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Astrid Essed insists: Red Cross, please give me information about your present [2022] involvement with the refugees, trapped between Poland and Belarus

The Massini family from Syria, father Muhammad (second left), mother Alaa (centre) and their two sons, with activists

The Massini family from Syria, father Muhammad (second left), mother Alaa (centre) and their two sons, with activists. Photograph: Wojtek Radwański/AFP/Getty Images
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REFUGEES, TRAPPED BETWEEN POLAND AND BELARUS

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UKRAINIAN REFUGEES

ASTRID ESSED INSISTS: RED CROSS, PLEASE GIVE ME INFORMATION

ABOUT YOUR PRESENT [2022] INVOLVEMENT WITH REFUGEES, TRAPPED BETWEEN POLAND AND BELARUS

INTRODUCTION:

The attentive reader may have red my Letter to the International Red Cross

about their involvement with refugees, who are [sinds last year, 2021] trapped

between the borders of Poland and Belarus.

I especially wrote this letter, since I was, based on reliable information, under

the impression, that the Red Cross, however great their involvement

with the Poland-Belarus refugees in 2021 [for which I’ve complimented them],

may possibly have had less attention for the trapped refugees, due to the Ukraine crisis. 

See my Letter under note 1, below, in which I posed some questions

regarding the Red Cross involvement in 2022. 

To my pleasant surprise, the Committee of the Red Cross responded

my mail, despite their busy time schedule and their answer partly satisfied me,

regarding their showed involvement with those refugees.

However, the joint statement they sent me, regarding their involvement

was from november 2021 [2] and mentioned nothing about their PRESENT,

2022 involvement.

Reason for me to write the Red Cross again, to ask again about their involvement with the trapped refugees in 2022!

In the middle of all right attention to the Ukrainian refugees and their desperate

flight for the Russian invasion, other refugees, like those trapped in the middle

of the no man’s land somewhere between Poland and Belarus, must not

be forgotten.

I see it as my task to remind the International Red Cross to that.

Because even good organisations can make mistakes

First the notes

Then my first mail to the Red Cross [A]

Then the answer of the Red Cross [B]

Below the answer, my reaction to the answer to the Red

Cross, in text and mail [C]

ENJOY, READERS!

ASTRID ESSED

NOTES

[1]

THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS, THE UKRAINIAN REFUGEES,

TRAPPED BETWEEN POLAND AND BELARUS, DO YOU TREAT THEM

WITH EQUAL ATTENTION, RED CROSS?

ASTRID ESSED

[2]


ICRC AND IFCR ON MIGRATION CRISIS AT THE BORDERS

BETWEEN BELARUS, POLAND, LITHUANIA AND OTHER COUNTRIES

18 NOVEMBER 2021

https://www.icrc.org/en/document/icrc-ifrc-migration-crisis-borders

A

FIRST ASTRID ESSED MAIL TO THE RED CROSS

THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS, THE UKRAINIAN REFUGEES,

TRAPPED BETWEEN POLAND AND BELARUS, DO YOU TREAT THEM

WITH EQUAL ATTENTION, RED CROSS?

ASTRID ESSED

B

ANSWER OF THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS TO THE

FIRST ASTRID ESSED MAIL [SEE ABOVE, UNDER A]

On Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 07:50:49 PM GMT+2, GVA Inquiries Mailbox <inquiries@icrc.org> wrote:

Dear Astrid

Thank you for your sharing your concerns with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and apologies for the delayed answer. We are receiving hundreds of messages and doing our best to answer all of them.

We took note of your opinions and we highly value your feedback about our work. 

We work in over 100 contexts affected by armed conflict and violence. Our largest operations are in countries such as Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Somalia, and Ethiopia. In Ukraine, our work began in 2014 when the conflict started, and our presence in the country has grown since 24 February. 

As you mention in your message, the horror of the crisis in Ukraine shouldn’t make the world forget that people suffering continues in other parts of the world, where millions are still relying on humanitarian assistance to access their basic needs.   

We have followed the situation you mention closely and have supported the work that the National Red Cross Societies, their volunteers and other organizations are doing to help refugees. In 2021 we issued this joint press release: ICRC and IFRC on migration crisis at the borders between Belarus, Poland, Lithuania and other countries. In the statement, we expressed our alarm about the humanitarian tragedy unfolding and asked for unrestricted access for all organizations.

If you have specific questions about the situation of refugees, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) may be able to provide more information in this regard.

For more information about our work in Ukraine, please visit our website Humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. Information for people affected by the conflict is available here.

We hope this has helped clarify your concerns

Sincerely yours, 

The ICRC team

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

19, avenue de la Paix, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland

www.icrc.org

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C

ASTRID ESSED REACTION TO THE ANSWER OF THE INTERNATIONAL

RED CROSS [SEE UNDER B]

ANSWER IN TEXT AND IN ORIGINAL MAIL

C1 

IN TEXT

TO:

THE ICRC TEAM

International Committee of the Red Cross

Subject:

Reaction to your mail dd 7 june and a repetition of my question

about the present [2022] Red Cross involvement regarding the situation

of the refugees, who are trapped between the borders of Poland and Belarus,

since your answer to me was referring to the situation of 2021 only.

See also my earlier mail to you on which you have responded

Dear Committee,

I appreciate your relatively quick reaction on my recent mail [27 may 2022],

knowing your very busy time schedule.

I also appreciate your concern, following my mail on 27 may, that the attention for the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine should not overshadow your concern

for other humanitarian drama’s.

In my letter I especially mentioned the dramatic humanitarian needs of

those refugees, who are still trapped between the borders of Belarus and Poland.I quote from your mail:”

As you mention in your message, the horror of the crisis in Ukraine shouldn’t make the world forget that people suffering continues in other parts of the world, where millions are still relying on humanitarian assistance to access their basic needs. ”I had noticed that before, since I mentioned inmy mail to you the statement of mr F Rocca, presidentof the International Federation of Red Cross and Red CrescentSocieties, that there should be no difference in the receptionand protection of refugees, whether they are Ukrainians orcoming from other countries [1]
And in my former mail, I’ve also referred to the Good Work, done by the American Red Cross and the Finnish Red Cross  and doubtless other sections of the Red Cross regarding the refugees, trapped between Poland and Belarus [2] and I complimented you with that.
As reaction on my mail to you, you referred to your Joint PressRelease of 2021, titled: ”ICRC and IFCR on migration crisisat the borders between Belarus, Lithuania and other countries” [3]I was impressed, as by the Work of the American Red Cross andthe Finnish Red Cross and I fully supported your statement,especially this part [I quote you]”

All migrants, irrespective of their legal status, should have effective access to humanitarian assistance and medical assistance, as well as to protection. Whether this is international protection, or a voluntary return to their home countries, migrants’ rights should be respected at all times and authorities should avoid separating family members and putting at risk their lives and physical integrity.” [4]

True humanity and something the EU leaders should

reflect on.

HOWEVER:

[And reason for my reaction on your answer to me]

That is NOT what I asked you for.

Since you referred to the situation in 2021 and I am

anxious to know about PRESENT the situation, the

situation in 2022, of the

refugees, trapped between Poland and Belarus [and

as I now understand, also Lithuania]

Perhaps I didn’t make that clear in my first mail to you?

Then I will do it now and repeat my questions:Based on the Statement of Amnesty Internationalon 11th of april 2022, the situation of thosetrapped between the Poland-Belarus border is direSee their statement: 

POLAND/BELARUS: NEW EVIDENCE OF ABUSES HIGHLIGHTS 

”HYPOCRISY” OF UNEQUAL TREATMENT OF ASYLUM SEEKERS

AND the Amnesty report ”POLAND: CRUELTY, NOT COMPASSION, AT EUROPE’S OTHER BORDERS”  [5]

MY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE RED CROSS INVOLVEMENT

WITH THE MENTIONED REFUGEES IN 2022:

My questions refer to the PRESENT, 2022 ICRC involvement with

the refugees, who are trapped between the Poland-Belarus border,

as mentioned in my first mail [6]

I REPEAT:

 I had the impression, that on this moment, the main attention

of the International Cross goes to the Ukrainian refugees [7] and that the

trapped refugees between Poland and Belarus are somewhat forgotten.

When I am wrong, please send me the information about

your involvement in the no one land between those borders on this

moment, 2022.

When I am NOT wrong, please explain to me, why the International

Red Cross shows less attention to those refugees:

Are you being hindered in your activities, something volunteers have experienced in the past months? [8]

And if that’s so, what did you do, as an International Organisation, to

address to this situation?

Did you write to the Polish and Belarussian authorities?

Did you gave press conferences about this?

Did you try to visit the Polish detention centres, where, according to the

information of Amnesty International, the border refugees are being

mistreated and denied their right to asylum? [9]

If not, why not?

Because you are hindered in your activities?

And again the question:

If you are hindered in your activities, what did you do to protest and get access anyway, as

is your right and obligation as the International Red Cross?

Those are my questions, in short

I would appreciate your reaction, but if you are pressed with time,

the only thing I want is to recall the dire situation those refugees

are in and to urge your humanitarian involvement with them, also

now, in 2022, since their situation doesn’t seem to be more humane now.

Thank you for your involvement

Kind greetings

Astrid Essed

Amsterdam 

The Netherlands

NOTES

[1]

IFRC PRESIDENT: ETHNICITY AND NATIONALITY SHOULD NOT

BE DECIDING FACTORS IN SAVING LIVES

16 MAY 2022

PRESS RELEASE

https://www.ifrc.org/press-release/ifrc-president-ethnicity-and-nationality-should-not-be-deciding-factors-saving-lives

New York / Geneva, 16 May 2022 – President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Francesco Rocca calls on states to step up to their responsibility to save lives, no matter where people are from, ahead of the first review of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM).

Mr Rocca says: “When I was in Marrakech for the adoption of the GCM I made a statement that the world’s approach to migration is painfully broken – but that the GCM can fix it. As we begin the first review of the progress made since then, I am sad to say that this has not been the case so far. Not enough changes to policies and practices to ensure safe and dignified migration have taken place, and many more lives have been lost due to that failure to act.”

On the world’s deadliest sea migration route, the central Mediterranean, the number of deaths has in fact increased since the GCM was signed. The Ocean Viking ship, operated by SOS Mediterranée with IFRC providing humanitarian services on board, saves people in distress on this route.

“We need to carry out this work as state-coordinated search and rescue is absent in the area,” says Mr Rocca. “Our teams have already saved 1,260 people in the nine months we’ve been operating.”

The Ocean Viking is one of the 330 Humanitarian Service Points (HSPs) in 45 countries that supports the ambitions of the GCM, providing assistance and protection to people on the move irrespective of status and without fear of reprisal. The Romanian Red Cross implements HSPs in Bucharest to support people fleeing Ukraine, providing information, food, water, hygiene items and financial assistance, while the Hungarian Red Cross has been operating a HSP at the Keleti railway station 24/7 to welcome people arriving from Ukraine by train with information, food, hygiene items and baby care products.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Colombian Red Cross Society has implemented HSPs at the border with Venezuela, offering essential services like healthcare, while Libyan Red Crescent volunteers have provided support to migrants and displaced people, operating HSPs that provided access to information, food, and other necessities, as well as restoring family links services.

At the International Migration Review Forum (IMRF), the IFRC is calling for individual and collective efforts on search and rescue; ensuring access to essential services for migrants regardless of status; scaling up support to people affected of climate related displacement; and the inclusion of migrants in all aspects of society and decision making.

“The political, public and humanitarian response to the Ukraine crisis has shown what is possible when humanity and dignity comes first, when there is global solidarity and the will to assist and protect the most vulnerable,” says Mr Rocca. “This must be extended to everyone in need, wherever they come from. Ethnicity and nationality should not be deciding factors in saving lives.”

[2]

AMERICAN RED CROSS

THOUSANDS AT BELARUS BORDER IN NEED

OF HUMANITARIAN AID

https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/news/2021/thousands-at-belarus-border-in-need-of-humanitarian-aid.html

November 15, 2021

The Red Cross is urgently providing relief efforts as thousands of people risk their lives in freezing conditions along the Belarus-Poland border. At least 10 people have died and an estimated 2,000 people are living in makeshift camps near the border between Belarus and neighboring countries Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) urges unhindered access to the border be provided to help the men, women and children risking their lives for a safer future. 

Belarus Red Cross has been coordinating aid from partners since last week, distributing food, water, blankets and warm clothes. Staff and volunteers are involved in a continuous response to the situation, sorting and distributing packages, as well as helping authorities set up heating tents for women and children. Assistance was also provided for three children who were hospitalized.

“We are concerned about the increasingly serious situation on the Poland-Belarus border, after large groups of migrants arrived there on November 8. We call for access for the Red Cross and other humanitarian organizations so that all people in need, at the border and other locations, can receive medical treatment, humanitarian assistance and protection services,” said Andreas von Weissenberg, IFRC Europe’s head of Disasters, Climate and Crises.

“While Belarus Red Cross has thankfully been given some access to provide vital life-saving aid to people enduring hunger and freezing conditions, we need that access to be regular and also get access on the other side of the border. People need to be treated humanely,” von Weissenberg said.

The Polish Red Cross has been responding to this crisis for several weeks, delivering blankets, sleeping bags and clothes. Local branches are supporting migrants in provinces near the border with food, water and hygiene kits, as well as providing first aid and helping people trace family members.

Lithuanian Red Cross teams have also been supporting migrants close to the border with water, hygiene kits, footwear and clothing, as well as toys for children. In five large reception centers, volunteers provide food and other humanitarian aid, offer psychological support and legal assistance and help people reconnect with their loved ones by providing mobile phones and SIM cards.

IFRC is in the process of providing the Belarus Red Cross, Polish Red Cross and Lithuanian Red Cross with emergency funding to support the migrants with food, clothes, hygiene items, first aid and family reunification services.

“Humanitarian organizations must be granted unconditional and safe access to all people in need, irrespective of their legal status. People are crossing the border with just the clothes on their backs. They need food, medicine, hygiene items, clothing, and protective equipment against COVID-19. We must be allowed to deliver critical assistance and we want to see a peaceful, humane and rights-based solution to the situation,” von Weissenberg concluded. 

THE FINISH RED CROSS

THE RED CROSS IS HELPING MIGRANTS STRUGGLING IN

DANGEROUS CONDITIONS AT THE EU’S EASTERN BORDER

24 NOVEMBER 2021

https://www.redcross.fi/news/2021/the-red-cross-is-helping-migrants-struggling-in-dangerous-conditions-at-the-eus-eastern-border/

The situation of migrants trying to enter the EU at the border of Poland, Lithuania and Belarus is alarming. Thousands of migrants have been stuck on the border region since early autumn. The situation of people sleeping without shelter is expected to worsen as the winter approaches.

The Belarusian, Polish and Lithuanian Red Cross organisations are helping migrants at the borders by distributing food, clean water, hygiene supplies, clothes and blankets and by offering essential health care.

The health of the people sleeping rough is at continuous risk. At least 10 people are known to have died. Among them, a 14-year-old boy who died of hypothermia.

“There are hundreds of children at the border, many of whom have been separated from their families. The are also pregnant women and disabled people among the migrants. Their situation is worsening by the hour as the crisis drags on and nights become colder,” says the Director of International Operations at the Finnish Red Cross Tiina Saarikoski.

“All states are obliged to ensure that humanitarian aid gets through to its target. People have the right to necessary protection, care and safety, regardless of whether they are granted the right to stay in the country or not.”

The International Committee of the Red Cross helps migrants establish contact with their family members. 

The Finnish Red Cross maintains preparedness for large-scale migration as part of its continuous readiness. As agreed with the authorities, the Red Cross is permanently prepared to establish and maintain reception centres and temporary accommodation units at the request of the authorities.

The Finnish Red Cross has not received official requests in relation to the situation in Poland, Lithuania and Belarus. 
 
“The most important thing right now is to deliver necessary aid to the migrants in unsafe conditions and allow humanitarian operators to provide aid,” Saarikoski emphasises. 

[3]

ICRC AND IFCR ON MIGRATION CRISIS AT THE BORDERS

BETWEEN BELARUS, POLAND, LITHUANIA AND OTHER COUNTRIES

18 NOVEMBER 2021

https://www.icrc.org/en/document/icrc-ifrc-migration-crisis-borders

Unrestricted and safe humanitarian access urgently needed to save lives and alleviate suffering.

STATEMENT18 NOVEMBER 2021

Budapest/Geneva – November 18, 2021 — The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are alarmed by the humanitarian tragedy unfolding at the borders between Belarus, Poland and Lithuania. At least 10 people are known to have died, including a 14-year-old boy due to hypothermia. The situation is set to worsen with the most serious winter weather yet to arrive.

IFRC has allocated more than 1 million Swiss Francs to Belarus Red Cross, Polish Red Cross and Lithuanian Red Cross, whose volunteers and staff are assisting thousands of vulnerable people with food, water, blankets and vital medical assistance. ICRC is complementing the response, providing support and additional technical expertise to Red Cross partners, notably to keep migrants in contact with their relatives and other protection-related issues.

Birgitte Ebbesen, IFRC Regional Director for Europe said, “There are extremely vulnerable people at the border, including people with disabilities, pregnant women, and hundreds of children – many of them without a parent or family member. They have been sleeping rough in freezing conditions for many days now.”

“Our volunteers have been able to provide some assistance, but many are still hungry and cold. These are mothers, sisters, sons and daughters, people whose lives matter, and they should be protected and treated with compassion and dignity.”

Martin Schüepp, ICRC Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia said: “To protect people’s lives, health and dignity, as well as ease suffering and prevent further tragedy, all Red Cross Red Crescent Movement partners and other humanitarian organisations need immediate, unrestricted access to all migrants, including at borders.”

“The ICRC is providing support and additional technical expertise to our Red Cross partners, on reuniting people with separated family members and other protection-related issues.”

All migrants, irrespective of their legal status, should have effective access to humanitarian assistance and medical assistance, as well as to protection. Whether this is international protection, or a voluntary return to their home countries, migrants’ rights should be respected at all times and authorities should avoid separating family members and putting at risk their lives and physical integrity.

[4]

”All migrants, irrespective of their legal status, should have effective access to humanitarian assistance and medical assistance, as well as to protection. Whether this is international protection, or a voluntary return to their home countries, migrants’ rights should be respected at all times and authorities should avoid separating family members and putting at risk their lives and physical integrity.”

ICRC AND IFCR ON MIGRATION CRISIS AT THE BORDERS

BETWEEN BELARUS, POLAND, LITHUANIA AND OTHER COUNTRIES

18 NOVEMBER 2021

https://www.icrc.org/en/document/icrc-ifrc-migration-crisis-borders

SEE FOR FULL TEXT, NOTE 3

[5]

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

POLAND/BELARUS: NEW EVIDENCE OF ABUSES HIGHLIGHTS 

”HYPOCRISY” OF UNEQUAL TREATMENT OF ASYLUM SEEKERS

11 APRIL 2022

Poland/Belarus: New evidence of abuses highlights ‘hypocrisy’ of unequal treatment of asylum-seekers 

  • Authorities violating rights of asylum-seekers, including strip searches and other degrading treatment, in overcrowded detention centres
  • Some people forcibly sedated during return
  • Pushbacks and arbitrary detention in stark contrast with welcome shown to those fleeing Ukraine
  • Spokespeople available

The Polish authorities have arbitrarily detained nearly two thousand asylum-seekers who crossed into the country from Belarus in 2021, and subjected many of them to abuse, including strip searches in unsanitary, overcrowded facilities, and in some cases even to forcible sedation and tasering, Amnesty International said today.

Additionally, after a hiatus during winter, more asylum-seekers are now trying to enter Poland from Belarus, where they are unable to access further funds due to international sanctions and risk harassment or apprehension by Belarusian police due their irregular immigration status. At the Polish border they face razor wire fences and repeated pushbacks by border guards sometimes up to 20-30 times.

“This violent and degrading treatment stands in stark contrast to the warm welcome Poland is offering to displaced people arriving from Ukraine. The behaviour of the Polish authorities smacks of racism and hypocrisy. Poland must urgently extend its admirable compassion for those entering the country from Ukraine to all those crossing its borders to seek safety.”

Arbitrary detention and abysmal detention conditions

Polish border guards have systematically rounded up and violently pushed back people crossing from Belarus, sometimes threatening them with guns. The vast majority of those who have been fortunate enough to avoid being pushed back to Belarus and to apply for asylum in Poland are forced into automatic detention, without a proper assessment of their individual situation and the impact detention would have on their physical and mental health. They are often held for prolonged and indefinite periods of time in overcrowded centres that offer little privacy and only limited access to sanitary facilities, doctors, psychologists, or legal assistance.

Almost all of the people Amnesty International interviewed said they were  traumatized after fleeing areas of conflict and being trapped for months on the Belarusian-Polish border. They also suffered from serious psychological problems, including anxiety, insomnia, depression and frequent suicidal thoughts, undoubtedly exacerbated by their unnecessary metres. For most, psychological support was unavailable.

Retraumatized inside a military base

Many of the people who Amnesty spoke to had been in Wędrzyn detention centre, which holds up to 600 people. Overcrowding is particularly acute in this facility, where up to 24 men are detained in rooms measuring just eight square metres.

In 2021, the Polish authorities decreased the minimum required space for foreign detainees from three square meters per person to just two. The Council of Europe minimum standard for personal living space in prisons and detention centres is four square meters per person.

People held in Wędrzyn recounted how guards greeted new detainees  by saying “welcome to Guantánamo”. Many of them were victims of torture in their home countries before enduring harrowing experiences both in Belarus and on the border of Poland. The detention centre in Wędrzyn forms part of an active military base. The facility’s barbed wire walls — and the persistent sound of armoured vehicles, helicopters and gunfire from military exercises in the area — only serves to retraumatize them.

In Lesznowola Detention Centre, detainees said that guards’ treatment left them feeling dehumanized. The staff called detainees by their case numbers instead of using their names and meted out excessive punishments, including isolation, for simple requests, such as asking for a towel or more food.

Nearly all those interviewed reported consistently disrespectful and verbally abusive behaviour, racist remarks and other practices that indicated psychological ill-treatment. 

Men who Amnesty International interviewed uniformly  complained about the manner in which body searches were  conducted. When people were  transferred from one detention centre to another, they were forced to undergo a strip search at each facility, even though they were in state custody at all times. In Wędrzyn, people recounted abusive searches. For example, all newly admitted foreigners are kept together in a room, required to remove all of their clothes and ordered to perform squats longer than necessary for a legitimate check.

Violent forcible returns

Amnesty International interviewed several people who were forcibly returned as well as some who avoided return and remain in detention in Poland. Many said the Polish border guards who conducted the returns coerced them into signing documents in Polish that they suspected included incriminating information in order to justify their returns. They also said that, in some cases, border guards used excessive force, such as tasers, restrained people with handcuffs, and even sedated those being returned. 

Authorities attempted to forcibly return Yezda, a 30-year old Kurdish woman , with her husband and three small children. After being told that the family would be returned to Iraq, Yezda panicked and screamed and pleaded with the guards not to take them. She threatened to take her life and became extremely agitated. “I knew I could not go back to Iraq and I was ready to die in Poland. While I was crying like that, two guards restrained me and my husband, tied our hands behind our backs, and a doctor gave us an injection that made us very weak and sleepy. My head was not clear, but I could hear my children, who were in the room with us, crying and screaming.”

“We were asked to go through the airport security and the guards told us to behave on the plane. But I refused to go. I remember noticing that I didn’t even have any shoes on, as in the chaos at the camp, they slipped of my feet. My head was not clear, and I couldn’t see my husband or the children, but I remember that they forced me on the plane that was full of people. I was still crying and pleading with the police not to take us.” Yezda said that she broke her foot as she fought the guards who tried to put her on the plane. Yezda and her family were returned to Warsaw after the airline refused to take them to Iraq. They remain in a camp in Poland for now.

Volunteers and activists have been barred from accessing the border of Poland and Belarus, and some have even faced prosecution for trying to help people cross the border. In March, activists who had helped people both on Poland’s borders with Ukraine and with Belarus were detained for providing life-saving assistance to refugees and migrants on the Belarussian border, and now face potentially serious charges.

Stranded at the border

On 20 March, the Belarusian authorities reportedly evicted close to 700 refugees and migrants, including many families with young children and people suffering from severe illnesses and disabilities, from the warehouse in the Belarusian village of Bruzgi which had accommodated several thousand people in 2021.

People who were evicted from the warehouse suddenly found themselves stranded in the forest, trying to survive in sub-zero temperatures without shelter, food, water or access to medical care. Many remain in the forest and experience daily abuse from the Belarusian border guards, who use dogs and violence to force people to cross the border into Poland.

“Hundreds of people fleeing conflict in the Middle East and other parts of the world remain stranded on the border between Belarus and Poland. The Polish government must immediately stop pushbacks. They are illegal no matter how the government tries to justify them. The international community – including the EU – must demand that those trapped on Poland’s border with Belarus be afforded the same access to EU territory as any other group seeking refuge in Europe,” said Jelena Sesar.

END OF THE ARTICLE

REPORT AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

POLAND: CRUELTY, NOT COMPASSION, AT EUROPE’S OTHER BORDERS

11 APRIL 2022

The rapid relief effort at the border, exceptional generosity of civil society and willingness of Polish authorities to receive people fleeing from Ukraine contrast starkly with the Polish government’s hostility toward refugees and migrants who have arrived in the country via Belarus since July 2021. Hundreds of people who crossed from Belarus have been arbitrarily detained in Poland in appalling conditions and without access to a fair asylum proceeding. Many have been forcibly returned to their countries of origin, some under sedation. In addition, hundreds of people remain stranded inside Belarus and face increasingly desperate conditions.

END OF THIS PIECE

FULL REPORT

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

POLAND: CRUELTY, NOT COMPASSION, AT EUROPE’S OTHER BORDERS

11 APRIL 2022

https://www.amnesty.org/en/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/EUR3754602022ENGLISH.pdf

[6]

THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS, THE UKRAINIAN REFUGEES

AND THE REFUGEES, TRAPPED BETWEEN POLAND AND BELARUS/

DO YOU TREAT THEM WITH EQUAL ATTENTION, RED CROSS?

ASTRID ESSED

[7]

THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS 

HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN UKRAINE AND NEIGHBOURING

COUNTRIES

https://www.icrc.org/en/humanitarian-crisis-ukraine

IFRC SCALES UP CASH ASSISTANCE TO PEOPLE IMPACTED

BY CONFLICT IN UKRAINE

23 MAY 2022

https://www.ifrc.org/article/ifrc-scales-cash-assistance-people-impacted-conflict-ukraine

Three months into the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has distributed financial assistance totalling more than 4.3 million Swiss francs to thousands of people on the move.

IFRC Head of Emergency Operations for the Ukraine response, Anne Katherine Moore, said:

“The longer the conflict continues, the greater the needs become. The cost of basic necessities, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, is rising. Increases in the cost of fuel and apartment rentals are also being reported. Millions of people have lost their jobs and their savings are dwindling. Through a new mobile app, we have been able to ramp up our support to help people facing these financial challenges.”

The new technology makes it possible for the IFRC and responding National Societies to reach people at scale and to deliver cash assistance digitally. Successfully introduced in Romania, the mobile app allows refugees to self-register for assistance online, negating the need and cost involved of having to travel to a central location.

The app will soon be expanded to Poland and Slovakia, where cash assistance is already being provided through more traditional methods such as in-person registration, as well as Ukraine and other neighbouring countries.

“This is the fastest we have ever delivered cash at this scale. It has the potential to be a game-changer for our work not just in this response, but also in future operations,” Moore continued.

Cash assistance is a dignified and efficient way to support people impacted by the conflict, allowing them to purchase items specific to their individual needs, while also supporting local economies. It is one part of our integrated and wide-ranging Red Cross and Red Crescent response to the conflict that also includes the provision of health care, first aid, psychosocial support and the distribution of basic household necessities.

Speaking about next steps, Moore said: “There is no short-term solution to the needs of the more than 14 million people who have been forced to flee their homes. We know that even if the conflict was to end tomorrow, rebuilding and recovery will take years. People have lost their homes, their livelihoods, and access to timely healthcare. The IFRC, in support of local National Red Cross Societies in the region, will be there helping people now, and in the months and years to come.”

During the past three months:
  • Together, we have reached more than 2.1 million people with life-saving aid within Ukraine and in surrounding countries. This is 1 in 10 people who had to flee their homes because of the conflict.
  • Along the travel routes within and outside Ukraine, we’ve set up 142 Humanitarian Service Points in 15 countries to provide those fleeing with a safe environment. There, they receive essential services like food, hygiene items, blankets, clothing water, first aid, psychosocial support, information, and financial assistance.
  • In total, we distributed 2.3 million kilograms of aid.
  • 71,000 Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers are responding to the crisis.

[8]

MEDICS LEAVE POLAND=BELARUS BORDER WITHOUT

REACHING MIGRANTS

https://www.dw.com/en/medics-leave-poland-belarus-border-without-reaching-migrants/a-60353514

Doctors Without Borders removed its team on the Belarus-Poland border after Warsaw blocked access to migrants trying to enter the European Union. Camped in harsh conditions, several people have died on the EU’s doorstep.

Despite knowing people along the Belarus-Poland border were “in desperate need of medical and humanitarian assistance,” the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said it withdrew its emergency response team from the region.

“Since October, MSF has repeatedly requested access to the restricted area and the border guard posts in Poland, but without success,” Frauke Ossig, the charity’s emergency coordinator for Poland and Lithuania, said on Thursday.

“We know that there are still people crossing the border and hiding in the forest, in need of support, but while we are committed to assisting people on the move wherever they may be, we have not been able to reach them in Poland,” Ossig added.

MSF said it was concerned that restricting access to major aid organizations could result in more deaths and such policies were “another example of the EU deliberately creating unsafe conditions for people to seek asylum at its borders.”

While many of the migrants received shelter in a logistics center, a number of people are reported to have died in the freezing, harsh conditions along the border.

Why can’t aid groups reach migrants and asylum-seekers?

On December 1, Poland’s Interior Ministry extended a state of emergency that prohibits all non-residents, including journalists and non-governmental aid groups, from the border area.

“People are being attacked and beaten at the hands of border guards, and yet state officials continue to allow the practice of pushing people between borders knowing that such maltreatment continues,” MSF said.

With thousands of people on the Belarusian side of the 400-kilometer (250-mile) stretch, Poland built a barbed-wire fence that it intends to replace with a permanent barrier and sent thousands of soldiers to the border, leaving the migrants stuck in camps in no man’s land and unable to apply for asylum in the European Union.

Polish border guards accused of illegal ‘pushbacks’

Polish border guards have been accused of forcibly pushing migrants and asylum-seekers back into Belarus — a move that breaches international law. At least 21 people have lost their lives in the attempt in 2021, MSF reported.

In December, the Polish civil society group Salam Lab reported that five Syrian and one Palestinian who managed to find their way outside Poland’s exclusion zone said they had been pushed back to Belarus several times by Polish authorities.

EU nations Latvia and Lithuania, which also share borders with Belarus, have also reinforced their border security and declared a state of emergency. MSF said it had not received access to migrants at the Belarusian-Lithuanian border.

The European Union has accused Belarus’ authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko of encouraging people fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East to attempt to enter the EU through Belarus.

Belarus denies this and has urged the EU to take in the migrants.

“The current situation is unacceptable and inhumane,” Ossig said. “People have the right to seek safety and asylum and should not be illegitimately pushed back to Belarus.”

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

POLAND/BELARUS: NEW EVIDENCE OF ABUSES HIGHLIGHTS 

”HYPOCRISY” OF UNEQUAL TREATMENT OF ASYLUM SEEKERS

11 APRIL 2022

SEE FOR FULL TEXT, NOTE 5

C2

IN MAIL

From: Astrid Essed <astridessed@yahoo.com>

To: GVA Inquiries Mailbox <inquiries@icrc.org>

Sent: Sunday, June 12, 2022, 12:40:24 PM GMT+2

Subject: Re: Questions about the International Red Cross attitude against Ukrainian refugees versus refugees trapped between Belarus and Poland

TO:

THE ICRC TEAM

International Committee of the Red Cross

Subject:

Reaction to your mail dd 7 june and a repetition of my question

about the present [2022] Red Cross involvement regarding the situation

of the refugees, who are trapped between the borders of Poland and Belarus,

since your answer to me was referring to the situation of 2021 only.

See also my earlier mail to you on which you have responded

Dear Committee,

I appreciate your relatively quick reaction on my recent mail [27 may 2022],

knowing your very busy time schedule.

I also appreciate your concern, following my mail on 27 may, that the attention for the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine should not overshadow your concern

for other humanitarian drama’s.

In my letter I especially mentioned the dramatic humanitarian needs of

those refugees, who are still trapped between the borders of Belarus and Poland.I quote from your mail:”

As you mention in your message, the horror of the crisis in Ukraine shouldn’t make the world forget that people suffering continues in other parts of the world, where millions are still relying on humanitarian assistance to access their basic needs. ”I had noticed that before, since I mentioned inmy mail to you the statement of mr F Rocca, presidentof the International Federation of Red Cross and Red CrescentSocieties, that there should be no difference in the receptionand protection of refugees, whether they are Ukrainians orcoming from other countries [1]
And in my former mail, I’ve also referred to the Good Work, done by the American Red Cross and the Finnish Red Cross  and doubtless other sections of the Red Cross regarding the refugees, trapped between Poland and Belarus [2] and I complimented you with that.
As reaction on my mail to you, you referred to your Joint PressRelease of 2021, titled: ”ICRC and IFCR on migration crisisat the borders between Belarus, Lithuania and other countries” [3]I was impressed, as by the Work of the American Red Cross andthe Finnish Red Cross and I fully supported your statement,especially this part [I quote you]”

All migrants, irrespective of their legal status, should have effective access to humanitarian assistance and medical assistance, as well as to protection. Whether this is international protection, or a voluntary return to their home countries, migrants’ rights should be respected at all times and authorities should avoid separating family members and putting at risk their lives and physical integrity.” [4]

True humanity and something the EU leaders should

reflect on.

HOWEVER:

[And reason for my reaction on your answer to me]

That is NOT what I asked you for.

Since you referred to the situation in 2021 and I am

anxious to know about PRESENT the situation, the

situation in 2022, of the

refugees, trapped between Poland and Belarus [and

as I now understand, also Lithuania]

Perhaps I didn’t make that clear in my first mail to you?

Then I will do it now and repeat my questions:Based on the Statement of Amnesty Internationalon 11th of april 2022, the situation of thosetrapped between the Poland-Belarus border is direSee their statement: 

POLAND/BELARUS: NEW EVIDENCE OF ABUSES HIGHLIGHTS 

”HYPOCRISY” OF UNEQUAL TREATMENT OF ASYLUM SEEKERS

AND the Amnesty report ”POLAND: CRUELTY, NOT COMPASSION, AT EUROPE’S OTHER BORDERS”  [5]

MY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE RED CROSS INVOLVEMENT

WITH THE MENTIONED REFUGEES IN 2022:

My questions refer to the PRESENT, 2022 ICRC involvement with

the refugees, who are trapped between the Poland-Belarus border,

as mentioned in my first mail [6]

I REPEAT:

 I had the impression, that on this moment, the main attention

of the International Cross goes to the Ukrainian refugees [7] and that the

trapped refugees between Poland and Belarus are somewhat forgotten.

When I am wrong, please send me the information about

your involvement in the no one land between those borders on this

moment, 2022.

When I am NOT wrong, please explain to me, why the International

Red Cross shows less attention to those refugees:

Are you being hindered in your activities, something volunteers have experienced in the past months? [8]

And if that’s so, what did you do, as an International Organisation, to

address to this situation?

Did you write to the Polish and Belarussian authorities?

Did you gave press conferences about this?

Did you try to visit the Polish detention centres, where, according to the

information of Amnesty International, the border refugees are being

mistreated and denied their right to asylum? [9]

If not, why not?

Because you are hindered in your activities?

And again the question:

If you are hindered in your activities, what did you do to protest and get access anyway, as

is your right and obligation as the International Red Cross?

Those are my questions, in short

I would appreciate your reaction, but if you are pressed with time,

the only thing I want is to recall the dire situation those refugees

are in and to urge your humanitarian involvement with them, also

now, in 2022, since their situation doesn’t seem to be more humane now.

Thank you for your involvement

Kind greetings

Astrid Essed

Amsterdam 

The Netherlands

NOTES

[1]

IFRC PRESIDENT: ETHNICITY AND NATIONALITY SHOULD NOT

BE DECIDING FACTORS IN SAVING LIVES

16 MAY 2022

PRESS RELEASE

https://www.ifrc.org/press-release/ifrc-president-ethnicity-and-nationality-should-not-be-deciding-factors-saving-lives

New York / Geneva, 16 May 2022 – President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Francesco Rocca calls on states to step up to their responsibility to save lives, no matter where people are from, ahead of the first review of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM).

Mr Rocca says: “When I was in Marrakech for the adoption of the GCM I made a statement that the world’s approach to migration is painfully broken – but that the GCM can fix it. As we begin the first review of the progress made since then, I am sad to say that this has not been the case so far. Not enough changes to policies and practices to ensure safe and dignified migration have taken place, and many more lives have been lost due to that failure to act.”

On the world’s deadliest sea migration route, the central Mediterranean, the number of deaths has in fact increased since the GCM was signed. The Ocean Viking ship, operated by SOS Mediterranée with IFRC providing humanitarian services on board, saves people in distress on this route.

“We need to carry out this work as state-coordinated search and rescue is absent in the area,” says Mr Rocca. “Our teams have already saved 1,260 people in the nine months we’ve been operating.”

The Ocean Viking is one of the 330 Humanitarian Service Points (HSPs) in 45 countries that supports the ambitions of the GCM, providing assistance and protection to people on the move irrespective of status and without fear of reprisal. The Romanian Red Cross implements HSPs in Bucharest to support people fleeing Ukraine, providing information, food, water, hygiene items and financial assistance, while the Hungarian Red Cross has been operating a HSP at the Keleti railway station 24/7 to welcome people arriving from Ukraine by train with information, food, hygiene items and baby care products.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Colombian Red Cross Society has implemented HSPs at the border with Venezuela, offering essential services like healthcare, while Libyan Red Crescent volunteers have provided support to migrants and displaced people, operating HSPs that provided access to information, food, and other necessities, as well as restoring family links services.

At the International Migration Review Forum (IMRF), the IFRC is calling for individual and collective efforts on search and rescue; ensuring access to essential services for migrants regardless of status; scaling up support to people affected of climate related displacement; and the inclusion of migrants in all aspects of society and decision making.

“The political, public and humanitarian response to the Ukraine crisis has shown what is possible when humanity and dignity comes first, when there is global solidarity and the will to assist and protect the most vulnerable,” says Mr Rocca. “This must be extended to everyone in need, wherever they come from. Ethnicity and nationality should not be deciding factors in saving lives.”

[2]

AMERICAN RED CROSS

THOUSANDS AT BELARUS BORDER IN NEED

OF HUMANITARIAN AID

https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/news/2021/thousands-at-belarus-border-in-need-of-humanitarian-aid.html

November 15, 2021

The Red Cross is urgently providing relief efforts as thousands of people risk their lives in freezing conditions along the Belarus-Poland border. At least 10 people have died and an estimated 2,000 people are living in makeshift camps near the border between Belarus and neighboring countries Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) urges unhindered access to the border be provided to help the men, women and children risking their lives for a safer future. 

Belarus Red Cross has been coordinating aid from partners since last week, distributing food, water, blankets and warm clothes. Staff and volunteers are involved in a continuous response to the situation, sorting and distributing packages, as well as helping authorities set up heating tents for women and children. Assistance was also provided for three children who were hospitalized.

“We are concerned about the increasingly serious situation on the Poland-Belarus border, after large groups of migrants arrived there on November 8. We call for access for the Red Cross and other humanitarian organizations so that all people in need, at the border and other locations, can receive medical treatment, humanitarian assistance and protection services,” said Andreas von Weissenberg, IFRC Europe’s head of Disasters, Climate and Crises.

“While Belarus Red Cross has thankfully been given some access to provide vital life-saving aid to people enduring hunger and freezing conditions, we need that access to be regular and also get access on the other side of the border. People need to be treated humanely,” von Weissenberg said.

The Polish Red Cross has been responding to this crisis for several weeks, delivering blankets, sleeping bags and clothes. Local branches are supporting migrants in provinces near the border with food, water and hygiene kits, as well as providing first aid and helping people trace family members.

Lithuanian Red Cross teams have also been supporting migrants close to the border with water, hygiene kits, footwear and clothing, as well as toys for children. In five large reception centers, volunteers provide food and other humanitarian aid, offer psychological support and legal assistance and help people reconnect with their loved ones by providing mobile phones and SIM cards.

IFRC is in the process of providing the Belarus Red Cross, Polish Red Cross and Lithuanian Red Cross with emergency funding to support the migrants with food, clothes, hygiene items, first aid and family reunification services.

“Humanitarian organizations must be granted unconditional and safe access to all people in need, irrespective of their legal status. People are crossing the border with just the clothes on their backs. They need food, medicine, hygiene items, clothing, and protective equipment against COVID-19. We must be allowed to deliver critical assistance and we want to see a peaceful, humane and rights-based solution to the situation,” von Weissenberg concluded. 

THE FINISH RED CROSS

THE RED CROSS IS HELPING MIGRANTS STRUGGLING IN

DANGEROUS CONDITIONS AT THE EU’S EASTERN BORDER

24 NOVEMBER 2021

https://www.redcross.fi/news/2021/the-red-cross-is-helping-migrants-struggling-in-dangerous-conditions-at-the-eus-eastern-border/

The situation of migrants trying to enter the EU at the border of Poland, Lithuania and Belarus is alarming. Thousands of migrants have been stuck on the border region since early autumn. The situation of people sleeping without shelter is expected to worsen as the winter approaches.

The Belarusian, Polish and Lithuanian Red Cross organisations are helping migrants at the borders by distributing food, clean water, hygiene supplies, clothes and blankets and by offering essential health care.

The health of the people sleeping rough is at continuous risk. At least 10 people are known to have died. Among them, a 14-year-old boy who died of hypothermia.

“There are hundreds of children at the border, many of whom have been separated from their families. The are also pregnant women and disabled people among the migrants. Their situation is worsening by the hour as the crisis drags on and nights become colder,” says the Director of International Operations at the Finnish Red Cross Tiina Saarikoski.

“All states are obliged to ensure that humanitarian aid gets through to its target. People have the right to necessary protection, care and safety, regardless of whether they are granted the right to stay in the country or not.”

The International Committee of the Red Cross helps migrants establish contact with their family members. 

The Finnish Red Cross maintains preparedness for large-scale migration as part of its continuous readiness. As agreed with the authorities, the Red Cross is permanently prepared to establish and maintain reception centres and temporary accommodation units at the request of the authorities.

The Finnish Red Cross has not received official requests in relation to the situation in Poland, Lithuania and Belarus. 
 
“The most important thing right now is to deliver necessary aid to the migrants in unsafe conditions and allow humanitarian operators to provide aid,” Saarikoski emphasises. 

[3]

ICRC AND IFCR ON MIGRATION CRISIS AT THE BORDERS

BETWEEN BELARUS, POLAND, LITHUANIA AND OTHER COUNTRIES

18 NOVEMBER 2021

https://www.icrc.org/en/document/icrc-ifrc-migration-crisis-borders

Unrestricted and safe humanitarian access urgently needed to save lives and alleviate suffering.

STATEMENT18 NOVEMBER 2021

Budapest/Geneva – November 18, 2021 — The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are alarmed by the humanitarian tragedy unfolding at the borders between Belarus, Poland and Lithuania. At least 10 people are known to have died, including a 14-year-old boy due to hypothermia. The situation is set to worsen with the most serious winter weather yet to arrive.

IFRC has allocated more than 1 million Swiss Francs to Belarus Red Cross, Polish Red Cross and Lithuanian Red Cross, whose volunteers and staff are assisting thousands of vulnerable people with food, water, blankets and vital medical assistance. ICRC is complementing the response, providing support and additional technical expertise to Red Cross partners, notably to keep migrants in contact with their relatives and other protection-related issues.

Birgitte Ebbesen, IFRC Regional Director for Europe said, “There are extremely vulnerable people at the border, including people with disabilities, pregnant women, and hundreds of children – many of them without a parent or family member. They have been sleeping rough in freezing conditions for many days now.”

“Our volunteers have been able to provide some assistance, but many are still hungry and cold. These are mothers, sisters, sons and daughters, people whose lives matter, and they should be protected and treated with compassion and dignity.”

Martin Schüepp, ICRC Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia said: “To protect people’s lives, health and dignity, as well as ease suffering and prevent further tragedy, all Red Cross Red Crescent Movement partners and other humanitarian organisations need immediate, unrestricted access to all migrants, including at borders.”

“The ICRC is providing support and additional technical expertise to our Red Cross partners, on reuniting people with separated family members and other protection-related issues.”

All migrants, irrespective of their legal status, should have effective access to humanitarian assistance and medical assistance, as well as to protection. Whether this is international protection, or a voluntary return to their home countries, migrants’ rights should be respected at all times and authorities should avoid separating family members and putting at risk their lives and physical integrity.

[4]

”All migrants, irrespective of their legal status, should have effective access to humanitarian assistance and medical assistance, as well as to protection. Whether this is international protection, or a voluntary return to their home countries, migrants’ rights should be respected at all times and authorities should avoid separating family members and putting at risk their lives and physical integrity.”

ICRC AND IFCR ON MIGRATION CRISIS AT THE BORDERS

BETWEEN BELARUS, POLAND, LITHUANIA AND OTHER COUNTRIES

18 NOVEMBER 2021

https://www.icrc.org/en/document/icrc-ifrc-migration-crisis-borders

SEE FOR FULL TEXT, NOTE 3

[5]

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

POLAND/BELARUS: NEW EVIDENCE OF ABUSES HIGHLIGHTS 

”HYPOCRISY” OF UNEQUAL TREATMENT OF ASYLUM SEEKERS

11 APRIL 2022

Poland/Belarus: New evidence of abuses highlights ‘hypocrisy’ of unequal treatment of asylum-seekers 

  • Authorities violating rights of asylum-seekers, including strip searches and other degrading treatment, in overcrowded detention centres
  • Some people forcibly sedated during return
  • Pushbacks and arbitrary detention in stark contrast with welcome shown to those fleeing Ukraine
  • Spokespeople available

The Polish authorities have arbitrarily detained nearly two thousand asylum-seekers who crossed into the country from Belarus in 2021, and subjected many of them to abuse, including strip searches in unsanitary, overcrowded facilities, and in some cases even to forcible sedation and tasering, Amnesty International said today.

Additionally, after a hiatus during winter, more asylum-seekers are now trying to enter Poland from Belarus, where they are unable to access further funds due to international sanctions and risk harassment or apprehension by Belarusian police due their irregular immigration status. At the Polish border they face razor wire fences and repeated pushbacks by border guards sometimes up to 20-30 times.

“This violent and degrading treatment stands in stark contrast to the warm welcome Poland is offering to displaced people arriving from Ukraine. The behaviour of the Polish authorities smacks of racism and hypocrisy. Poland must urgently extend its admirable compassion for those entering the country from Ukraine to all those crossing its borders to seek safety.”

Arbitrary detention and abysmal detention conditions

Polish border guards have systematically rounded up and violently pushed back people crossing from Belarus, sometimes threatening them with guns. The vast majority of those who have been fortunate enough to avoid being pushed back to Belarus and to apply for asylum in Poland are forced into automatic detention, without a proper assessment of their individual situation and the impact detention would have on their physical and mental health. They are often held for prolonged and indefinite periods of time in overcrowded centres that offer little privacy and only limited access to sanitary facilities, doctors, psychologists, or legal assistance.

Almost all of the people Amnesty International interviewed said they were  traumatized after fleeing areas of conflict and being trapped for months on the Belarusian-Polish border. They also suffered from serious psychological problems, including anxiety, insomnia, depression and frequent suicidal thoughts, undoubtedly exacerbated by their unnecessary metres. For most, psychological support was unavailable.

Retraumatized inside a military base

Many of the people who Amnesty spoke to had been in Wędrzyn detention centre, which holds up to 600 people. Overcrowding is particularly acute in this facility, where up to 24 men are detained in rooms measuring just eight square metres.

In 2021, the Polish authorities decreased the minimum required space for foreign detainees from three square meters per person to just two. The Council of Europe minimum standard for personal living space in prisons and detention centres is four square meters per person.

People held in Wędrzyn recounted how guards greeted new detainees  by saying “welcome to Guantánamo”. Many of them were victims of torture in their home countries before enduring harrowing experiences both in Belarus and on the border of Poland. The detention centre in Wędrzyn forms part of an active military base. The facility’s barbed wire walls — and the persistent sound of armoured vehicles, helicopters and gunfire from military exercises in the area — only serves to retraumatize them.

In Lesznowola Detention Centre, detainees said that guards’ treatment left them feeling dehumanized. The staff called detainees by their case numbers instead of using their names and meted out excessive punishments, including isolation, for simple requests, such as asking for a towel or more food.

Nearly all those interviewed reported consistently disrespectful and verbally abusive behaviour, racist remarks and other practices that indicated psychological ill-treatment. 

Men who Amnesty International interviewed uniformly  complained about the manner in which body searches were  conducted. When people were  transferred from one detention centre to another, they were forced to undergo a strip search at each facility, even though they were in state custody at all times. In Wędrzyn, people recounted abusive searches. For example, all newly admitted foreigners are kept together in a room, required to remove all of their clothes and ordered to perform squats longer than necessary for a legitimate check.

Violent forcible returns

Amnesty International interviewed several people who were forcibly returned as well as some who avoided return and remain in detention in Poland. Many said the Polish border guards who conducted the returns coerced them into signing documents in Polish that they suspected included incriminating information in order to justify their returns. They also said that, in some cases, border guards used excessive force, such as tasers, restrained people with handcuffs, and even sedated those being returned. 

Authorities attempted to forcibly return Yezda, a 30-year old Kurdish woman , with her husband and three small children. After being told that the family would be returned to Iraq, Yezda panicked and screamed and pleaded with the guards not to take them. She threatened to take her life and became extremely agitated. “I knew I could not go back to Iraq and I was ready to die in Poland. While I was crying like that, two guards restrained me and my husband, tied our hands behind our backs, and a doctor gave us an injection that made us very weak and sleepy. My head was not clear, but I could hear my children, who were in the room with us, crying and screaming.”

“We were asked to go through the airport security and the guards told us to behave on the plane. But I refused to go. I remember noticing that I didn’t even have any shoes on, as in the chaos at the camp, they slipped of my feet. My head was not clear, and I couldn’t see my husband or the children, but I remember that they forced me on the plane that was full of people. I was still crying and pleading with the police not to take us.” Yezda said that she broke her foot as she fought the guards who tried to put her on the plane. Yezda and her family were returned to Warsaw after the airline refused to take them to Iraq. They remain in a camp in Poland for now.

Volunteers and activists have been barred from accessing the border of Poland and Belarus, and some have even faced prosecution for trying to help people cross the border. In March, activists who had helped people both on Poland’s borders with Ukraine and with Belarus were detained for providing life-saving assistance to refugees and migrants on the Belarussian border, and now face potentially serious charges.

Stranded at the border

On 20 March, the Belarusian authorities reportedly evicted close to 700 refugees and migrants, including many families with young children and people suffering from severe illnesses and disabilities, from the warehouse in the Belarusian village of Bruzgi which had accommodated several thousand people in 2021.

People who were evicted from the warehouse suddenly found themselves stranded in the forest, trying to survive in sub-zero temperatures without shelter, food, water or access to medical care. Many remain in the forest and experience daily abuse from the Belarusian border guards, who use dogs and violence to force people to cross the border into Poland.

“Hundreds of people fleeing conflict in the Middle East and other parts of the world remain stranded on the border between Belarus and Poland. The Polish government must immediately stop pushbacks. They are illegal no matter how the government tries to justify them. The international community – including the EU – must demand that those trapped on Poland’s border with Belarus be afforded the same access to EU territory as any other group seeking refuge in Europe,” said Jelena Sesar.

END OF THE ARTICLE

REPORT AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

POLAND: CRUELTY, NOT COMPASSION, AT EUROPE’S OTHER BORDERS

11 APRIL 2022

The rapid relief effort at the border, exceptional generosity of civil society and willingness of Polish authorities to receive people fleeing from Ukraine contrast starkly with the Polish government’s hostility toward refugees and migrants who have arrived in the country via Belarus since July 2021. Hundreds of people who crossed from Belarus have been arbitrarily detained in Poland in appalling conditions and without access to a fair asylum proceeding. Many have been forcibly returned to their countries of origin, some under sedation. In addition, hundreds of people remain stranded inside Belarus and face increasingly desperate conditions.

END OF THIS PIECE

FULL REPORT

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

POLAND: CRUELTY, NOT COMPASSION, AT EUROPE’S OTHER BORDERS

11 APRIL 2022

https://www.amnesty.org/en/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/EUR3754602022ENGLISH.pdf

[6]

THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS, THE UKRAINIAN REFUGEES

AND THE REFUGEES, TRAPPED BETWEEN POLAND AND BELARUS/

DO YOU TREAT THEM WITH EQUAL ATTENTION, RED CROSS?

ASTRID ESSED

[7]

THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS 

HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN UKRAINE AND NEIGHBOURING

COUNTRIES

https://www.icrc.org/en/humanitarian-crisis-ukraine

IFRC SCALES UP CASH ASSISTANCE TO PEOPLE IMPACTED

BY CONFLICT IN UKRAINE

23 MAY 2022

https://www.ifrc.org/article/ifrc-scales-cash-assistance-people-impacted-conflict-ukraine

Three months into the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has distributed financial assistance totalling more than 4.3 million Swiss francs to thousands of people on the move.

IFRC Head of Emergency Operations for the Ukraine response, Anne Katherine Moore, said:

“The longer the conflict continues, the greater the needs become. The cost of basic necessities, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, is rising. Increases in the cost of fuel and apartment rentals are also being reported. Millions of people have lost their jobs and their savings are dwindling. Through a new mobile app, we have been able to ramp up our support to help people facing these financial challenges.”

The new technology makes it possible for the IFRC and responding National Societies to reach people at scale and to deliver cash assistance digitally. Successfully introduced in Romania, the mobile app allows refugees to self-register for assistance online, negating the need and cost involved of having to travel to a central location.

The app will soon be expanded to Poland and Slovakia, where cash assistance is already being provided through more traditional methods such as in-person registration, as well as Ukraine and other neighbouring countries.

“This is the fastest we have ever delivered cash at this scale. It has the potential to be a game-changer for our work not just in this response, but also in future operations,” Moore continued.

Cash assistance is a dignified and efficient way to support people impacted by the conflict, allowing them to purchase items specific to their individual needs, while also supporting local economies. It is one part of our integrated and wide-ranging Red Cross and Red Crescent response to the conflict that also includes the provision of health care, first aid, psychosocial support and the distribution of basic household necessities.

Speaking about next steps, Moore said: “There is no short-term solution to the needs of the more than 14 million people who have been forced to flee their homes. We know that even if the conflict was to end tomorrow, rebuilding and recovery will take years. People have lost their homes, their livelihoods, and access to timely healthcare. The IFRC, in support of local National Red Cross Societies in the region, will be there helping people now, and in the months and years to come.”

During the past three months:
  • Together, we have reached more than 2.1 million people with life-saving aid within Ukraine and in surrounding countries. This is 1 in 10 people who had to flee their homes because of the conflict.
  • Along the travel routes within and outside Ukraine, we’ve set up 142 Humanitarian Service Points in 15 countries to provide those fleeing with a safe environment. There, they receive essential services like food, hygiene items, blankets, clothing water, first aid, psychosocial support, information, and financial assistance.
  • In total, we distributed 2.3 million kilograms of aid.
  • 71,000 Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers are responding to the crisis.

[8]

MEDICS LEAVE POLAND=BELARUS BORDER WITHOUT

REACHING MIGRANTS

https://www.dw.com/en/medics-leave-poland-belarus-border-without-reaching-migrants/a-60353514

Doctors Without Borders removed its team on the Belarus-Poland border after Warsaw blocked access to migrants trying to enter the European Union. Camped in harsh conditions, several people have died on the EU’s doorstep.

Despite knowing people along the Belarus-Poland border were “in desperate need of medical and humanitarian assistance,” the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said it withdrew its emergency response team from the region.

“Since October, MSF has repeatedly requested access to the restricted area and the border guard posts in Poland, but without success,” Frauke Ossig, the charity’s emergency coordinator for Poland and Lithuania, said on Thursday.

“We know that there are still people crossing the border and hiding in the forest, in need of support, but while we are committed to assisting people on the move wherever they may be, we have not been able to reach them in Poland,” Ossig added.

MSF said it was concerned that restricting access to major aid organizations could result in more deaths and such policies were “another example of the EU deliberately creating unsafe conditions for people to seek asylum at its borders.”

While many of the migrants received shelter in a logistics center, a number of people are reported to have died in the freezing, harsh conditions along the border.

Why can’t aid groups reach migrants and asylum-seekers?

On December 1, Poland’s Interior Ministry extended a state of emergency that prohibits all non-residents, including journalists and non-governmental aid groups, from the border area.

“People are being attacked and beaten at the hands of border guards, and yet state officials continue to allow the practice of pushing people between borders knowing that such maltreatment continues,” MSF said.

With thousands of people on the Belarusian side of the 400-kilometer (250-mile) stretch, Poland built a barbed-wire fence that it intends to replace with a permanent barrier and sent thousands of soldiers to the border, leaving the migrants stuck in camps in no man’s land and unable to apply for asylum in the European Union.

Polish border guards accused of illegal ‘pushbacks’

Polish border guards have been accused of forcibly pushing migrants and asylum-seekers back into Belarus — a move that breaches international law. At least 21 people have lost their lives in the attempt in 2021, MSF reported.

In December, the Polish civil society group Salam Lab reported that five Syrian and one Palestinian who managed to find their way outside Poland’s exclusion zone said they had been pushed back to Belarus several times by Polish authorities.

EU nations Latvia and Lithuania, which also share borders with Belarus, have also reinforced their border security and declared a state of emergency. MSF said it had not received access to migrants at the Belarusian-Lithuanian border.

The European Union has accused Belarus’ authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko of encouraging people fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East to attempt to enter the EU through Belarus.

Belarus denies this and has urged the EU to take in the migrants.

“The current situation is unacceptable and inhumane,” Ossig said. “People have the right to seek safety and asylum and should not be illegitimately pushed back to Belarus.”

[9]

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

POLAND/BELARUS: NEW EVIDENCE OF ABUSES HIGHLIGHTS 

”HYPOCRISY” OF UNEQUAL TREATMENT OF ASYLUM SEEKERS

11 APRIL 2022

SEE FOR FULL TEXT, NOTE 5

Reacties uitgeschakeld voor Astrid Essed insists: Red Cross, please give me information about your present [2022] involvement with the refugees, trapped between Poland and Belarus

Opgeslagen onder Divers

The International Red Cross, the Ukrainian refugees and the refugees, trapped between Poland and Belarus/Do you treat them with equal attention, Red Cross?

The Massini family from Syria, father Muhammad (second left), mother Alaa (centre) and their two sons, with activists

The Massini family from Syria, father Muhammad (second left), mother Alaa (centre) and their two sons, with activists. Photograph: Wojtek Radwański/AFP/Getty Images
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/07/on-the-frozen-frontiers-of-europe-with-the-migrants-caught-in-a-lethal-game

Fallen tree in the Białowieża Forest

Bialowieza National Park in Poland0029.JPG
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bia%C5%82owie%C5%BCa_Forest

REFUGEES, TRAPPED BETWEEN POLAND AND BELARUS

War of Russia against Ukraine. War refugees in Ukraine. KYIV, UKRAINE - Mar. 05, 2022: War of Russia against Ukraine. Women, old people and children evacuated stock images

UKRAINIAN REFUGEES

THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS, UKRAINIAN REFUGEES AND REFUGEES, TRAPPED BETWEEN POLAND AND BELARUS/DO YOU TREAT THEM WITH EQUAL ATTENTION, INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS?

ASTRID ESSED LETTER!

TO 

THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS

PRESIDENT AND ASSEMBLY

Subject:

Questions about the International Red Cross attitude against

Ukrainian refugees versus refugees trapped between Belarus and

Poland

Your mission as International Red Cross

The work of the ICRC is based on the Geneva Conventions of 1949, their Additional Protocols, its Statutes – and those of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – and the resolutions of the International Conferences of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. The ICRC is an independent, neutral organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence. It takes action in response to emergencies and at the same time promotes respect for international humanitarian law and its implementation in national law.

https://www.icrc.org/en/who-we-are/mandate

[When you are pressed with time, go directly to the part below:

”QUESTIONS TO THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS”]

Dear President

Dear members of the Assembly,

Firstly my great appreciation for your fantastic and indispensable Work

through the whole world!

Without your humanitarian involvement and the sometimes great risks

your co workers take, life would be extremely difficult, if not impossible,

for the millions of people you are helping day after day.

But even the best of organisations need critical attention and have their 

flaws and that’s precisely the reason of this letter.

For in my opinion the International Red Cross attention for the Ukrainian

refugees, who have crossed the Polish Border is far more greater than the attention for the refugees, who tried to cross the Polish Border and are still trapped between the borders of Poland and Belarus.

Now I will not say, that the International Red Cross did nothing for these refugees.

On the contrary:

My great appreciation for the Good Work of the Finnish Red Cross, that 

helped those people wonderfully! [1]

I also appreciate the emergency calls and involvement

of the American Red Cross, The Belarus Red Cross, the Poland Red Cross,

the Lithuanian Red Cross and the other Red Cross departments [2]

Thank you, Finnish Red Cross [which gets this letter cc also]

and thank you, the other mentioned and peerhaps not mentioned Red Cross departments !

Also a Shout out to all those anonymous Polish people,

who helped refugees! [3]

And I express my appreciation to the president of the International

Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies mr F Rocca, who

stated, that thee should be no difference in the reception and protection

of refugees, whether they are Ukrainians or coming from other countries.

I quote him:

“The political, public and humanitarian response to the Ukraine crisis has shown what is possible when humanity and dignity comes first, when there is global solidarity and the will to assist and protect the most vulnerable,”and

“This must be extended to everyone in need, wherever they come from. Ethnicity and nationality should not be deciding factors in saving lives.” [4]

UKRAINIAN REFUGEES VERSUS REFUGEES, TRAPPED BETWEEN

POLAND AND BELARUS

I referred to the great attention of the International Red Cross to the Ukrainian

refugees [5] and don’t get me wrong:

I appreciate that very much and I think it is of the utmost importance to stand

for these people, who were the victims of the Russian invasion and had to flee their countries under so dramatic circumstances.

I sympathise with all refugees whoever they are and where they came from

and I know the International Red Cross does the same.

And yet, according to me, sometimes things go wrong.

Too often I learn from people from the field: Volunteers who do their utmost

to help those. who are trapped between the borders of Belarus and Poland, that

the Red Cross is not, or not enough, present to help the between border refugees”:

I quote something that made great impression on me:

It’s from mrs Anna Albot, a spokeswoman for the Polish Minority

Right Group [also mentioned in cc] and member of the Grupa Granica:

Quote: [first in Dutch, then translation in English]:

”Waar is het Rode Kruis, de Internationale Organisatie voor Migratie van de VN en de VN-vluchtelingenorganisatie? Die organisaties die zelfs in oorlogsgebieden opereren? Die voedsel en water naar de gevaarlijkste criminelen brengen? Is Elina, 5, gevaarlijker of minder waard? ” [6]

In English:

”Where is the Red Cross, The International Organisation for Migration

of the UN and the UNHCR? 

Those organisations which even operate in warzones?

Which bring food and water to the most dangerous criminals?

Is Elina, 5, more dangerous and worth less?

Mrs Albot also published this article in the Guardian [8 december 2021]

QUESTIONS TO THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS

This was in december 2021

And to my knowledge, the situation of the refugees, trapped

in the Polish-Belarussian border is yet inhuman, as is the

situation of the refugees, who reached Poland and are in

Polish detention centres in dire conditions.

See the statement of Amnesty International [7]

Now I had the impression, that on this moment, the main attention

of the International Cross goes to the Ukrainian refugees and that the

trapped refugees between Poland and Belarus are somewhat forgotten.

When I am wrong, please send me the information about

your involvement in the no one land between those borders.

When I am NOT wrong, please explain to me, why the International

Red Cross shows less attention to those refugees:

Are you being hindered in your activities, something volunteers have experienced in the past months? [8]

And if that’s so, what did you do, as an International Organisation, to

address to this situation?

Did you write to the Polish and Belarussian authorities?

Did you gave press conferences about this?

Did you try to visit the Polish detention centres, where, according to the

information of Amnesty International, the border refugees are being

mistreated and denied their right to asylum? [9]

If not, why not?

Because you are hindered in your activities?

And again the question:

If you are hindered in your activities, what did you do to protest and get access anyway, as

is your right and obligation as the International Red Cross?

And when, suppose you HAD access to the mentioned detention centres and

were not hindered in your activities, why did you give more attention

to the Ukrainian refugees then to those trapped between Belarus and

Poland.

Again, I don’t say you on purpose neglected those between borders refugees, I only had the impression more attention went to the Ukrainian refugees, who have, of course, the full right to your attention, only not more then

others.

EPILOGUE

Dear president, members of the International Red Cross, I hope you

forgive me my bold and critical questions, but they were necessary:

Like Amnesty International [10] I am very concerned about the

inhuman situation of the refugees between the border, as their reception in

Poland, that is quite different from the warm welcome

the Ukrainian refugees received, as it should be for all refugees.

You as a great humanitarian organisation can make the difference and

show the World and especially the European leaders, that all refugees 

must be treated and received humanely, regardless where they came from

or what their origins are.

Do your best.

The refugees count on you!

And if you’re pressed with time and can’t answer me, no problem

All I want is that you do your humanitarian task to all refugees,

whoever they are

Thank you

Kind greetings

Astrid Essed

Amsterdam 

The Netherlands

NOTES

[1]

THE FINISH RED CROSS

THE RED CROSS IS HELPING MIGRANTS STRUGGLING IN

DANGEROUS CONDITIONS AT THE EU’S EASTERN BORDER

24 NOVEMBER 2021

https://www.redcross.fi/news/2021/the-red-cross-is-helping-migrants-struggling-in-dangerous-conditions-at-the-eus-eastern-border/

The situation of migrants trying to enter the EU at the border of Poland, Lithuania and Belarus is alarming. Thousands of migrants have been stuck on the border region since early autumn. The situation of people sleeping without shelter is expected to worsen as the winter approaches.

The Belarusian, Polish and Lithuanian Red Cross organisations are helping migrants at the borders by distributing food, clean water, hygiene supplies, clothes and blankets and by offering essential health care.

The health of the people sleeping rough is at continuous risk. At least 10 people are known to have died. Among them, a 14-year-old boy who died of hypothermia.

“There are hundreds of children at the border, many of whom have been separated from their families. The are also pregnant women and disabled people among the migrants. Their situation is worsening by the hour as the crisis drags on and nights become colder,” says the Director of International Operations at the Finnish Red Cross Tiina Saarikoski.

“All states are obliged to ensure that humanitarian aid gets through to its target. People have the right to necessary protection, care and safety, regardless of whether they are granted the right to stay in the country or not.”

The International Committee of the Red Cross helps migrants establish contact with their family members. 

The Finnish Red Cross maintains preparedness for large-scale migration as part of its continuous readiness. As agreed with the authorities, the Red Cross is permanently prepared to establish and maintain reception centres and temporary accommodation units at the request of the authorities.

The Finnish Red Cross has not received official requests in relation to the situation in Poland, Lithuania and Belarus. 
 
“The most important thing right now is to deliver necessary aid to the migrants in unsafe conditions and allow humanitarian operators to provide aid,” Saarikoski emphasises. 

[2]

AMERICAN RED CROSS

THOUSANDS AT BELARUS BORDER IN NEED

OF HUMANITARIAN AID

https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/news/2021/thousands-at-belarus-border-in-need-of-humanitarian-aid.html

November 15, 2021

The Red Cross is urgently providing relief efforts as thousands of people risk their lives in freezing conditions along the Belarus-Poland border. At least 10 people have died and an estimated 2,000 people are living in makeshift camps near the border between Belarus and neighboring countries Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) urges unhindered access to the border be provided to help the men, women and children risking their lives for a safer future. 

Belarus Red Cross has been coordinating aid from partners since last week, distributing food, water, blankets and warm clothes. Staff and volunteers are involved in a continuous response to the situation, sorting and distributing packages, as well as helping authorities set up heating tents for women and children. Assistance was also provided for three children who were hospitalized.

“We are concerned about the increasingly serious situation on the Poland-Belarus border, after large groups of migrants arrived there on November 8. We call for access for the Red Cross and other humanitarian organizations so that all people in need, at the border and other locations, can receive medical treatment, humanitarian assistance and protection services,” said Andreas von Weissenberg, IFRC Europe’s head of Disasters, Climate and Crises.

“While Belarus Red Cross has thankfully been given some access to provide vital life-saving aid to people enduring hunger and freezing conditions, we need that access to be regular and also get access on the other side of the border. People need to be treated humanely,” von Weissenberg said.

The Polish Red Cross has been responding to this crisis for several weeks, delivering blankets, sleeping bags and clothes. Local branches are supporting migrants in provinces near the border with food, water and hygiene kits, as well as providing first aid and helping people trace family members.

Lithuanian Red Cross teams have also been supporting migrants close to the border with water, hygiene kits, footwear and clothing, as well as toys for children. In five large reception centers, volunteers provide food and other humanitarian aid, offer psychological support and legal assistance and help people reconnect with their loved ones by providing mobile phones and SIM cards.

IFRC is in the process of providing the Belarus Red Cross, Polish Red Cross and Lithuanian Red Cross with emergency funding to support the migrants with food, clothes, hygiene items, first aid and family reunification services.

“Humanitarian organizations must be granted unconditional and safe access to all people in need, irrespective of their legal status. People are crossing the border with just the clothes on their backs. They need food, medicine, hygiene items, clothing, and protective equipment against COVID-19. We must be allowed to deliver critical assistance and we want to see a peaceful, humane and rights-based solution to the situation,” von Weissenberg concluded. 

[3]

24/7  NEWS BULLETIN

IT’S HEART BREAKING: HOW POLISH VOLUNTEERS

RESCUE POVERTY STRICKEN MIGRANTS AT

THE BELARUSIAN BORDER

11 NOVEMBER 2021

While the official Warsaw refuses to let in the migrants who have accumulated on the Belarusian border, not wanting to recognize them as refugees, many Poles express a desire to help people in difficult situations.

In the Polish media, you can see lists of various NGOs that are involved in helping migrants, as well as talk about ways to help them. One of the most popular is called a financial donation, but it is also suggested to become a volunteer working with refugees. The monetary contributions are spent on humanitarian transportation, shelter, medical and legal assistance, and integration with the host society.

“You don’t have to be at the border to help refugees,” writes Gazeta Wyborcza. “We can’t do much on this issue, but here’s exactly what we can: offer a blanket, a sleeping bag or waterproof clothing.”

Among the organizations that help refugees and migrants, mention is made, for example, of Caritas Polska, which carries out humanitarian aid campaigns both in Poland and abroad. This organization operates centers for refugees and migrants in Szczecin, Kalisz and Warsaw, providing systematic assistance in the field of intercultural integration, career counseling, psychological and legal assistance, classes in community centers and educational packages. Since the beginning of the current migration crisis at the Polish-Belarusian border, Caritas Polska has been organizing humanitarian transfers to centers where foreigners arrive, providing migrants with food, detergents, hygiene items, and blankets.

Helping migrants and the Polish Red Cross collecting material gifts for aid packages for migrants. Donations are accepted at Red Cross offices throughout Poland. Currently, the most in demand are: jackets, sweaters, thick socks, warm shoes, hats, scarves, blankets and sleeping bags. At the same time, clothes and shoes must be new or used, but in good condition. High-energy products are accepted (bars, chocolate, dried fruits), as well as other food products (pies and other canned poultry, canned fish, crackers, waffles, etc.).

The Polish non-governmental humanitarian organization Grupa Granica, which monitors the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border, believes that refugees need to be rescued as soon as possible. Indeed, if the Polish border police finds injured migrants before doctors, they send them back to Belarus, explaining this step by the fact that their health condition may deteriorate at any time, and the risk of death in such conditions is great.

The Guardian tells how 15 Iraqi Kurds ended up in the forests of the Polish village of Narewka after they managed to cross the border of Belarus and the European Union. All migrants had early signs of hypothermia. One woman could hardly walk. They had no choice but to turn to volunteers for help. A team from Grupa Granica, before the border guards, found migrants who found themselves in completely extreme conditions. It was already starting to get dark, and the temperature dropped to almost zero degrees. Volunteers distributed blankets and hot tea to people.

After some time, the police arrived in the forest. Up to this point, volunteers have explained to the frozen migrants how to properly apply for asylum.

“We have about eight teams operating near the border and a total of about 40 people,” Anna Albot, a spokeswoman for the Polish Minority Rights Group and member of Grupa Granica, told The Guardian. – Whenever we receive calls from migrant families, we send a request to our teams and check who is closest to the place. People often ask for food, water, a doctor, or clothing. The other day I met a Syrian family who didn’t even have shoes. ”

Anna Chmielewska, coordinator of the Center for Assistance to Foreigners in Warsaw, noted that “it is difficult to work in the border zone for several reasons”. First, the Polish police stop the cars of the volunteers a few kilometers before the Kuznitsa checkpoint on the Polish-Belarusian border. The fact is that three kilometers from the border begins the territory on which the state of emergency is in force, so access to it is prohibited.

“We cannot get into this zone and help the people who are there,” she added. “Only local residents can do this.” According to her, volunteers only have the opportunity to contact migrants only when they can pass the border zone: “But not everyone succeeds in doing this. Winter is coming and people are not ready to stay outside in the cold day after day. We are afraid that bad weather will lead to more deaths. It’s heartbreaking for us. “

In addition, the activist said that border police officers often behave quite aggressively. “We are not doing anything illegal, but they make us feel like we are violators,” Khmelevska said. “Helping people is okay. But in the current situation we seem to be engaged in secret activities. “

According to a representative of another non-governmental Polish organization, Medycy na granicy (Doctors at the Border – MK), border guards periodically obstruct the provision of medical assistance to migrants.

On their official Facebook page, the volunteers reported that before going on another call, they found that the ambulance’s wheels had been deflated. In addition, the doctors found “people in uniform” at the service car, and an olive-colored car with registration numbers beginning with the letters denoting the off-road vehicles of the Polish army stood nearby, the report said.

The doctors added that they tried to talk to the people sitting in the car, but they left almost immediately. Then they turned to the Ministry of National Defense of Poland with a request to “urgently provide clarification regarding this shameful incident.”

The department gave a response almost immediately. “The soldiers of the Polish army have no relation to the damage to the ambulance at the border,” the ministry’s press service informed. “They have much more serious questions than the denial of fake news in the media space.”

At the same time, such situations do not lead volunteers astray. They continue to provide assistance to refugees. On their social networks, doctors posted a post in five languages – English, French, Arabic, Persian and Kurdish – with the following content: “If you or someone from your family needs any humanitarian or medical assistance on the Polish-Belarusian border, write US. We will connect you with the right people. “

Those wishing to help migrants have to face not only opposition from the authorities. After one of the theaters in the city of Legnica began collecting gifts for refugees on the Polish-Belarusian border, it was attacked by haters on the Internet. “But there are more people willing to help,” says one of the initiators of the action.

In this regard, Polish volunteers are pleased to know that activists from Germany are trying to help migrants stranded on the Polish-Belarusian border. According to the Polish Internet resource Oko.press, a group of German volunteers came to Poland to deliver parcels for refugees to local organizations, show solidarity with immigrants and protest against the actions of the Polish authorities and the inaction of German politicians.

“We have free seats on the bus,” says one of the activists Ruben Neugebauer. “We could take people who need help with us. If only the German government would agree to this … We call on the German authorities to create humanitarian corridors on the Polish-Belarusian border. This should be one of the priorities of the government that is currently being formed in Germany. “

.

Source From: MK

[4]

IFRC PRESIDENT: ETHNICITY AND NATIONALITY SHOULD NOT

BE DECIDING FACTORS IN SAVING LIVES

16 MAY 2022/PRESS RELEASE

https://www.ifrc.org/press-release/ifrc-president-ethnicity-and-nationality-should-not-be-deciding-factors-saving-lives

New York / Geneva, 16 May 2022 – President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Francesco Rocca calls on states to step up to their responsibility to save lives, no matter where people are from, ahead of the first review of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM).

Mr Rocca says: “When I was in Marrakech for the adoption of the GCM I made a statement that the world’s approach to migration is painfully broken – but that the GCM can fix it. As we begin the first review of the progress made since then, I am sad to say that this has not been the case so far. Not enough changes to policies and practices to ensure safe and dignified migration have taken place, and many more lives have been lost due to that failure to act.”

On the world’s deadliest sea migration route, the central Mediterranean, the number of deaths has in fact increased since the GCM was signed. The Ocean Viking ship, operated by SOS Mediterranée with IFRC providing humanitarian services on board, saves people in distress on this route.

“We need to carry out this work as state-coordinated search and rescue is absent in the area,” says Mr Rocca. “Our teams have already saved 1,260 people in the nine months we’ve been operating.”

The Ocean Viking is one of the 330 Humanitarian Service Points (HSPs) in 45 countries that supports the ambitions of the GCM, providing assistance and protection to people on the move irrespective of status and without fear of reprisal. The Romanian Red Cross implements HSPs in Bucharest to support people fleeing Ukraine, providing information, food, water, hygiene items and financial assistance, while the Hungarian Red Cross has been operating a HSP at the Keleti railway station 24/7 to welcome people arriving from Ukraine by train with information, food, hygiene items and baby care products.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Colombian Red Cross Society has implemented HSPs at the border with Venezuela, offering essential services like healthcare, while Libyan Red Crescent volunteers have provided support to migrants and displaced people, operating HSPs that provided access to information, food, and other necessities, as well as restoring family links services.

At the International Migration Review Forum (IMRF), the IFRC is calling for individual and collective efforts on search and rescue; ensuring access to essential services for migrants regardless of status; scaling up support to people affected of climate related displacement; and the inclusion of migrants in all aspects of society and decision making.

“The political, public and humanitarian response to the Ukraine crisis has shown what is possible when humanity and dignity comes first, when there is global solidarity and the will to assist and protect the most vulnerable,” says Mr Rocca. “This must be extended to everyone in need, wherever they come from. Ethnicity and nationality should not be deciding factors in saving lives.”

[5]

THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS AND THE UKRAINE

https://www.icrc.org/en/humanitarian-crisis-ukraine

IFRC SCALES UP CASH ASSISTANCE TO PEOPLE IMPACTED

BY CONFLICT IN UKRAINE

23 MAY 2022

https://www.ifrc.org/article/ifrc-scales-cash-assistance-people-impacted-conflict-ukraine

Three months into the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has distributed financial assistance totalling more than 4.3 million Swiss francs to thousands of people on the move.

IFRC Head of Emergency Operations for the Ukraine response, Anne Katherine Moore, said:

“The longer the conflict continues, the greater the needs become. The cost of basic necessities, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, is rising. Increases in the cost of fuel and apartment rentals are also being reported. Millions of people have lost their jobs and their savings are dwindling. Through a new mobile app, we have been able to ramp up our support to help people facing these financial challenges.”

The new technology makes it possible for the IFRC and responding National Societies to reach people at scale and to deliver cash assistance digitally. Successfully introduced in Romania, the mobile app allows refugees to self-register for assistance online, negating the need and cost involved of having to travel to a central location.

The app will soon be expanded to Poland and Slovakia, where cash assistance is already being provided through more traditional methods such as in-person registration, as well as Ukraine and other neighbouring countries.

“This is the fastest we have ever delivered cash at this scale. It has the potential to be a game-changer for our work not just in this response, but also in future operations,” Moore continued.

Cash assistance is a dignified and efficient way to support people impacted by the conflict, allowing them to purchase items specific to their individual needs, while also supporting local economies. It is one part of our integrated and wide-ranging Red Cross and Red Crescent response to the conflict that also includes the provision of health care, first aid, psychosocial support and the distribution of basic household necessities.

Speaking about next steps, Moore said: “There is no short-term solution to the needs of the more than 14 million people who have been forced to flee their homes. We know that even if the conflict was to end tomorrow, rebuilding and recovery will take years. People have lost their homes, their livelihoods, and access to timely healthcare. The IFRC, in support of local National Red Cross Societies in the region, will be there helping people now, and in the months and years to come.”

During the past three months:
  • Together, we have reached more than 2.1 million people with life-saving aid within Ukraine and in surrounding countries. This is 1 in 10 people who had to flee their homes because of the conflict.
  • Along the travel routes within and outside Ukraine, we’ve set up 142 Humanitarian Service Points in 15 countries to provide those fleeing with a safe environment. There, they receive essential services like food, hygiene items, blankets, clothing water, first aid, psychosocial support, information, and financial assistance.
  • In total, we distributed 2.3 million kilograms of aid.
  • 71,000 Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers are responding to the crisis.

IFRCUKRAINE AND IMPACTED COUNTRIES CRISIS

https://www.ifrc.org/emergency/ukraine-and-impacted-countries

Due to the conflict escalation in Ukraine, millions of people have left their homes and crossed into neighbouring countries. The Ukrainian Red Cross is helping people affected by the conflict as the security situation allows. National Societies in surrounding countries, with support from the IFRC, are assisting people leaving Ukraine with shelter, basic aid items and medical supplies. People from Ukraine will need long-term, ongoing support. Our priority is addressing the humanitarian needs of all people affected by the conflict, inside and outside Ukraine.

IFRC

UKRAINE AND IMPACTED COUNTRIES CRISIS

EMERGENCY APPEAL

12 APRIL 2022

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[6]

FACEBOOK THE REFUGEE CIRCLE

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1172370492773108/

Saskia van Rees

 

8 dec 2021, door Anna Albot in the Guardian. Zij is met in Narewka, Polen, vlakbij de grens met Wit-Rusland.

Het helpen van vluchtelingen die verhongeren in de ijzige grensbossen van Polen is illegaal, maar het is niet de echte misdaad

Eén gedachte gaat constant door mijn hoofd: “Ik heb kinderen thuis, ik kan niet de cel in, ik kan niet de cel in.” De politiek ligt buiten mijn bereik of dat van de slachtoffers aan de grens tussen Polen en Wit-Rusland. Die gaat erom dat de vertrekkende Duitse kanselier Angela Merkel doordringt tot Alexander Loekasjenko, de president van Wit-Rusland. Het is ironisch dat deze grens meer dan 50 mediaploegen op de been heeft gebracht, maar Polen de enige plaats in de EU is waar journalisten niet vrijuit kunnen rapporteren.

Ondertussen nadert de strenge Noord-Europese winter en bevriezen mijn vingers in de donkere sneeuwnachten.

De grenssituatie laat de kloof zien tussen wat legaal is en wat moreel is. Hij beheerst de inspanningen van degenen die levens redden. Het enige wat wij, activisten in de bossen aan de grens tussen Polen en Wit-Rusland, kunnen doen is water, voedsel en kleding naar wanhopige mensen brengen. Maar deze fundamentele humanitaire daad, kan alleen in het geheim worden uitgevoerd. We moeten ons verstoppen en door de bossen sluipen. De aandacht trekken van grenswachten, politie of leger zou een nieuwe pushback kunnen forceren.

We ontmoeten bange ogen, uitgeputte gezichten, lichamen kapot door de kou … Bevroren, dorstige, hongerige mensen.

Ik heb verschillende groepen tussen de bomen ontmoet: gezinnen, moeders met kinderen, vaders met gehandicapte kinderen, ouderen en mensen uit de meest kwetsbare groepen ter wereld – etnisch, religieus en LGBTQ+. Ze zochten vrijheid, maar werden sinds augustus tot nu, december, vijf, tien en zelfs vijftien keer teruggedreven naar Wit-Rusland.

Tijdens mijn nachtelijke tochten ben ik uitgerust met een grote rugzak vol thermoskannen warme soep, sokken, laarzen, jassen, handschoenen, sjaals, mutsen, pleisters, medicijnen en powerbanks. Ik loop in het donker en verschuil me achter bomen als ik helikopters hoor of de felle lichten van de politie zie. Ik hoor het geplons van de soep in de kannen op mijn rug, ik hoor mijn kortademigheid – niemand heeft me geleerd om te sluipen en onzichtbaar te zijn als een beroepsmilitair. Ik heb jarenlang voor mensenrechten gewerkt, de meeste EU-grenzen en vluchtelingenkampen bezocht, maar ik was nooit bang om takken onder mijn voeten te laten kraken of voor het ritselen van de bomen boven mijn hoofd terwijl ik me voortbeweeg.

Uit persoonlijke verhalen en bewijzen verzameld door Minority Rights Group International en collega’s van Grupa Granica, een alliantie van 14 Poolse maatschappelijke organisaties die reageren op de crisis, weten we dat er minstens 5.000 mensen in de bossen zijn geweest en dat er momenteel minstens 1.000 zijn. We hebben met iedereen contact gehad: wanhopige slachtoffers van een walgelijk machtsspel tussen staten.

Elke keer dat we reageren op een telefoontje van iemand in nood, of hun moeder die nog in Irak of Afghanistan is, of een neef in Berlijn, hangen we onze rugzakken om en gaan. Dag en nacht – lang nadat de wereld zijn interesse heeft verloren. Soms zijn we uren op zoek naar mensen. Die veranderen voor de veiligheid vaak van locatie. Soms zijn bejaarde grootmoeders of de kleine kinderen die geen energie meer hebben om te lopen, gestrand in Poolse moerassen. Nu de bossen bedekt zijn met sneeuw en mensen ons niet kunnen bellen omdat hun telefoons zijn vernietigd door het Poolse leger, gebruiken we infrarood camera’s.

We ontmoeten bange ogen, uitgeputte gezichten, lichamen kapot door de kou, wanhopig verzwakt na weken in het ijzige, natte bos. Bevroren, dorstige, hongerige mensen. Ik had geen idee wat honger betekende. Ik gaf mijn kinderen wel eens een stuk chocola als ze klaagden voor het eten. Ik heb armoedestatistieken en geschiedenisboeken gelezen. Ik wist niets van honger.

Mensen aan de grens tussen Polen en Wit-Rusland hebben al weken niet gegeten. Om de paar dagen krijgen ze, als ze geld hebben, misschien een oude aardappel van een Wit-Russische soldaat na een gewelddadige pushback over het prikkeldraad. Die delen ze met de kinderen. Ze hebben dagenlang niets te drinken. Of drinken moeras- of regenwater, dat maagkrampen en een verlammende hoofdpijn veroorzaakt, waardoor ze verder verzwakken.

We wensen hen het beste aan het einde van onze ontmoeting. Voor een paar dagen voldoende voedsel en water achterlaten is onmogelijk: niemand heeft de kracht om zoveel te dragen. We kunnen geen mensen meenemen of naar een veilige plek brengen. Dat zou een strafbaar feit zijn. Maar het is geen misdaad om deze mensen langzaam dood te laten gaan…

Waar is het Rode Kruis, de Internationale Organisatie voor Migratie van de VN en de VN-vluchtelingenorganisatie? Die organisaties die zelfs in oorlogsgebieden opereren? Die voedsel en water naar de gevaarlijkste criminelen brengen? Is Elina, 5, gevaarlijker of minder waard? Ze heeft epilepsie, maar geen medicijnen. Ik ontmoette haar in het bos met negen andere Koerden, allemaal zonder laarzen. Ze hebben thuis oorlogen en luchtaanvallen overleefd, maar kunnen in het Poolse bos doodvriezen. Bij elke pushback pakken Poolse en Wit-Russische officieren alles af: geld, kleding en schoeisel.

Er was de groep van negen vrouwen uit de Democratische Republiek Congo, waarschijnlijk verhandeld. Toen ik ze de situatie uitlegde, huilden en huilden ze maar. Of de Yezidi-zussen, die zeven jaar geleden ontsnapten aan de genocide in Sinjar, Irak, maar nog steeds op zoek zijn naar een veilige plek. Of de jongens uit Jemen, die perfect Engels spreken. Of de drie homoseksuele mannen uit Iran, wanhopig om niet teruggestuurd te worden naar Wit-Russische soldaten.

We blijven contact houden. Als ze erin slagen hun telefoons te verbergen, kunnen we communiceren na een pushback. Ze delen foto’s en video’s van Wit-Russische honden. Laten me bijtwonden zien als we elkaar aan de Poolse kant ontmoeten. Zij huilen. Ze vragen om advies. Ze willen hun familie niet vertellen over hun benarde situatie, maar ze hebben iemand nodig om mee te praten.

“De vijfde pushback. Na de zesde pleeg ik zelfmoord.”

“Ik heb mijn zoon verloren, hij heeft astma. De laatste keer dat hij belde was drie dagen geleden. Weet je waar hij is?”

“Wanneer ben je hier? Heb je water? Al is het een druppel?”

Onderworpen aan een desinformatiecampagne krijgen de vluchtelingen tegenstrijdige berichten van Wit-Russische diensten, die formulieren verspreiden over de vestiging in Polen of Duitsland. Dit schept hoop op een veilige reis. Maar het echte doel is om ze aan de Poolse grens neer te zetten om druk uit te oefenen op de EU. Sommige verontrustende berichten suggereren dat migranten worden gedwongen om deel te nemen aan geweld als onderdeel van Wit-Russische pogingen om Poolse functionarissen te provoceren.

Met het risico van een escalatie van geweld willen wij, de activisten in de bossen, de wereld eraan herinneren dat vluchtelingen geen agressors zijn. Ze zijn gijzelaars van het regime van Loekasjenko, dat hen voor zijn agenda gebruikt.

Polen sturen me berichten: “Waar moet ik warme en donkere kleding naartoe sturen?” “Hoe is de situatie aan de grens? De media laten ons alleen video’s zien van het Poolse ministerie of de Wit-Russische autoriteiten.” “Ik huil als ik mijn kinderen in bed stop. Schrijf alsjeblieft iets dat kan helpen.”

Dunja Mijatović, de commissaris voor mensenrechten van de Raad van Europa, verbleef vier dagen in Polen en ging met ons mee het veld in. Ze zei: “De grootste kracht van de hulpbeweging voor vluchtelingen aan de grens tussen Polen en Wit-Rusland zijn de inwoners van de naburige steden – in de noodzone en ernaast. Het is hun compassie en empathie die het leven van mensen in het bos verlengt. Hun moed en onbaatzuchtigheid. Hun goedheid redt levens.”

Anderen zien het natuurlijk anders: mensen die aan de grens helpen zijn “vijanden van de natie”, “agenten van Loekasjenko”, “schuldig aan het vernietigen van Europese waarden”, “het uitnodigen van terroristen hier”.

We maken ons schuldig aan het achterlaten van pakken water in het bos voor de dorstigen. We maken ons schuldig aan het uitdelen van soep. Aan schoenen aan koude voeten doen die niet meer konden bewegen. Als helpen illegaal is, begrijpen we dan wel wat misdaad is?

Anna Alboth is vrijwilliger bij Minority Rights Group

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

POLAND/BELARUS: NEW EVIDENCE OF ABUSES HIGHLIGHTS 

”HYPOCRISY” OF UNEQUAL TREATMENT OF ASYLUM SEEKERS

11 APRIL 2022

Poland/Belarus: New evidence of abuses highlights ‘hypocrisy’ of unequal treatment of asylum-seekers 

  • Authorities violating rights of asylum-seekers, including strip searches and other degrading treatment, in overcrowded detention centres
  • Some people forcibly sedated during return
  • Pushbacks and arbitrary detention in stark contrast with welcome shown to those fleeing Ukraine
  • Spokespeople available

The Polish authorities have arbitrarily detained nearly two thousand asylum-seekers who crossed into the country from Belarus in 2021, and subjected many of them to abuse, including strip searches in unsanitary, overcrowded facilities, and in some cases even to forcible sedation and tasering, Amnesty International said today.

Additionally, after a hiatus during winter, more asylum-seekers are now trying to enter Poland from Belarus, where they are unable to access further funds due to international sanctions and risk harassment or apprehension by Belarusian police due their irregular immigration status. At the Polish border they face razor wire fences and repeated pushbacks by border guards sometimes up to 20-30 times.

“This violent and degrading treatment stands in stark contrast to the warm welcome Poland is offering to displaced people arriving from Ukraine. The behaviour of the Polish authorities smacks of racism and hypocrisy. Poland must urgently extend its admirable compassion for those entering the country from Ukraine to all those crossing its borders to seek safety.”

Arbitrary detention and abysmal detention conditions

Polish border guards have systematically rounded up and violently pushed back people crossing from Belarus, sometimes threatening them with guns. The vast majority of those who have been fortunate enough to avoid being pushed back to Belarus and to apply for asylum in Poland are forced into automatic detention, without a proper assessment of their individual situation and the impact detention would have on their physical and mental health. They are often held for prolonged and indefinite periods of time in overcrowded centres that offer little privacy and only limited access to sanitary facilities, doctors, psychologists, or legal assistance.

Almost all of the people Amnesty International interviewed said they were  traumatized after fleeing areas of conflict and being trapped for months on the Belarusian-Polish border. They also suffered from serious psychological problems, including anxiety, insomnia, depression and frequent suicidal thoughts, undoubtedly exacerbated by their unnecessary metres. For most, psychological support was unavailable.

Retraumatized inside a military base

Many of the people who Amnesty spoke to had been in Wędrzyn detention centre, which holds up to 600 people. Overcrowding is particularly acute in this facility, where up to 24 men are detained in rooms measuring just eight square metres.

In 2021, the Polish authorities decreased the minimum required space for foreign detainees from three square meters per person to just two. The Council of Europe minimum standard for personal living space in prisons and detention centres is four square meters per person.

People held in Wędrzyn recounted how guards greeted new detainees  by saying “welcome to Guantánamo”. Many of them were victims of torture in their home countries before enduring harrowing experiences both in Belarus and on the border of Poland. The detention centre in Wędrzyn forms part of an active military base. The facility’s barbed wire walls — and the persistent sound of armoured vehicles, helicopters and gunfire from military exercises in the area — only serves to retraumatize them.

In Lesznowola Detention Centre, detainees said that guards’ treatment left them feeling dehumanized. The staff called detainees by their case numbers instead of using their names and meted out excessive punishments, including isolation, for simple requests, such as asking for a towel or more food.

Nearly all those interviewed reported consistently disrespectful and verbally abusive behaviour, racist remarks and other practices that indicated psychological ill-treatment. 

Men who Amnesty International interviewed uniformly  complained about the manner in which body searches were  conducted. When people were  transferred from one detention centre to another, they were forced to undergo a strip search at each facility, even though they were in state custody at all times. In Wędrzyn, people recounted abusive searches. For example, all newly admitted foreigners are kept together in a room, required to remove all of their clothes and ordered to perform squats longer than necessary for a legitimate check.

Violent forcible returns

Amnesty International interviewed several people who were forcibly returned as well as some who avoided return and remain in detention in Poland. Many said the Polish border guards who conducted the returns coerced them into signing documents in Polish that they suspected included incriminating information in order to justify their returns. They also said that, in some cases, border guards used excessive force, such as tasers, restrained people with handcuffs, and even sedated those being returned. 

Authorities attempted to forcibly return Yezda, a 30-year old Kurdish woman , with her husband and three small children. After being told that the family would be returned to Iraq, Yezda panicked and screamed and pleaded with the guards not to take them. She threatened to take her life and became extremely agitated. “I knew I could not go back to Iraq and I was ready to die in Poland. While I was crying like that, two guards restrained me and my husband, tied our hands behind our backs, and a doctor gave us an injection that made us very weak and sleepy. My head was not clear, but I could hear my children, who were in the room with us, crying and screaming.”

“We were asked to go through the airport security and the guards told us to behave on the plane. But I refused to go. I remember noticing that I didn’t even have any shoes on, as in the chaos at the camp, they slipped of my feet. My head was not clear, and I couldn’t see my husband or the children, but I remember that they forced me on the plane that was full of people. I was still crying and pleading with the police not to take us.” Yezda said that she broke her foot as she fought the guards who tried to put her on the plane. Yezda and her family were returned to Warsaw after the airline refused to take them to Iraq. They remain in a camp in Poland for now.

Volunteers and activists have been barred from accessing the border of Poland and Belarus, and some have even faced prosecution for trying to help people cross the border. In March, activists who had helped people both on Poland’s borders with Ukraine and with Belarus were detained for providing life-saving assistance to refugees and migrants on the Belarussian border, and now face potentially serious charges.

Stranded at the border

On 20 March, the Belarusian authorities reportedly evicted close to 700 refugees and migrants, including many families with young children and people suffering from severe illnesses and disabilities, from the warehouse in the Belarusian village of Bruzgi which had accommodated several thousand people in 2021.

People who were evicted from the warehouse suddenly found themselves stranded in the forest, trying to survive in sub-zero temperatures without shelter, food, water or access to medical care. Many remain in the forest and experience daily abuse from the Belarusian border guards, who use dogs and violence to force people to cross the border into Poland.

“Hundreds of people fleeing conflict in the Middle East and other parts of the world remain stranded on the border between Belarus and Poland. The Polish government must immediately stop pushbacks. They are illegal no matter how the government tries to justify them. The international community – including the EU – must demand that those trapped on Poland’s border with Belarus be afforded the same access to EU territory as any other group seeking refuge in Europe,” said Jelena Sesar.

END OF THE ARTICLE

REPORT AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

POLAND: CRUELTY, NOT COMPASSION, AT EUROPE’S OTHER BORDERS

11 APRIL 2022

The rapid relief effort at the border, exceptional generosity of civil society and willingness of Polish authorities to receive people fleeing from Ukraine contrast starkly with the Polish government’s hostility toward refugees and migrants who have arrived in the country via Belarus since July 2021. Hundreds of people who crossed from Belarus have been arbitrarily detained in Poland in appalling conditions and without access to a fair asylum proceeding. Many have been forcibly returned to their countries of origin, some under sedation. In addition, hundreds of people remain stranded inside Belarus and face increasingly desperate conditions.

END OF THIS PIECE

FULL REPORT

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

POLAND: CRUELTY, NOT COMPASSION, AT EUROPE’S OTHER BORDERS

11 APRIL 2022

https://www.amnesty.org/en/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/EUR3754602022ENGLISH.pdf

[8]

MEDICS LEAVE POLAND=BELARUS BORDER WITHOUT

REACHING MIGRANTS

https://www.dw.com/en/medics-leave-poland-belarus-border-without-reaching-migrants/a-60353514

Doctors Without Borders removed its team on the Belarus-Poland border after Warsaw blocked access to migrants trying to enter the European Union. Camped in harsh conditions, several people have died on the EU’s doorstep.

Despite knowing people along the Belarus-Poland border were “in desperate need of medical and humanitarian assistance,” the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said it withdrew its emergency response team from the region.

“Since October, MSF has repeatedly requested access to the restricted area and the border guard posts in Poland, but without success,” Frauke Ossig, the charity’s emergency coordinator for Poland and Lithuania, said on Thursday.

“We know that there are still people crossing the border and hiding in the forest, in need of support, but while we are committed to assisting people on the move wherever they may be, we have not been able to reach them in Poland,” Ossig added.

MSF said it was concerned that restricting access to major aid organizations could result in more deaths and such policies were “another example of the EU deliberately creating unsafe conditions for people to seek asylum at its borders.”

While many of the migrants received shelter in a logistics center, a number of people are reported to have died in the freezing, harsh conditions along the border.

Why can’t aid groups reach migrants and asylum-seekers?

On December 1, Poland’s Interior Ministry extended a state of emergency that prohibits all non-residents, including journalists and non-governmental aid groups, from the border area.

“People are being attacked and beaten at the hands of border guards, and yet state officials continue to allow the practice of pushing people between borders knowing that such maltreatment continues,” MSF said.

With thousands of people on the Belarusian side of the 400-kilometer (250-mile) stretch, Poland built a barbed-wire fence that it intends to replace with a permanent barrier and sent thousands of soldiers to the border, leaving the migrants stuck in camps in no man’s land and unable to apply for asylum in the European Union.

Polish border guards accused of illegal ‘pushbacks’

Polish border guards have been accused of forcibly pushing migrants and asylum-seekers back into Belarus — a move that breaches international law. At least 21 people have lost their lives in the attempt in 2021, MSF reported.

In December, the Polish civil society group Salam Lab reported that five Syrian and one Palestinian who managed to find their way outside Poland’s exclusion zone said they had been pushed back to Belarus several times by Polish authorities.

EU nations Latvia and Lithuania, which also share borders with Belarus, have also reinforced their border security and declared a state of emergency. MSF said it had not received access to migrants at the Belarusian-Lithuanian border.

The European Union has accused Belarus’ authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko of encouraging people fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East to attempt to enter the EU through Belarus.

Belarus denies this and has urged the EU to take in the migrants.

“The current situation is unacceptable and inhumane,” Ossig said. “People have the right to seek safety and asylum and should not be illegitimately pushed back to Belarus.”

[9]

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

POLAND/BELARUS: NEW EVIDENCE OF ABUSES HIGHLIGHTS 

”HYPOCRISY” OF UNEQUAL TREATMENT OF ASYLUM SEEKERS

11 APRIL 2022

SEE FOR FULL TEXT, NOTE 7

[10]

SEE NOTE 10

SEE ALSO THE LINK

SEE THE ASTRID ESSED MAIL TO THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS

SUBJECT OF THE MAIL:

”QUESTIONS ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS ATTITUDE 

AGAINST UKRAINIAN REFUGEES VERSUS REFUGEES TRAPPED

BETWEEN BELARUS AND POLAND;”

MAIL:

Astrid Essed <astridessed@yahoo.com>

To:press@icrc.org

Cc:secretariat@ifrc.org,tommaso.dellalonga@ifrc.org,anna.tuson@ifrc.org,info@redcross.fi,info@redcross.byand 3 more…

Fri, May 27 at 3:03 AM

TO 

THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS

PRESIDENT AND ASSEMBLY

Subject:

Questions about the International Red Cross attitude against

Ukrainian refugees versus refugees trapped between Belarus and

Poland

Your mission as International Red Cross

The work of the ICRC is based on the Geneva Conventions of 1949, their Additional Protocols, its Statutes – and those of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – and the resolutions of the International Conferences of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. The ICRC is an independent, neutral organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence. It takes action in response to emergencies and at the same time promotes respect for international humanitarian law and its implementation in national law.

https://www.icrc.org/en/who-we-are/mandate

[When you are pressed with time, go directly to the part below:

”QUESTIONS TO THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS”]

Dear President

Dear members of the Assembly,

Firstly my great appreciation for your fantastic and indispensable Work

through the whole world!

Without your humanitarian involvement and the sometimes great risks

your co workers take, life would be extremely difficult, if not impossible,

for the millions of people you are helping day after day.

But even the best of organisations need critical attention and have their 

flaws and that’s precisely the reason of this letter.

For in my opinion the International Red Cross attention for the Ukrainian

refugees, who have crossed the Polish Border is far more greater than the attention for the refugees, who tried to cross the Polish Border and are still trapped between the borders of Poland and Belarus.

Now I will not say, that the International Red Cross did nothing for these refugees.

On the contrary:

My great appreciation for the Good Work of the Finnish Red Cross, that 

helped those people wonderfully! [1]

I also appreciate the emergency calls and involvement

of the American Red Cross, The Belarus Red Cross, the Poland Red Cross,

the Lithuanian Red Cross and the other Red Cross departments [2]

Thank you, Finnish Red Cross [which gets this letter cc also]

and thank you, the other mentioned and peerhaps not mentioned Red Cross departments !

Also a Shout out to all those anonymous Polish people,

who helped refugees! [3]

And I express my appreciation to the president of the International

Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies mr F Rocca, who

stated, that thee should be no difference in the reception and protection

of refugees, whether they are Ukrainians or coming from other countries.

I quote him:

“The political, public and humanitarian response to the Ukraine crisis has shown what is possible when humanity and dignity comes first, when there is global solidarity and the will to assist and protect the most vulnerable,”and

“This must be extended to everyone in need, wherever they come from. Ethnicity and nationality should not be deciding factors in saving lives.” [4]

UKRAINIAN REFUGEES VERSUS REFUGEES, TRAPPED BETWEEN

POLAND AND BELARUS

I referred to the great attention of the International Red Cross to the Ukrainian

refugees [5] and don’t get me wrong:

I appreciate that very much and I think it is of the utmost importance to stand

for these people, who were the victims of the Russian invasion and had to flee their countries under so dramatic circumstances.

I sympathise with all refugees whoever they are and where they came from

and I know the International Red Cross does the same.

And yet, according to me, sometimes things go wrong.

Too often I learn from people from the field: Volunteers who do their utmost

to help those. who are trapped between the borders of Belarus and Poland, that

the Red Cross is not, or not enough, present to help the between border refugees”:

I quote something that made great impression on me:

It’s from mrs Anna Albot, a spokeswoman for the Polish Minority

Right Group [also mentioned in cc] and member of the Grupa Granica:

Quote: [first in Dutch, then translation in English]:

”Waar is het Rode Kruis, de Internationale Organisatie voor Migratie van de VN en de VN-vluchtelingenorganisatie? Die organisaties die zelfs in oorlogsgebieden opereren? Die voedsel en water naar de gevaarlijkste criminelen brengen? Is Elina, 5, gevaarlijker of minder waard? ” [6]

In English:

”Where is the Red Cross, The International Organisation for Migration

of the UN and the UNHCR? 

Those organisations which even operate in warzones?

Which bring food and water to the most dangerous criminals?

Is Elina, 5, more dangerous and worth less?

Mrs Albot also published this article in the Guardian [8 december 2021]

QUESTIONS TO THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS

This was in december 2021

And to my knowledge, the situation of the refugees, trapped

in the Polish-Belarussian border is yet inhuman, as is the

situation of the refugees, who reached Poland and are in

Polish detention centres in dire conditions.

See the statement of Amnesty International [7]

Now I had the impression, that on this moment, the main attention

of the International Cross goes to the Ukrainian refugees and that the

trapped refugees between Poland and Belarus are somewhat forgotten.

When I am wrong, please send me the information about

your involvement in the no one land between those borders.

When I am NOT wrong, please explain to me, why the International

Red Cross shows less attention to those refugees:

Are you being hindered in your activities, something volunteers have experienced in the past months? [8]

And if that’s so, what did you do, as an International Organisation, to

address to this situation?

Did you write to the Polish and Belarussian authorities?

Did you gave press conferences about this?

Did you try to visit the Polish detention centres, where, according to the

information of Amnesty International, the border refugees are being

mistreated and denied their right to asylum? [9]

If not, why not?

Because you are hindered in your activities?

And again the question:

If you are hindered in your activities, what did you do to protest and get access anyway, as

is your right and obligation as the International Red Cross?

And when, suppose you HAD access to the mentioned detention centres and

were not hindered in your activities, why did you give more attention

to the Ukrainian refugees then to those trapped between Belarus and

Poland.

Again, I don’t say you on purpose neglected those between borders refugees, I only had the impression more attention went to the Ukrainian refugees, who have, of course, the full right to your attention, only not more then

others.

EPILOGUE

Dear president, members of the International Red Cross, I hope you

forgive me my bold and critical questions, but they were necessary:

Like Amnesty International [10] I am very concerned about the

inhuman situation of the refugees between the border, as their reception in

Poland, that is quite different from the warm welcome

the Ukrainian refugees received, as it should be for all refugees.

You as a great humanitarian organisation can make the difference and

show the World and especially the European leaders, that all refugees 

must be treated and received humanely, regardless where they came from

or what their origins are.

Do your best.

The refugees count on you!

And if you’re pressed with time and can’t answer me, no problem

All I want is that you do your humanitarian task to all refugees,

whoever they are

Thank you

Kind greetings

Astrid Essed

Amsterdam 

The Netherlands

NOTES

[1]

THE FINISH RED CROSS

THE RED CROSS IS HELPING MIGRANTS STRUGGLING IN

DANGEROUS CONDITIONS AT THE EU’S EASTERN BORDER

24 NOVEMBER 2021

https://www.redcross.fi/news/2021/the-red-cross-is-helping-migrants-struggling-in-dangerous-conditions-at-the-eus-eastern-border/

The situation of migrants trying to enter the EU at the border of Poland, Lithuania and Belarus is alarming. Thousands of migrants have been stuck on the border region since early autumn. The situation of people sleeping without shelter is expected to worsen as the winter approaches.

The Belarusian, Polish and Lithuanian Red Cross organisations are helping migrants at the borders by distributing food, clean water, hygiene supplies, clothes and blankets and by offering essential health care.

The health of the people sleeping rough is at continuous risk. At least 10 people are known to have died. Among them, a 14-year-old boy who died of hypothermia.

“There are hundreds of children at the border, many of whom have been separated from their families. The are also pregnant women and disabled people among the migrants. Their situation is worsening by the hour as the crisis drags on and nights become colder,” says the Director of International Operations at the Finnish Red Cross Tiina Saarikoski.

“All states are obliged to ensure that humanitarian aid gets through to its target. People have the right to necessary protection, care and safety, regardless of whether they are granted the right to stay in the country or not.”

The International Committee of the Red Cross helps migrants establish contact with their family members. 

The Finnish Red Cross maintains preparedness for large-scale migration as part of its continuous readiness. As agreed with the authorities, the Red Cross is permanently prepared to establish and maintain reception centres and temporary accommodation units at the request of the authorities.

The Finnish Red Cross has not received official requests in relation to the situation in Poland, Lithuania and Belarus. 
 
“The most important thing right now is to deliver necessary aid to the migrants in unsafe conditions and allow humanitarian operators to provide aid,” Saarikoski emphasises. 

[2]

AMERICAN RED CROSS

THOUSANDS AT BELARUS BORDER IN NEED

OF HUMANITARIAN AID

https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/news/2021/thousands-at-belarus-border-in-need-of-humanitarian-aid.html

November 15, 2021

The Red Cross is urgently providing relief efforts as thousands of people risk their lives in freezing conditions along the Belarus-Poland border. At least 10 people have died and an estimated 2,000 people are living in makeshift camps near the border between Belarus and neighboring countries Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) urges unhindered access to the border be provided to help the men, women and children risking their lives for a safer future. 

Belarus Red Cross has been coordinating aid from partners since last week, distributing food, water, blankets and warm clothes. Staff and volunteers are involved in a continuous response to the situation, sorting and distributing packages, as well as helping authorities set up heating tents for women and children. Assistance was also provided for three children who were hospitalized.

“We are concerned about the increasingly serious situation on the Poland-Belarus border, after large groups of migrants arrived there on November 8. We call for access for the Red Cross and other humanitarian organizations so that all people in need, at the border and other locations, can receive medical treatment, humanitarian assistance and protection services,” said Andreas von Weissenberg, IFRC Europe’s head of Disasters, Climate and Crises.

“While Belarus Red Cross has thankfully been given some access to provide vital life-saving aid to people enduring hunger and freezing conditions, we need that access to be regular and also get access on the other side of the border. People need to be treated humanely,” von Weissenberg said.

The Polish Red Cross has been responding to this crisis for several weeks, delivering blankets, sleeping bags and clothes. Local branches are supporting migrants in provinces near the border with food, water and hygiene kits, as well as providing first aid and helping people trace family members.

Lithuanian Red Cross teams have also been supporting migrants close to the border with water, hygiene kits, footwear and clothing, as well as toys for children. In five large reception centers, volunteers provide food and other humanitarian aid, offer psychological support and legal assistance and help people reconnect with their loved ones by providing mobile phones and SIM cards.

IFRC is in the process of providing the Belarus Red Cross, Polish Red Cross and Lithuanian Red Cross with emergency funding to support the migrants with food, clothes, hygiene items, first aid and family reunification services.

“Humanitarian organizations must be granted unconditional and safe access to all people in need, irrespective of their legal status. People are crossing the border with just the clothes on their backs. They need food, medicine, hygiene items, clothing, and protective equipment against COVID-19. We must be allowed to deliver critical assistance and we want to see a peaceful, humane and rights-based solution to the situation,” von Weissenberg concluded. 

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24/7  NEWS BULLETIN

IT’S HEART BREAKING: HOW POLISH VOLUNTEERS

RESCUE POVERTY STRICKEN MIGRANTS AT

THE BELARUSIAN BORDER

11 NOVEMBER 2021

While the official Warsaw refuses to let in the migrants who have accumulated on the Belarusian border, not wanting to recognize them as refugees, many Poles express a desire to help people in difficult situations.

In the Polish media, you can see lists of various NGOs that are involved in helping migrants, as well as talk about ways to help them. One of the most popular is called a financial donation, but it is also suggested to become a volunteer working with refugees. The monetary contributions are spent on humanitarian transportation, shelter, medical and legal assistance, and integration with the host society.

“You don’t have to be at the border to help refugees,” writes Gazeta Wyborcza. “We can’t do much on this issue, but here’s exactly what we can: offer a blanket, a sleeping bag or waterproof clothing.”

Among the organizations that help refugees and migrants, mention is made, for example, of Caritas Polska, which carries out humanitarian aid campaigns both in Poland and abroad. This organization operates centers for refugees and migrants in Szczecin, Kalisz and Warsaw, providing systematic assistance in the field of intercultural integration, career counseling, psychological and legal assistance, classes in community centers and educational packages. Since the beginning of the current migration crisis at the Polish-Belarusian border, Caritas Polska has been organizing humanitarian transfers to centers where foreigners arrive, providing migrants with food, detergents, hygiene items, and blankets.

Helping migrants and the Polish Red Cross collecting material gifts for aid packages for migrants. Donations are accepted at Red Cross offices throughout Poland. Currently, the most in demand are: jackets, sweaters, thick socks, warm shoes, hats, scarves, blankets and sleeping bags. At the same time, clothes and shoes must be new or used, but in good condition. High-energy products are accepted (bars, chocolate, dried fruits), as well as other food products (pies and other canned poultry, canned fish, crackers, waffles, etc.).

The Polish non-governmental humanitarian organization Grupa Granica, which monitors the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border, believes that refugees need to be rescued as soon as possible. Indeed, if the Polish border police finds injured migrants before doctors, they send them back to Belarus, explaining this step by the fact that their health condition may deteriorate at any time, and the risk of death in such conditions is great.

The Guardian tells how 15 Iraqi Kurds ended up in the forests of the Polish village of Narewka after they managed to cross the border of Belarus and the European Union. All migrants had early signs of hypothermia. One woman could hardly walk. They had no choice but to turn to volunteers for help. A team from Grupa Granica, before the border guards, found migrants who found themselves in completely extreme conditions. It was already starting to get dark, and the temperature dropped to almost zero degrees. Volunteers distributed blankets and hot tea to people.

After some time, the police arrived in the forest. Up to this point, volunteers have explained to the frozen migrants how to properly apply for asylum.

“We have about eight teams operating near the border and a total of about 40 people,” Anna Albot, a spokeswoman for the Polish Minority Rights Group and member of Grupa Granica, told The Guardian. – Whenever we receive calls from migrant families, we send a request to our teams and check who is closest to the place. People often ask for food, water, a doctor, or clothing. The other day I met a Syrian family who didn’t even have shoes. ”

Anna Chmielewska, coordinator of the Center for Assistance to Foreigners in Warsaw, noted that “it is difficult to work in the border zone for several reasons”. First, the Polish police stop the cars of the volunteers a few kilometers before the Kuznitsa checkpoint on the Polish-Belarusian border. The fact is that three kilometers from the border begins the territory on which the state of emergency is in force, so access to it is prohibited.

“We cannot get into this zone and help the people who are there,” she added. “Only local residents can do this.” According to her, volunteers only have the opportunity to contact migrants only when they can pass the border zone: “But not everyone succeeds in doing this. Winter is coming and people are not ready to stay outside in the cold day after day. We are afraid that bad weather will lead to more deaths. It’s heartbreaking for us. “

In addition, the activist said that border police officers often behave quite aggressively. “We are not doing anything illegal, but they make us feel like we are violators,” Khmelevska said. “Helping people is okay. But in the current situation we seem to be engaged in secret activities. “

According to a representative of another non-governmental Polish organization, Medycy na granicy (Doctors at the Border – MK), border guards periodically obstruct the provision of medical assistance to migrants.

On their official Facebook page, the volunteers reported that before going on another call, they found that the ambulance’s wheels had been deflated. In addition, the doctors found “people in uniform” at the service car, and an olive-colored car with registration numbers beginning with the letters denoting the off-road vehicles of the Polish army stood nearby, the report said.

The doctors added that they tried to talk to the people sitting in the car, but they left almost immediately. Then they turned to the Ministry of National Defense of Poland with a request to “urgently provide clarification regarding this shameful incident.”

The department gave a response almost immediately. “The soldiers of the Polish army have no relation to the damage to the ambulance at the border,” the ministry’s press service informed. “They have much more serious questions than the denial of fake news in the media space.”

At the same time, such situations do not lead volunteers astray. They continue to provide assistance to refugees. On their social networks, doctors posted a post in five languages – English, French, Arabic, Persian and Kurdish – with the following content: “If you or someone from your family needs any humanitarian or medical assistance on the Polish-Belarusian border, write US. We will connect you with the right people. “

Those wishing to help migrants have to face not only opposition from the authorities. After one of the theaters in the city of Legnica began collecting gifts for refugees on the Polish-Belarusian border, it was attacked by haters on the Internet. “But there are more people willing to help,” says one of the initiators of the action.

In this regard, Polish volunteers are pleased to know that activists from Germany are trying to help migrants stranded on the Polish-Belarusian border. According to the Polish Internet resource Oko.press, a group of German volunteers came to Poland to deliver parcels for refugees to local organizations, show solidarity with immigrants and protest against the actions of the Polish authorities and the inaction of German politicians.

“We have free seats on the bus,” says one of the activists Ruben Neugebauer. “We could take people who need help with us. If only the German government would agree to this … We call on the German authorities to create humanitarian corridors on the Polish-Belarusian border. This should be one of the priorities of the government that is currently being formed in Germany. “

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Source From: MK

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IFRC PRESIDENT: ETHNICITY AND NATIONALITY SHOULD NOT

BE DECIDING FACTORS IN SAVING LIVES

16 MAY 2022/PRESS RELEASE

https://www.ifrc.org/press-release/ifrc-president-ethnicity-and-nationality-should-not-be-deciding-factors-saving-lives

New York / Geneva, 16 May 2022 – President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Francesco Rocca calls on states to step up to their responsibility to save lives, no matter where people are from, ahead of the first review of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM).

Mr Rocca says: “When I was in Marrakech for the adoption of the GCM I made a statement that the world’s approach to migration is painfully broken – but that the GCM can fix it. As we begin the first review of the progress made since then, I am sad to say that this has not been the case so far. Not enough changes to policies and practices to ensure safe and dignified migration have taken place, and many more lives have been lost due to that failure to act.”

On the world’s deadliest sea migration route, the central Mediterranean, the number of deaths has in fact increased since the GCM was signed. The Ocean Viking ship, operated by SOS Mediterranée with IFRC providing humanitarian services on board, saves people in distress on this route.

“We need to carry out this work as state-coordinated search and rescue is absent in the area,” says Mr Rocca. “Our teams have already saved 1,260 people in the nine months we’ve been operating.”

The Ocean Viking is one of the 330 Humanitarian Service Points (HSPs) in 45 countries that supports the ambitions of the GCM, providing assistance and protection to people on the move irrespective of status and without fear of reprisal. The Romanian Red Cross implements HSPs in Bucharest to support people fleeing Ukraine, providing information, food, water, hygiene items and financial assistance, while the Hungarian Red Cross has been operating a HSP at the Keleti railway station 24/7 to welcome people arriving from Ukraine by train with information, food, hygiene items and baby care products.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Colombian Red Cross Society has implemented HSPs at the border with Venezuela, offering essential services like healthcare, while Libyan Red Crescent volunteers have provided support to migrants and displaced people, operating HSPs that provided access to information, food, and other necessities, as well as restoring family links services.

At the International Migration Review Forum (IMRF), the IFRC is calling for individual and collective efforts on search and rescue; ensuring access to essential services for migrants regardless of status; scaling up support to people affected of climate related displacement; and the inclusion of migrants in all aspects of society and decision making.

“The political, public and humanitarian response to the Ukraine crisis has shown what is possible when humanity and dignity comes first, when there is global solidarity and the will to assist and protect the most vulnerable,” says Mr Rocca. “This must be extended to everyone in need, wherever they come from. Ethnicity and nationality should not be deciding factors in saving lives.”

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THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS AND THE UKRAINE

https://www.icrc.org/en/humanitarian-crisis-ukraine

IFRC SCALES UP CASH ASSISTANCE TO PEOPLE IMPACTED

BY CONFLICT IN UKRAINE

23 MAY 2022

https://www.ifrc.org/article/ifrc-scales-cash-assistance-people-impacted-conflict-ukraine

Three months into the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has distributed financial assistance totalling more than 4.3 million Swiss francs to thousands of people on the move.

IFRC Head of Emergency Operations for the Ukraine response, Anne Katherine Moore, said:

“The longer the conflict continues, the greater the needs become. The cost of basic necessities, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, is rising. Increases in the cost of fuel and apartment rentals are also being reported. Millions of people have lost their jobs and their savings are dwindling. Through a new mobile app, we have been able to ramp up our support to help people facing these financial challenges.”

The new technology makes it possible for the IFRC and responding National Societies to reach people at scale and to deliver cash assistance digitally. Successfully introduced in Romania, the mobile app allows refugees to self-register for assistance online, negating the need and cost involved of having to travel to a central location.

The app will soon be expanded to Poland and Slovakia, where cash assistance is already being provided through more traditional methods such as in-person registration, as well as Ukraine and other neighbouring countries.

“This is the fastest we have ever delivered cash at this scale. It has the potential to be a game-changer for our work not just in this response, but also in future operations,” Moore continued.

Cash assistance is a dignified and efficient way to support people impacted by the conflict, allowing them to purchase items specific to their individual needs, while also supporting local economies. It is one part of our integrated and wide-ranging Red Cross and Red Crescent response to the conflict that also includes the provision of health care, first aid, psychosocial support and the distribution of basic household necessities.

Speaking about next steps, Moore said: “There is no short-term solution to the needs of the more than 14 million people who have been forced to flee their homes. We know that even if the conflict was to end tomorrow, rebuilding and recovery will take years. People have lost their homes, their livelihoods, and access to timely healthcare. The IFRC, in support of local National Red Cross Societies in the region, will be there helping people now, and in the months and years to come.”

During the past three months:
  • Together, we have reached more than 2.1 million people with life-saving aid within Ukraine and in surrounding countries. This is 1 in 10 people who had to flee their homes because of the conflict.
  • Along the travel routes within and outside Ukraine, we’ve set up 142 Humanitarian Service Points in 15 countries to provide those fleeing with a safe environment. There, they receive essential services like food, hygiene items, blankets, clothing water, first aid, psychosocial support, information, and financial assistance.
  • In total, we distributed 2.3 million kilograms of aid.
  • 71,000 Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers are responding to the crisis.

IFRCUKRAINE AND IMPACTED COUNTRIES CRISIS

https://www.ifrc.org/emergency/ukraine-and-impacted-countries

Due to the conflict escalation in Ukraine, millions of people have left their homes and crossed into neighbouring countries. The Ukrainian Red Cross is helping people affected by the conflict as the security situation allows. National Societies in surrounding countries, with support from the IFRC, are assisting people leaving Ukraine with shelter, basic aid items and medical supplies. People from Ukraine will need long-term, ongoing support. Our priority is addressing the humanitarian needs of all people affected by the conflict, inside and outside Ukraine.

IFRC

UKRAINE AND IMPACTED COUNTRIES CRISIS

EMERGENCY APPEAL

12 APRIL 2022

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FACEBOOK THE REFUGEE CIRCLE

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1172370492773108/

Saskia van Rees

 

8 dec 2021, door Anna Albot in the Guardian. Zij is met in Narewka, Polen, vlakbij de grens met Wit-Rusland.

Het helpen van vluchtelingen die verhongeren in de ijzige grensbossen van Polen is illegaal, maar het is niet de echte misdaad

Eén gedachte gaat constant door mijn hoofd: “Ik heb kinderen thuis, ik kan niet de cel in, ik kan niet de cel in.” De politiek ligt buiten mijn bereik of dat van de slachtoffers aan de grens tussen Polen en Wit-Rusland. Die gaat erom dat de vertrekkende Duitse kanselier Angela Merkel doordringt tot Alexander Loekasjenko, de president van Wit-Rusland. Het is ironisch dat deze grens meer dan 50 mediaploegen op de been heeft gebracht, maar Polen de enige plaats in de EU is waar journalisten niet vrijuit kunnen rapporteren.

Ondertussen nadert de strenge Noord-Europese winter en bevriezen mijn vingers in de donkere sneeuwnachten.

De grenssituatie laat de kloof zien tussen wat legaal is en wat moreel is. Hij beheerst de inspanningen van degenen die levens redden. Het enige wat wij, activisten in de bossen aan de grens tussen Polen en Wit-Rusland, kunnen doen is water, voedsel en kleding naar wanhopige mensen brengen. Maar deze fundamentele humanitaire daad, kan alleen in het geheim worden uitgevoerd. We moeten ons verstoppen en door de bossen sluipen. De aandacht trekken van grenswachten, politie of leger zou een nieuwe pushback kunnen forceren.

We ontmoeten bange ogen, uitgeputte gezichten, lichamen kapot door de kou … Bevroren, dorstige, hongerige mensen.

Ik heb verschillende groepen tussen de bomen ontmoet: gezinnen, moeders met kinderen, vaders met gehandicapte kinderen, ouderen en mensen uit de meest kwetsbare groepen ter wereld – etnisch, religieus en LGBTQ+. Ze zochten vrijheid, maar werden sinds augustus tot nu, december, vijf, tien en zelfs vijftien keer teruggedreven naar Wit-Rusland.

Tijdens mijn nachtelijke tochten ben ik uitgerust met een grote rugzak vol thermoskannen warme soep, sokken, laarzen, jassen, handschoenen, sjaals, mutsen, pleisters, medicijnen en powerbanks. Ik loop in het donker en verschuil me achter bomen als ik helikopters hoor of de felle lichten van de politie zie. Ik hoor het geplons van de soep in de kannen op mijn rug, ik hoor mijn kortademigheid – niemand heeft me geleerd om te sluipen en onzichtbaar te zijn als een beroepsmilitair. Ik heb jarenlang voor mensenrechten gewerkt, de meeste EU-grenzen en vluchtelingenkampen bezocht, maar ik was nooit bang om takken onder mijn voeten te laten kraken of voor het ritselen van de bomen boven mijn hoofd terwijl ik me voortbeweeg.

Uit persoonlijke verhalen en bewijzen verzameld door Minority Rights Group International en collega’s van Grupa Granica, een alliantie van 14 Poolse maatschappelijke organisaties die reageren op de crisis, weten we dat er minstens 5.000 mensen in de bossen zijn geweest en dat er momenteel minstens 1.000 zijn. We hebben met iedereen contact gehad: wanhopige slachtoffers van een walgelijk machtsspel tussen staten.

Elke keer dat we reageren op een telefoontje van iemand in nood, of hun moeder die nog in Irak of Afghanistan is, of een neef in Berlijn, hangen we onze rugzakken om en gaan. Dag en nacht – lang nadat de wereld zijn interesse heeft verloren. Soms zijn we uren op zoek naar mensen. Die veranderen voor de veiligheid vaak van locatie. Soms zijn bejaarde grootmoeders of de kleine kinderen die geen energie meer hebben om te lopen, gestrand in Poolse moerassen. Nu de bossen bedekt zijn met sneeuw en mensen ons niet kunnen bellen omdat hun telefoons zijn vernietigd door het Poolse leger, gebruiken we infrarood camera’s.

We ontmoeten bange ogen, uitgeputte gezichten, lichamen kapot door de kou, wanhopig verzwakt na weken in het ijzige, natte bos. Bevroren, dorstige, hongerige mensen. Ik had geen idee wat honger betekende. Ik gaf mijn kinderen wel eens een stuk chocola als ze klaagden voor het eten. Ik heb armoedestatistieken en geschiedenisboeken gelezen. Ik wist niets van honger.

Mensen aan de grens tussen Polen en Wit-Rusland hebben al weken niet gegeten. Om de paar dagen krijgen ze, als ze geld hebben, misschien een oude aardappel van een Wit-Russische soldaat na een gewelddadige pushback over het prikkeldraad. Die delen ze met de kinderen. Ze hebben dagenlang niets te drinken. Of drinken moeras- of regenwater, dat maagkrampen en een verlammende hoofdpijn veroorzaakt, waardoor ze verder verzwakken.

We wensen hen het beste aan het einde van onze ontmoeting. Voor een paar dagen voldoende voedsel en water achterlaten is onmogelijk: niemand heeft de kracht om zoveel te dragen. We kunnen geen mensen meenemen of naar een veilige plek brengen. Dat zou een strafbaar feit zijn. Maar het is geen misdaad om deze mensen langzaam dood te laten gaan…

Waar is het Rode Kruis, de Internationale Organisatie voor Migratie van de VN en de VN-vluchtelingenorganisatie? Die organisaties die zelfs in oorlogsgebieden opereren? Die voedsel en water naar de gevaarlijkste criminelen brengen? Is Elina, 5, gevaarlijker of minder waard? Ze heeft epilepsie, maar geen medicijnen. Ik ontmoette haar in het bos met negen andere Koerden, allemaal zonder laarzen. Ze hebben thuis oorlogen en luchtaanvallen overleefd, maar kunnen in het Poolse bos doodvriezen. Bij elke pushback pakken Poolse en Wit-Russische officieren alles af: geld, kleding en schoeisel.

Er was de groep van negen vrouwen uit de Democratische Republiek Congo, waarschijnlijk verhandeld. Toen ik ze de situatie uitlegde, huilden en huilden ze maar. Of de Yezidi-zussen, die zeven jaar geleden ontsnapten aan de genocide in Sinjar, Irak, maar nog steeds op zoek zijn naar een veilige plek. Of de jongens uit Jemen, die perfect Engels spreken. Of de drie homoseksuele mannen uit Iran, wanhopig om niet teruggestuurd te worden naar Wit-Russische soldaten.

We blijven contact houden. Als ze erin slagen hun telefoons te verbergen, kunnen we communiceren na een pushback. Ze delen foto’s en video’s van Wit-Russische honden. Laten me bijtwonden zien als we elkaar aan de Poolse kant ontmoeten. Zij huilen. Ze vragen om advies. Ze willen hun familie niet vertellen over hun benarde situatie, maar ze hebben iemand nodig om mee te praten.

“De vijfde pushback. Na de zesde pleeg ik zelfmoord.”

“Ik heb mijn zoon verloren, hij heeft astma. De laatste keer dat hij belde was drie dagen geleden. Weet je waar hij is?”

“Wanneer ben je hier? Heb je water? Al is het een druppel?”

Onderworpen aan een desinformatiecampagne krijgen de vluchtelingen tegenstrijdige berichten van Wit-Russische diensten, die formulieren verspreiden over de vestiging in Polen of Duitsland. Dit schept hoop op een veilige reis. Maar het echte doel is om ze aan de Poolse grens neer te zetten om druk uit te oefenen op de EU. Sommige verontrustende berichten suggereren dat migranten worden gedwongen om deel te nemen aan geweld als onderdeel van Wit-Russische pogingen om Poolse functionarissen te provoceren.

Met het risico van een escalatie van geweld willen wij, de activisten in de bossen, de wereld eraan herinneren dat vluchtelingen geen agressors zijn. Ze zijn gijzelaars van het regime van Loekasjenko, dat hen voor zijn agenda gebruikt.

Polen sturen me berichten: “Waar moet ik warme en donkere kleding naartoe sturen?” “Hoe is de situatie aan de grens? De media laten ons alleen video’s zien van het Poolse ministerie of de Wit-Russische autoriteiten.” “Ik huil als ik mijn kinderen in bed stop. Schrijf alsjeblieft iets dat kan helpen.”

Dunja Mijatović, de commissaris voor mensenrechten van de Raad van Europa, verbleef vier dagen in Polen en ging met ons mee het veld in. Ze zei: “De grootste kracht van de hulpbeweging voor vluchtelingen aan de grens tussen Polen en Wit-Rusland zijn de inwoners van de naburige steden – in de noodzone en ernaast. Het is hun compassie en empathie die het leven van mensen in het bos verlengt. Hun moed en onbaatzuchtigheid. Hun goedheid redt levens.”

Anderen zien het natuurlijk anders: mensen die aan de grens helpen zijn “vijanden van de natie”, “agenten van Loekasjenko”, “schuldig aan het vernietigen van Europese waarden”, “het uitnodigen van terroristen hier”.

We maken ons schuldig aan het achterlaten van pakken water in het bos voor de dorstigen. We maken ons schuldig aan het uitdelen van soep. Aan schoenen aan koude voeten doen die niet meer konden bewegen. Als helpen illegaal is, begrijpen we dan wel wat misdaad is?

Anna Alboth is vrijwilliger bij Minority Rights Group

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

POLAND/BELARUS: NEW EVIDENCE OF ABUSES HIGHLIGHTS 

”HYPOCRISY” OF UNEQUAL TREATMENT OF ASYLUM SEEKERS

11 APRIL 2022

Poland/Belarus: New evidence of abuses highlights ‘hypocrisy’ of unequal treatment of asylum-seekers 

  • Authorities violating rights of asylum-seekers, including strip searches and other degrading treatment, in overcrowded detention centres
  • Some people forcibly sedated during return
  • Pushbacks and arbitrary detention in stark contrast with welcome shown to those fleeing Ukraine
  • Spokespeople available

The Polish authorities have arbitrarily detained nearly two thousand asylum-seekers who crossed into the country from Belarus in 2021, and subjected many of them to abuse, including strip searches in unsanitary, overcrowded facilities, and in some cases even to forcible sedation and tasering, Amnesty International said today.

Additionally, after a hiatus during winter, more asylum-seekers are now trying to enter Poland from Belarus, where they are unable to access further funds due to international sanctions and risk harassment or apprehension by Belarusian police due their irregular immigration status. At the Polish border they face razor wire fences and repeated pushbacks by border guards sometimes up to 20-30 times.

“This violent and degrading treatment stands in stark contrast to the warm welcome Poland is offering to displaced people arriving from Ukraine. The behaviour of the Polish authorities smacks of racism and hypocrisy. Poland must urgently extend its admirable compassion for those entering the country from Ukraine to all those crossing its borders to seek safety.”

Arbitrary detention and abysmal detention conditions

Polish border guards have systematically rounded up and violently pushed back people crossing from Belarus, sometimes threatening them with guns. The vast majority of those who have been fortunate enough to avoid being pushed back to Belarus and to apply for asylum in Poland are forced into automatic detention, without a proper assessment of their individual situation and the impact detention would have on their physical and mental health. They are often held for prolonged and indefinite periods of time in overcrowded centres that offer little privacy and only limited access to sanitary facilities, doctors, psychologists, or legal assistance.

Almost all of the people Amnesty International interviewed said they were  traumatized after fleeing areas of conflict and being trapped for months on the Belarusian-Polish border. They also suffered from serious psychological problems, including anxiety, insomnia, depression and frequent suicidal thoughts, undoubtedly exacerbated by their unnecessary metres. For most, psychological support was unavailable.

Retraumatized inside a military base

Many of the people who Amnesty spoke to had been in Wędrzyn detention centre, which holds up to 600 people. Overcrowding is particularly acute in this facility, where up to 24 men are detained in rooms measuring just eight square metres.

In 2021, the Polish authorities decreased the minimum required space for foreign detainees from three square meters per person to just two. The Council of Europe minimum standard for personal living space in prisons and detention centres is four square meters per person.

People held in Wędrzyn recounted how guards greeted new detainees  by saying “welcome to Guantánamo”. Many of them were victims of torture in their home countries before enduring harrowing experiences both in Belarus and on the border of Poland. The detention centre in Wędrzyn forms part of an active military base. The facility’s barbed wire walls — and the persistent sound of armoured vehicles, helicopters and gunfire from military exercises in the area — only serves to retraumatize them.

In Lesznowola Detention Centre, detainees said that guards’ treatment left them feeling dehumanized. The staff called detainees by their case numbers instead of using their names and meted out excessive punishments, including isolation, for simple requests, such as asking for a towel or more food.

Nearly all those interviewed reported consistently disrespectful and verbally abusive behaviour, racist remarks and other practices that indicated psychological ill-treatment. 

Men who Amnesty International interviewed uniformly  complained about the manner in which body searches were  conducted. When people were  transferred from one detention centre to another, they were forced to undergo a strip search at each facility, even though they were in state custody at all times. In Wędrzyn, people recounted abusive searches. For example, all newly admitted foreigners are kept together in a room, required to remove all of their clothes and ordered to perform squats longer than necessary for a legitimate check.

Violent forcible returns

Amnesty International interviewed several people who were forcibly returned as well as some who avoided return and remain in detention in Poland. Many said the Polish border guards who conducted the returns coerced them into signing documents in Polish that they suspected included incriminating information in order to justify their returns. They also said that, in some cases, border guards used excessive force, such as tasers, restrained people with handcuffs, and even sedated those being returned. 

Authorities attempted to forcibly return Yezda, a 30-year old Kurdish woman , with her husband and three small children. After being told that the family would be returned to Iraq, Yezda panicked and screamed and pleaded with the guards not to take them. She threatened to take her life and became extremely agitated. “I knew I could not go back to Iraq and I was ready to die in Poland. While I was crying like that, two guards restrained me and my husband, tied our hands behind our backs, and a doctor gave us an injection that made us very weak and sleepy. My head was not clear, but I could hear my children, who were in the room with us, crying and screaming.”

“We were asked to go through the airport security and the guards told us to behave on the plane. But I refused to go. I remember noticing that I didn’t even have any shoes on, as in the chaos at the camp, they slipped of my feet. My head was not clear, and I couldn’t see my husband or the children, but I remember that they forced me on the plane that was full of people. I was still crying and pleading with the police not to take us.” Yezda said that she broke her foot as she fought the guards who tried to put her on the plane. Yezda and her family were returned to Warsaw after the airline refused to take them to Iraq. They remain in a camp in Poland for now.

Volunteers and activists have been barred from accessing the border of Poland and Belarus, and some have even faced prosecution for trying to help people cross the border. In March, activists who had helped people both on Poland’s borders with Ukraine and with Belarus were detained for providing life-saving assistance to refugees and migrants on the Belarussian border, and now face potentially serious charges.

Stranded at the border

On 20 March, the Belarusian authorities reportedly evicted close to 700 refugees and migrants, including many families with young children and people suffering from severe illnesses and disabilities, from the warehouse in the Belarusian village of Bruzgi which had accommodated several thousand people in 2021.

People who were evicted from the warehouse suddenly found themselves stranded in the forest, trying to survive in sub-zero temperatures without shelter, food, water or access to medical care. Many remain in the forest and experience daily abuse from the Belarusian border guards, who use dogs and violence to force people to cross the border into Poland.

“Hundreds of people fleeing conflict in the Middle East and other parts of the world remain stranded on the border between Belarus and Poland. The Polish government must immediately stop pushbacks. They are illegal no matter how the government tries to justify them. The international community – including the EU – must demand that those trapped on Poland’s border with Belarus be afforded the same access to EU territory as any other group seeking refuge in Europe,” said Jelena Sesar.

END OF THE ARTICLE

REPORT AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

POLAND: CRUELTY, NOT COMPASSION, AT EUROPE’S OTHER BORDERS

11 APRIL 2022

The rapid relief effort at the border, exceptional generosity of civil society and willingness of Polish authorities to receive people fleeing from Ukraine contrast starkly with the Polish government’s hostility toward refugees and migrants who have arrived in the country via Belarus since July 2021. Hundreds of people who crossed from Belarus have been arbitrarily detained in Poland in appalling conditions and without access to a fair asylum proceeding. Many have been forcibly returned to their countries of origin, some under sedation. In addition, hundreds of people remain stranded inside Belarus and face increasingly desperate conditions.

END OF THIS PIECE

FULL REPORT

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

POLAND: CRUELTY, NOT COMPASSION, AT EUROPE’S OTHER BORDERS

11 APRIL 2022

https://www.amnesty.org/en/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/EUR3754602022ENGLISH.pdf

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MEDICS LEAVE POLAND=BELARUS BORDER WITHOUT

REACHING MIGRANTS

https://www.dw.com/en/medics-leave-poland-belarus-border-without-reaching-migrants/a-60353514

Doctors Without Borders removed its team on the Belarus-Poland border after Warsaw blocked access to migrants trying to enter the European Union. Camped in harsh conditions, several people have died on the EU’s doorstep.

Despite knowing people along the Belarus-Poland border were “in desperate need of medical and humanitarian assistance,” the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said it withdrew its emergency response team from the region.

“Since October, MSF has repeatedly requested access to the restricted area and the border guard posts in Poland, but without success,” Frauke Ossig, the charity’s emergency coordinator for Poland and Lithuania, said on Thursday.

“We know that there are still people crossing the border and hiding in the forest, in need of support, but while we are committed to assisting people on the move wherever they may be, we have not been able to reach them in Poland,” Ossig added.

MSF said it was concerned that restricting access to major aid organizations could result in more deaths and such policies were “another example of the EU deliberately creating unsafe conditions for people to seek asylum at its borders.”

While many of the migrants received shelter in a logistics center, a number of people are reported to have died in the freezing, harsh conditions along the border.

Why can’t aid groups reach migrants and asylum-seekers?

On December 1, Poland’s Interior Ministry extended a state of emergency that prohibits all non-residents, including journalists and non-governmental aid groups, from the border area.

“People are being attacked and beaten at the hands of border guards, and yet state officials continue to allow the practice of pushing people between borders knowing that such maltreatment continues,” MSF said.

With thousands of people on the Belarusian side of the 400-kilometer (250-mile) stretch, Poland built a barbed-wire fence that it intends to replace with a permanent barrier and sent thousands of soldiers to the border, leaving the migrants stuck in camps in no man’s land and unable to apply for asylum in the European Union.

Polish border guards accused of illegal ‘pushbacks’

Polish border guards have been accused of forcibly pushing migrants and asylum-seekers back into Belarus — a move that breaches international law. At least 21 people have lost their lives in the attempt in 2021, MSF reported.

In December, the Polish civil society group Salam Lab reported that five Syrian and one Palestinian who managed to find their way outside Poland’s exclusion zone said they had been pushed back to Belarus several times by Polish authorities.

EU nations Latvia and Lithuania, which also share borders with Belarus, have also reinforced their border security and declared a state of emergency. MSF said it had not received access to migrants at the Belarusian-Lithuanian border.

The European Union has accused Belarus’ authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko of encouraging people fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East to attempt to enter the EU through Belarus.

Belarus denies this and has urged the EU to take in the migrants.

“The current situation is unacceptable and inhumane,” Ossig said. “People have the right to seek safety and asylum and should not be illegitimately pushed back to Belarus.”

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

POLAND/BELARUS: NEW EVIDENCE OF ABUSES HIGHLIGHTS 

”HYPOCRISY” OF UNEQUAL TREATMENT OF ASYLUM SEEKERS

11 APRIL 2022

SEE FOR FULL TEXT, NOTE 7

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TWEEDE KAMERFRACTIEVOORZITTER BIJ1Mevrouw S Simons
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Uit waardering voor uw werk in de Tweede Kamer doe ik utoekomen mijn onder P/S vermelde uitspraken van PVV KamerlidGidi MarkuszowerZe waren, zoals zo vaak met uitspraken van extreem-rechtse partijen,weer eens behoorlijk schokkend en vonden plaats tijdenseen Kamerdebat met vijf bewindspersonen, onder wie [tegen hem’richtte Markuszower zich] de Staatssecretaris van Justitie enVeiligheid, de heer van der Burg, die door Markuszower werdaangeduid als ”Kaagsecretaris”Ik citeer enkele zijner uitspraken:
””Dank u wel, voorzitter.Met maar liefst vijf bewindspersonen vandaag een debat over de opvangvan de Oekraiense vluchtelingen, waarvan wij van de PVV zeggen, dat datals de buurlanden van Oekraine het niet meer aankunnen, dan kunnen wijin Nederland tijdelijk en beperkt ruimte maken voor de opvang van deOekraiense vrouwen en kinderen door de instroom van al die buitenlandseindringers uit Afrika en dat donkere Midden-Oosten te stoppen.”EN”En omdat Nederland de afgelopen decennia volgepropt is met de verkeerdebuitenlanders, die op onze welvaartsstaat parasiteren door en masseniet te werken en onze Bijstandpotten op te ete, die onze straten onveiligen onguur maken, die de gewone Nederlander op de woningmarkt verdringen, die de kwaliteit van het onderwijs aantasten en die de Nederlandse Staat iederjaar opnieuw minimaal twintig miljard euro kosten, hebben we een gigantisch probleem.”
Zie Youtube filmpje onder artikel
Wat mij het meest stoorde was, dat Kamervoorzitter Bergkamp Markuszower weliswaar berispte over zijn benaming ”Kaagsecretaris”,maar met geen woord repte over zijn xenofobe en discriminerende uitspraken, die uregelmatig WEL benoemt.
Vandaar dat ik de moeite genomen heb, u mijn artikel toete sturenMocht u reeds in actie gekomen zijn tegen de uitspraken van Markuszower,prima.Zo niet, dan roep ik u op, dat alsnog te doen.
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TEKST

[Gidi Makuszower, PVV]:
”Dank u wel, voorzitter.Met maar liefst vijf bewindspersonen vandaag een debat over de opvangvan de Oekraiense vluchtelingen, waarvan wij van de PVV zeggen, dat datals de buurlanden van Oekraine het niet meer aankunnen, dan kunnen wijin Nederland tijdelijk en beperkt ruimte maken voor de opvang van deOekraiense vrouwen en kinderen door de instroom van al die buitenlandseindringers uit Afrika en dat donkere Midden-Oosten te stoppen. [0.23]Al die illegalen ons land uit te gooien en natuurlijk die Syriers en andereVeilige landers [0.29] terug te sturen naar waar ze vandaan komen.
Voorzitter:Ondanks het oorlogsgeweld in de Oekraine is het wel opmerkelijk,dat deze Kamer, en een substantieel deel van het kabinet vandaag dehele dag tijd vrijmaakt om wel over deze problematiek te spreken, entegelijkertijd niet aan de problemen van de gewone Nederlander ehaandacht te willen schenken.Als wij voor [?] de fractievoorzitter, de heer Wilders een debat aanvraagt omover de koopkracht van de Nederlanders te spreken en oplossingen wilaandragen om die te verbeteren, geeft niemand van de coalitie thuis.Dan wil het kabinet daar niet eens over spreken.Dan wil de voorzitter van deze Kamer het debat niet eens inplannen.
Maar wij hier vandaag, eh maar wij hier allemaal in deze zaal en ik zeg hetook uitdrukkelijk tegen alle bewindspersonen, die hier vandaag zitten, zijngekozen en benoemd om de problemen van de Nederlanders op te lossen.
[1.21] En omdat Nederland de afgelopen decennia volgepropt is met de verkeerdebuitenlanders, die op onze welvaartsstaat parasiteren door en masseniet te werken en onze Bijstandpotten op te ete, die onze straten onveiligen onguur maken, die de gewone Nederlander op de woningmarkt verdringen, die de kwaliteit van het onderwijs aantasten en die de Nederlandse Staat iederjaar opnieuw minimaal twintig miljard euro kosten, hebben we een gigantisch probleem. [1.49]Zo’n groot probleem, dat we nu amper adequaat, beperkt en tijdelijk de Oekraiense vrouwen en kinderen de helpende hand kunnen bieden.En zo’n groot probleem, dat we er als Overheid amper nog zijn voor onzeeigen mensen.Amper iets kunnen doen aan de problemen van de gewone Nederlander.
En daarom voorzitter zeg ik zoals de PVV al jaar en dag zegt, ook vandaag:Het Open Grenzen Beleid maakt Nederland helemaal kapot.De Kaag Staatssecretaris van Justitie en Veiligheid, die verantwoordelijk isvoor het Nederlandse Asiel en Immigratiebeleid, zegt, dat iedereen in de hele wereld hier asiel aan mag vragen.En, dat alle echte vluchtelingen dat dan ook daadwerkelijk krijgen.Maar voorzitter, weet u hoeveel echte vluchtelingen de wereld momenteelkent?Dat is circa vijfentachtig miljoen.Dat is Nederland maal Factor Vijf.
[2.40] En weet u, voorzitter, hoeveel migranten uit Afrika en het Midden-Oostennog naar onze regio toe willen komen, de komende jaren?Dat zijn honderden miljoenen, zo niet een miljard mensen. [2.49]Dat gaat dus niet, voorzitter. 
Deze Staatssecretaris, de Kaagsecretaris, voert de agenda van Sigrid Kaag enGroen Links uit.Op alle vlakken wordt het asielbeleid versoepeld.Deze week nog heeft de Staatssecretaris van Justitie en Veiligheid aangegevende voorwaarden voor gezinshereniging te gaan versoepelen, waardoorhet aantal statushouders kan verdrievoudigen, maar de echte doodstraf….doodtrap aan de Nederlander gaat de Staatssecretaris noguitdelen:Nog voor de zomer komt hij met een wetsvoorstel om Gemeenten te dwingen, asielzoekers uit Afrika en het Midden-Oosten te huisvesten.
[3.25] Als Nederland nu en in de toekomst een land wil zijn, waar de eigen inwonerseen normaal bestaan kunnen hebben, waar voldoende woningen zijn, waargeen kind met honger naar bed hoeft te gaan, waar het veilig is op straat,ook voor onze vrouwen en kinderen, waar we goed onderwijs aan onzekinderen kunnen geven, en [?] waar de Islam niet alles wat hier licht is,donker heeft gemaakt, als Nederland, Nederland wil blijven, dan moetenwe echt, per direct, stoppen met het toelaten van asielzoekers uit Afrikaen het Midden-Oosten. [3.56]Dank u wel, voorzitter.
[Vera Bergkamp, Tweede Kamervoorzitter]:[3.58] ”Dank u wel.U had het twee keer over de Kaagsecretaris, u bedoelde volgensmij de Staatssecretaris van Justitie en Veiligheid. [4.03][Gidi Markuszower, PVV][4.04] Die de….zeker voorzitter, JA” [4.05][Vera Bergkamp, Tweede Kamervoorzitter]:
[4.05]: ”Dat wilde ik alleen even corrigeren voor de Handelingen.” [4.07]Ik dank u zeer, dan gaan we…..[4.10]”[Vera Bergkamp geinterumpeerd door Gidi Markuszower, PVV][Gidi Markuszower, PVV][4.10-4.12] Onverstaanbaar gemompel ”…Ik zou dat wel graag…..”[4.13] ”Ik zou die betiteling wel graag in de Handelingen willen hebben.Want het is juist belangrijk, dat Nederland weet…..[Onverstaanbaar gemompel][Vera Bergkamp, Tweede Kamervoorzitter]:
[4.21] Ja, nee ikke, We gaan op, we gaan netjes met elkaar om, dat hebbenwe ook afgesproken in deze Kamer, het is de Staatssecretaris Justitie en Veiligheid en u bent de heer Markuszower.Ja, nou.En dat ook voor de Handelingen.Ja, ik heb goed geluisterd [4.36]

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AANFRACTIEVOORZITTER DENKTav de heer Azarkan
Geachte heer Azarkan
Uit waardering voor uw werk in de Tweede Kamer doe ik utoekomen mijn onder P/S vermelde uitspraken van PVV KamerlidGidi MarkuszowerZe waren, zoals zo vaak met uitspraken van extreem-rechtse partijen,weer eens behoorlijk schokkend en vonden plaats tijdenseen Kamerdebat met vijf bewindspersonen, onder wie [tegen hem’richtte Markuszower zich] de Staatssecretaris van Justitie enVeiligheid, de heer van der Burg, die door Markuszower werdaangeduid als ”Kaagsecretaris”Ik citeer enkele zijner uitspraken:
””Dank u wel, voorzitter.Met maar liefst vijf bewindspersonen vandaag een debat over de opvangvan de Oekraiense vluchtelingen, waarvan wij van de PVV zeggen, dat datals de buurlanden van Oekraine het niet meer aankunnen, dan kunnen wijin Nederland tijdelijk en beperkt ruimte maken voor de opvang van deOekraiense vrouwen en kinderen door de instroom van al die buitenlandseindringers uit Afrika en dat donkere Midden-Oosten te stoppen.”EN”En omdat Nederland de afgelopen decennia volgepropt is met de verkeerdebuitenlanders, die op onze welvaartsstaat parasiteren door en masseniet te werken en onze Bijstandpotten op te ete, die onze straten onveiligen onguur maken, die de gewone Nederlander op de woningmarkt verdringen, die de kwaliteit van het onderwijs aantasten en die de Nederlandse Staat iederjaar opnieuw minimaal twintig miljard euro kosten, hebben we een gigantisch probleem.”
Zie Youtube filmpje onder artikel
Wat mij het meest stoorde was, dat Kamervoorzitter Bergkamp Markuszower weliswaar berispte over zijn benaming ”Kaagsecretaris”,maar met geen woord repte over zijn xenofobe uitspraken, die uregelmatig WEL benoemt.
Vandaar dat ik de moeite genomen heb, u mijn artikel toete sturenMocht u reeds in actie gekomen zijn tegen de uitspraken van Markuszower,prima.Zo niet, dan roep ik u op, dat alsnog te doen.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za6YPNv64IY

TEKST

[Gidi Makuszower, PVV]:
”Dank u wel, voorzitter.Met maar liefst vijf bewindspersonen vandaag een debat over de opvangvan de Oekraiense vluchtelingen, waarvan wij van de PVV zeggen, dat datals de buurlanden van Oekraine het niet meer aankunnen, dan kunnen wijin Nederland tijdelijk en beperkt ruimte maken voor de opvang van deOekraiense vrouwen en kinderen door de instroom van al die buitenlandseindringers uit Afrika en dat donkere Midden-Oosten te stoppen. [0.23]Al die illegalen ons land uit te gooien en natuurlijk die Syriers en andereVeilige landers [0.29] terug te sturen naar waar ze vandaan komen.
Voorzitter:Ondanks het oorlogsgeweld in de Oekraine is het wel opmerkelijk,dat deze Kamer, en een substantieel deel van het kabinet vandaag dehele dag tijd vrijmaakt om wel over deze problematiek te spreken, entegelijkertijd niet aan de problemen van de gewone Nederlander ehaandacht te willen schenken.Als wij voor [?] de fractievoorzitter, de heer Wilders een debat aanvraagt omover de koopkracht van de Nederlanders te spreken en oplossingen wilaandragen om die te verbeteren, geeft niemand van de coalitie thuis.Dan wil het kabinet daar niet eens over spreken.Dan wil de voorzitter van deze Kamer het debat niet eens inplannen.
Maar wij hier vandaag, eh maar wij hier allemaal in deze zaal en ik zeg hetook uitdrukkelijk tegen alle bewindspersonen, die hier vandaag zitten, zijngekozen en benoemd om de problemen van de Nederlanders op te lossen.
[1.21] En omdat Nederland de afgelopen decennia volgepropt is met de verkeerdebuitenlanders, die op onze welvaartsstaat parasiteren door en masseniet te werken en onze Bijstandpotten op te ete, die onze straten onveiligen onguur maken, die de gewone Nederlander op de woningmarkt verdringen, die de kwaliteit van het onderwijs aantasten en die de Nederlandse Staat iederjaar opnieuw minimaal twintig miljard euro kosten, hebben we een gigantisch probleem. [1.49]Zo’n groot probleem, dat we nu amper adequaat, beperkt en tijdelijk de Oekraiense vrouwen en kinderen de helpende hand kunnen bieden.En zo’n groot probleem, dat we er als Overheid amper nog zijn voor onzeeigen mensen.Amper iets kunnen doen aan de problemen van de gewone Nederlander.
En daarom voorzitter zeg ik zoals de PVV al jaar en dag zegt, ook vandaag:Het Open Grenzen Beleid maakt Nederland helemaal kapot.De Kaag Staatssecretaris van Justitie en Veiligheid, die verantwoordelijk isvoor het Nederlandse Asiel en Immigratiebeleid, zegt, dat iedereen in de hele wereld hier asiel aan mag vragen.En, dat alle echte vluchtelingen dat dan ook daadwerkelijk krijgen.Maar voorzitter, weet u hoeveel echte vluchtelingen de wereld momenteelkent?Dat is circa vijfentachtig miljoen.Dat is Nederland maal Factor Vijf.
[2.40] En weet u, voorzitter, hoeveel migranten uit Afrika en het Midden-Oostennog naar onze regio toe willen komen, de komende jaren?Dat zijn honderden miljoenen, zo niet een miljard mensen. [2.49]Dat gaat dus niet, voorzitter. 
Deze Staatssecretaris, de Kaagsecretaris, voert de agenda van Sigrid Kaag enGroen Links uit.Op alle vlakken wordt het asielbeleid versoepeld.Deze week nog heeft de Staatssecretaris van Justitie en Veiligheid aangegevende voorwaarden voor gezinshereniging te gaan versoepelen, waardoorhet aantal statushouders kan verdrievoudigen, maar de echte doodstraf….doodtrap aan de Nederlander gaat de Staatssecretaris noguitdelen:Nog voor de zomer komt hij met een wetsvoorstel om Gemeenten te dwingen, asielzoekers uit Afrika en het Midden-Oosten te huisvesten.
[3.25] Als Nederland nu en in de toekomst een land wil zijn, waar de eigen inwonerseen normaal bestaan kunnen hebben, waar voldoende woningen zijn, waargeen kind met honger naar bed hoeft te gaan, waar het veilig is op straat,ook voor onze vrouwen en kinderen, waar we goed onderwijs aan onzekinderen kunnen geven, en [?] waar de Islam niet alles wat hier licht is,donker heeft gemaakt, als Nederland, Nederland wil blijven, dan moetenwe echt, per direct, stoppen met het toelaten van asielzoekers uit Afrikaen het Midden-Oosten. [3.56]Dank u wel, voorzitter.
[Vera Bergkamp, Tweede Kamervoorzitter]:[3.58] ”Dank u wel.U had het twee keer over de Kaagsecretaris, u bedoelde volgensmij de Staatssecretaris van Justitie en Veiligheid. [4.03][Gidi Markuszower, PVV][4.04] Die de….zeker voorzitter, JA” [4.05][Vera Bergkamp, Tweede Kamervoorzitter]:
[4.05]: ”Dat wilde ik alleen even corrigeren voor de Handelingen.” [4.07]Ik dank u zeer, dan gaan we…..[4.10]”[Vera Bergkamp geinterumpeerd door Gidi Markuszower, PVV][Gidi Markuszower, PVV][4.10-4.12] Onverstaanbaar gemompel ”…Ik zou dat wel graag…..”[4.13] ”Ik zou die betiteling wel graag in de Handelingen willen hebben.Want het is juist belangrijk, dat Nederland weet…..[Onverstaanbaar gemompel][Vera Bergkamp, Tweede Kamervoorzitter]:
[4.21] Ja, nee ikke, We gaan op, we gaan netjes met elkaar om, dat hebbenwe ook afgesproken in deze Kamer, het is de Staatssecretaris Justitie en Veiligheid en u bent de heer Markuszower.Ja, nou.En dat ook voor de Handelingen.Ja, ik heb goed geluisterd [4.36]

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“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.”

Albert Einstein
https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/8144295-the-world-will-not-be-destroyed-by-those-who-do

Dat het Fascisme in Nederland in opmars is, belichaamd door tweeparlementaire partijen, de PVV en Forum voor Democratie, dieinmiddels salonfahig geworden zijn [1], waartegen reeds in 2010 is gewaarschuwd [2], hoeft naar mijn oordeel geen betoog meer.
Men neme maar het feit, dat PVV Fuhrer Wilders [3] in de TweedeKamer een onvervalste haatrede kan afsteken tegen vluchtelingen,waarbij zij door hem worden bestempeld als ”hyena’s [4], dat zij deverzorgingsstaat ”leegvreten”, dat er sprake is van ”omvolking’ [eenextreem-rechtse term] [5]Dat dat in de Tweede Kamer is gezegd, is al erg genoeg.Erger is en dat  bedoel ik met salonfahig:Dat niemand in de Tweede Kamer tegen Wilders is opgekomenom hem te kapittelen over zijn hyena-opmerkingen! [6[Dat vind ik pas eng en dat verdient veel meer maatschappelijkeaandacht en protest dan er tot nu toe geweest is.
Ook tekenend voor het politieke klimaat is, dat toen ondergetekende destijdsaan alle politieke partijen een mailbrief stuurde om op te roepen,het fascisme van Wilders te veroordelen en er iets aan te doen [met cc aan de PVV, eerlijk is eerlijk]  [7],zij van GEEN ENKELE POLITIEKE PARTIJ zelfs maar een reactie ontving.BEHALVE [Lach niet….] van de PVV zelf en nog een beleefde reactieook! [8]Zo laf is het Nederlandse politieke klimaat,In feite is er alleen [op de partijen Bij1, Denk en soms incidenteel partijen,die hun protest ondersteunen na, dan] vanuitbuitenparlementaire kant nog steun te verwachten. [9]De anderen ”staan erbij en kijken ernaar” [10]
Laf, laf lafEn Gevaarlijk.Want daardoor kan het Fascisme groeien en bijna ongeremd zijn gang gaan.

We zijn dus het platte fascisme van Wilders, helaas, nu wel ”gewend” [11],hoewel men daar nooit aan gewend zou moeten raken.Maar toch  verbaast het weer, hoever de fascistische retoriek in de TweedeKamer kan gaan en hoe verbijsterend het is, dat er niet directKamerleden naar de interruptiemicrofoon gaan en roepen:NEEEEEEE!
Dat kan je dus vergeten, in het huidige Klimaat
FASCISTISCHE RETORIEK/LET’S TALK ABOUT MARKUSZOWER
Je zou er dus niet aan gewend moeten raken, die fascistische retoriekdie de Tweede Kamer vaak maar automatisch over zich heen laat komen.[12]Niet altijd en niet door alle partijen onder alle omstandigheden, SoitMaar toch:Het gebeurt teveelEn de enige twee partijen, die het consequent proberen te bestrijden[Denk en Bij1] kunnen dat niet met zijn tweeenEn daardoor wordt de fascistische retoriek steeds brutaler
OP NAAR MARKUSZOWER
Deze PVV’er, Gidi Markuszower [13], die bepaald geen goedereputatie heeft [daarover zometeen meer] heeft recentelijk in de TweedeKamer onvervalste xenofobe en haatzaaiend-fascistische retoriek gebezigd:In een Debat met vijf bewindspersonen, waaronder [want daar had Markuszower het over] de Staatssecretaris van Justitie enVeiligheid Eric van der Burg, die door Markuszower werd aangeduid’als ”Kaagsecretaris” [14] sprak Markuszower over ” buitenlandseindringers uit Afrika en dat donkere Midden-Oosten”, dat Nederland is
”volgepropt is met de verkeerdebuitenlanders, die op onze welvaartsstaat parasiteren door en masseniet te werken en onze Bijstandpotten op te eten”‘, ”die onze straten onveiligen onguur maken, die de gewone Nederlander op de woningmarkt verdringen, die de kwaliteit van het onderwijs aantasten” [15]
Dat is een hele Mond vol en dat geeft naadloos de fascistische haatzaaierij aan,zoals die is.Het ZondebokeffectDe Bangmakerij voor alles wat ”vreemd” isHet profiteurschap van buitenlandersHet feit, dat door al die buitenlanders de eigen mensen worden verdrongenEn ga zo maar door.
Ook de numerieke bangmakerij werd door Markuszower ingezetIk citeer Markuwzower:”En weet u, voorzitter, hoeveel migranten uit Afrika en het Midden-Oostennog naar onze regio toe willen komen, de komende jaren?Dat zijn honderden miljoenen, zo niet een miljard mensen.Dat gaat dus niet, voorzitter. ”
En natuurlijk is dat onzin.
Er komen geen honderden miljoenen migranten uit Afrika en het Midden-Oostennaar Europa, want [en natuurlijk weet Markuszower dat ook wel] de meesteopvang vindt plaats in de eigen regio [16]
Maar goed, onzin of niet, het is gevaarlijke retoriek en als deze niet krachtdadig wordt gestopt door een ECHT missionaire Tweede Kamer, dan gaat het steedsmeer een eigen leven leiden, de Boze Retoriek sluipt in de hartender Mensen, met steeds gevaarlijkere gevolgen, niet alleen voor vluchtelingen,niet alleen voor ”niet-westerse allochtonen”, die toch al keer op keerbij de PVV, maar ook sluipender, bij andere partijen, Kop van Jut zijn [17], maarvoor het gehele Samenleven van alle Mensen in Nederland.
TROUWENS:En de PVV zou de PVV niet zijn, als er niet ook nogeenswerd uitgehaald naar de Islam:Ik citeer Markuszower:
”Als Nederland nu en in de toekomst een land wil zijn, waar de eigen inwonerseen normaal bestaan kunnen hebben, waar voldoende woningen zijn, waargeen kind met honger naar bed hoeft te gaan, waar het veilig is op straat,ook voor onze vrouwen en kinderen, waar we goed onderwijs aan onzekinderen kunnen geven, en [?] waar de Islam niet alles wat hier licht is,donker heeft gemaakt, als Nederland, Nederland wil blijven, dan moetenwe echt, per direct, stoppen met het toelaten van asielzoekers uit Afrikaen het Midden-Oosten.” [18]
Ja, DAT kan er ook nog wel bij…..
MEER OVER MARKUSZOWEROVER ZIJN BESTUURSFUNCTIONEREN IN DE SYNAGOGE EN JODEN, DIE KRITISCH ZIJN OP HET MILITAIRE OPTREDENVAN BEZETTINGSSTAAT ISRAELOVER EEN ”BUITENLANDSE INLICHTINGENDIENST”EN NOG OVER EEN ANDERE ZAAK
Maar behalve zijn fascisme, zijn vluchtelingenhaat en andere haatzaaierijis er nog meer over deze Markuszower te zeggen, want ook in ”eigen”kring is hij bepaald niet mals:Zo werd Markuszower, die bestuurslid was van het Nederlands-IsraelitischKerkgenootschap in als bestuurslid geschorst: wegens een ”jarenlangpatroon van belediging, denigrerende uitlatingen en dreigende taal” [19]Het Nederlands-Israelitisch Kerkgenootschap [NIK] is het Koepelorgaanvan de orthodox-Joodse Gemeenschap in Nederland. [20]
Nu is dat natuurlijk Een Kant van de Zaak, de lezing van Markuszowerken ik niet en kennelijk was er binnen de organisatie een machtsstrijdaan de gang. [21]Maar er is meer aan de hand:In 2010 stuurde demissionair minister van Binnenlandse ZakenHirsch Ballin een brief met belastende informatie over Markuszoweraan PVV leider Wilders.De informatie in het schrijven was afkomstig van inlichtingendienst AIVD. Markuszower zou een risico voor de integriteit van Nederland hebben gevormd en zou betrokken zijn geweest bij een organisatie die informatie heeft overgedragen aan een buitenlandse mogendheid. Daarnaast zou de PVV-kandidaat contact hebben gehad met medewerkers van een buitenlandse inlichtingendienst en zou hij een risico vormen voorde ”integriteit van Nederland” [22]Daarop trok Markuszower zich terug als kandidaatvoor de Tweede Kamerverkiezingen. [23]Volgens sommige bronnen werd er gerefereerd aan de Israelische Mossad als ”buitenlandse inlichtingendienst” [24], maar zeker is dat natuurlijkniet, omdat de brief geen verdere details geeft.Sowieso moet je met [voor ons oncontroleerbare] informatie via de AIVD voorzichtig omspringen,maar de merkwaardige feiten rond Markuszower,die zich in 2010 terugtrok als kandidaat, maarlater weer vrolijk deelnam en nog neemt aan het politiekecarroussel [25] [anders was dit stuk niedt geschreven], stapelen zich op.Zo werd Markuszower als lid van de Joodseorganisatie ”Bij Leven en Welzijn”, die synagogen enfeesten bewaakt, gearresteerd bij zijn bewakingsac tiviteiten ter gelegenheid van de viering ”60 jaar Israel” in de RAI, waarbij hij een wapen droeg.Na arrestatie en verhoor bleek, dat hij weliswaar eenwapenvergunning had, maar de vervoersrestrictieshad overtreden [naar eigen zeggen van Markuszower][26]Fout, maar een redelijk lichte overtreding [als de lezingvan Markuszower klopt]Maar er was nog een beledigingsincident:Zo moest een debat over Israël tijdens de jongerenmanifestatie Happy Chaos in 2007 afgebroken worden omdat Markuszower de andere deelnemers begon te beledigen
[27]Markuszower lijkt van dat beledigen een gewoonte te maken……te maken.
Dan is er nog een belediging/dreiging metgeweld geval:Markuszower, een fanatiek verdedigervan de Staat Israel, die tussen 1999 en 2005woordvoerder van Likoed Nederland geweest was [28], liet zich in een uitgelektee-mail [dat Internet toch he] als bestuurslid van de Nederlands IsraelischeHoofdsynagoge schreef, dat joodse Nederlanders die het VN-rapport van rechter Goldstone verdedigen ’verklikkers’ zijn die in levenslange ban moeten worden gedaan. In het rapport uit september 2009 wordt Israël beschuldigd van oorlogsmisdaden in Gaza.Uit de mail van Markuszower: „In het oude Polen (waar mijn roots liggen), wisten we wel raad met dit soort verachtelijke joodjes. Die werden gewoon de shul (synagoge) uitgeplukt en uit het shtetl (dorp) geschopt; in het beste geval. In het ergste geval werden ze in de koude bossen van Oost-Europa achtergelaten en nooit meer teruggevonden.” [28]
Dat geeft wel een beetje aan, wat voor mentaliteitMarkuszower heeft, ook naar mede Joden……
DE ZAAK GILLY EMANUELS/KAMERVRAGENMARKUSZOWER
Maar….bij alle minder fraaie zaken is er ookeen Lichtpuntje:Jaja, Uw Wreker van het Onrecht is eerlijk:Zij slaat en zij prijst, wanneer verdiend…In de Zaak Gilly Emanuels, een door racistischejongeren belaagde van Surinaamse afkomst zijndeeigenares van een [nu verdwenen] ijssalon, dieeindelijk, uit zelfverdediging tegen haar belagersterugsloeg [29], stelde Markuszower Kamervragenaan de minister van Justitie, omdat Emanuelsnota bene vervolgd werd:Ik citeer enkele Kamervragen van Markuszower:

Vraag 1

Kent u het bericht «Weggepest en toch vervolgd»?1

Vraag 2

Deelt u de mening dat het te zot voor woorden is dat iemand die zich verdedigt in haar eigen winkel als crimineel wordt behandeld? Zo nee, waarom niet? Wat had deze mevrouw volgens u anders moeten doen, zich maar gewoon laten mishandelen in haar eigen winkel?

EN

Vraag 5

Bent u bereid het openbaar ministerie onmiddellijk te instrueren de vervolging op Gilly Emanuels in te trekken en alleen de daadwerkelijke daders te vervolgen? Zo nee, waarom niet?

Dat is dus ook een kant van Markuszower:

Waar ik het Kwade noem, wil ik nadrukkelijk

het minder voorkomende [maar toch aanwezige

Goede ook noemen,

Eerlijk is eerlijk.

Zie voor de Kamervragen van Markuszower,

noot 30

Zie voor de antwoorden op zijn Kamervragen,

noot 31

FASCISTISCHE RANT MARKUSZOWER/

WAT DOET DE TWEEDE KAMERVOORZITTER?/DE TWEEDE KAMERVOORZITTER DOET NIETS!

Terug naar het optreden van Gidi Markuszower in

de Tweede Kamer.

Waar ging zijn haatzaaiende en neo-fascistische

toespraak ook alweer over?

Waarover had hij het?

Hij sprak over : ”’buitenlandse indringers uit Afrika en het Midden-Oosten” [32]

Over Nederland dat is volgepropt met

”de verkeerde buitenlanders, die op onze welvaartsstaat parasiteren door en masse

niet te werken en onze Bijstandspotten op te eten,

die onze straten onveilig maken, die de gewone

Nederlander op de woningmarkt verdringen, die de

kwaliteit van het onderwijs aantasten…..” [33]

ETC

Die angst aanjaagt met Beelden en Beeldspraak,

die niet klopt, zoals ik, of liever gezegd, UNHCR Nederland al heeft uitgelegd, namelijk dat 85 procent van de vluchtelingen in de regio van de crisisgebieden worden opgevangen [34]

Ik citeer Markuszower opnieuw:

”En weet u, voorzitter, hoeveel migranten uit Afrika

en het Midden-Oosten nog naar onze regio willen komen, de komende jaren?

Dat zijn honderden miljoenen, zo niet een

miljard mensen. [35]

Onzin dus, zoals reeds gezegd [36]

Maar wel gevaarlijke onzin, want dat groteske

numerieke getal jaagt bij mensen, die

even niet nadenken en het Beeld van in rubberen

bootjes volgeladen mensen voor ogen hebben,’

die de Middellandse Zee proberen over te steken

naar Europa, angst aan.

Je zou dan denken, dat de Kamervoorzitter,

die de Nederlandse rechtsstaat moet helpen

verdedigen [inclusief dus artikel 1, Grondwet,

dat discriminatie veroordeelt] [37], bij zulke taal

wel zou ingrijpen, maar niets is minder waar!

Kamervoorzitter Vera Bergkamp [38] liet

dit gewoon passeren!

Sommigen zullen denken, dat zij niet de machtsmiddelen heeft om in te grijpen, maar die heeft zij wel degelijk!

Luister naar wat Lars Duursma, debatexpert daarover opmerkt:

”’Het reglement van orde geeft haar eigenlijk drie mogelijkheden.Het begint met een waarschuwing, vervolgens kan ze een Kamerlidvragen om de woorden terug te nemen en als dat niet gebeurt, dan kanze tijdelijk het woord ontnemen of iemand zelfs de toegang tot de vergadering ontzeggen” [39]Hierbij baseert hij zich op de volgende drie wetsartikelen:
Artikel 8.16, Reglement van Orde van de Tweede Kamer der StatenGeneraal (Waarschuwing voor) ongeoorloofd gedrag

Artikel 8.17, Reglement van Orde van de Tweede Kamer der StatenGeneraalOntneming van het woord
Artikel 8.18,  Reglement van Orde van de Tweede Kamer der StatenGeneraalUitsluiting van de vergadering[40]
Heeft de Kamervoorzitter een van deze middelen ingezet bij de rantvan Markuszower, of eerder, bij de ”hyena” rant van Wilders? [41]NEEN.
Dat maakt haar, maar ook degenen, die niet zijn ingegaan tegende Markuszower rant, die van Wilders of andere fascistischedrants, moreel medeverantwoordelijk voor en medeplichtig aanhet groeiende fascisme in de Tweede Kamerdebatten, diede rechtsstaat vergiftigen!
Want het gaat primair niet eens om Markuszower en zijntrawanten, maar om de manier waarop Kamervoorzitter ende niet fascistische politieke partijen op fascistisch gebral reageren.Wat doen ZIJ daarmee?
EPILOOG:
Heeft de Kamervoorzitter dan helemaal niets gedaan?O jawel, maar dat steekt bijna belachelijk af naast de fascistische tirade van Markuszower! [42]Ik zal u niet langer in spanning laten:Bergkamp heeft Markuszower dus inderdaad berispt, echter niet over zijnfascistisch gebral, maar over zijn gebruik , naar de Staatssectretarisvan Justitie en Veiligheid, Eric van der Burg, van het woord”Kaagsecretaris” in plaats van Staatssecretaris…… [43]Bergkamp zegt daarover het volgende tijdens het Kamerdebat:
[Vera Bergkamp, Tweede Kamervoorzitter]:[3.58] ”Dank u wel.U had het twee keer over de Kaagsecretaris, u bedoelde volgensmij de Staatssecretaris van Justitie en Veiligheid. [4.03][Gidi Markuszower, PVV][4.04] Die de….zeker voorzitter, JA” [4.05][Vera Bergkamp, Tweede Kamervoorzitter]:
[4.05]: ”Dat wilde ik alleen even corrigeren voor de Handelingen.” [4.07]Ik dank u zeer, dan gaan we…..[4.10]”[Vera Bergkamp geinterumpeerd door Gidi Markuszower, PVV][Gidi Markuszower, PVV][4.10-4.12] Onverstaanbaar gemompel ”…Ik zou dat wel graag…..”[4.13] ”Ik zou die betiteling wel graag in de Handelingen willen hebben.Want het is juist belangrijk, dat Nederland weet…..[Onverstaanbaar gemompel][Vera Bergkamp, Tweede Kamervoorzitter]:
[4.21] Ja, nee ikke, We gaan op, we gaan netjes met elkaar om, dat hebbenwe ook afgesproken in deze Kamer, het is de Staatssecretaris Justitie en Veiligheid en u bent de heer Markuszower. [44]
IS DAT NIET LACHWEKKEND LEZERSIS DAT NIET LACHWEKKEND EN TRAGIKOMISCH?
Een fascistische rant te laten passeren en vallen over een flauw-steek onderwater achtige opmerking als ”Kaagsectaris”Inderdaad:Er ZIJN nu duidelijkere afspraken gemaakt met de Kamervoorzitter overde ”onderlinge omgangsvormen”, die inderdaad de spuigaten uitliepen [45]
Dat is mooi en waar en aan die omgangsvormen moet zeker gesleuteldworden, vooral ook omdat het al is uitgemond in ”tribunalen”  bedreigingen[46], maar what about als het hier alleen bij blijft?
What about als er niets wordt gedaan aan het WERKELIJKE Kwaad,de toenemende fascistische retoriek, die steeds meer als normaalwordt ervaren?Reeds is er al jaren sprake van racistische en discriminerendeuitspraken en ook voorstellen van politici [47], waarmee wordt afgegledenen nog eens afgegleden, maar als termen als ”buitenlandse indringers uit Afrika en dat donkere Midden–Oosten [48] niet [meer] worden weerlegddoor een Kamervoorzitter, die wel leutert over het gebruik van hetwoord ”Kaagsecretaris [49], zijn we in levensgevaarlijkpolitiek vaarwater terecht gekomen.
Maar laat de Tweede Kamer voor wat zij isWij, wat doen Wij?
Ben ik, behalve een paar verdienstelijke links-radicale activisten en enkelejournalisten nog zo ongeveer de enige, die protesteert?Ben ik een soort ”Cassandra” [50] geworden.
Nogmaals, wat doen wij?VERGEET NIET:
De schending van de Vrijheid van Een is de schending van deVrijheid van Allen.
TEN AANVAL!
WANT:

“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.”

Hoe gelijk had Albert Einstein…..

ASTRID ESSED

NOTEN
NOTEN 1 T/M 6
https://www.astridessed.nl/noten-1-t-m-6-blijf-alert/

NOTEN 7 T/M 15
https://www.astridessed.nl/noten-7-t-m-15-blijf-alert/

NOTEN 16 T/M 22
https://www.astridessed.nl/noten-16-t-m-22-blijf-alert/

NOTEN 23 T/M 28
https://www.astridessed.nl/noten-23-t-m-28-blijf-alert/

NOTEN 29 T/M 32
https://www.astridessed.nl/noten-29-t-m-32-blijf-alert/

NOTEN 33 T/M 36
https://www.astridessed.nl/noten-33-t-m-36-blijf-alert/

NOTEN 37 T/M 40
https://www.astridessed.nl/noten-37-t-m-40-blijf-alert/

NOTEN 41 T/M 50
https://www.astridessed.nl/noten-41-t-m-50-blijf-alert/

EINDE NOTEN

LINK NAAR DE MARKUSZOWER’S FASCISTISCHE RANT
LEES:
BERGKAMP VERBIEDT MARKUSZOWER TE SPREKEN OVER”KAAGSECRETARIS”
https://www.astridessed.nl/bergkamp-verbiedt-markuszower-te-spreken-over-kaagsecretaris/

Reacties uitgeschakeld voor Fascisme in uitvoering/Over de uitspraken van PVV’er Markuszower en een passieve Tweede Kamer voorzitter

Opgeslagen onder Divers

Astrid Essed Attack on Budimex, contractor of the Poland-Belarus Wall in the war on migrants

ASTRID ESSED ATTACK ON BUDIMEX, CONTRACTOR OFTHE POLAND-BELARUS WALL IN THE WAR ON MIGRANTS

The Massini family from Syria, father Muhammad (second left), mother Alaa (centre) and their two sons, with activists

The Massini family from Syria, father Muhammad (second left), mother Alaa (centre) and their two sons, with activists. Photograph: Wojtek Radwański/AFP/Getty Images
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/07/on-the-frozen-frontiers-of-europe-with-the-migrants-caught-in-a-lethal-game

Fallen tree in the Białowieża Forest

Bialowieza National Park in Poland0029.JPG
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bia%C5%82owie%C5%BCa_Forest

FOR BUDIMEX, ONLY THEIR BLOOD MONEY AND THE BIALOWIEZA FOREST COUNTS, NOTTHE REFUGEES WHO DIE IN IT…….

https://www.budimex.pl/en/about-budimex/news/commencement-of-works-on-the-border-wall.html

TOBUDIMEXTHE GREAT CONSTRUCTION GROUP, OPERATINGIN POLAND

BOARD OF DIRECTORSMANAGEMENT
Subject:About your construction of a Wall between Poland and Belarus
Demand:Stop earning blood moneyStop your cooperation with forced deportations, pushbacks andmistreatment of refugeesStop your cooperation with the violation of one of the most elementaryhuman rights!

Dear Board of DirectorsDear Management
Sometimes reality seems worse than the most creepy horror movie.Not because horror movies can’t be frightening, but because they are just for amusement and not real, although made very realistic.
But when you read and see actings in the real world, especiallyfrom politicians and their partners in crime, you realize that here arereal people involved, who really suffer and with them their families andother loved ones.That is the moment, that it is really freezing around me and others, who seekfor elementary justice.
And you, board of directors and management, have violated the most elementary human rights by constructing a Wall between Poland and Belarus.The proof is in your own declaration, under P/S, before my notes.
SHAME TO YOU!
Because you know completely well the aim of this Wall:To prevent warstricken and hunted refugees to seek for a safe homeby building a Wall on the outskirts, the outer borders of the EU borders!Because that’s the aim of the Polish government [1] and you know thatfull well!
ELEMENTARY RIGHTS
Every human being has the right to ask for asylum, as written inthe Universal Declaration of Human Rights and article 18 ofthe EU Charter of Fundamental Rights  [2], but all the Polish government did was putting an armyon her border, not only preventing refugees, trapped between Belarusand Poland to enter the EU and ask for asylum, but also treatingthem very badly [3] and using evil and forbidden practices likepushbacks [4], such as was described in an Human Rights Watch Report ””DIE HERE OR GO TO POLAND”BELARUS’ AND POLAND’S SHARED RESPONSIBILITY FOR BORDER ABUSES [5]
YOUR COOPERATION WITH HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES
So I refer to illegal pushbacks of the Polish government, that doesn’t and didn”t care about the fact, that refugees nearly were freezing to death [6],that refugees actually DID die in that no mans land between Polandand Belarus [7], a government that also mistreated refugees [8] and whatis your role?
Not only you are supporting the government in theie evil ways  by constructingthis Wall of Death and Despair, and earning Blood Money, you even have the nerve only to care about the environmental value of the Bialowieza Forest!I quote you [SEE UNDER P/S]”We understand the emotions that surround the issue of the construction of the wall on the border between Poland and Belarus, in particular, in the Białowieża Forest section; therefore, our representatives consulted the local governments on 26 January 2022. The meeting was attended by military representatives, heads of five gminas located within the development project area, forest district representatives and the Staroste of the Hajnowski Poviat.”

And don’t get me wrong:I also care for and value the great value of the Bialowieza Forest as avery important primeval forest [9], but I value human lives more andwhen people are dying in that forest I think everyone should valuetheir lives in the first place.
But you don’t care, because in your declaration [see under P/S]NOT A WORD ABOUT THE REFUGEES, WHO SUFFERED IN THEBIALOWIEZA FOREST, BECAUSE OF THE POLISH GOVERNMENT,WHICH DENIED THEM THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS!
DEMAND
I have referred to the great Injustice and the atrocities, done by the Polishgovernment to desperate refugees, mentioned in the Human Rights report andin a Statement of Amnesty International [10]
Also I mentioned your supportive role and the Blood Money, you earn with yourconstruction of this Wall.
I don’t know how many letters you have received to protest against yourpractices.I presume, not many and perhaps I am unimportant in your eyes, representingno government or great organisation.
But that doesn’t matter, because each Voice counts.
And trillion drops of water form an Ocean.
Get back on your Path of Evil, because more protests will come.
This is only the Beginning.
You have chosen your Side.
Change your construction of this Wall of Death, or else youwill be condemned by men or women of justice and in each case,by History.

Kind greetings
Astrid EssedAmsterdamThe NetherlandsEurope
P/S

STATEMENT OF BUDIMEX[NOTES BELOW]

Commencement of works on the border wall

https://www.budimex.pl/en/about-budimex/news/commencement-of-works-on-the-border-wall.html

News date: January 28, 2022Commencement of works on the border wall

On 25 January 2022, the Border Guards handed over to the contractors the construction site for the construction of the 186-kilometre wall on the border between Poland and Belarus. The contractor of the wall in the Białowieża Forest section is Budimex. The company makes every effort to ensure that works are carried out professionally and with respect for residents and the environment. Budimex will carry out works on the 100-kilometre section, and the border zone along the Białowieża Forest accounts for less than 40% of its length.

We understand the emotions that surround the issue of the construction of the wall on the border between Poland and Belarus, in particular, in the Białowieża Forest section; therefore, our representatives consulted the local governments on 26 January 2022. The meeting was attended by military representatives, heads of five gminas located within the development project area, forest district representatives and the Staroste of the Hajnowski Poviat.

During the meeting with the representatives of local governments, we confirmed that we have extensive experience in implementing projects in diverse environments. We carry out construction work, for example, in protected areas, including Natura 2000 areas in many places in Poland. The warehouses used to store our construction materials are and will be neutral for the environment. Our compliance with strict environmental standards is confirmed by numerous certificates – our construction sites have been issued with more than 100 BREEAM or LEED sustainable building certificates.

Although the contract does not require us to do so as a contractor, there will be external environmental supervision of the entire project. We understand that the Białowieża Forest is extremely valuable, and we want to work with respect for its ecosystem. The team assigned to the project has the highest level of competence to perform this task.

The works on the wall, transport and storage of raw materials will be carried out in accordance with the best construction and environmental standards. Our plan includes:

  • securing the soil with double and triple isolation to prevent leakage,
  • the use of spill kits,
  • covering and securing construction equipment repair points,
  • securing fuel tanks,
  • sorting and securing waste points,
  • preparation of separate points for hazardous waste,
  • fencing and monitoring of the area.

Our works will be carried out during the day, and the planned truck traffic at the construction location is several vehicles per hour. Upon completion, all roads will be restored to their original condition or will be improved.

Works on the entire project will take just six months. We are also on the list of strategic companies from a defence perspective. Therefore, we have a duty to act for the benefit of the country in the event of special situations from a security point of view. We responded in the same way to the calls for the construction of temporary hospitals or the completion of road and rail works after other general contractors had abandoned their contracts.

Our aim is to perform the contract through transparent subcontractor selection rules while respecting the interests of local communities and the environment. We make every effort to minimise the inconveniences for the residents and take into account the needs of the natural forest environment.”

BUDIMEX.PL

COMMENCEMENT OF WORKS ON THE BORDER WALL

https://www.budimex.pl/en/about-budimex/news/commencement-of-works-on-the-border-wall.html

[NOTES BELOW]

SEE FOR THE NOTES

WRITTEN NOTES[1]

THE GUARDIANPOLAND STARTS BUILDING WALL THROUGH PROTECTEDFOREST AT BELARUS BORDER27 JANUARY 2022
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/27/poland-starts-building-wall-through-protected-forest-at-belarus-border

Poland has started building a wall along its frontier with Belarus aimed at preventing asylum seekers from entering the country, which cuts through a protected forest and Unesco world heritage site.

The Polish border guard said the barrier would measure 186km (115 miles), almost half the length of the border shared by the two countries, reach up to 5.5 metres (18ft) and cost €353m (£293m). It will be equipped with motion detectors and thermal cameras.

Poland has accused Belarus’s president, Alexander Lukashenko, of deliberately provoking a new refugee crisis in Europe by organising the movement of people from the Middle East to Minsk and promising them a safe passage to the EU in revenge for the sanctions Brussels has imposed on his authoritarian regime.

Thousands of asylum seekers, mainly from Syria, Iraqi Kurdistan and Afghanistan, were caught attempting to cross the frontier and were violently pushed back to Belarus by Poland’s border guards, and hundreds of families were trapped in the forest between the two countries in the midst of a frigid winter.

At least 19 people have died since the beginning of the border standoff between Poland and Belarus. Most of them died of exposure to freezing temperatures.

The humanitarian emergency reached its peak in November when Belarusian authorities escorted thousands of asylum seekers to the Polish border. Dozens of refugees told the Guardian how Belarusian troops gathered groups of up to 50 people and cut the barbed wire with shears to allow them to cross.

“The construction of the barrier on the Polish-Belarusian border has started,” said a statement from the Polish border guard on Twitter. “It is the largest construction investment in the history of the border guard.”

The cost is approximately 10 times the whole budget of Poland’s migration department this year.

The news has raised human rights concerns among aid workers and charities worried that refugees fleeing conflicts and starvation will not be able to apply for asylum, and there are also environmental concerns. “This money could be used to build and launch [an] effective and humane migration, reception and asylum policy,” said a spokesperson for Ocalenie Foundation, which supports refugees living in Poland. “No wall in the history of the world stopped migration. Also, it would be a disaster for the nature in Białowieża area.”

The Białowieża forest world heritage site, on the border between Poland and Belarus, is an immense range of primary forest including conifers and broadleaved trees. It is home to the largest population of European bison.

Anna Alboth, of Minority Rights Group and a member of Grupa Granica, a Polish network of NGOs monitoring the situation on the border, said: “Walls are dividing, not protecting. The decision about building such a wall on the Polish-Belarusian border is not only lawless but also brings a risk of irreversible harm to the environment, in one of the most rich natural places of Poland and the whole of Europe.

“Instead of spending money on walls and private companies, it should be spending on developing a migration policy that prioritises human rights and safety of the people on the move, local people, animals and nature.”

A border guard spokesperson, Anna Michalska, told Poland’s PAP news agency that the “intention is for the damage to be as small as possible”. She said: “Tree felling will be limited to the minimum required. The wall itself will be built along the border road.” Contractors would only make use of existing roads, she said.

Last year Warsaw’s rightwing government quadrupled the presence of border guards and military personnel in the area, creating a two-mile deep militarised zone, and built a razor-wire fence, in a show of force unknown in the country since the end of the cold war. Dozens of checkpoints were placed along the perimeter of the so-called red zone, which is inaccessible to aid workers and journalists.

Last week Poland’s supreme court condemned the government for preventing reporters from accessing the area. Judges in Warsaw said the ban was incompatible with Polish law and that “there is no justification for admitting that this particular professional group represents a threat to steps taken”.

END OF THE ARTICLE

[2]

Article 14

1. Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.

UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

http://hrlibrary.umn.edu/instree/b1udhr.htm

Article 18

Right to asylum

The right to asylum shall be guaranteed with due respect for the rules of the Geneva Convention of 28 July 1951 and the Protocol of 31 January 1967 relating to the status of refugees and in accordance with the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Treaties’).

CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF

THE EUROPEAN UNION

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:12012P/TXT

OR

https://www.europarl.europa.eu/charter/pdf/text_en.pdf

[3]

THE GUARDIANON THE FROZEN FRONTIERS OF EUROPE WITHTHE MIGRANTS CAUGHT IN A LETHAL GAME

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/07/on-the-frozen-frontiers-of-europe-with-the-migrants-caught-in-a-lethal-game

On the outskirts of the Białowieża forest – which bestrides the border between south-east Poland and Belarus – a group of seven Iraqi Kurds make their weary way towards the Polish hamlet of Grodzisk.

The latest miles of their journey have been from Belarus – crossing back and forth twice, deported after their first and second attempts. Now a third time: through sub-zero temperatures, across the primeval forest’s marshy terrain. Among them are two children: an eight-month-old girl and a two-year-old boy. When we came upon them, they were afraid to get up off the ground and begged us not to call the police, whispering: “They’ll kill us.”

The infant was still, though not asleep. They looked like waxen figures, their faces blank, though one woman’s face was covered in bruises.

This is one group among the thousands of migrants trapped in a perilous purgatorial terrain between Belarus and Poland, as gateway to the European Union, where they seek refuge and asylum. That gate has slammed shut, claiming eight known migrant lives so far. Poland’s rightwing government has secured parliamentary authority to build a Donald Trump-style wall the length of its frontier with Belarus, and meanwhile patrols the territory with a force of some 17,000 border police reinforced by military personnel.

The Polish government argues that it is a deliberate policy by Belarus to undermine the EU’s south eastern border by encouraging refugees to pour in. The government has also established a two-mile militarised zone adjacent to the frontier, from which medical services, volunteer aid workers and reporters are banned. Crystal van Leeuwen, a medical emergency manager with Médecins Sans Frontières, told the Guardian last week that NGOs must urgently gain access to the secure zone for migrants’ claims and international protection to be respected.

The migrants are part not only of the exodus in flight from war and other tribulation where they began their journeys – across the Middle East and Africa – but also pawns in a game between Belarus and Poland. Many are lured by Belarusian travel bureaux, controlled by the authoritarian government of Alexander Lukashenko, which, as middlemen, organise trips from the Middle East to Minsk, promising passage to the EU.

The Iraqi Kurdish group is from Duhok, near the Turkish border. It is the scene of intense recent intra-Kurdish fighting, and Turkish strikes against the Kurdish PKK organisation. The mother of the children, 28-year-old Amila Abedelkader, said that the group was lured to Belarus by a travel agency that would arrange travel by plane from Istanbul to Minsk, and access to the Polish border.

Migrants are charged €15,000-€20,000 when they reach Belarus. Airport photos show their arrival wearing shorts and T-shirts, clearly unaware of the temperatures awaiting them. They are then installed in state hotels managed by the regime, from which officially assigned buses and even taxis transfer them to the Polish or Lithuanian border.

Belarusian border guards then shove them past the fence. “Some migrants we saw had their faces sliced with barbed wire,” says volunteer aid worker Katarzyna Wappa. “We have amateur films showing how the Belarusians drive the migrants forward. The border guards stand there with snarling attack dogs in full battle gear.”

Abdelkader says her group had made their first crossing into Poland in early October, but were forced back by guards. Trapped between borders, they were given nothing to drink or eat. “The Polish guards caught us and pushed us back. They said: ‘Go back to Belarus.’ And the Belarusian soldier said: ‘No, no go back to Poland.’ When the water was all finished, my brother asked Polish soldiers for some water to drink. Every day we asked about water. They say: ‘No, no.’” The guards refused to supply milk for the baby. The migrants drank rainwater or from puddles.

This was their third attempt. Whether they have since been successful is unclear.

But every morning we receive news on WhatsApp from people held in the border guards’ cells. Bulletins such as: “Yesterday a family and their sick son staying with us were taken by the police back to the border.” And: “We are so frightened of going to the border because my baby is too small. Please help us.”

Back home in the nearest town of Hajnówka, Wappa says: “We are creating a network, trying to do what we can, but it’s too much to bear. People are dying in the forest and the Polish state offers no help apart from bringing in more troops, rounding them up, and deporting them back to no man’s land. And if we reach those people, what can we give them? A flask of tea, some warm clothes, then leave them in the darkness and cold?”

In the forest last week, volunteers found Mustafa, a 46-year-old man from Morocco, taken in by a volunteer named Mila. Speaking Spanish, Mustafa told us: “As I made my way through the forest, I saw a man lying on the ground. I don’t know if he was alive or dead. I walked two nights until I could go no further. I was walking at night, trying to sleep during the day. I was in a vacuum.

“Belarusian soldiers beat people,” he continued. “They beat me in Belarus. There are gangs that stand behind the army and attack us. They beat you, take your money, and split it 50-50, part for the gangs, part for soldiers. This border is like a river of death. What are you to do? Where to go, I do not know.” Mustafa’s fate remains in the balance.

Once on the Polish side, migrants are tracked down by border guards, police, army, and territorial defence forces; in the Hajnówka region, practically every second car on the road belongs to law enforcement officers. Others have darkened windows – either protecting or smuggling the migrants.

“We’re in a parcelled-off, isolated world,” adds Kamil Syller, initiator of the Green Light project, which aims to put green lights in windows to signify homes where refugees can find help, discreetly, and not be handed over to the police.

At the Mantiuk Hospital in Hajnówka, a boy from Somalia tells how he watched his two brothers freeze to death. “It’s impossible to say where it happened,” he says.

“Apparently he’s losing contact with reality,” say the doctors. “He often asks: ‘But where am I?’” The refugees who reach the hospital receive professional medical care, yet the hospital is patrolled by border guards, and as soon as someone’s health is restored, guards take them back to the border and leave them in the forest.

Medics on the Border, a group of doctors with an ambulance, operates in the “open” areas, but are not allowed in the off-limits zone. Asked how they can be of help, they say: “We need passes to the zone,” says Jakub Sieczko, a paramedic. “But this is impossible.”Advertisement

“We have no access to the off-limits zone,” says a Polish Red Cross workerfrom the border area. “We can’t hand over aid packages ourselves.”

Syller says that the refugees are freezing, succumbing to hypothermia and shaking from fear and cold. “The children are having reactions similar to epileptic attacks. The suffering and terror here can only remind you of wartime,” he explains.

Wappa feels that she is “witnessing scenes like out of a war, but at least in a war things are clear. “This is worse, because here half the society denies what’s going on. They think it’s all a big sham, that there are politics behind it. People say of the refugees: ‘Why did they even leave home and why take their children?’”

This land is steeped in dark history of flight and deportation. And there are few reminders so cogent as in the village of Narewka, where a row of houses from before the second world war is adorned with enlarged photographs of the Jewish residents who lived here until the Holocaust.

The pictures show people posing in their finest clothes: an elderly couple, an Orthodox family, a girl in a polka-dot dress with bows in her hair, a sophisticated lady wearing a cap.

Now, past those houses in memoriam for Jews deported from here, military and police vehicles pass, carrying migrants for deportation.

END OF THE ARTICLE

[4]

PUSHBACKS ARE FORBIDDEN ACCORDING TO ARTICLE  19.EU CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS
 Article 18 

Article 19 
Protection in the event of removal, expulsion or extradition 1. Collective expulsions are prohibited. 2. No one may be removed, expelled or extradited to a State where there is a serious risk that he or she would be subjected to the death penalty, torture or other inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.  

EU CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS

https://www.europarl.europa.eu/charter/pdf/text_en.pdf

”Polish pushback practices are also in violation of article 19 of the Charter and Protocol 4 of the ECHR, which both state unequivocally that collective or mass expulsions of aliens are prohibited”
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCHPOLISH LEGISLATION AND VIOLATIONOF EU LAW
A CHAPTER FROM THE HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT”DIE HERE OR GO TO POLAND”BELARUS’ AND POLAND’S SHARED RESPONSIBILITY FOR BORDER ABUSES
https://www.hrw.org/report/2021/11/24/die-here-or-go-poland/belarus-and-polands-shared-responsibility-border-abuses

[5]

THE HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT”DIE HERE OR GO TO POLAND”BELARUS’ AND POLAND’S SHARED RESPONSIBILITY FOR BORDER ABUSES
https://www.hrw.org/report/2021/11/24/die-here-or-go-poland/belarus-and-polands-shared-responsibility-border-abuses

[6]

”On the outskirts of the Białowieża forest – which bestrides the border between south-east Poland and Belarus – a group of seven Iraqi Kurds make their weary way towards the Polish hamlet of Grodzisk.

The latest miles of their journey have been from Belarus – crossing back and forth twice, deported after their first and second attempts. Now a third time: through sub-zero temperatures, across the primeval forest’s marshy terrain. Among them are two children: an eight-month-old girl and a two-year-old boy.”THE GUARDIANON THE FROZEN FRONTIERS OF EUROPE WITHTHE MIGRANTS CAUGHT IN A LETHAL GAME

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/07/on-the-frozen-frontiers-of-europe-with-the-migrants-caught-in-a-lethal-game

SEE FOR THE WHOLE TEXT, NOTE 3

[7]

”This is one group among the thousands of migrants trapped in a perilous purgatorial terrain between Belarus and Poland, as gateway to the European Union, where they seek refuge and asylum. That gate has slammed shut, claiming eight known migrant lives so far.”

THE GUARDIANON THE FROZEN FRONTIERS OF EUROPE WITHTHE MIGRANTS CAUGHT IN A LETHAL GAME

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/07/on-the-frozen-frontiers-of-europe-with-the-migrants-caught-in-a-lethal-game

SEE FOR THE WHOLE TEXT, NOTE 3

”“At least 10 people, including a one-year-old child, have died at the EU’s Eastern borders in recent weeks. Today the European Commission is bringing in measures which undermine rights and normalize the dehumanization and suffering of people at the EU’s borders.”
AMNESTY INTERNATIONALEU ”EXCEPTIONAL MEASURES” NORMALIZE DEHUMANISATION OF ASYLUM SEEKERS’1 DECEMBER 2021

In response to today’s proposals from the European Commission which would allow Latvia, Lithuania and Poland to derogate from EU rules, including by holding asylum-seekers and migrants at the border for 16 weeks with minimal safeguards, Eve Geddie, Director of Amnesty International’s European Office said:

“The arrival of people at the EU’s borders with Belarus is entirely manageable with the rules as they stand. Today’s proposals will further punish people for political gain, weaken asylum protections, and undermine the EU’s standing at home and abroad. If the EU can allow a minority of member states to throw out the rule book due to the presence of a few thousand people at its border, it throws out any authority it has on human rights and the rule of law.

“The current situation at the EU’s borders with Belarus is being used by some countries as an excuse to weaken protections of asylum-seekers and push their anti-migrant agenda. Holding asylum seekers in detention for four months, without the protection standards required by international law, is normalising de facto unlawful detention at the EU’s external borders.

“Asylum rules should be upheld, not allowed to be side-stepped by countries via so-called exceptional measures. Amnesty International is alarmed that the proposal will violate people’s rights, and exacerbate the humanitarian crisis at borders while continuing to expose the EU to further internal and external manipulation and blackmailing.

“While Lukashenka’s mistreatment and instrumentalization of migrants and asylum seekers is deplorable, he is exploiting the EU’s own tendency to treat people at their borders as a threat.

“At least 10 people, including a one-year-old child, have died at the EU’s Eastern borders in recent weeks. Today the European Commission is bringing in measures which undermine rights and normalize the dehumanization and suffering of people at the EU’s borders.”

END OF STATEMENT

POLAND-BELARUS REFUGEE CRISIS/LETTER TO THE EU/EU’S HUMAN OBLIGATIONS AGAINST THE REFUGEES

ASTRID ESSED

4 DECEMBER 2021

REFUGEES IN BORDERLAND/DECEMBER 2021

ASTRID ESSED

25 DECEMBER 2021

[8]THE HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT”DIE HERE OR GO TO POLAND”BELARUS’ AND POLAND’S SHARED RESPONSIBILITY FOR BORDER ABUSES
https://www.hrw.org/report/2021/11/24/die-here-or-go-poland/belarus-and-polands-shared-responsibility-border-abuses

[9]
WIKIPEDIABIALOWIEZA FOREST

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bia%C5%82owie%C5%BCa_Forest

[10]
THE HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT”DIE HERE OR GO TO POLAND”BELARUS’ AND POLAND’S SHARED RESPONSIBILITY FOR BORDER ABUSES
https://www.hrw.org/report/2021/11/24/die-here-or-go-poland/belarus-and-polands-shared-responsibility-border-abuses

AMNESTY INTERNATIONALEU ”EXCEPTIONAL MEASURES” NORMALIZE DEHUMANISATION OF ASYLUM SEEKERS’1 DECEMBER 2021

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2021/12/eu-exceptional-measures-normalize-dehumanization-of-asylum-seekers/
SEE FOR THE WHOLE TEXT OF THE AMNESTY INTERNATIONALSTATEMENT, NOTE 7

END OF THE NOTES

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Wilders’ Heilstaat voor Wit Nederland/Paradijs op Aarde?

WILDERS’ HEILSTAAT VOOR WIT NEDERLAND/PARADIJS OP AARDE?
”’Ik stel vrijheid daarom centraal. De vrijheid dat je moeder ‘s avonds veilig over straat kan, de vrijheid dat je van je salaris genoeg overhoudt om aan je eigen gezin uit te kunnen geven, de vrijheid die je hebt omdat je oude dag is veiliggesteld, de vrijheid die er is omdat ons bedrijfsleven weer floreert, de vrijheid die je hebt omdat de regering je gezin beschermt tegen terroristen, de vrijheid van een baan en een goed bestaan, de vrijheid om als land onze eigen beslissingen te nemen”
UITDE ONAFHANKELIJKHEIDSVERKLARING VAN HET LID WILDERSMAART 2005

”Rutte heeft ons de afgelopen tien jaar niets gebracht.

Onze portemonnee is leeg, onze cultuur is opgegeven en onze oppositieleider is veroordeeld. Elk jaar komt Rutte weer met koopkrachtbeloftes waar niks van terechtkomt, terwijl hij wel tekent voor miljarden naar Zuid-Europa.”De PVV wil onze eigen mensen in ons eigen land direct meer geld in hun portemonnee geven. Een op de drie Nederlanders verwacht hun rekeningen niet meer te kunnen betalen. Door het verlagen van het lage Btw-tarief naar 0 procent, het verlagen van de energierekening met 375 euro per huishouden en het verlagen van de huren geven we Nederlanders in deze moeilijke tijd meer financiële ruimte.

Het roer moet om, Nederlanders moeten weer op 1 komen te staan!”

PVV STATEMENT: GEERT WILDERS: MEER GELD VOOR ONZE EIGEN MENSEN

Lezers!

Over Geert Wilders, Leider van de fascistische PVV [1] is alheel wat gezegd, geschreven, in de Kamer opgemerkt, tegengedemonstreerd [2], ook in het buitenland! [3]Er is zelfs sinds jaar en dag een strijdbare anti Wilders site, ”Nederland Bekent Kleur” [4] enook ondergetekende heeft [grapje] haar sporen verdiend in de strijdtegen Wilders.[5]Zij, samen met zovele anderen [6] en dan laat ik de Tweede Kamer oppositie,waarbij vooral de credit aan vroegere D’66 voorman Alexander Pechtold[7] nog even buiten beschouwing.
Er is dus heel wat over Wilders gezegd, geschreven, beweerd.In een universitaire thesis faascistisch genoemd [8], de Anne Frank Stichting heeft hem als  ”extreem-rechts” [9] bestempeld, een mening, die werdgedeeld door drie wetenschappers, in een onderzoek inopdracht van het Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken [10]En natuurlijk is de Wilders Islamofobie ”loud and clear”, vastgelegd in hetPVV verkiezingsprogramma 2021-2025:Enkele punten uit het PVV verkiezingsprogramma 2021-2025:
”• Migranten uit islamitische landen komen Nederland niet meer in
……..”• De islam is geen godsdienst maar een totalitaire ideologie 
• Verbod verspreiden islamitische ideologie (islamitische scholen, moskeeën, koran) 
• Verbod op het dragen van hoofddoekjes in overheidsgebouwen inclusief de StatenGeneraal ………”• Er komt een nieuw Ministerie van Immigratie, Remigratie en De-islamisering (IRD)  ” [11]Gespierde, duidelijke Islamofobie……
Daarbij werd ook zijn racisme [12] en vluchtelingenhaat meer dan duidelijk belicht:Ik citeer over zijn vluchtelingenhaat uit dat vermaledijde verkiezingsprogramma
”• De Nederlandse grens(bewaking) wordt in ere hersteld
 • Niet de EU, maar Nederland is weer baas over eigen grenzen en eigen vreemdelingenbeleid
 • Restrictief immigratiebeleid om nog meer overbevolking te voorkomen 
• Migranten uit islamitische landen komen Nederland niet meer in
 • Volledige asielstop en dus sluiting asielzoekerscentra ” 
”• Strafbaar stellen illegaliteit: illegalen vastzetten en uitzetten”” • Tijdelijke asielvergunningen van Syriërs worden ingetrokken”
[’13]
En wat zijn racisme en discriminatie betreft:
”• Bij dubbele nationaliteit geen stemrecht en geen politieke functies ” [14]
Want hiermee bedoelt Wilders, zoals bekend [15], onder andere Turken en Marokkanen, dieeen dubbele nationaliteit hebben en ontneemt hij dus twee hele bevolkingsgroepen hun burgerrechten!
Van zijn vluchtelingenhaat maakt hij ook geen geheimIk heb geciteerd uit het PVV verliezingsprogramma [16], ik noem de”testosteronbommen” [17], ik noem Wilders” ontmenselijkingvan vluchtelingen, door hen met ”hyena’s te vergelijken [18]
Ik noem….Over Wilders fascisme, Islamofobie, racisme en vluchtelingenhaat isnu wel genoeg gezegdEen Bedreiging voor de Rechtsstaat, een Bedreiging voor de Samenleving [19]
WILDERS EN WIT NEDERLAND
Zoals bovengeschetst is er, terecht, dus heel wat van doen over Wilders’fascisme, Islamofobie, vluchtelingenhaat [20]Waar echter zelden naar gekeken wordt, is, los van zijn ”mooie”retoriek, zoals ”De PVV is er voor u” [21] en ”We moeten opkomen voor onze eigen mensen! [22], wat heeft Wilders, die er een handje van heeft een soortHeilstaat voor witte mensen te willen scheppen [want make no mistake,hij bedoelt met die ”hardwerkende Nederlander” geen ”hardwerkendeNederlander met een migratieachtergrond, maar slechts ”witte mensen”] [23], werkelijk voor plannen met ”wit Nederland”Stel DAT hij alle niet-westerse allochtonen zou kunnen deporteren [24]na hen eerst hun grondrechten te hebben afgenomen [25]stel dat Nederland weer praktisch wit werd [wat schrijfster niet ziet gebeuren, maar stel nu even]Wat zou DAN de Utopie [26] van Wilders voor witte mensen zijn?En wat is nu, nu de niet-westerse allochtonen er nog WEL zijn, zijn WERKELIJKE droom voor wit Nederland?

WILDERS’ PLANNEN VOOR WIT-NEDERLAND/DE HEILSTAAT?
Als je Wilders en co moet geloven, heeft hij het beste met de [witte]hardwerkende Nederlander voor, die hij een prachtige toekomst voorschotelt:
”Ik stel vrijheid daarom centraal. De vrijheid dat je moeder ‘s avonds veilig over straat kan, de vrijheid dat je van je salaris genoeg overhoudt om aan je eigen gezin uit te kunnen geven, de vrijheid die je hebt omdat je oude dag is veiliggesteld, de vrijheid die er is omdat ons bedrijfsleven weer floreert, de vrijheid die je hebt omdat de regering je gezin beschermt tegen terroristen, de vrijheid van een baan en een goed bestaan, de vrijheid om als land onze eigen beslissingen te nemen” [27]
EN DAN DEZE
”De PVV IS ER VOOR U
”Voor mensen, die in een Nederland willen wonen, waarze weer veilig zijn, een land waar we trots zijn op onze eigen cultuur en onsgeen racisme laten aanpraten.Waar goede zorg als nationale topprioriteit wordt gezien.Een land waar we minder van ons inkomen aan belastingen hoevente betalen, omdat we stoppen met miljardenuitgaven aan het buitenland.de kostbare massa-immigratie en klimaatsubsidies.Een land waar de Overheid dienstbaar is en geen onschuldige mensencriminaliseert, zoals bij de Toeslagenaffaire” [28]
En de laatste [er is meer moois, maar drie is genoeg!] wil ikde lezer niet onthouden:
”En vergeet nooit: Nederland is van ons.En de PVV is er voor u.” [29]
PRACHTIG TOCH, VOOR WIT NEDERLAND?

VAN HEILSTAAT NAAR BRAVE NEW WORLD [30]
De bovenstaande plannen van Wilders voor ”Wit Nederland”klinken mooi
Maar, na de uitwerking van het verdovende middel soma [31], zietde Wilders toekomst voor ”Wit Nederland er NET iets anders uit…..
WAT WIL WILDERS VOOR WIT NEDERLAND/EEN GREEP UIT DE PLANNEN
Wanneer uiteindelijk alle niet-westerse allochtonen zijn gedeporteerd[of eieren voor hun geld gekozen hebben en zelf zijn weggegaan],  breektde heerlijke Brave New World [32] Wereld van Wilders dus aan.
JIPPIE!Ziehier de Wilders Heilstaat like:
[WILLEKEURIGE GREEP DUS UIT WILDERS’ LEUKEPLANNETJES VOOR WIT NEDERLAND”

  • De ambachtsscholen en tuchtscholen komen terug. [33]

De invoering van het three strikes you’re out -principe: na drie geweldsmisdrijven levenslang [34]

  • De invoering van heropvoedingskampen. [35]
  • De uitbreiding van preventief fouilleren naar heel Nederland. [36]
  • Waar nodig wordt ook het leger ingezet voor de openbare ordehandhaving
  • [37]

Toch een beetje een eng mannetje, die Wilders?Want het woord ”niet westerse allochtoon” of ”moslim” lees ikhier niet, deze keiharde maatregelen gelden iedereen, dus zeker ook”wit Nederland”

Nou kan de oplettende lezer zeggen:Ja, maar die standpunten over tuchtscholen, heropvoedingskampen,three strikes you’re out en prevebtief fouilleren, staan allemaalin zijn Onafhankelijkheidsverklaring uit 2005 [38]Best een tijd geleden.
KLOPT, maar lees verder mee

”Nee voorzitter, we zouden strenger moeten straffen.

We zouden er moeten voor zorgen, dat als Ahmed of Henk, er zijn natuurlijk

ook Nederlanders, maar vaker Ahmeds dan Henks, als die iemand in elkaar slaan, dat ze gewoon een paar jaar de bak ingaan, zonder vervroegde vrijlating of vervroegde invrijheidsstelling en dat die bak niet lijkt

op een Vijfsterren eh gevangenis, maar gewoon eh bij wijze van spreken op water en brood, gewoon mager, weinig bezoek, het moet gewoonpijn doen, in een gevangenis zitten voor een geweldsmisdrijf moet gewoonpijn doen.

En als dat geen pijn doet, dat is het volgend [?] voorzitter, wat ik ook aanhaalde in Italie, wat de Italiaanse regering ten aanzien van de Maffia doet,dat is om ze gewoon keihard vast te zetten op een bijna beestachtig regime, geen contacten, geen televisie, helemaal niets, een keer per maand bezoeken dan nog gefilmd.

En voorzitter, dat werkt! Mensen willen niet in zo’n situatie terechtkomen. Dus ze laten het de volgende keer wel. Niet allemaal, je zal de criminaliteit nooit helemaal kunnen uitroeien, maar je kan wel een aantal mensen laten denken, datis veel beter dan dat preventieve gezwets van u” [39]

Dit zei Wilders onlangs nog, in september 2021, tijdens het Kamerdebat

over de Algemene Beschouwingen en hij was hier in discussie met

Kamerlid Farid Azarkan [Denk] [40]

Wilder’s’ opvattingen over ”keihard straffen” uit zijn Onafhankelijkheidsverklaring uit 2005 [41] zijn dus nog niets veranderd,

want hij blijkt 16 jaar na dato, een enthousiast voorstander

van het ”Water en Brood regime” [42]

En IK maar denken, dat dat iets van vervlogen tijden was……

Behalve dan een idiote sheriff uit de VS, die in 2014 38 gevangenen

een ”strafdieet” van een week oplegde ”op water en brood”….[43]

Kennelijk wil Wilders deze weg ook gaan

WAT EEN HEILSTAAT VOOR WIT NEDERLAND!

Een Eng Mannetje, Geert Wilders, dat draconische straffen voorstaat.

En wie herinnert zich nog het Tuigdorp voorstel van Wilders?

Voor veelplegers, die in twee jaar tijd minstens drie keer in

de fout gaan, had Wilders een leuk plannetje:

Wonen in een wooncontainer ver van de bebouwde kom. [44]

En als er sprake zou zijn van minderjarigen, moet de familie mee.

Ik citeer Nu.nl

”Als het om minderjarigen gaat, moet de familie mee. ”Zet al het schorriemorrie bij elkaar’’, vindt hij. Ze moeten naar het tuigdorp in afwachting van hun strafzaak en ook als ze hun straf hebben uitgezeten.” [45]

Wilders is dus ook een fel advocaat van collectieve straffen

[46]

Ook dat mag Wit Nederland van Wilders verwachten

TRIBUNALENOok met tegenstanders en andersdenkenden heeft Wilders, zoals de meestefascisten, zero tolerance.Zo vindt hij, dat de ”verantwoordelijken voor ”dit wanbeleid van open grenzen en nog meer asiel en nog meer Islam”, voor een TRIBUNAAL dienente verschijnen [47], een fascistische obsessie, die hij deelt met zijn mede fascistische partij, Forum voor Democratie [48], wier KamerlidPepijn van Houwelingen ook al D’66 Kamerlid Sjoerd Sjoerdsma voor een tribunaal wilde hebben……[49]
Terecht heeft dan ook de voorzitter van de Eerste Kamer, na de Tribunalenuitspraak van FVD’er van Houwelingen gezegd, dat hij het gebruik van datwoord ”tribunaal” in de Eerste Kamer verbiedt. [50]
Net als ik ziet hij er een onaangename associatie in met de TweedeWereldoorlog [51]Dat is dan ook geen wonder:Het Forum voor Democratie is een fascistische partij! [52]
Terug naar WildersBoze Plannen heeft hij dus met andersdenkenden, tegenstandersWaar doet dat aan denken?Aan weinig Goeds in ieder geval.
EPILOOG
Ik heb een glimp van de Heilstaat van Wilders voor Henk en Ingrid [53], WitNederland dus, laten zien.En ondanks zijn mooie woorden over ”onze eigen mensen” [54], riekthet Wilders perspectief eerder naar een ”Brave New World” [lijkt mooi,is eng] [55] dan naar een Utopie. [56]
Ik citeer nog eens:”Tuigdorpen” [57], ”Water en Brood” regime bij een geweldsmisdrijf [58], heropvoedingskampen [59], preventief fouilleren door het hele land [60]Who wants this?
En als sluitstuk:De ”’verantwoordelijken voor ”dit wanbeleid van open grenzen en nog meer asiel en nog meer Islam” voor een Tribunaal! [61]Daarmee bedoelt hij de nu demissionaire regering Rutte III en anderein zijn ogen ”verantwoordelijke politici”Als hij zo al over regeringsleiders, ministers en Staatssecretarissendenkt, hoe dan over het ECHTE verzet, de anti-fascisten, zij diezich blijven verzetten tegen zijn Gemene Plannetjes en zich nietaanpassen in een Witte Heilstaat?
MAAK JE BORST MAAR NAT, DE HEROPVOEDINGSKAMPENWAAR DICTATUREN ZO VAN HOUDEN [62]STAAN AL KLAAR, ALS HET AL GEEN CONCENTRATIEKAMPENZIJN, WAAR ZIJN GEESTVERWANT ZO MEE DWEEPTE….[63]
DAT zijn de plannen, die Wilders in petto heeft in zijn ”Heilstaatvoor Wit Nederland”
Het overdenken waard, zou ik zo zeggen

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NOTEN 11 T/M 19
https://www.astridessed.nl/noten-11-t-m-19-geert-wilders-en-wit-nederland/

NOTEN 20 T/M 29
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NOTEN 30 T/M 40

NOTEN 41 T/M 50

NOTEN 51 T/M 63

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GEPUBLICEERD OP UITPERS/GEERT WILDERS, HET GROTE GEVAAR

Geert Wilders, het grote gevaar

 15 December 2021  Astrid Essed

Zomaar een verzameling losse, maar gevaarlijke hetze opmerkingen en uitspraken van Geert Wilders, Fuhrer van de Partij voor de Vrijheid (PVV) in Nederland.  Veel hebben ik en anderen al geschreven over Geert Wilders, voorman van de PVV, waarin vooral nadruk werd gelegd op zijn racisme, islamofobie, fascisme. [1] Er is gewaarschuwd voor het Gevaar, uitgaande van hem en zijn fascistische mede-collega, Forum voor Democratie-leider, Thierry Baudet en uitgelegd, dat de tijd dringt. [2] Helaas is het raar, maar waar: Het fascisme, of tenminste dat gedachtegoed, wordt steeds minder als zodanig erkend en sluipt, gemerkt of ongemerkt, de samenleving in en kan zich manifesteren op de meest onwaarschijnlijke plekken, zoals de promotie van Thierry Baudet door het Nationaal Comité 4 en 5 mei. Een Comité, dat vanwege haar inzet juist zou moeten waarschuwen tegen politieke lieden als Baudet! Lees hierover in noot 3

Maar hoe belangrijk het ook is, over Wilders en co te schrijven en de gevaren te analyseren, nog belangrijker vind ik, hen zelf aan het woord te laten en het hen te laten vertellen, in hun eigen woorden. En die woorden kunnen, zelfs in deze tijd van normalisering van het fascisme [4], onthullend en onthutsend zijn. Zij onthullen een wereldbeeld, dat angstwekkend is en wat gewoon, alsof het niets is, in de Tweede Kamer gespuid kan worden. Zie dus hieronder enkele onthullende uitspraken en passages, waarbij ik Wilders zelf aan het woord laat.

FASCISME/DEMOCRATIE OMVER: KABINET ACHTER TRALIES

Het zal voor weinig lezers van dit stuk nieuw zijn, dat fascisten, of tegen fascisme aanleunende politici en individuen, graag de parlementaire democratie, zoals deze is, opgeheven wil zien [4]en als ze de kans krijgen, ook opheffen [5] of in ieder geval beknot. En ook zien zij graag parlementariërs en/of de regering, samengesteld uit democratisch [via verkiezingen] gekozen regering, achter slot en grendel. Dit gaat al zover, dat in Nederland, in de Tweede Kamer, recentelijk een Forum voor Democratie parlementariër, Pepijn van Houwelingen, D’66 politicus Sjoerd Sjoerdsma, openlijk heeft bedreigd met de woorden: “…en uw tijd komt nog wel, want er komen tribunalen!”  [6] Een dieptepunt, mag ik wel zeggen, in de contemporaine Nederlandse parlementaire geschiedenis. In de Tweede Kamer dus, anno 2021!

Maar we hadden het over de heer Wilders en zijn opmerkingen/wensen/dreigementen naar het [demissionaire] kabinet Rutte III (inmiddels aan zijn vierde kabinet, nvdr) toe. Ik laat hem aan het woord: ”… En de bewindslieden dienen zich dan ook allemaal te verantwoorden voor de Hoge Raad en die procedure is inmiddels gestart. Voor mij mogen ze allemaal achter de tralies. [7] Zie voor het gehele Wilders betoog, noot 8

POLITICI VOOR TRIBUNAAL

Maar Wilders heeft meer te melden: Veel en veel meer. Evenals zijn collega Kamerlid, de FVD’er (FVD: Forum voor Democratie) van Houwelingen [9], droomt hij van tribunalen: In een ongekende Tirade tegen vluchtelingen [ik kom hierop nog terug] [10] uit ook hij  zijn tribunalen-wensdroom. Ik citeer Wilders: ”En de verantwoordelijken, de verantwoordelijken voor dit wanbeleid van open grenzen en nog meer asiel en nog meer Islam verdienen het om ooit voor een tribunaal te verschijnen om zich te verantwoorden voor het kapotmaken van Nederland het weggeven van alles wat we hebben. Rutte, Kaag, Klaver en die hele bende verdient geen steun, maar politiek verzet. En vergeet nooit: Nederland is van ons. En de PVV is er voor u. [11]

FASCISME IS LAW AND ORDER

Een belangrijk element van het fascisme is ”Law and Order” [12] , maar dan in het extreme. Fascisten zijn gek op strenge straffen, keihard handhaven, blinde gehoorzaamheid aan politie en Gezag en ga zo maar door. Dit komt terug in de opvattingen van Wilders/PVV, in Wilders’ uitspraken. Om met de PVV zelf te beginnen: Haar Verkiezingsprogramma’s zijn gebaseerd op de oorspronkelijke Documenten Een Nieuwe Gouden Eeuw, Klare Wijn, een Nieuw Realistische Vise en de Onafhankelijkheidsverklaring. [13]

In het “Verkiezingspamflet” dat ik heb gevonden op de website van de PVV, lezen we een aantal onthullende ideeën over strafvervolging etc: Zo lezen we onder andere [onder het kopje ”Keiharde aanpak criminaliteit en terrorisme’’] ”Introductie heropvoedingskampen” ”Preventief fouilleren in het hele land”. [14] By the way, Wilders is ook een fel voorstander van administratieve detentie [detineren zonder vorm van proces en aanklacht] van terreurverdachten. Lees ”Guantanamo Bay”, een van zijn schrijfwrochtsels. [15] [Tegen Wilders’ gedachtegoed schreef ik trouwens reeds in 2007]. [16]

En over ”heropvoedingskampen” gesproken, wie herinnert zich nog Wilders’ pleidooi voor ”tuigdorpen” voor ”criminelen? [17] Trouwens, kort geleden, tijdens de Algemene Beschouwingen in september anno Domini 2021, heeft Wilders nog duidelijk gemaakt, wat een fan hij is van een uiterst repressief strafsysteem. Ik citeer Wilders [in debat met Farid Azarkan, Denk, die gelooft in preventief optreden]:[52.49][Wilders, PVV]

”Nee voorzitter, we zouden strenger moeten straffen. We zouden er moeten voor zorgen, dat als Ahmed of Henk, er zijn natuurlijk ook Nederlanders, maar vaker Ahmeds dan Henks, als die iemand in elkaar slaan, dat ze gewoon een paar jaar de bak ingaan, zonder vervroegde vrijlating of vervroegde invrijheidsstelling en dat die bak niet lijkt op een Vijfsterren eh gevangenis, maar gewoon eh bij wijze van spreken op water en brood, gewoon mager, weinig bezoek, het moet gewoonpijn doen, in een gevangenis zitten voor een geweldsmisdrijf moet gewoon pijn doen.

En als dat geen pijn doet, dat is het volgend [?] voorzitter, wat ik ook aanhaalde in Italië, wat de Italiaanse regering ten aanzien van de Maffia doet, dat is om ze gewoon keihard vast te zetten op een bijna beestachtig regime, geen contacten, geen televisie, helemaal niets, een keer per maand bezoeken dan nog gefilmd. En voorzitter, dat werkt! Mensen willen niet in zo’n situatie terechtkomen. Dus ze laten het de volgende keer wel. Niet allemaal, je zal de criminaliteit nooit helemaal kunnen uitroeien, maar je kan wel een aantal mensen laten denken, dat is veel beter dan dat preventieve gezwets van u.[53.50] [18]

Dat is Klare Taal. De Klare Taal van Wilders, de Law and Order Man.

WILDERS GAAT LOS! DEHUMANISERING VLUCHTELINGEN

Nu heeft Wilders al eerder, REEDS IN 2007 [Dit voor diegenen, die denken, dat Wilders in de loop der jaren is geradicaliseerd, wat dus niet waar is]  [19] niet-westerse allochtonen vluchtelingen en niet-westerse allochtonen gedehumaniseerd door in zijn haat column ”Criminele Allochtonen” [20], te refereren aan ”drie beesten van Surinaamse afkomst.” [21] Maar er is een Overtreffende Trap! Want wat hij nou recentelijk, tijdens een propagandafilmpje, maar vooral in de Tweede Kamer, te berde heeft gebracht over vluchtelingen, niet-westerse allochtonen en wat dies meer zij, heeft zelfs mij, Wilders Watcher, verbijsterd, niet alleen door het openlijk fascistische karakter daarvan, maar dat dit gezegd kon worden [en dan duid ik op de Tweede Kamer] zonder dat er een Algemene Opstand uitbrak.

Maar eerst dat propagandafilmpje uit 2021: Daarin kwam hij, onder andere [er was meer gif, zoals je van Wilders kan verwachten] met de riedel van het ”aanranden van onze vrouwen en dochters”. [22] Dit had hij trouwens al eerder gedaan, in 2016, toen hij ”Arabische mannen” [hij refereerde aan Syrische vluchtelingen] ”testosteronbommen” noemde en pleitte voor het opsluiten van mannelijke asielzoekers [preventief dan, dus zonder dat er iets is gebeurd], op te sluiten in AZC’s. [23] Dat was dus in 2016.

Nu terug naar dat propagandafilmpje uit 2021, zoals ik al schreef, onder het Youtube kopje: ”Nul is nul en vol is vol”. [24] Opnieuw is hij lekker aan het hetzen: Ik citeer een passage uit zijn riedel: ”Duizenden asielprofiteurs, waaronder ook veel jongemannen met losgeslagen hormonen en achterlijke islamitische normen, kunnen onze vrouwen en dochters lastigvallen en aanranden”. [25] Natuurlijk is er meer gif: Asielzoekers ”profiteren van onze uitkeringen”, ze ”pikken onze woningen in”, ze zijn profiteurs, etc etc. [26] Wat zijn ze eigenlijk niet? Jammer, dat Wilders ze niet de schuld kan geven van de Klimaatverandering, anders deed hij het grif!

Ik citeer Wilders: ”Inmiddels zijn dat er bijna 18 miljoen en is Nederland overvol. Propvol. [14.19] [De heer Wilders, PVV] Volgepropt met vreemdelingen, die hier niets te zoeken hebben, maar wel alles gratis krijgen. Die onze verzorgingsstaat leegvreten. Meer dan de helft van alle bijstandsuitkeringen in Nederland op dit moment gaan naar niet-westerse allochtonen. En asielzoekers zorgen door het hele land voor bedreigingen, geweld en overlast.” (…) ”Dan wordt Nederland net als die achterlijke islamitische zandbaklanden, de hel op aarde. Dan wordt ons land nog voller, met nog meer Islam en nog meer tuig, dat niet elkaar, maar onze eigen mensen terroriseert en als hyena’s onze wijken afstruint om ze het ziekenhuis in te jagen.”  [27] Ja, dat heeft hij echt gezegd, zoals u hebt kunnen horen in noot 27!

De associatie van vluchtelingen door Wilders ”vreemdelingen” genoemd, met dieren, want zij ”vreten” immers de verzorgingsstaat leeg? Met overlast, met geweld, want zij ”jagen” mensen het ziekenhuis in. En dan het engste: Die vergelijking met hyena’s….[28] Met aaseters dus…….

Ik citeer iets anders: ”This time we recognize that there’s a plague here. A plague that threatens the health of the aryan peoples. Richard Wagner once said: ”The Jew is the demon behind the corruption of Mankind” EN OOK ”Jews are a people without farmers or workers, a race of parasites” [29] Jullie raden het al? Het zijn in het Engels vertaalde passages uit ”Der Ewige Jude”  [30] een weerzinwekkende Nazi propagandafilm, gemaakt met slechts een doel: De haat tegen de Joden aanwakkeren… Ik vind, dat er wel overeenkomst is tussen de weerzinwekkende opmerkingen, die Wilders hierboven in de Tweede Kamer maakte en die, gemaakt in die verschrikkelijke anti-semitische film… En die ophitserij van Wilders gaat maar door en door, Jaar in, Jaar uit, in de Tweede Kamer, in columns, in propagandafilms. [31]

OMVOLKING…

Een andere, fascistische kant van Wilders is het gebruik van de term ”omvolking” of ”vervanging” van de bevolking. Laat ik Wilders nog eens citeren: ”Voorzitter, Nederland is niet alleen vol, onze bevolking wordt ook vervangen. [25.27] Ingeruild: Door immigranten, vaak met een hoofddoek op. [25.31] En onze drie grote steden, Amsterdam, Rotterdam en Den Haag, is meer dan de helft van de kinderen, die daar nu geboren worden, meer dan de helft van de kinderen, die nu in onze drie grote steden geboren worden, is niet-westers allochtoon. [25.49] En je hoeft geen demografisch genie te zijn om te zien, dat als we het tij nu niet keren, we straks een vreemde in eigen stad en eigen land worden. Dan wacht ons een onheilspellend lot.” [32] Nog los van zijn weer overduidelijke ophitsing en ongefundeerde bangmakerij, is die term dus ”de bevolking vervangen”, of ”omvolking” een term uit extreem-rechtse hoek [33] en de daarbij behorende redenatie stigmatiserend en racistisch.

”ACHTERLIJKE ISLAMITISCHE ZANDBAKLANDEN”

Ik citeer Wilders: ”En je hoeft geen demografisch genie te zijn om te zien, dat als we het tij nu niet keren, we straks een vreemde in eigen stad en eigen land worden. Dan wacht ons een onheilspellend lot. Dan wordt Nederland net als die achterlijke islamitische zandbaklanden, de hel op aarde.” [34] Weer een voorbeeld van de racistische en islamofobe vuilspuiterij van Wilders.

EPILOOG

Hier is Wilders, in zijn eigen woorden, in zijn fascistische naaktheid getoond. Vluchtelingen, die de verzorgingsstaat leegvreten, die als hyena’s de wijken afstruinen, zorgen voor overlast en geweld, ”onze” vrouwen en dochters aanranden, profiteurs zijn, de boel stelselmatig bedonderen, die de Nederlandse bevolking verdringen… Wie dat nog niet herkent als fascistische retoriek, is het OF met dergelijke racistische hetzerij eens, of verregaand naïef, of sluit bewust de ogen en oren, voor wat aan het gebeuren is. Zoals Onze Tweede Kamer. Het is ongelooflijk maar waar: Wilders heeft deze hatespeech tijdens de Algemene Beschouwingen in een democratisch gekozen Orgaan gehouden, waarbij hij overigens niet alleen het [demissionaire] kabinet achter de tralies wilde zien [35], maar ook de goedbedoelende fractievoorzitter van de Christen-Unie, die hem vriendelijk wilde wijzen op het effect van zijn persoonlijke aanvallen op Kamerleden en leden van het [demissionaire] kabinet, door Wilders werd toegebeten ”U bent valser dan vals!”. [36]

En ondanks zijn weerzinwekkende fascistische retoriek en zijn openlijke schoffering van Kamerleden [37], maar vooral natuurlijk die fascistische retoriek, grijpt de Kamer niet in. Niemand riep hem keihard tot de orde en noemde het fascistische Beestje bij de naam, niemand liep weg uit de Tweede Kamer, om zo een statement te maken tegen deze fundamentele ondergravingen van wat op papier in de Grondwet staat. [38] Het is beschamend en laat de Lafheid van dit Parlement zien. En niets helpt! Je kunt het parlement erop aanspreken, zoals ondergetekende gedaan heeft [39], zonder dat ook maar EEN parlementariër reageert, behalve, ironisch genoeg, de PVV zelf [en dan nog, het moet gezegd, in een beleefde brief] [40] je kunt goede stukken schrijven als Frontaal Naakt al jaren doet en gedaan heeft [41], het Parlement blijft deze Wolf [excuses, wolven] zonder Schaapskleren met egards behandelen, betreurt zijn relatieve gevangenschap, omdat hij wordt bedreigd [42] [doe ik ook, vanuit humanitair oogpunt dan], en krijgt als dank een Trap na. [43]

Wanneer zullen ze het Gevaar van Wilders en zijn Bende eindelijk onderkennen? Als hij de macht heeft gegrepen? Dat hoeft hij niet eens te doen, nu hij alle Speelruimte krijgt, de samenleving te vergiftigen. Daarom heb ik dit stuk geschreven: Niet omdat er zoveel nieuws in staat. Maar om te blijven waarschuwen tegen het Wilder’s en Thierry Baudet fascisme. En om er alles aan te doen om te voorkomen, dat hyena-vluchtelingen een normale term wordt. Zoals eens met Joden is gebeurd.

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[Zomaar een verzameling losse, maar gevaarlijke hetze opmerkingenen uitspraken van G Wilders, Fuhrer der PVV]

Veel hebben ik en anderen al geschreven over Geert Wilders, voorman vande PVV, waarin vooral nadruk werd gelegd op zijn racisme, Islamofobie,fascisme. [1]Er is gewaarschuwd voor het Gevaar, uitgaande van hem en zijn fascistischemede collega, Forum voor Democratie leider, Thierry Baudet en uitgelegd, dat de tijd dringt [2]Helaas is het raar, maar waar:Het fascisme, of tenminste dat gedachtegoed, wordt steeds minder alszodanig erkend en sluipt, gemerkt of ongemerkt, de samenleving in enkan zich manifesteren op de meest onwaarschijnlijke plekken, zoalsde promotie van Thierry Baudet door het Nationaal Comite 4 en 5 mei.Een Comite, dat vanwege haar inzet juist zou moeten waarschuwentegen politieke lieden als Baudet!Lees hierover in noot 3
Maar hoe belangrijk het ook is, OVER Wilders en co te schrijven en de Gevarente analyseren, nog belangrijker vind ik, hen zelf aan het woord te laten enhet hen te laten vertellen, in hun eigen woorden.En die woorden kunnen, zelfs in deze tijd van normalisering van hetfascisme [4], onthullend EN onthutsend zijn.Zij onthullen een wereldbeeld, dat angstwekkend is en wat gewoon,alsof het niets is, in de Tweede Kamer gespuid kan worden.Zie dus hieronder enkele onthullende uitspraken en passages, waarbij ikWilders zelf aan het woord laat:
FASCISME/DEMOCRATIE OMVER:KABINET ACHTER TRALIES

Het zal voor weinig lezers van dit stuk nieuw zijn, dat fascisten, oftegen fascisme aanleunende politici en individuen, graag deparlementaire democratie, zoals deze is, opgeheven wil zien [en als ze de kans krijfgen, ook opheffen [5] ofin ieder geval beknot.En ook zien zij graag parlementariers en/of de regering, samengestelduit democratisch [via verkiezingen] gekozen regering, achter slot en grendel.Dit gaat al zover, dat in Nederland, in de Tweede Kamer, recentelijkeen Forum voor Democratie parlementarier, Pepijn van Houwelingen,D’66 politicus Sjoerd Sjoerdsma, openlijk heeft bedreigdmet de woorden:……en uw tijd komt nog wel, want er komen tribunalen!”  [6]Een Dieptepunt, mag ik wel zeggen, in de comtemporaine Nederlandseparlementaire geschiedenis.In de Tweede Kamer dus, anno 2021!Maar we hadden het over de heer Wilders en ZIJN opmerkingen/wensen/dreigementen naar het [demissionaire] kabinet Rutte III toe.Ik laat hem aan het woord:”……..En de bewindslieden dienen zich dan ook allemaal te verantwoorden voor de Hoge Raad en die procedure is inmiddels gestart.Voor mij mogen ze allemaal achter de tralies. [7]Zie voor het gehele Wilders betoog, noot 8
POLITICI VOOR TRIBUNAALMaar Wilders heeft meer te melden:Veel en veel meerEvenals zijn collega Kamerlid, de FVD’er van Houwelingen [9],droomt hij van tribunalen:In een ongekende Tirade tegen vluchtelingen [ik kom hierop nog terug] [10]uit ook hij  zijn tribunalen-wensdroom:Ik citeer Wilders:”En de verantwoordelijken, de verantwoordelijken voor dit wanbeleid van open grenzen en nog meer asiel en nog meer Islam verdienen het om ooit voor een tribunaal te verschijnenOm zich te verantwoorden voor het kapotmaken van Nederlanden het weggeven van alles wat we hebben. Rutte, Kaag, Klaver en die hele bende verdient geen steun, maar politiek verzet. En vergeet nooit: Nederland is van ons. En de PVV is er voor u. [11]FASCISME IS LAW AND ORDERWILDERS EN HET STRAFSYSTEEMEen belangrijk element van het fascisme is ”Law and Order” [12] , maardan in het extremeFascisten zijn gek op strenge straffen, keihard handhaven, blindegehoorzaamheid aan politie en Gezag en ga zo maar door.Dit komt terug in de opvattingen van Wilders/PVV, in Wilders’ uitspraken.Om met de PVV zelf te beginnen:Haar Verkiezingsprogramma’s zijn gebaseerd op de oorspronkelijkeDocumenten Een Nieuwe Gouden Eeuw, Klare Wijn, een Nieuw RealistischeVise en de Onafhankelijkheidsverklaring [13]In het ”’Verkiezingspamflet” dat ik heb gevonden op dewebsite van de PVV, lezen we een aantal onthullendeideeen over strafvervolging etc:Zo lezen we onder andere [onder het kopje ”Keiharde aanpakcriminaliteit en terrorisme]”Introductie heropvoedingskampen””Preventief fouilleren in het hele land” [14]By the way, Wilders is ook een fel voorstander van administratieve detentie[detineren zonder vorm van proces en aanklacht] van terreurverdachtenLees ”Guantanamo Bay”, een van zijn schrijfwrochtsels [15][Tegen Wilders’ gedachtegoed schreef ik trouwens reeds in 2007][16]En over ”heropvoedingskampen” gesproken, wie herinnert zich nogWilders’ pleidooi voor ”tuigdorpen” voor ”criminelen? [17]Trouwens, kort geleden, tijdens de Algemene Beschouwingenin september anno Domini 2021, heeft Wilders nog duidelijkgemaakt, wat een fan hij is van een uiterst repressief strafsysteem:Ik citeer Wilders [in debat met Farid Azarkan, Denk, die gelooftin preventief optreden]:

[52.49][Wilders, PVV]

”Nee voorzitter, we zouden strenger moeten straffen.

We zouden er moeten voor zorgen, dat als Ahmed of Henk, er zijn natuurlijk

ook Nederlanders, maar vaker Ahmeds dan Henks, als die iemand in elkaar slaan, dat ze gewoon een paar jaar de bak ingaan, zonder vervroegde vrijlating of vervroegde invrijheidsstelling en dat die bak niet lijkt

op een Vijfsterren eh gevangenis, maar gewoon eh bij wijze van spreken op water en brood, gewoon mager, weinig bezoek, het moet gewoonpijn doen, in een gevangenis zitten voor een geweldsmisdrijf moet gewoon pijn doen.

En als dat geen pijn doet, dat is het volgend [?] voorzitter, wat ik ook aanhaalde in Italie, wat de Italiaanse regering ten aanzien van de Maffia doet, dat is om ze gewoon keihard vast te zetten op een bijna beestachtig regime, geen contacten, geen televisie, helemaal niets, een keer per maand bezoeken dan nog gefilmd.

En voorzitter, dat werkt! Mensen willen niet in zo’n situatie terechtkomen

.Dus ze laten het de volgende keer wel.

Niet allemaal, je zal de criminaliteit nooit helemaal kunnen uitroeien, maar je kan wel een aantal mensen laten denken, dat is veel beter dan dat preventieve gezwets van u.[53.50] [18]

Dat is Klare Taal.

De Klare Taal van Wilders, de Law and Order Man.

WILDERS GAAT LOS!

DEHUMANISERING VLUCHTELINGEN, NIET WESTERSE

ALLOCHTONEN/AANRANDERS, VERKRACHTERS

Nu heeft Wilders al eerder, REEDS IN 2007 [Dit voor diegenen, die

denken, dat Wilders in de loop der jaren is geradicaliseerd, wat dus niet waar is]  [19] niet-westerse allochtonen vluchtelingen en niet westerse allochtonen gedehumaniseerd

door in zijn haat column ”Criminele Allochtonen” [20], te refereren

aan ”drie beesten van Surinaamse afkomst.” [21]

Maar er is een Overtreffende Trap!

Want wat hij nou recentelijk, tijdens een

propagandafilmpje, maar vooral in de Tweede Kamer, te berde heeft gebracht over vluchtelingen, niet westerse allochtonen en wat dies meer zij,  heeft zelfs mij, Wilders

Watcher, verbijsterd, niet alleen door het openlijk fascistische karakter

daarvan, maar dat dit gezegd kon worden [en dan duid ik op

de Tweede Kamer] zonder dat er een Algemene Opstand uitbrak.

Maar eerst dat propagandafilmpje uit 2021:

Daarin kwam hij, onder andere [er was meer gif, zoals je

van Wilders kan verwachten] met de riedel van

het ”aanranden van onze vrouwen en dochters”. [22]

Dit had hij trouwens al eerder gedaan, in 2016, toen hij ”Arabische mannen”

[hij refereerde aan Syrische vluchtelingen] ”testosteronbommen” noemde en pleitte voor het opsluiten van mannelijke asielzoekers [preventief dan,

dus zonder dat er iets is gebeurd], op te sluiten in AZC’s [23]

Dat was dus in 2016

Nu terug naar dat propagandafilmpje uit 2021, zoals ik al schreef, onder het Youtube

kopje: ”Nul is nul en vol is vol” [24]

Opnieuw is hij lekker aan het hetzen:

Ik citeer een passage uit zijn riedel:

”Duizenden asielprofiteurs, waaronder ook veel jongemannen met losgeslagen hormonen en achterlijke islamitische normen, kunnen onze vrouwen en dochters lastigvallen en aanranden” [25]

Natuurlijk is er meer gif:

Asielzoekers ”profiteren van onze uitkeringen”, ze ”pikken onze

woningen in”, ze zijn profiteurs, etc etc [26]

Wat zijn ze eigenlijk niet?

Jammer, dat Wilders ze niet de schuld kan geven van de Klimaatverandering, anders deed hij het grif!

DEHUMANISERING VLUCHTELINGEN EN NIET-WESTERSE ALLOCHTONEN/VLUCHTELINGEN ALS ”HYENA’S……

Ik citeer Wilders:

””Inmiddels zijn dat er bijna 18 miljoen en is Nederland overvol.Propvol.[14.19][De heer Wilders, PVV]Volgepropt met vreemdelingen, die hier niets te zoeken hebben, maarwel alles gratis krijgen.Die onze verzorgingsstaat leegvreten. Meer dan de helft van alle bijstandsuitkeringen in Nederlandop dit moment gaan naar niet-westerse allochtonen.En asielzoekers zorgen door het hele land voor bedreigingen, geweld enoverlast.”……….”Dan wordt Nederland net als die achterlijke islamitische zandbaklanden,de hel op aarde.Dan wordt ons land nog voller, met nog meer Islam en nogmeer tuig, dat niet elkaar, maar onze eigen mensen terroriseert enals hyena’s onze wijken afstruint om ze het ziekenhuis in te jagen.”  [27]
Ja, dat heeft hij echt gezegd, zoals u hebt kunnen horen in noot 27!
De associatie van vluchtelingen door Wilders ”vreemdelingen” genoemd,met dieren, want zij ”vreten” immers de verzorgingsstaat leeg?Met overlast, met geweld, want zij ”jagen” mensen het ziekenhuis in.En dan het engste:Die vergelijking met hyena’s………[28]Met aaseters dus…….
Ik citeer iets anders:”This time we recognize that there’s a plague here.A plague that threatens the health of the aryan peoples.Richard Wagner once said:”The Jew is the demon behind the corruption of Mankind”EN OOK”Jews are a people without farmers or workers, a race of parasites” [29]
Jullie raden het al?Het zijn in het Engels vertaalde passages uit ”Der Ewige Jude”  [30]een weerzinwekkende Nazi propagandafilm, gemaaktmet slechts een doel:De haat tegen de Joden aanwakkeren….
Ik vind, dat er wel overeenkomst is tussen de weerzinwekkendeopmerkingen, die Wilders hierboven in de Tweede Kamer maakte en die, gemaakt in die verschrikkelijke anti-semitische film…..
En die ophitserij van Wilders gaat maar door en door, Jaar in,Jaar uit, in de Tweede Kamer, in columns, in propagandafilms [31]

OMVOLKING……

Een andere, fascistische kant van Wilders is het gebruik van de

term ”omvolking” of ”vervanging” van de bevolking

Laat ik Wilders nog eens citeren:

”Voorzitter, Nederland is niet alleen vol, onze bevolking wordt ook vervangen [25.27]Ingeruild:Door immigranten, vaak met een hoofddoek op. [25.31]En onze drie grote steden, Amsterdam, Rotterdam en Den Haag, is meer dande helft van de kinderen, die daar nu geboren worden, meer dan de helft vande kinderen, die nu in onze drie grote steden geboren worden, is niet-westersallochtoon.[25.49]En je hoeft geen demografisch genie te zijn om te zien, dat als we hettij nu niet keren, we straks een vreemde in eigen stad en eigen land worden.Dan wacht ons een onheilspellend lot.” [32]
Nog los van zijn weer overduidelijke ophitsing en ongefundeerde bangmakerij,is die term dus ”de bevolking vervangen”, of ”omvolking” een term uitextreem-rechtse hoek [33] en de daarbij behorende redenatie stigmatiserenden racistisch.
”ACHTERLIJKE ISLAMITISCHE ZANDBAKLANDEN”
Ik citeer Wilders
”En je hoeft geen demografisch genie te zijn om te zien, dat als we hettij nu niet keren, we straks een vreemde in eigen stad en eigen land worden.Dan wacht ons een onheilspellend lot.
Dan wordt Nederland net als die achterlijke islamitische zandbaklanden,de hel op aarde.” [34]
Weer een voorbeeld van de racistische en Islamofobe vuilspuiterijvan Wilders.

EPILOOG

Hier is Wilders, in zijn eigen woorden, in zijn fascistische Naaktheid getoondVluchtelingen, die de verzorgingsstaat leegvreten, die als hyena’s de wijkenafstruinen, zorgen voor overlast en geweld, ”onze” vrouwen en dochters aanranden, profiteurs zijn, de boel stelselmatig bedonderen, die de Nederlandsebevolking verdringen…..
Wie dat nog niet herken als fascistische retoriek, is het OF met dergelijkeracistische hetzerij eens, of verregaand naief, of sluit bewust de ogen enoren, voor wat aan het gebeuren is.
Zoals Onze Tweede KamerHet is ongelooflijk maar waar:
Wilders heeft deze hatespeech tijdens de Algemene Beschouwingenin een democratisch gekozen Orgaan gehouden, waarbij hij overigens nietalleen het [demissionaire] kabinet achter de tralies wilde zien [35], maar ook de goedbedoelende fractievoorzitter van de Christen-Unie, die hem vriendelijkwilde wijzen op het effect van zijn persoonlijke aanvallen op Kamerledenen leden van het [demissionaire] kabinet, door Wilders werd toegebeten ”U bent valser dan vals!” [36]
En ondanks zijn weerzinwekkende fascistsche retoriek en zijn openlijke schoffering van Kamerleden [37], maar vooral natuurlijk die fascistische retoriek, grijpt de Kamer niet in.Niemand riep hem keihard tot de orde en noemde het fascistische Beestjebij de naam, niemand liep weg uit de Tweede Kamer, om zo een statementte maken tegen deze fundamentele ondergravingen van wat op papierin de Grondwet staat. [38]
Het is beschamend en laat de Lafheid van dit Parlement zien.
En niets helpt!Je kunt het parlement erop aanspreken, zoals ondergetekendegedaan heeft [39],zonder dat ook maar EEN parlementarier reageert, behalve, ironisch genoeg, de PVV zelf [en dan nog, het moet gezegd, in een beleefde brief] [40] je kunt goede stukken schrijven als FrontaalNaakt al jaren doet en gedaan heeft [41], het Parlement blijft deze Wolf [excuses, wolven] zonder Schaapskleren met egards behandelen, betreurt zijn relatieve gevangenschap, omdat hij wordt bedreigd [42] [doe ik ook, vanuit humanitairoogpunt dan], en krijgt als dank een Trap na [43]
Wanneer zullen ze het Gevaar van Wilders en zijn Bende eindelijkonderkennen?Als hij de macht heeft gegrepen?
Dat hoeft hij niet eens te doen, nu hij alle Speelruimte krijgt,de samenleving te vergiftigen
Daarom heb ik dit stuk geschreven:

Niet omdat er zoveel nieuws in staat

Maar om te blijven waarschuwen tegen het Wilder’s en Thierry Baudet

fascisme.

En om er alles aan te doen om te voorkomen, dat hyena vluchtelingen

een normale term wordt.

Zoals eens met Joden is gebeurd.

ASTRID ESSED

NOTEN

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NOTEN 11 T/M 21

NOTEN 22 T/M 29

NOTEN 30 T/M 36

NOTEN 37 T/M 43

EINDE NOTEN

Reacties uitgeschakeld voor Geert Wilders/Het grote Gevaar/Zijn ontmenselijking van vluchtelingen/In his own words

Opgeslagen onder Divers

Poland-Belarus border crisis/Letter to the EU/”EU’s human obligations against the refugees”

Een Koerdische familie uit Irak wacht met zestien leden uit drie generaties op de grenswachten. Al acht keer werden ze teruggestuurd naar Wit-Rusland, waarbij ze klappen kregen en door honden gebeten werden. Foto Wojtek Radwanski / AFP

Voertuigen die zich nabij de grens begeven worden streng gecontroleerd. Foto Marko Djurica / Reuters

Achtergebleven spullen van migranten in de bossen. Velen van hen krijgen met geweld en intimidatie te maken. Foto Marko Djurica / Reuters

Ondertussen proberen hulporganisaties de migranten waar mogelijk te helpen. Hier sorteert een Poolse vrijwilligster gedoneerde kleding in een brandweerkazerne. Foto Kacper Pempel / Reuters

Activisten van de Poolse ngo Grupa Granica houden foto’s omhoog van gestrande migranten, met de oproep hen hulp te bieden. Foto Marko Djurica / Reuters

Oekraïense nationalisten houden borden en flares omhoog in protest tegen de komst van migranten voor de Poolse ambassade in Kiev. Foto Sergei Supinsky / AFP

Medici verzorgen een gewonde migrant, terwijl anderen verderop door de Poolse politie worden ingerekend. De Poolse premier Mateusz sprak onlangs van „een brute schending van onze oostelijke grens (…) de ergste in dertig jaar”. Foto Woitek Radwanski / AFP

Migranten drommen samen om noodpakketten te ontvangen van de Wit-Russische krijgsmacht. Foto Stringer / EPA

Een migrant draagt zijn ontvangen noodrantsoen weg van het uitdeelpunt van het Wit-Russische leger. Veel migranten verblijven in het grensgebied onder erbarmelijke omstandigheden. Foto Stringer / EPA

Poolse militairen en politieagenten staan rechts paraat langs de grens met Wit-Rusland, terwijl links migranten te zien zijn in hun geïmproviseerde kampementen.

POLAND-BELARUS BORDER CRISIS/LETTER TO THE EU/”EU’S HUMAN OBLIGATIONS AGAINST THE REFUGEES, WHO ARE TRAPPED BETWEENTHE POLAND-BELARUS BORDER”

TO MRS Y JOHANSSONEU COMMISSIONER  FOR HOME AFFAIRSRelating her responsibility for Migration and Asylum
Subject:The Poland Belarus crisis on migrants:Eu’s obligations regarding universal human rights

Dear Mrs Johansson,[When you are pressed with time, just read the last piece”EU’s obligations”]

I am greatly concerned about EU’s recent attitude against refugees, who are trapped in the border between Poland and BelarusFirstly the EU waited months after months and allowing Poland to close andmilitarize its borders against those refugees, thus violating their right on asylum,violating their universal human rights by letting them try to survive in the freezingcold and, to add insult to injury, pushing them back from the border, fully knowing that push-backs are against International Law. [1]As a consequence, at least thirteen refugees died. [2]Instead of immediately demanding of Poland, to refrain from violatinghuman rights and giving those refugees entrance to Poland, all the EUdid was express solidarity with Poland and also denying the refugees their right to asylum:I quote from the statement from EU president, mrs von der Leyen, from 8th november 2021:”Finally, the Commission will explore with the UN and its specialised agencies how to prevent a humanitarian crisis from unfolding and to ensure that migrants can be safely returned to their country of origin, with the support of their national authorities.” [3] That’s inhuman.
In her report ”Die Here or Go to Poland”, Human Rights Watch wrote among else:”Polish authorities should immediately halt all summary returns and collective expulsions to Belarus and stop all abuse by Polish officials of migrants. The government of Poland should also immediately allow humanitarian and other civil society organizations access to the area currently restricted under the state of emergency order for the purposes of saving lives. Journalists and other monitors should also be permitted access.” [4]Poland is a EU member and should apply toEU rules, among else consolidated in the Charter’for Fundamental Rights of the EU Union [5],in which the right to asylum is granted [article 18] [6] and pushbacks are forbidden [article 18, article 19,EU Charter of Fundamental Rights] [7]
As long as Poland is an EU member, Poland has to conduct according toEU rules!And it is the EU task to remember Poland of its obligations.
PROPOSAL OF THE EU COMMISSION FROM1 DECEMBER 2021
Not only that has not happened, now the EU Commission did proposals in the favour of Poland.Latva and Lithuania taking ”exceptional measures”I refer to the recent Statement from 1 december 2021, calling for measures of an ”of an extraordinary and exceptional nature” [8]
According to my information from Amnesty International,EU Commission proposals ”normalize dehumanisationof asylum seekers” [9]
Amnesty International writes among else:
”“The arrival of people at the EU’s borders with Belarus is entirely manageable with the rules as they stand. Today’s proposals will further punish people for political gain, weaken asylum protections, and undermine the EU’s standing at home and abroad. If the EU can allow a minority of member states to throw out the rule book due to the presence of a few thousand people at its border, it throws out any authority it has on human rights and the rule of law.

“The current situation at the EU’s borders with Belarus is being used by some countries as an excuse to weaken protections of asylum-seekers and push their anti-migrant agenda. Holding asylum seekers in detention for four months, without the protection standards required by international law, is normalising de facto unlawful detention at the EU’s external borders.” [10]

That’s clear language and I have nothing to add to this

EU’S OBLIGATION

Summarizing:

During the Poland-Belarus crisis on migrants,

all the EU really did was to express solidarity

with Poland, thus encouraging Poland in it’s 

unlawful policy of denying the right to asylum and

practising illegal pushbacks and, to add insult

to injury, letting vulnerable refugee freezing in the cold,

without adequate provisions.

With this the EU has violated her own rules of

humanity, right to asylum and the prohibition

of pushbacks.

So it’s time, the EU acts again in accordance with it’s own Charter and Laws and not proposing ”extraordinary

measures” [11] which violate it’s own rules.

So I call the EU to require from Poland to admit the

refugees and give them a proper asylum procedure,

according to human rights and stop pushing them back.

Of course Belarus bears responsibility too for the

existing situation [12], but that doesn’t excuse

the EU from practising their own rules of

humanitarian protection of refugees, which is formally established in the EU Law.

Return to your own Laws and Charters, EU and stop

dehumanizing refugees.

That’s all I ask.

Kind regards

Astrid Essed

Amsterdam 

The Netherlands

NOTES[1]

HUMAN RIGHTSHUMAN RIGHTS WATCH REPORT”DIE HERE OR GO TO POLAND”BELARUS’ AND POLAND’S SHARED RESPONSIBILITY FORBORDER ABUSES

https://www.hrw.org/report/2021/11/24/die-here-or-go-poland/belarus-and-polands-shared-responsibility-border-abuses

[2]

”At least 13 people have died in the area in recent weeks, most due to exposure.”

THE GUARDIAN

ONE YEAR OLD SYRIAN CHILD DIES

IN FOREST ON POLAND-BELARUS BORDER

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/18/one-year-old-syrian-child-dies-in-forest-on-poland-belarus-border

[3]

EU SOLIDARITY WITH POLAND:

”I have spoken to Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė and Latvian Prime Minister Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš to express the EU’s solidarity and discuss with them the measures the EU can take to support them in their efforts to deal with this crisis.”

STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT VON DER LEYEN ON

THE SITUATION AT THE BORDER BETWEEN

POLAND AND BELARUS

8 NOVEMBER 2021

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/statement_21_5867

EU, NOT RESPECTING THE RIGHT ON ASYLUM:

”’Finally, the Commission will explore with the UN and its specialised agencies how to prevent a humanitarian crisis from unfolding and to ensure that migrants can be safely returned to their country of origin, with the support of their national authorities.”

STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT VON DER LEYEN ON

THE SITUATION AT THE BORDER BETWEEN

POLAND AND BELARUS

8 NOVEMBER 2021

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/statement_21_5867

FULL TEXT:

Belarus must stop putting people’s lives at risk.

The instrumentalisation of migrants for political purposes by Belarus is unacceptable.

The Belarusian authorities must understand that pressuring the European Union in this way through a cynical instrumentalisation of migrants will not help them succeed in their purposes.

I have spoken to Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė and Latvian Prime Minister Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš to express the EU’s solidarity and discuss with them the measures the EU can take to support them in their efforts to deal with this crisis.

I am calling on Member States to finally approve the extended sanctions regime on the Belarusian authorities responsible for this hybrid attack.

Vice-President Schinas, in coordination with High Representative/Vice-President Borrell, will travel in the coming days to the main countries of origin and of transit to ensure that they act to prevent their own nationals from falling into the trap set by the Belarusian authorities.

The EU will in particular explore how to sanction, including through blacklisting, third country airlines that are active in human trafficking.

Finally, the Commission will explore with the UN and its specialised agencies how to prevent a humanitarian crisis from unfolding and to ensure that migrants can be safely returned to their country of origin, with the support of their national authorities.

[4]HUMAN RIGHTSHUMAN RIGHTS WATCH REPORTSUMMARY”DIE HERE OR GO TO POLAND”BELARUS’ AND POLAND’S SHARED RESPONSIBILITY FORBORDER ABUSES

https://www.hrw.org/report/2021/11/24/die-here-or-go-poland/belarus-and-polands-shared-responsibility-border-abuses

[5]

CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
https://www.europarl.europa.eu/charter/pdf/text_en.pdf

[6]

Article 18 Right to asylum 
The right to asylum shall be guaranteed with due respect for the rules of the Geneva Convention of 28 July 1951 and the Protocol of 31 January 1967 relating to the status of refugees and in accordance with the Treaty establishing the European Community.
CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
https://www.europarl.europa.eu/charter/pdf/text_en.pdf

[7]
Article 18 Right to asylum 
The right to asylum shall be guaranteed with due respect for the rules of the Geneva Convention of 28 July 1951 and the Protocol of 31 January 1967 relating to the status of refugees and in accordance with the Treaty establishing the European Community.
CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
https://www.europarl.europa.eu/charter/pdf/text_en.pdf

Article 19 Protection in the event of removal, expulsion or extradition 
1. Collective expulsions are prohibited. 2. No one may be removed, expelled or extradited to a State where there is a serious risk that he or she would be subjected to the death penalty, torture or other inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
https://www.europarl.europa.eu/charter/pdf/text_en.pdf

”Notwithstanding any changes to Polish law, Poland’s pushbacks without due process violate EU law including the Charter of Fundamental Rights.[25] The Charter guarantees the right to asylum and standard international refugee law practice, under which any expression of intent to seek asylum should promptly be forwarded to the competent authorities for assessment based on the person’s individual grounds for seeking asylum.[26]

HUMAN RIGHTSHUMAN RIGHTS WATCH REPORT”DIE HERE OR GO TO POLAND”BELARUS’ AND POLAND’S SHARED RESPONSIBILITY FORBORDER ABUSES
POLISH LEGISLATION & VIOLATION OF EU LAW
https://www.hrw.org/report/2021/11/24/die-here-or-go-poland/belarus-and-polands-shared-responsibility-border-abuses

Polish pushback practices are also in violation of article 19 of the Charter and Protocol 4 of the ECHR, which both state unequivocally that collective or mass expulsions of aliens are prohibited.[28]

HUMAN RIGHTSHUMAN RIGHTS WATCH REPORT”DIE HERE OR GO TO POLAND”BELARUS’ AND POLAND’S SHARED RESPONSIBILITY FORBORDER ABUSES
POLISH LEGISLATION & VIOLATION OF EU LAW
https://www.hrw.org/report/2021/11/24/die-here-or-go-poland/belarus-and-polands-shared-responsibility-border-abuses
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ASYLUM AND RETURN: COMMISSION PROPOSES TEMPORARY LEGALAND PRACTICAL MEASURES TO ADDRESS THE EMERGENCY SITUATIONAT THE EU’S EXTERNAL BORDER WITH BELARUS1 DECEMBER 2021
https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_21_6447

TEXT

The Commission is today putting forward a set of temporary asylum and return measures to assist Latvia, Lithuania and Poland in addressing the emergency situation at the EU’s external border with Belarus. The measures will allow these Member States to set up swift and orderly processes to manage the situation, in full respect of fundamental rights and international obligations, including the principle of non-refoulement. The proposal follows the invitation by the European Council for the Commission to propose any necessary changes to the EU’s legal framework and concrete measures underpinned by adequate financial support to ensure an immediate and appropriate response in line with EU law and international obligations, including the respect of fundamental rights. The measures, based on Article 78(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, will enter into force after their adoption by the Council. The European Parliament will be consulted. The measures will remain in force for a period of 6 months.

Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life, Margaritis Schinas, said: “In the past weeks, we have managed to bring the EU’s collective weight to bear in face of the hybrid attack directed at our Union. Collectively, the EU made clear that attempts to undermine our Union will only solidify our solidarity with one another.  Today we are giving living manifestation to that solidarity: in the form of a set of temporary and exceptional measures that will equip Latvia, Lithuania and Poland with the means needed to respond to these extraordinary circumstances in a controlled and swift manner and to operate in conditions of legal certainty.”

Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, said: “Although the EU’s intense efforts have brought rapid results, the situation remains delicate. Today, to protect our borders, and to protect people, we are giving flexibility and support to Member States to manage this emergency situation, without compromising on human rights. This should allow the Member States in question to fully uphold the right to asylum and align legislation with EU acquis. It’s also time limited and targeted. To make our response to hybrid threats future-proof, we activate the EU’s formidable diplomatic and legal capacity, to apply sanctions and persuade third countries to stop flights. We will soon propose a reform of the Schengen rules. Making progress now on the Pact on Migration and Asylum is essential.”

Provisional measures proposed

The measures included in this proposal are of an extraordinary and exceptional nature. They will apply for a period of 6 months, unless extended or repealed, and will apply to non-EU nationals who have irregularly entered the EU from Belarus and are at the vicinity of the border or those who present themselves at border crossing points. The main elements of the proposal are:

Emergency migration and asylum management procedure at the external borders:

  • The 3 Member States will have the possibility to extend the registration period for asylum applications to 4 weeks, instead of the current 3 to 10 days. The Member States may also apply the asylum procedure at the border to process all asylum claims, including the appeal, within a maximum of 16 weeks – except where adequate support for applicants with particular health issues cannot be provided. In doing so, well-founded claims and those of families and children should be prioritised.
  • Material reception conditions: Member States focus reception conditions on the covering of basic needs, including temporary shelter adapted to the seasonal weather conditions, food, water, clothing, adequate medical care, and assistance to vulnerable persons, in full respect of human dignity. It is important that Member States ensure close cooperation with UNHCR and relevant partner organisations to support individuals in this emergency situation.
  • Return procedure: Member States concerned will be able to apply simplified and quicker national procedures including for the return of people whose applications for international protection have been rejected in this context.

All procedures carried out in line with this proposal must respect fundamental rights and specific guarantees provided for by EU law, including the best interests of the child, emergency health care and needs of vulnerable people, the use of coercive measures and detention conditions.

Practical support and cooperation:

  • Support from EU agencies: EU agencies stand ready to help the Member States on request. The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) can help register and process applications, ensure screening of vulnerable people and support the management, design and putting in place of adequate reception. Further Frontex support is available for border control activities, including screening and return operations. Support from Europol is also available to provide intelligence to counter smuggling.
  • Continued cooperation: The Commission, the Member States and EU Agencies will continue their cooperation, including an obligation on the Member States to continue reporting relevant data and statistics via the EU Migration Preparedness and Crisis Management Network.

The Commission will regularly reassess the situation and may propose to the Council to prolong or repeal these provisional measures.

Next steps

Article 78(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU states that after consulting the European Parliament, the Council may adopt provisional measures for the benefit of the Member States concerned. This happens by qualified majority vote. Once agreed by the Council, in view of the urgency of the situation, this Decision should enter into force the day after its publication in the Official Journal of the EU.

Background  

Since the summer, the Lukashenko regime and its supporters have initiated a hybrid attack on the EU, especially Lithuania, Poland and Latvia, which have experienced an insidious new threat in the form of the instrumentalisation of desperate people.

In October 2021, the European Council invited the Commission to propose any necessary changes to the EU’s legal framework to respond to the state-sponsored instrumentalisation of people at the EU’s external border with Belarus. Article 78(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) provides for the adoption of provisional measures in emergency migratory situations at the EU’s external borders.

Today’s proposal is the latest in a series of coordinated EU actions that include: targeted measures for transport operators that facilitate or engage in smuggling; diplomatic and external action; stepping up humanitarian assistance and support for border and migration management.

This proposal is in line with the comprehensive approach set out in the New Pact on Migration and Asylum. It complements the Schengen Borders Code and the upcoming Schengen reform, in which the Commission intends to propose a permanent framework for addressing possible situations of instrumentalisation that may still confront the Union in the future.

Financing of this proposal will be accommodated within the budget of the existing EU funding instruments under the period 2014-2020 and 2021-2027 in the field of migration, asylum and border management. Where exceptionally necessary, if the situation aggravates further, the flexibility mechanisms within the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 could be used.

For More Information

Proposal for a Council Decision on provisional emergency measures for the benefit of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland

Communication: Responding to state-sponsored instrumentalisation of migrants at the EU external border

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONALEU ”EXCEPTIONAL MEASURES” NORMALIZE DEHUMANISATION OF ASYLUM SEEKERS’1 DECEMBER 2021
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/press-release/2021/12/eu-exceptional-measures-normalize-dehumanization-of-asylum-seekers/

In response to today’s proposals from the European Commission which would allow Latvia, Lithuania and Poland to derogate from EU rules, including by holding asylum-seekers and migrants at the border for 16 weeks with minimal safeguards, Eve Geddie, Director of Amnesty International’s European Office said:

“The arrival of people at the EU’s borders with Belarus is entirely manageable with the rules as they stand. Today’s proposals will further punish people for political gain, weaken asylum protections, and undermine the EU’s standing at home and abroad. If the EU can allow a minority of member states to throw out the rule book due to the presence of a few thousand people at its border, it throws out any authority it has on human rights and the rule of law.

“The current situation at the EU’s borders with Belarus is being used by some countries as an excuse to weaken protections of asylum-seekers and push their anti-migrant agenda. Holding asylum seekers in detention for four months, without the protection standards required by international law, is normalising de facto unlawful detention at the EU’s external borders.

“Asylum rules should be upheld, not allowed to be side-stepped by countries via so-called exceptional measures. Amnesty International is alarmed that the proposal will violate people’s rights, and exacerbate the humanitarian crisis at borders while continuing to expose the EU to further internal and external manipulation and blackmailing.

“While Lukashenka’s mistreatment and instrumentalization of migrants and asylum seekers is deplorable, he is exploiting the EU’s own tendency to treat people at their borders as a threat.

“At least 10 people, including a one-year-old child, have died at the EU’s Eastern borders in recent weeks. Today the European Commission is bringing in measures which undermine rights and normalize the dehumanization and suffering of people at the EU’s borders.”

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[10]AMNESTY INTERNATIONALEU ”EXCEPTIONAL MEASURES” NORMALIZE DEHUMANISATION OF ASYLUM SEEKERS’1 DECEMBER 2021
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/press-release/2021/12/eu-exceptional-measures-normalize-dehumanization-of-asylum-seekers/

[11]AMNESTY INTERNATIONALEU ”EXCEPTIONAL MEASURES” NORMALIZE DEHUMANISATION OF ASYLUM SEEKERS’1 DECEMBER 2021
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/press-release/2021/12/eu-exceptional-measures-normalize-dehumanization-of-asylum-seekers/

[12]HUMAN RIGHTSHUMAN RIGHTS WATCH REPORT”DIE HERE OR GO TO POLAND”BELARUS’ AND POLAND’S SHARED RESPONSIBILITY FORBORDER ABUSES

https://www.hrw.org/report/2021/11/24/die-here-or-go-poland/belarus-and-polands-shared-responsibility-border-abuses

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