‘UNHCR warns of increasing violence and human rights violations at European borders’
Uit de verklaring van de UNHCR: “Violence, ill-treatment and pushbacks continue to be regularly reported at multiple entry points at land and sea borders, within and beyond the European Union (EU), despite repeated calls by UN agencies, including UNHCR, intergovernmental organizations and NGOs to end such practices.
We are alarmed by recurrent and consistent reports coming from Greece’s land and sea borders with Turkey, where UNHCR has recorded almost 540 reported incidents of informal returns by Greece since the beginning of 2020. Disturbing incidents are also reported in Central and South-eastern Europe at the borders with EU Member States.
Although many incidents go unreported for various reasons, UNHCR has interviewed thousands of people across Europe who were pushed back and reported a disturbing pattern of threats, intimidation, violence and humiliation. At sea, people report being left adrift in life rafts or sometimes even forced directly into the water, showing a callous lack of regard for human life. At least three people are reported to have died in such incidents since September 2021 in the Aegean Sea, including one in January. Equally horrific practices are frequently reported at land borders, with consistent testimonies of people being stripped and brutally pushed back in harsh weather conditions.”
MO Mondiaal Nieuws over de UNHCR-verklaring: “De Verenigde Naties zijn diep bezorgd om de vele incidenten tegen vluchtelingen die Europa proberen te bereiken. Vluchtelingen illegaal terug buiten de grenzen duwen en geweld tegen hen gebruiken lijken normaal te worden, zegt de Hoge Commissaris voor de Vluchtelingen Filippo Grandi. (…) ‘Wat er vandaag gebeurt aan de Europese grenzen is juridisch en moreel verwerpelijk. Het moet stoppen’, zegt Grandi. ‘De bescherming van mensenlevens, mensenrechten en de menselijke waardigheid moet de prioriteit van ons allen zijn.’”
‘Statement on the situation in Ukraine attributed to UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi’
Uit de verklaring van de UNHCR: “We are gravely concerned about the fast-deteriorating situation and ongoing military action in Ukraine.”
De verklaring gaat over de te verwachten vluchtelingenstromen. Maar er wordt met geen woord gerept over de gastvrijheid die de Europese landen meteen bieden. De verklaring gaat voornamelijk over de eigen rol van de UNHCR. “UNHCR is working with the authorities, UN and other partners in Ukraine and is ready to provide humanitarian assistance wherever necessary and possible. To that effect, security and access for humanitarian efforts must be guaranteed.
UNHCR is also working with governments in neighboring countries, calling on them to keep borders open to those seeking safety and protection. We stand ready to support efforts by all to respond to any situation of forced displacement.”