Weekly report for 06 – 12 Nov 2017

Weekly report for 06 – 12 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 24 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 17 residents. During this reporting period, the number of registered residents varied from 3-0, whereas the number of unregistered was 1. Moreover, there were 10 new arrivals. Four of them are from India, two from Pakistan, two from Afghanistan, one from Iraq and one from Chad. In Gevgelija, there were five new arrivals: a family from Iraq counting five members, a man, his wife and their three children. Thus, the number of residents is now 17 in total.

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 nor other institution-related irregularities.

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.

Two of the registered residents that were from Pakistan left the camp. They were transported to the Vizbegovo Asylum Seekers Center in Skopje, because at last they decided to 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. Due to the colder weather, there has been need for warmer clothes and boots.

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 60[1] people pushed back to Greece during this reporting period. The predominant countries of origin of these people are: Pakistan, Afghanistan, 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. Due to the colder weather, there has been need for warmer clothes and boots.

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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