The EU Comission’s answer

We’re looking back at our approaches to bring Border Violence Monitoring to the European Parliament: In June 2018, a request was submitted by Dietmar Köster (MoP, S&D) in a meeting of the Committee of Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament. Köster questioned the role of Frontex in the context of human rights violations at the […]

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No exception

We met Bashir in Bihać and he asked us to publish this video on our blog together with the report. The unconscious young man is recovering by now. The violence by the Croatian police is not an isolated case, but a systematic method of deterrence, which not only violates laws, but is also inhumane. The […]

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There’s a directive on violence against refugees

On www.borderviolence.eu Rigardu documents illegal deportations and police violence against refugees at the EU’s external borders in more than 200 cases. I am firmly convinced that the perpetrators in Croatia are not unprofessional, violent policemen. Instead, it is obviously an instruction within the Croatian police to use violence as a deterrent. I have collected some […]

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We are handing over our project in Serbia

Rigardu is no longer needed in Serbia, and so we have decided to end our humanitarian project in Subotica. The suitcases are already packed, the flat emptied and the transporter with some last volunteers and equipment on the way to Germany. We have now been active in Serbia since March 2017 and have concentrated in […]

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Action – Reaction – Effect

Action – Reaction – Effect… This is our hope for our commitment to the “Border Violence” project. Since the spring of 2017, we have been trying to document as many cases of human rights violations at the EU’s external borders as possible. Interviews with victims of police violence, photos of the resulting injuries and audio […]

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(NO) HUMAN RIGHTS DAY AT EXTERNAL EU BORDERS – Rigardu releases evidence of systematic police violence against refugees

On the occasion of Human Rights day on the 10th of December, German organization Rigardu is releasing an extensive report of illegal push-backs and police violence against refugees and migrants at the borders of the European Union with Serbia: www.borderviolence.eu. « One of us, a 13-year old boy couldn’t stop crying because of the gas […]

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Story of the dead body

Note by Felix: This guest post was written by a man who is currently stuck Šid and has been trying for a longer time to continue his journey to Europe. As he fears danger for his family, he wants to keep his real identity secret. I had already met him in June and now, during […]

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As borders remain closed, lack of perspective increases

This August, Katrin and Max joined Rigardu’s project on site in Šid, Serbia. Here we organize mobile showers, the distribution of drinking water and cooperate with other NGOs that provide food and medical care. Serbia it is then. A friend had told us about Rigardu and their activities in Serbia and, without too much pondering, […]

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