Paweł Szymon Kosiński (pskosinski)
#^Pushed Back at the Door: Denial of Access to Asylum in Eastern EU Member states

The report ‘Pushed Back at the Door’ by NGOs from five Eastern EU Members States (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia) presents a bleak picture of Europe’s response to the biggest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War. Increased border control and the construction of physical and legal barriers restricting access to protection for people fleeing war and terror characterize this ‘scary new’ reality. The political discourse shaping legislative and policy measures in the participating countries is centred around issues of security and terrorism, while little or no room is left for the obligation to grant the right to asylum and to protection. (…)

A significant share of the reports by asylum-seekers (around 45 percent) concern physical violence including knocking to the ground, kicking, beating people with batons and in one case – a handgun grip. In six cases, police dogs were used for intimidation during the arrest, which resulted in one case of a dog bite. In several other cases, the policemen used warning shots (shooting in the air). In a similar incident on 15 October, 2016 a 19-year old Afghani man was killed after a border policeman allegedly used a warning shot and the bullet ricocheted killing the person. In June of 2016, the Burgas Regional Prosecutor’s Office discontinued the investigation because, the Office concluded, the result of the officer’s conduct was coincidental and could not have been foreseen. (…)

On 31 May 2016, HHC monitors met three minors from Afghanistan who had crossed to Hungary on 15 May. After the crossing, the minor children were subsequently beaten, kicked and pepper sprayed by Hungarian police. Dogs were unleashed on them, and two weeks later the traces of dog-bites were still visible on the nose of one of the minors. There was no medical record of the injuries, nor any follow-up treatment at the reception center in Hungary.

#lang-en #eu #refugee #afganistan #pakistan #syria #armenia #poland #hungary #czech #bulgaria #slovenia #police
Paweł Szymon Kosiński (pskosinski)
#^Sorry America, You’re Not So Fucking Special, Agata Popęda, Political Critique
What Constitutes the Right-Wing? Poland vs. the US — a Case Study.

#lang-pl #us #poland #right-wing #prawo-i-sprawiedliwość #donald-trump #political-critique #agata-popęda