Former Yugoslavia: Bosnian refugees - a continuing need for protection in European countries
On 16 July the latest in a series of inter-governmental meetings organized by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to discuss refugee issues in connection with the conflict in the former Yugoslavia, will be held in Geneva. Amnesty International is calling on European governments to take effective steps to protect refugees fleeing into Croatia, and to allow more of these refugees to enter their countries. There are an estimated 270,000 Bosnian refugees in Croatia, the overwhelming majority of them are Muslims. In the light of increasing obstacles being placed on their entry to Croatia, their lack of legal protection there, recent forcible returns, and increased fighting between Bosnian government and Bosnian Croat forces, Croatia is no longer a safe haven.