Weekly report for 23-29 0ctober 2017

Weekly report for 23-29 0ctober 2017

Monitoring of access to Human Rights and protection of refugees and migrants in transit border centers Tabanovce (Northern border) and Gevgelija (Southern border)

Legis is an implementing partner-organization of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights of the Republic of Macedonia, Vlade and Ana Divac Foundation, Novi Sad Humanitarian Centre - NSHC and Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland in the project: Help on the Route – Fostering Protection of Human Rights of Refugees and Migrants Passing Through Macedonia and Serbia. In this regard, Legis has 6 field officers and 2 coordinators who collect daily information on the access to human rights and protection of residents in the transit-border centers Tabanovce on the Northern and Gevgelija on the Southern border.

Accordingly, this weekly report represents a summary of:

- Number of reports: 12 daily reports in total i.e. questionnaires gathered during this period.


The total number of supported refugees/migrants: around 21 refugees/migrants were supported during this period, since the new arrivals fluctuate on a daily basis, our field officers managed to establish communication with almost each newly arrived person in the camp Tabanovce, while the southern border camp Vinojug, Gevgelija remains closed and with only 3 residents. During this reporting period, around 8 registered people resided in Tabanovce, whereas the number of unregistered residents varied from 16-9. Moreover, there were thirteen new arrivals at the Tabanovce TC. They are all adult men and all of them are from Pakistan. Another group of five new people arrived. All of them were adult men. Four of them were from Afghanistan and one from Iran.  No new arrivals were reported in Gevgelija.

Tabanovce, Northern border

Facilities and conditions:

The transit-center in Tabanovce, Kumanovo has temporary living facilities (containers) for residents with satisfactory heating and cooling conditions. All residents have access to hygiene facilities, communal kitchen, and recreational spaces for children etc. They receive three meals per day. Toilets are cleaned on a daily basis. The freedom of movement continues to be restricted meaning residents can go out but only if accompanied by the camp staff.

Institutional treatment:

We interviewed the new arrivals, and they told us about the way they had traveled to Macedonia and how they ended up in the Sopot village. When they entered Serbia and while they were walking 2 km inside the Serbian territory away from the border, they were seen by the Serbian police. They told us that all of them had been beaten up by the police with batons and some of them had visible wounds. Nevertheless after they were captured, they were pushed back by the Serbian police back to Macedonia and they had to walk through mud and bad weather until they got to the Sopot village, where the Macedonian police found them and called the Red Cross mobile team to pick them up and bring them to the camp.

Access to asylum or temporary protection:

All residents have access to asylum or temporary protection submissions through the Department of Asylum of the Ministry of Interior and the local CSO Macedonian Young Lawyers Association within the center or other legal aid in need. However, no asylum applications/temporary protection applications were submitted over the course of this reporting period.

Access to services: health care, medical needs, food and non-food items:

All residents have access to basic health care, medical aid and food and non-food items. No special medical needs were reported by the residents. The medical staff is always present at the camp.

Restriction of movement:

- Residents can only go out if accompanied by the camp staff or Red Cross employees.

Gevgelija, Southern border:

Facilities and conditions:

As the transit-center in Tabanovce, Gevgelija has temporary living facilities (containers) for residents with satisfactory heating and cooling conditions. The daily routine of the people depends on the programs within the center’s facilities, as the restriction of movement has not been removed. The residents receive 3 meals per day. Toilets are cleaned regularly.

Institutional treatment:

The Macedonian police forces operating at the Macedonian-Greek border performed around 69[1] pushbacks during this reporting period. The predominant countries of origin of these people are: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq.

Access to asylum or temporary protection:

All residents have access to asylum or temporary protection submissions through the Department of asylum of the Ministry of Interior and local CSO Macedonian Young Lawyers Association within the center or other legal aid in need. No asylum/temporary protection applications were submitted over the course of this reporting period.

Access to services: health care, medical needs, food and non-food items:

All residents have access to basic health care, medical aid and food and non-food items. However, it is important to emphasise that residents need more psychosocial support due to the prolonged stay at the transit centre. The medical staff is always present at the camp.

Restriction of movement:

- Residents can only go out if accompanied by the camp staff, Red Cross, or La Strada employees.

- Number of referred cases to the Ombudsperson office during this period:

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[1] This number is approximate. There may be more, but this is what our field officers have managed to register and learn during this period.

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