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North Macedonia

Despite the implementation of reforms identified by the European Commission (EC), concerns remained about impunity, hate speech, discrimination against women, Roma, and LGBTI people. Unlawful detention and pushbacks of refugees and migrants continued.
Greece Refugees

Europe: Tear down these fences

This article was originally published in Newsweek. Read the full article here. On 5 March 1946, in a small college gym in Missouri, Winston Churchill warned: “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent.” Seventy years after Churchill...
Greece Refugees

Macedonia: Tear gas and rubber bullets as border tensions mount

Amid increasing tension and violent clashes in the policing of refugees and migrants protesting at the Greek-Macedonian border, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Macedonia) border police must show restraint and comply fully with international policing standards, said Amnesty International...
Croatia Discrimination

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...
Croatia Asylum

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...
Austria Armed Conflict

Time for Europe to end the refugee shame

Updated 3 September 2015: A solemn moment of silence. The world over, this is the traditional response when lives are cut short by tragedy. It has also been a common response to tragedies in Europe and off its shores which have ended the lives of thousands of refugees and migrants. Not killed by...