A HUMANITARIAN CATASTROPHE IS TAKING PLACE IN BOSNIA: ITALY MUST STOP ILLEGAL PUSH-BACKS.

A HUMANITARIAN CATASTROPHE IS TAKING PLACE IN BOSNIA: ITALY MUST STOP ILLEGAL PUSH-BACKS.

ICS agrees with the deep concern expressed in the letter by Djunia Mijatovic, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, with which she urges Bosnian authorities to take responsibility for the grave humanitarian crisis underway in the Una-Sana Canton, where hundreds of migrants and refugees are forced to sleep in the open.

As stated in the letter, “It appears that of October 2020, there are more than 6770 asylum seekers and migrants accommodated in camps located in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The estimated number of those sleeping in the open or in abandoned buildings in the Una Sana Canton and elsewhere in the country ranges from 2000 to 3500.”

For months now, various international organizations, associations and volunteers – amongst which the RiVolti ai Balcani network, that includes ICS- have been denouncing the terrible situation in which migrants that have travelled through the Balkan Route are living in. Nonetheless, nothing has been done to solve the situation, not even now that winter has come.

Chain push-backs, which have the aim of illegally deporting refugees from the border between Italy and Slovenia back to Bosnia, expose people to inhumane conditions and put their very own lives at risk: for this reason, they must be stopped immediately.

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