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COE, action needed to protect people at border with Belarus

"Poland must not allow innocent people to be victims"

25 August, 15:40
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, AUG 25 - "The dire humanitarian situation of a group of people stuck for many days at the Polish-Belarussian border is alarming," Council of Europe's Human Rights Commissioner Dunja Mijatovic said in a statement today.

"I understand that this situation is the result of attempts by Belarus to encourage people to cross borders, leaving them in a vulnerable position and creating challenges for the receiving state, and I firmly condemn such actions. But Poland must not allow innocent, vulnerable people to be victims of such conduct," Mijatovic wrote. "Pushing people back, denying them access to fair asylum procedures, or simply leaving them stuck in a humanitarian emergency cannot be the answer of a Council of Europe member state bound by the European Convention on Human Rights, the Refugee Convention and other international human rights instruments," the Commissioner noted. (ANSA).

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