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Barring refugees from Balkans is discriminatory

The wake of the November Paris attacks has seen the governments of Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia throw yet another hurdle in the way of refugees and migrants making their way to Europe. Unprecedented border controls were rolled out almost simultaneously, and what’s worse is that they were purely based on peoples’ nationalities; only Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis were allowed through, leaving thousands stranded.

Date:
30 November 2015
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

Refugee Crisis: Balkans border blocks leave thousands stranded

New border control rules implemented almost simultaneously by the governments of Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia over the past 48 hours have resulted in large-scale renewed human rights violations, including collective expulsions and discrimination against individuals perceived to be economic migrants or refugees on the basis of their nationality, Amnesty International said today. The organization has monitored how the new measures in place along this route since 18 November have denied many people access to asylum procedures and left thousands of people stranded in dire conditions at Greece’s border crossing with Macedonia.

Date:
20 November 2015
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

Hundreds of refugees stranded in dire conditions on Croatia/Slovenia border

Croatian and Slovenian authorities must urgently come up with effective solutions as hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers who were stranded overnight between the two countries’ border checkpoints are soon to be joined by thousands more, Amnesty International urged today. An Amnesty International research team on the scene interviewed multiple refugees who described how Croatian police had ushered around 1,800 people from Čakovec train station to the border crossing at Trnovec at around 2:30am, after Slovenian authorities had blocked the train from entering Slovenia.

Date:
19 October 2015
  • News
  • Hungary
  • Refugees

Hungary: EU must formally warn Hungary over refugee crisis violations

PHOTO: © Tomas Rafa  The Hungarian government has invested more than 1OO million euros on razor-wire fencing and border controls to keep refugees and migrants out, triple the amount it spends yearly on receiving asylum seekers, Amnesty International revealed in a new briefing published today. The briefing, Fenced Out, outlines how Hungary’s draconian measures to control its borders have repeatedly violated international law.

Date:
8 October 2015
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

New satellite images show Hungary’s rush to keep refugees out of Europe

New satellite images obtained by Amnesty International give a chilling new perspective on Hungary's frenzied efforts to repel refugees and asylum-seekers this week. The organization said they serve as a warning to Croatia, Slovenia and other countries currently considering closing their borders to thousands of people seeking protection. “The shocking scenes from the ground this week at the Horgoš-Röszke border crossing have shown the human toll of Hungary's irresponsible actions.

Date:
18 September 2015
  • Research
  • Belarus
  • UN

Suggested recommendations to States considered in the 22nd round of the Universal Periodic Review, 4-15 May 2015

This document contains Amnesty International's suggested recommendations for the 14 states - Andorra, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Honduras, Jamaica, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Panama, and USA - that are coming up for review in the UPR Working Group session on 4-15 May 2015 aimed at addressing human rights challenges and improving respect for human rights in the states under review.

Date:
17 April 2015
Ref:
IOR 40/1440/2015
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  • Croatia
  • War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

Serbia and Croatia must investigate all those suspected of war crimes and provide justice for victims

Serbia and Croatia must now focus their efforts on ensuring accountability for crimes against humanity and war crimes and reparation for victims at the national level, says Amnesty International today following the International Court of Justice ruling that neither Serbia nor Croatia had established the necessary intent on the part of the other to commit genocide during the conflict in 1990s. “The fact that the court was unable to find the necessary intent on either side to commit genocide does not change the fact, as the Court itself acknowledged, that crimes against humanity and war crimes were committed by individuals on both sides,” said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Director of Europe and Central Asia.

Date:
3 February 2015
  • Research
  • Croatia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Europe: Not everything's rosy for Prides in Europe

Amnesty International’s Fight Discrimination in Europe campaign tackles most forms of discrimination including on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. Despite the considerable advances in recent years, LGBTI people in Europe continue to be bullied at school, excluded from employment and targeted with violence. In some countries, they cannot hold peaceful assemblies and freely express their opinions purely because of prejudices and stereotypes voiced by politicians and upheld by some sectors of society.

Date:
17 May 2014
Ref:
EUR 01/010/2014
  • Research
  • Bulgaria
  • Discrimination

Europe: Because of who I am: Homophobia, transphobia and hate crimes in Europe

Although the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people has improved in recent years in some European countries, prejudice, discrimination and hate-motivated violence persist, even in countries where same-sex relationships are relatively accepted. In order to effectively tackle hate crimes on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, authorities need to make improvements in several areas.

Date:
18 September 2013
Ref:
EUR 01/014/2013
  • Research
  • Armenia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Submission to the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) of the Council of Europe

Amnesty International submits this contribution in the context of the evaluation of the implementation of the Recommendation on measures to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. Despite discrimination being prohibited by European human rights law, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex individuals (LGBTI) in Europe are still discriminated against in the enjoyment of their human rights.

Date:
20 February 2013
Ref:
IOR 61/0003/2013
  • Research
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Justice Systems

Balkans: The right to know: Families still left in the dark in the Balkans

The enforced disappearance and abduction of tens of thousands of people constitutes one of the most serious unresolved human rights violations from the armed conflicts in the Balkans in the 1990s and 2001. This document brings together examples of cases of enforced disappearances and abductions from five countries in the former Yugoslavia. Many cases of enforced disappearances and abductions are far from resolved and victims are still waiting for justice.

Date:
30 August 2012
Ref:
EUR 05/001/2012
  • Research
  • Croatia
  • Discrimination

Croatia: Inadequate Protection: homophobic and transphobic hate crimes in Croatia

It is time to ensure that LGBT people in Croatia are able to live their lives free from discrimination and the threat of violence. Amnesty International is concerned that flaws persist in the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes, and that intolerance and prejudices against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have not been effectively tackled by state authorities. In this document Amnesty International makes recommendations to both government and city authorities.

Date:
6 June 2012
Ref:
EUR 64/001/2012