Weekly report for 13 – 19 Nov 2017

Weekly report for 13 – 19 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 20 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 19 residents. During this reporting period, the number of registered residents varied from 6-10. Moreover, there were eight new arrivals. Three are from Afghanistan, one from Iraq, two from Pakistan and two from Libya. In Gevgelija, there were two new arrivals from Syria, a father and his son. Thus, the number of residents is now 19 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. There is heating available at the bathrooms.

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. No new asylum/temporary protection applications were submitted during 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. Due to the colder weather, there has been need for warmer clothes and boots. At the weekly meeting held between the camp authorities and the NGO representatives it was concluded that the person from Chad was in need of psychosocial support because he is not socializing much with the others and seems quiet. It was agreed that La Strada psychologist would work with him. Our team tries to include him in our recreational activities.

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 three meals per day. Toilets are cleaned regularly. However, it is important to highlight that there is no hot water and no heating at the bathrooms. The residents have to to use La Strada’s bathroom instead.

Institutional treatment:

The Macedonian police forces operating at the Macedonian-Greek border performed around 33[1] people pushed back to Greece during this reporting period. The predominant countries of origin of these people are: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, India.

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, especially for children.

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:

/

 

[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.

Veryioni në Gjuhë Shqipe

Верзија на Македонски јазик