Weekly report for 30 0ct – 05 Nov 2017

Weekly report for 30 0ct – 05 Nov 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 14 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 12 residents. During this reporting period, 7 registered people resided in Tabanovce. Moreover, there were two new arrivals. Both of them are male from Pakistan, one of them is an unaccompanied minor. In Gevgelija, there were nine new arrivals: two families from Iraq each one having one child; one adult man from Iraq, and two adult men from Syria. They are all registered. The total number of residents at this transit centre is 12.

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:

No pushbacks were reported. However, when five of the Pakistani residents left the camp, our team spotted them while they doing so. First, they tried to leave through the front door of the camp, but the police did not let them go, since the time was past the schedule of free movement. So, they were forced to jump over the fence.

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. At the weekly regular meeting held with the camp officials and NGOs representatives, we learned that two of the Pakistani residents wanted to apply for asylum. They had been informed by MYLA for their rights and all of the procedures that they would have to go through and now they are thinking and taking their time to decide if they would officially apply for asylum.
 

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 30[1] pushbacks during this reporting period. The predominant countries of origin of these people are: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Bangladesh.

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 emphasize 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’s 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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