Welcome! Initiative and GOOD Initiative advocate for the urgent inclusion of asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors in the Croatian education system. The request was issued on the occasion of the Universal Children’s Day, and the Global Education Week, with forging the Recommendation for Inclusion of Asylum Seekers and Refugee Children in the Formal Education. Namely, children without parental care or legal guardian are in many cases not enrolled in schools although they reside in juvenile facilities in places where other children obtain access to schools. There is no justification for delaying or refusing to include these kids in schools. You can see more detailed reactions and recommendations here.
Besides the Madina Hossiny case, another complaint was filed against Croatia at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, regarding the inhumane treatment of refugees. The complaint was filed by Abdeljalil Daraibou, a Moroccan national who spent three years in Croatia and tried to seek justice and get asylum. The Court has asked for the Croatian side to submit a statement. Abdeljalil’s case is based on a violation of the right to life and the right to humane treatment as fundamental human right, since he was difficult to hurt by the fire in an inadequate unit at the Bajakovo border police station in March 2015. In addition to being severely injured, two people were killed in the room and eight police officers got injured while trying to save them. In the complaint, it is stated that there was no effective investigation of this serious incident. After the incident, Abdeljalil tried several times to get asylum in Croatia, which was denied to him every time. He spent more than a month in detention and, after his last detention, was deported to Morocco. Read more here.
The Government of the Una-Sana Canton on November 14th held an extraordinary session, where they concluded that there is a need for increased surveillance of refugees. They require the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to present the exact number of refugees who can be accommodated in the existing temporary reception centers – Džamija, Sedra, Bira, Miral, and Trnovi, and to report on any changes regarding the reception capacity of refugees. They also requested from IOM that refugees in the Miral Hall in Velika Kladuša were taken to the Ušivak Reception Center in Hadzici and from the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the police agencies, Government requested further controls of vehicles coming to Canton, in order to control the arrival of refugees in relation to the available capacities in the Reception Centers.
The accommodation capacities in BIH are still an issue and there is no adequate solution. To recall, several hundred refugees who blocked the Maljevac border crossing in Velika Kladuša by the initiative of the Association of Entrepreneurs were moved to Miral’s Hall. The owner offered to authorities and international organizations that refugees stay in Mirala’s facility until a longer-term solution for their accommodation is found. On Thursday, 15tho f November, this deadline expired and the owner of the facility stated that he was no longer able to offer free use of the facility and would seek compensation for the refugees in Mirala. Otherwise, refugees will have to leave the facility.
The news about police violence against refugees almost arrives daily by being reported by activists, volunteers, and media. Recently Guardian warned about the violent treatment of refugees by the Croatian police. There is a short video in which you can hear screaming, and a middle-aged person who says that the Croatian border police has beaten him. The police and the Ministry of Internal Affairs denies and dismisses allegations of violence every time activists warn about police brutality, and they regularly blame others, ignoring the Ombudsman’s warnings or the letter of the Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner who urges them to stop the violence against refugees.
Activists of No Name Kitchen report regularly about police violence, their report on the prior mentioned case can be read here.
Over the past week, many media reported and wrote about the criminalization of solidarity, narrowing the organization’s and refugee initiatives workplace, the controversy over the Marrakesh Declaration, and the consequences of moral panic. You can read more in Novosti, Bilten and Jutarnji List.