine con la Croazia. “Siamo stati prima in alcuni centri in Serbia: uno di questi era un ex ospedale psichiatrico e affaccia in territorio croato - . aggiunge Forti -. Ma devo dire che qui ci sono standard buoni, di qualità e non ci sono tantissime persone. Diversa è la situazione in Bosnia, lo stress psicologico delle persone è altissimo, i migranti provano costantemente a passare la frontiera ma vengono rimandati indietro. La violenza della polizia croata nei loro confronti sta diventando una vera emergenza”. Al confine, infatti, per i migranti (per lo più afgani, pakistani, iracheni e siriani) che provano il “game” (passaggio delle frontiere) a Bihac il trattamento è durissimo: secondo quanto testimoniato dagli stessi migranti gli abusi sono sistematici: vengono picchiati, i vestiti gli vengono tolti, così come i telefonini spesso distrutti. “A questa situazione va data una risposta diversa - aggiunge -. tra due mesi qui ci saranno due metri di neve, il gioco diventa molto rischioso. Inoltre c’è una difficoltà di integrazione evidente, le persone del luogo sono sempre più intolleranti e razziste nei loro confronti”. La Bosnia sta diventando così un buco nero, dove i migranti restano bloccati senza poter andare avanti né tornare indietro. “A breve la Serbia chiuderà l’accordo con Frontex per monitorare i confini - conclude Forti - anche questo rientra nella strategia di esternalizzazione delle frontiere, che ormai non vediamo più solo in mare ma anche via terra”.


    • Il campo tossico dove l’Europa scorda i migranti

      Muri e migrazioni. A #Vucjak, in Bosnia, si sopravvive senza assistenza, tra rifiuti e mine anti-uomo: il campo si trova sopra una vecchia discarica, l’acqua non è potabile e la terra, mai bonificata, è intrisa di veleni. E chi tenta la fuga in Croazia trova la polizia e il suo «gioco»: cibo confiscato e zaini dati alle fiamme

      Nascosto tra le cime boscose del monte Plješevica e circondato da zone ancora minate delle guerre jugoslave, il campo rifugiati di Vucjak, nella Bosnia nord-occidentale, è una prova scioccante della crisi che si è abbattuta contro la porta di servizio dell’Unione europea. Le Nazioni unite hanno recentemente descritto questo campo, a pochi chilometri dal confine spinato croato, come del tutto inadeguato ad accogliere civili.

      UNICO CAMPO in cui non sono presenti le grandi organizzazioni non-governative internazionali, è ufficialmente gestito dalla municipalità della cittadina di Bihac. E sotto-affidata, non ufficialmente, ai volontari della Croce Rossa locale di Bihac.

      È sorto dopo che le autorità della Bosnia e i governi municipali del Cantone di Una-Sana, hanno deciso che i migranti non potevano più rimanere negli spazi pubblici o negli edifici abbandonati, entro i limiti della città.
      Plastica, vetro, vecchi vestiti ormai diventati stracci, copertoni di gomme usate giacciono sul terreno contaminato.

      Si tratta di resti tossici del passato. Il campo si trova sul sito di una vecchia discarica, in attività solo fino a qualche anno fa. Le condizioni sono terribilmente preoccupanti. La sopravvivenza è legata all’acqua non potabile, alla terra intrisa di anni di veleni, al solo lavoro dei volontari.

      ALMENO UN MIGLIAIO di migranti sono ammassati in questo inferno. Provengono da Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Siria, Pakistan. L’accesso all’acqua è ridotto a dieci ore al giorno, non esiste un approvvigionamento idrico permanente.

      Vucjak fa eco all’inumanità del campo profughi di Calais in Francia del nord e all’abietta inazione dei governi europei. La mancanza di infrastrutture di base e servizi igienico-sanitari a Vucjak viola profondamente le norme minime stabilite dai canoni delle Nazioni unite.

      Nel bel mezzo del campo, un’enorme mappa mostra la posizione dei campi minati locali. Ogni giorno, più volte al giorno, camionette della polizia bosniaca riversano su Vucjak migranti che sono fuori dai circuiti dei centri di accoglienza temporanei, quelli dell’Organizzazione internazionale per le Migrazioni.

      Come cani randagi, vengono scaricati in mezzo al campo, dopo aver aperto il portellone posteriore del furgone, sigillato da uno sfolgorante lucchetto. È strettamente proibito riprendere queste scene, non ci sono fotografie, video o materiali propagandistici, ma è una pratica che va avanti indisturbatamente.

      Nonostante l’ingiustizia umanitaria, non sono le mine antiuomo, le condizioni precarie di salute o la mancanza di servizi igienico-sanitari che i migranti raccontano. Raccontano le violenze «passive» della polizia di confine. Nelle ultime settimane c’è un nuovo gioco che usa la polizia croata: rastrellare e bruciare cibo, vestiti, scarpe, zaini, telefoni dei ragazzi che tentano il game.

      Nella programmazione dell’attraversamento del confine croato-bosniaco, si spendono circa 100 marchi (poco più di 50 euro) in generi alimentari, per lo più pane e derivati. Spesso quei 100 marchi rappresentano i risparmi di mesi, così bruciare il cibo diventa un segnale di terribile spietatezza.

      Emad è fuggito dalla Siria, con la moglie e il figlioletto di appena due anni. Ha tentato il game ma l’hanno rispedito nel Borici temporary reception center della città di Bihac, derubandolo di tutto. Mentre lo staff medico dell’associazione italiana One Life Onlus visita il figlio, Emad ci porge una busta di plastica con un telefono all’interno. Ci chiede se lo vogliamo comprare, così con quei soldi può provare di nuovo ad attraversare il confine con la Croazia. È straziante. Non ci sono parole.

      DAL GENNAIO 2018, quasi 36mila migranti sono entrati in Bosnia, rimanendo intrappolati tra le politiche europee, progettate per ridurre gli attraversamenti irregolari, e la situazione di stallo politico in Bosnia, che di fatto impedisce alle autorità locali di fornire protezione.

      Dalla Turchia e dalla Grecia, sono due le principali vie di passaggio per la Bosnia: una attraversa la Macedonia del nord e la Serbia, l’altra attraversa l’Albania e il Montenegro.

      In piedi nel campo di Vucjak, tra una folla di corpi maltrattati e ossa rotte, ci si trova di fronte alle feroci conseguenze della geopolitica europea. Nel cinico sforzo del governo croato di dimostrare di avere le carte in regola per aderire all’area Schengen di libera circolazione, il Paese respinge i migranti senza seguire le adeguate procedure di asilo.

      IL VIAGGIO DI GULRAIZ inizia a Kunduz, in Afghanistan. Facciamo fatica a guadagnare la sua fiducia. La solitudine che accompagna i migranti è invalicabile. Sorridono, ma gli occhi sono vuoti. Mese dopo mese camminano senza alcun riposo e senza alcun appoggio. Si viaggia insieme ad amici di circostanza, a meri compagni di percorso.

      Per un marco ha ricaricato il suo prezioso e vecchio telefono a Vucjak. Dopo qualche racconto, ci mostra sul telefono la mappa che userà per tentare il game partendo dal monte Plješevica, addentrandosi nel fitto bosco bosniaco, passando per la cittadina bosniaca di Šturlic, fino ad arrivare agli anelati cartelli del granicni prelaz, il valico di frontiera. Un firmamento di punti rossi, di luoghi, di coordinate, di passi compaiono sulla funzione ‘satellite’ di Google Maps.

      Ci ferma un biondo poliziotto bosniaco. Camicia chiusa fino all’ultimo bottone, aria spavalda e bieche gambe di piombo. Ci prende i documenti. Cerca di intimorirci segnando i nostri nomi su un taccuino spiegazzato, senza darci alcuna spiegazione.

      Il favoreggiamento all’immigrazione clandestina ha un confine sottile. Siamo costretti ad allontanarci. Lo facciamo con l’immagine negli occhi della mappa satellitare di Gulraiz, con le mani segnate da un viaggio inumano di Abdurahman che con ago e filo riparava il suo zaino, con gli occhi sgranati dall’incertezza dei ragazzi che non hanno un badge per il ’5 stelle’ dei centri di accoglienza temporanei.

      Lasciamo la Bosnia con l’immagine di Ibrahim, poco più di tre anni, che segue camminando il suo papà, imitandolo con le braccia piegate all’indietro.


    • ‘Absurdistan’ : Migrants face dangerous winter in Bosnia

      Political inaction leaves hundreds living on former dump amid snake-infested minefields

      “This is jungle life,” says Wasim, a Pakistani who is among hundreds of migrants staying in a makeshift camp in northwestern Bosnia, from where they strike out at night in small groups for nearby Croatia and the European Union.

      “We are all like animals here just trying to survive. It’s the worst sentence I could say, but unfortunately it’s true.”

      The political science graduate from near Lahore speaks eloquently about how a famous son of the city, Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan, could transform life for his nation of 208 million and the quarter of its people who live in poverty.

      Wasim (34) plans to return when times are better, but now he must hike again through the thickly wooded hills above the camp, try to slip past Croatian border guards who are accused of beating and robbing migrants, and find the hoped-for job somewhere in the EU that was his reason for leaving home last year.

      Danger is all around: the squalid Vucjak camp is built on a former rubbish dump that may hold high levels of methane gas – prompting the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to declare it unfit for human habitation – while the hills are infested with snakes and dotted with landmines from Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war.

      There are no toilets for the more than 500 men who live here and washing facilities are rudimentary, increasing the risk of disease; fights are common, particularly after dark when police and local aid workers go home. A man was stabbed to death here last week during a fight between Pakistanis and Syrians.

      “No one feels safe,” Wasim explains, as men who have fled conflict and poverty from North Africa to Afghanistan line up in the dust to receive food from the Bosnian Red Cross.

      “Might is right here. Everyone pushes each other, everyone is desperate and wants to move on,” he says of this remote corner of Europe where he has been stuck for three months, having failed “four or five times” to enter the EU undetected.

      “Everyone knows where to go. Even if they are illiterate, even if they didn’t go to school at all, they know Croatian and Slovenian and Italian cities by name. Everyone talks about this. Maybe they can’t even tell the time, but they know how to find locations with a mobile phone.”

      The so-called Balkan route did not cross Bosnia in 2015, when more than one million refugees and migrants followed it from Turkey towards Germany and other EU states, where their arrival sent immigration to the top of the political agenda.
      Derelict buildings

      Even in 2017, Bosnia registered only 755 migrants but, as the route shifted to bypass tighter border controls elsewhere in the Balkans, that number soared to 25,000 in 2018 – and 20,000 migrants have entered the country so far this year.

      They keep coming this way because it works – only about 6,500 of those people are still in Bosnia – but as months of cold, wet and snowy weather approach, up to 2,000 people are living rough at Vucjak and in parks, woods and derelict buildings in the border towns of Bihac and Velika Kladusa.

      “We’ve been warning since January of the need to increase the number of official migrant centres or their capacity . . . but there was no political decision to expand accommodation, even though international funding is available,” says Peter Van der Auweraert, the IOM representative in Bosnia.

      “Winter is just around the corner and any new location takes time to establish. We now have about 4,200 beds for migrants around the country, but we need about 2,000 more,” he told The Irish Times.

      “Vucjak is a disaster and it would be a bigger disaster if it’s still open in winter . . . If we don’t act now we will have people sleeping outside in Vucjak and other totally unacceptable places and we will be facing a threat to human life.”

      Yet Bosnian political leaders at all levels are unwilling to take any steps that rivals could portray as an “invitation” to migrants, or which would acknowledge the fact that they are likely to keep coming to the country for the foreseeable future.

      The local authorities in Bihac transported people to Vucjak despite objections from international aid groups, moving them from the city’s streets and parks to the edge of the forest – “the jungle” to migrants – which leads to Croatia.

      National politics is meanwhile paralysed, not for the first time under Bosnia’s fiendishly complex post-war system, as parties representing its Bosniak Muslim, Serb and Croat communities have yet to form a government nearly a year after elections.

      “This is ‘Absurdistan’,” declares Ale Siljdedic, police spokesman for Una-Sana canton, in his office in Bihac.

      “The problem is that no one cares in this country. They don’t care for local people, never mind the migrants. What is 5,000 migrants for a whole country if everyone shares them around? It’s nothing. But for a city of 50,000 like Bihac it’s too much.”
      Mass brawls

      The Pakistani stabbed at Vucjak last week was the second man to die in fights between migrants in Bihac. There have been a couple of mass brawls, but most of the cases he sees relate to minor thefts, particularly of phones and clothes, and break-ins at empty houses near the border where migrants sleep and then move on.

      “If you don’t have something to eat and you’re hungry you will go inside somewhere and get it. If it’s freezing cold and you could be dead the next morning then you’ll go into a house or abandoned building to sleep,” Mr Siljdedic says.

      “Maybe we’ll find you dead with two friends as happened last year, when they made a fire and it spread everywhere and they were killed. We’ve had 20 dead migrants in the last two years: two murdered, six drowned, three burned, some car accidents and a train hit one guy. This is the life we have here – people are coming and going and some die.

      “Camp Vucjak is not good and it will be much worse in winter. When the rain and snow come – and it can be minus 20 with two metres of snow up there – what will happen to those guys? They’ll come to Bihac and come into contact with locals and make some shit. And then we’ll have to deal with them.”

      Many migrants see the next few weeks as their last chance to reach the EU this year, creating a likely increase in movement towards Croatia, where officials deny claims that border guards beat and rob people that they push back into Bosnia.

      “With winter coming [migrants] are increasingly on edge and they feel like it’s ‘now or never’ to get across the border. At the same, the border guards in Croatia seem to be pushing people back more aggressively than before,” says Nihal Osman, deputy field co-ordinator in Bosnia and Serbia for Médecins Sans Frontières.

      “There’s been a noticeable increase of alleged push-back injuries in the last week or so, including people with broken bones and dog bites.”

      Sitting in a wheelchair in an IOM-run camp near Bihac, Amir Ali Mohammad Labaf accuses Croatian border guards of dumping him in the forest near the frontier just days after he suffered back injuries when he fell down a roadside embankment.

      Labaf says he was persecuted in Iran as an activist from the Gonabadi dervish order, a major Sufi sect that is denounced by country’s Shia theocracy; news reports from 2008 say a court in Qom sentenced a member of the sect with the same name to five years in jail, 74 lashes and internal exile for “spreading lies”.

      “I was in hospital for a day in Croatia and asked for asylum. They said no and deported me to the jungle,” says Labaf (40), referring to the forest that spans the border. “I want to go to France, but I can only walk a little and with great pain.”

      At Vucjak, meanwhile, Wasim is ready for another round of what migrants call “the game”.

      “I don’t have money to pay smugglers so I will try by myself to cross the border. I have some knowledge of the stars so I can travel by night,” he says. “You just have to try and try and try. And when you succeed, then you know it was the right time.”