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Croatia “Cruel and Violent” in Handling Migration

Croatia cruel in handling Migration

Human rights violations of migrants are occurring daily across Croatia. Now organisations are calling for an end to these illegal practices.

Croatia continues to deny access to the asylum system and illegally expel refugees across green borders into neighbouring countries. These practices are accompanied by increasingly cruel and violent practices, including stripping, electric shocks, beating, stamping, shooting at migrants and arbitrary detention. Children have not been spared these abuses either.

Organisations and media warn of violent and illegal practices
As well as the Centre for Peace Studies, a number of organisations and institutions and numerous Croatian and foreign media have been warning about these problems. These organisations include Border Violence Monitoring Network, Are You Syrious, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights for Migrants, The European Council, the Ombudswoman and members of the European Parliament. Even the president of the Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, carelessly confirmed for Swiss television that violent and illegal expulsions – pushbacks – were being carried out. However, despite acknowledging gross violations of human rights, as well as domestic, European and international law, the European Commission has given Croatia the green light to enter the Schengen zone, although it has acknowledged that these accusations pose a challenge.

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Illegality has become systemic
The systematic nature of these practices has been confirmed by the Croatian authorities’ perseverance in not prosecuting illegality. This is indicated by three years without effective investigations, a lack of civilian oversight of police work, the absence of independent monitoring mechanisms in border areas, and the denial of access to information about police actions to the Ombudsman and National Preventive Mechanism, and discrediting their work.

The culmination of illegality and violence is best demonstrated by the frequent and unauthorized use of weapons and increasingly common testimonies of police officers about the organization of illegal acts and the illegal orders they are compelled to carry out.

Police officers anonymously confirm illegality
An anonymous letter from police officers to the Ombudsman confirmed that the use of weapons during the illegal expulsion of migrants from Croatian territory is common practice. Another police officer confirmed in an anonymous interview this summer that orders to deny access to asylum and illegal treatment come from superiors. The latest testimony of a police officer indicates that the police are involved in illegality at the very highest levels, and describes the illegal structure of the “unit” itself, which uses illegal methods to avoid recording evidence of illegal expulsions carried out with arbitrary detention in garages, family separation and the illegal use of dogs for attack.

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In addition to the escalation of violence, 2019 was marked by brave and true police officers who stood up for humanity and human security, felt responsible for stopping the practice of unlawful expulsion, and spoke out against the violence they were ordered to carry out by their superiors.

(www.liberties.eu)

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IOM launches open South America portal

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Buenos Aires – IOM, the International Organization for Migration, this week launched the Open South America Portal, a web platform providing migrants and stakeholders in the region with access to reliable and timely information on human mobility restrictions and health and safety measures adopted by governments in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Open South America, available in SpanishEnglish and Portuguese, shares official information by country on the latest measures, including border restrictions, quarantine requirements and COVID-19 tests for migrants and travellers.

The portal also provides updated information on authorized entry points and key places for travellers and migrants, such as consulates, migrant care and health centres, airports, border crossings points and ports. This information can be explored through an interactive map.

The platform, funded by the IOM Development Fund, is also accessible to vulnerable migrants who may be stranded or are at risk of receiving misinformation on migration.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, South America has been one of the most impacted regions worldwide. According to the World Health Organization figures, as of 8 July 2021 there were 33,475,765 COVID-19 cumulative cases in the region, which represents 89 per cent of the total cases in Latin America, and 18 per cent of all infections recorded globally.

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Countries such as Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador all experienced severe outbreaks. For example, Brazil currently reports the third highest number of cumulative cases (18,855,015) and second highest death toll (526,892) globally.

“Open South America will facilitate orderly, regular and responsible migration in South America amid the uncertain times of COVID-19 and after the pandemic,” said Minister Ana Laura Cachaza, General Director of Consular Affairs of the Government of Argentina.

“Migrants’ access to up-to-date information through innovative online tools is essential considering the changing migration dynamic in the region due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Marcelo Pisani, IOM Regional Director for South America.

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29,000 Nigerians, Ghanaians, Somalians, other Africans migrated through the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in 2021 —IOM

The International Organisation for Migration has said that 29,000 individuals including Nigerians, Ghanaians, Somalians and other Africans have emigrated to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea this year.

About 13,000 were arrested by the coast guards and returned home while 761 migrants were said to have perished in the sea.

Disclosing this to journalists in Abuja on Friday, the Chief of Mission, IOM Nigeria, Mr Franz Celestin, said less than five per cent of migrants usually made it to Europe, adding that the vast majority stay in Africa.

He further said that a lot of migrants were trafficked within the Economic Community of West African States, adding that Mali was the number one destination point for trafficked Nigerian women.

Responding to questions on the number of people who have undertaken the perilous trip to Europe through the Mediterranean, the IOM Chief said, “A combination of unemployment and underemployment is pushing people to migrate.

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“In this year, 29,000 migrants from Sub-Sahara Africa have migrated to Europe through the Mediterranean. About 13,000 were intercepted by the coastguard while 761 died.”

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Celestin stressed the importance of tackling human trafficking which he said grossed about $150 billion annually.

“Traffickers make a lot of money and they would continue to do it until a coordinated response is evolved to stop them. We are collaborating with Interpol in this respect; we are connected to the Interpol i/247 database. We connected the MIDAS to the Interpol database where we pass the information on traffickers to the Interpol,” he stated.

Celestin explained that the IOM has been involved in the biometric registration of children in the North-East, noting that the agency has registered no fewer than 17,053 children in 18 different internally displaced person camps between 2019 and May 2021 in Borno State.

The agency chief also disclosed that IOM was involved in the G7 Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Compact for North-East.

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FG condemns killing of Nigerian footballer in UK

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The Federal government has condemned the alleged killing of a Nigerian Footballer, Kelvin Igweani, by the UK police.

Recall that Igweani, a Nigerian Footballer, was shot dead by officers, who attended a call out to a house, where a child was found with serious injuries.

Reacting, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), in Abuja on Wednesday described the incident as very unfortunate,and sad.

Dabiri-Erewa condoled with the family of the deceased and the Nigerian communities in the UK while praying that God grants rest to the soul of the departed.

“We call on the UK government for a thorough and proper investigation to be carried out on the incident,” the statement added.

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