• State Attorney’s Office rejects criminal charges against police officers responsible for Madina’s death

    After all the safe and legal ways for refugees to seek safety in Europe, were closed off, the Croatian police started off shooting at refugees at the borders. Namely, the Croatian police went shooting at the speeding vehicle and injured two children, although it suspected there were people on the van. While the Ministry of the Interior holds rhetoric on the border protection as the Croatian priority, we wonder where the protection of human life is placed on that priority list, especially in the light of all the recent events.
     
    The police are ready to do no matter what to ‘protect’ the borders, and it does not sound convincing that there was no other way than to act with such an outbreak of violence. After the death of Madina last year, two more children of the age of 12 ended up in the hospital with the gunshot wounds. They have joined many victims of the regime of closed borders and refugee rights violation. Individuals found on the van sought asylum and reside currently in the reception center in Zagreb. 
     
    Smuggling business is flourishing due to the politics of closing off access to legal and safety mechanisms and limitations of movement. The excessive, restrictive and expensive bureaucracy has been more and more limiting increasing number of people to obtain documents necessary for their relocation and resettlement thus exposing them to further insecurities and danger. The risk here is producing and sustaining the illegality of people on the move.
     
    The State Attorney’s office (DORH) rejected criminal charges against the police officers responsible for Madina’s death. Based on the findings of the investigation which encompassed the analysis of the relevant documentation and the conversations with various individuals, DORH concluded that the police officers did not commit a felony and therefore the criminal charge was rejected. Neither the warnings of the Public Ombudsman or the mysterious disappearance of the thermovision camera recordings or witnesses’ testimonies were not sufficient for the State Attorney’s Office to initiate the investigation against the unknown perpetrators of the Ministry of the Interior (the police). This could potentially be the second case related to the family Hussiny considered by the European Court for Human Rights (ECHR). Currently, the ECHR investigateswhy is the Croatian state disrespectful to recommendations and measures disseminated by the ECHR thus not allowing family Hussiny to exercise their rights
     
    The Supreme Court rejected extradition of the individual of Bosnian citizenship to Tunisia. The Supreme Court stated that although there is no doubt that this individual is accused of one of the most dangerous crimes, his safety would be in danger if extradited there where the death penalty risk threatens. The Court’s verdict is in line with the standards of protection of human rights, and we express our support to such decision in general especially in cases where the life and safety of the extradited individual would be in danger. Also, we strongly hope that the case of extradition to Turkey of Nurettin Oral who has been imprisoned in Osijek for more than ten months, and whose case is currently at the Constitutional Court, will be soon ended following the verdict in the previous example. 
     
    The Centre for peace, non-violence and human rights Osijek launched the collection of tools for local governments, public servants, civil society organizations, educational institutions, organizations providing support to migrants and refugees as well as to communities in general. Practical tools developed under the #INTEGRA project, have the purpose of auditing the local policies and praxis and recognizing space and possibilities for developing integration models locally. Find the tools here. 
     
    The Refugees Welcome Bosnia and Herzegovina announced gathering on May 5th in Sarajevo.  The Initiative states that it is the duty of all governments in the region, the United Nations and the competent organizations to secure safe and legal passage of all of those fleeing from their home from war, instability, climate change, economic repression, as well as to ensure the access to the international protection (asylum). It is also the duty of all of us to secure adequate, humane and sufficient humanitarian aid and relief for those crossing dangerous routes. 

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