Many observers see in the politics of the European member states a profound divide between the ‘old Europe’ and the so-called Visegrad group of Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In their view, Viktor Orbàn’s xenophobic campaign against the ‘enforced relocation of non-Hungarians in Hungary’ supported by 98% of voters highlights this division, notwithstanding […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
In the past three years, the joint campaign Frontexit has denounced the incompatibility of the Frontex agency with the respect of fundamental rights. The establishment of a new European border guard body to replace Frontex, which the European Parliament approved last 5 July, is yet another step further in the war waged by the European […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
On the occasion of the arrival of Turkish President Erdogan in Croatia, the initiative ‘Zagreb Light Brigade’ demands the withdrawal of the unjust agreement between the European Union and Turkey under which refugees are being deported and held in Turkey, and the opening of borders. UNHCR and human rights organisations believe that this agreement does […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Commenting on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Croatia, the civil society organisations “Welcome” and CROSOL (International Civic Solidarity Platform) on Wednesday called on Croatian authorities to “take off their masks” and stop ignoring human rights violations caused by the Turkish president’s policies, whom they called a dictator, under the pretext of business investments. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
MARCH #OVERTHEFORTRESS: 300 PEOPLE, ONE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE The Solidarity Handover #Overthefortress started 8 months ago, as a concrete idea of a solidarity action born from the bottom, and it has been shared immediately by activists, students and volunteers who choose to actively support the migrants in their everyday struggle against internal and external borders of […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Despite the harsh weather, the initiatives ‘Welcome!’ and ‘Are You Syrious?’ attracted some 500 people to the “Closing of Borders Kills” protest in St. Mark’s Square in Zagreb against the closing of the so-called Balkan Route, which has left more than 40,000 people trapped at the Greek border. „People are seeking peace and safety. These […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Motivated by the announcements made by the press that the Government of the Republic of Croatia will soon start the amendment procedure of the Law on State Border control, Centre for Peace, Non-Violence and Human Rights Osijek, Centre for Peace Studies, Welcome! Initiative, Miramida Centar and Regional Address for Non-Violent Action are wondering: Who is […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Report on Human Rights Violations and Push-Backs against People travelling towards Germany Conducted by Austrian, Slovenian and Croatian Authorities This short report ties in to the reports on human rights violations and push backs conducted by Slovenian and Croatian authorities, published by Moving Europe on the 2nd and 18th of February 2016. It illustrates how […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
With regards to today’s meeting of the Chiefs of Police of Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia, who are in Zagreb discussing the humanitarian crisis, the Welcome! Initiative calls for these countries not to reach for measures of returning the refugees back to insecurity, by uplifting the internal border controls and playing ping- pong with […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The challenge of refugee protection is one of the most complex and serious issues currently facing the European Union. In 2015 more than one million refugees were seeking protection in the EU, the majority fleeing war and violence in the Middle East and heading towards a few EU-member states like Austria, Germany and Sweden. This […]Continue Reading... No Comments.