Diese Veranstaltung findet nur auf Englisch statt.

Two Years after the “March of Hope” from Idomeni

Interventions against Push-Backs along the Balkan Route(s)

14 March 2018, 18:30, ECCHR offices, Berlin

Hameed Qaisi (alias for anonymity), Claimant in front of the European Court of Human Rights
Zoran Drangovski, Macedonian Young Lawyers Association
Lea Horvat, Welcome Initiative Croatia
Vera Wriedt, ECCHR
On 14 March 2016, more than 1500 people started walking from Idomeni in Greece across the border to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), seeking to move on and escape the inhuman conditions in Greece. However, they were apprehended by the Macedonian military, threatened, returned to the border in army vehicles, and ordered to crawl under the fence from FYROM back to the Greek side. Such large-scale push-backs form part of a pattern of systematic expulsions at the Greek-Macedonian border. It shows that the enforcement of border closures - following the EU leaders’ decision on 7 March of the same year to stop migratory movements along the former Balkan corridor - engenders predictable human rights violations.
Eight persons from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan submitted complaints to the European Court of Human Rights with the support of ECCHR and PRO ASYL, arguing that such push-backs carried out without any consideration of individual circumstances violate Article 4 Protocol 4 (prohibition of collective expulsion) and Article 13 (right to an effective remedy) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The Macedonian Young Lawyers Association backed the complaint with a Third Party Intervention. While the court decision is pending, the expulsions and human rights violations along the Balkan route(s) continue. Violent push-backs at the Serbo-Croatian border are documented by the Welcome Initiative Croatia.
At this event we will discuss these past and present human rights violations during push-backs at Europe’s external borders, as well as the legal and political struggles against them.
The event will be held in English. The venue is wheelchair accessible.
We look forward to welcoming you to this event and kindly ask you to register at event@ecchr.eu  until 12 March 2018 (please note that no confirmation will be sent).
ECCHR: Anabel Bermejo, E-Mail: bermejo@ECCHR.eu

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