Weekly report for 04 – 10 Dec 2017

Weekly report for 04 – 10 Dec 2017

Monitoring 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 six field officers and two 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 17 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 with 15 residents. During this reporting period in Tabanovce, the number of registered residents varied from 7-11. Moreover, there were seven new arrivals: one from Afghanistan, three from Libya, one from Morocco and two from Pakistan. Two of them are minors, the rest are adult men. In Gevgelija, there were no new arrivals reported.

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 and hot water at the bathrooms.

Institutional treatment:

- Two Pakistani nationals told us they had been deported from Croatia into Serbia.
- Two minors from Libya said they had been deported from Serbia into Macedonia.
 

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. A Libyan resident from Tabanovce asked MYLA how to apply and he is initiating a procedure.

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. The medical staff is always present at the camp. One of the residents from Libya has gastritis, but then again the medical team present in the camp has treated him, and they have given him the necessary therapy, which he has to follow in the following days in order to get better. He was also sent to the hospital in Kumanovo for further analyses, accompanied by the Red Cross team.

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. Residents receive pre-cooked meals (lunch only) three days per week. The rest of the days, they cook themselves. Bathrooms 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 pushed back around 32[1] persons to Greece during this reporting period. The predominant countries of origin of the people who were pushed back are Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Bangladesh, and China.

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. No special medical needs were reported. However, it is important to emphasize that residents need more psychosocial support due to the prolonged stay at the transit centre.

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 Ombudsman’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.