Brussels has urged Croatia to collaborate amid allegations of violence and abuse towards migrants during its boundary with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Euronews has heard.
It comes following an MEP accused the EU of continued to provide cash to Zagreb for border safety despite being aware of the abuse accusations. Europe’s ombudsman has announced it’s going to investigate the claims.
“I’m writing to you concerning the situation in the borders between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina and also the state of this individual monitoring mechanism,” said the EU’s home affairs commissioner Ylva Johansson at a missive into Croatia’s interior minister Davor Božinović, that was spotted by Euronews.
“Civil society organizations are still watching and publish reports on cases of pushbacks and severe violence against migrants which are apprehended at the border that is quite concerning. I understand that you share my questions regarding those reports introduced as proof, and I am conscious that you’re in the process of attempting to set up related measures to fully make certain that the basic rights of migrants and asylum seekers are respected,” the letter also said.
The Office of the European Ombudsman declared an investigation was launched following a report by Amnesty International asserted that migrants were beaten, whipped, and sexually attacked when seeking to cross into Croatia before being forced back across the border.
Mobile phones are ruined, private belongings removed and individuals are forced to walk through snow or suspended river beds, the criticism by Amnesty maintained.
There have been reports of violence in the boundaries of Balkan countries against refugees, such as in Hungary, Romania, and Greece. Called the Balkan course’, migrants frequently pass through countries like Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia on their way to file for asylum in the European Union.
The analysis will probe the cash provided to the Croatian government for boundary management by the European Commission.
“We can inspect the files, examine the Commission’s answer, which should arrive by January, and move it to the complainant (Amnesty). After this is performed if we find it is a lousy case. Government, we’ll make recommendations on the European Commission.”
That, Daly says, would make her responsible as those who do such heinous deeds.
Daly accused the European Union of voluntarily ignoring the evidence accumulated by organizations monitoring the problem in the EU’s external border, and not having put any tracking mechanism to guarantee respect for individual rights.
The wages of the police forces”are partially paid by the European Union. For that reason, you must be certain the European Commission continues to allow its funds to be utilized without demanding respect for individual rights,” explained Eve Geddie, manager of Amnesty International in the European associations.
A source said: “There’s been substantial follow up on the situation from the Commission.”
Johansson’s letter also says that the Commission” plans to perform a trip to Croatia”.
Fact-finding decisions to be obtained by Ombudsman at end of January
The petition for clarification intends to establish the essence of the management mechanism and the way the Commission confirmed it.
If a person has been produced, how has its effectiveness been confirmed? And more generally, how can the Commission make sure that boundary management operations, compensated for with EU funds, guarantee respect for basic rights?
The European Ombudsman deals with instances of maladministration by the European associations. Independent and impartial, he constantly seeks constructive mediation together with the association under investigation.
In case the institution – in this situation, the EU Commission – doesn’t take them, the ombudsman could submit a specific report on the European Parliament.
The Ombudsman’s decisions aren’t legally binding, reads the Ombudsman’s webpage, however, the compliance pace with his decisions is high.