UNHCR warns asylum under attack at Europe’s borders, urges end to pushbacks and violence against refugees

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Πέμπτη, 28 Ιανουαρίου 2021
UNHCR warns asylum under attack at Europe’s borders, urges end to pushbacks and violence against refugees

Author: UNHCR | 28 January 2021

Alarmed at the increasing frequency of expulsions and pushbacks of refugees and asylum-seekers at Europe’s land and sea borders, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is calling for states to investigate and halt these practices.

“UNHCR has received a continuous stream of reports of some European states restricting access to asylum, returning people after they have reached territory or territorial waters, and using violence against them at borders,” said UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Gillian Triggs.

“The pushbacks are carried out in a violent and apparently systematic way. Boats carrying refugees are being towed back. People are being rounded-up after they land and then pushed back to sea. Many have reported violence and abuse by state forces.”

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