Belarus and Poland violate the human rights of migrants, emphasizes Human Rights Watch – ČT24 – Czech Television

The organization called for an end to the “ping-pong push” of migrants

The report states that three people accused Polish border guards of dividing their families, including separating their parents from their children, by taking those in need of medical treatment to a hospital, but sending the others back to Belarus.

Gall called on Minsk and Warsaw to end the “ping-pong repression” of migrants and to allow independent observers, including journalists and human rights defenders, access to border areas, which is currently limited.

Humanitarian organizations estimate that at least 11 people have lost their lives on both sides of the border since the beginning of the migration crisis this summer.

The EU and the US accuse Belarus of organizing the crisis in retaliation for sanctions against Alexander Lukashenko’s regime, which has crushed opposition and independent media in the former Soviet republic in nearly three decades in power.

Lukashenko told the BBC that Belarusian border guards “may” have helped migrants cross the Polish border, but denied bringing them to Belarus. He called on the EU to accept migrants. Minsk says there are about 7,000 migrants in Belarus, the AFP added.

Another 267 migrants tried to cross the border

The Polish border guard said that it had thwarted an attempt by three groups of migrants to enter Poland illegally at the border with Belarus on Wednesday night. According to her, one soldier was wounded in the head during the intervention and had to be treated. In total, security forces recorded 267 migrant attempts to cross the border at night.

About a hundred people tried to cross the border near Dubicz Cerkiewne on Tuesday evening. “These people were very aggressive, they threw stones at the Polish members and laid a wooden ladder on the barbed wire fence, they part of the barrier,” a border spokeswoman said on Wednesday, according to the DPA agency.

According to her, some migrants managed to cross the border, but were detained and returned to Belarus. The next two attempts at slightly smaller groups took place late in the evening and shortly before midnight near the village of Mielnik.

Macron supported Morawiecki

French President Emmanuel Macron expressed support for Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at Wednesday’s meeting. However, this does not mean that I will overlook concerns about the rule of law in Poland, he stressed. “The President reiterated his concerns about this matter and called on the Polish government to find a solution that protects the fundamental values ​​of the European Union,” Macron’s office said.

According to AFP, the head of the Elysee Palace reminded that France could help Poland ensure security at the border. He also said that there was an urgent need to involve the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in resolving the crisis.

Macron added that there was a need to keep up the pressure on Lukashenko to stop using refugees. According to him, Poland should also allow journalists access to the Polish side of the border. Journalists and humanitarian workers are not allowed in the area near the Polish border with Belarus due to the state of emergency.

The EU must work hard against Lukashenko, Cichanous said to MEPs

According to the leader of the Belarusian opposition, Sviatlana Cichanouska, the EU must now tighten its approach to the Lukashenko regime. She told Members of the European Parliament. According to her, due to refugees on the borders of Poland or the Baltic countries, the EU should not forget the imprisonment and oppression of the country’s inhabitants.

The exile should call for a stronger push for the international isolation of the Lukashenko regime and the application of stricter sanctions. “Both migrants and Belarusians are now hostages of the regime. And the two problems cannot be solved separately, “said Cichanouská.

The EU is currently fine-tuning the fifth extension of the sanctions list, which responds mainly to the border situation. Among other things, it envisages that Belavia will not be able to use aircraft leases from EU companies, and other companies involved in arresting migrants will also be affected.

Most Poles support the government’s actions

According to a survey by the Kantar agency, reported by the Polish opposition newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza, more than half of Poles view the government’s actions at the country’s borders positively. A quarter of respondents rate it very well, another twenty-nine percent rather rather. On the contrary, nineteen percent of respondents rated the government’s approach very badly, and the same amount was rather poor. The group of thirty-eight percent of cabinet critics is dominated by women and people with higher education.

The government’s action is supported by an overwhelming majority of lawmakers of the governing party Law and Justice (PiS) and the far-right Confederation (Confederation), as well as two-thirds of supporters of the opposition Polish People’s Party, representing the Polish countryside. The voters of the Left and the centrist Poland 2050 movement are divided on this issue. Supporters of the Liberal Civic Coalition are the worst condemned by the government.

Fifty-four percent of respondents approve the idea of ​​building a 5.5-meter-high barrier on the border with Belarus, which is to cost more than 8.6 billion crowns, and thirty-nine percent have the opposite view. Twenty-six percent of the respondents were in favor of accepting refugees stranded on the Belarusian-Polish border, but sixty-nine percent were against. Virtually all PiS and Confederate voters are against, while opposition supporters are divided.

When asked if Poland should accept these refugees and, if they so wish, allow them to travel to other EU countries, a quarter of respondents answered in the affirmative, seventy-one percent in the negative. Forty-seven percent of Poles do not have a problem with housing refugees in their neighborhood, forty-nine percent are against.

Gazeta Wyborcza: The ruling party is losing, but without the crisis it might lose even more

Gazeta Wyborcza pointed out that the term “refugees” was used instead of migrants. “In the matter of borders, the rulers have both their voters and some of the opposition voters behind them. Despite criticism of domestic and international public opinion. The PiS party is accused of violating international law, of pushing migrants, including children, into Belarusian forests without the possibility of seeking asylum in Poland, “the daily stated.

But if the government relied on the conflict and the reckless treatment of migrants to stop the outflow of voters from the government camp, this is not the case, Gazeta Wyborcza warned. Although a large number of Poles justify the government’s actions at the border, at the same time, PiS support has fallen to a record low of 30 percent in several surveys.

This is most likely due to rising prices, especially of fuels, and fears of rising loan interest rates, as well as the government’s inability to cope with another wave of the pandemic. But it is possible that without the crisis caused by Lukashenko, the governing party would lose even more voters, the paper admitted.

Ukraine is strengthening border security with Belarus

Ukraine has launched a special operation at the border with Belarus – stepping up security of 8,500 soldiers and police to prevent possible attempts to cross the border illegally and not allow the migration crisis to spread. According to an earlier statement by the Minister of the Interior, this is practically a doubling of the current number of border guards.

The media has previously warned that migrants who are trying in vain to reach Poland or the Baltics from Belarus could try to infiltrate the EU via Ukraine. There are also warnings that the migration crisis, triggered by Moscow’s closest ally, could escalate further and serve to invade Russia into Ukraine. The Kremlin assures that Russia is not going to invade a neighboring country. At the Ukrainian border, however, it concentrates military forces.

Following Wednesday’s phone call with Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin, European Council President Charles Putin said the EU was closely monitoring the growth of Russian troops near the border with Ukraine and called on Moscow to find a peaceful solution to the east. They also talked about the crisis on Belarus’ borders with Poland and the Baltic states. According to the Kremlin, Putin told Michel that the planned EU sanctions against Minsk were counterproductive.

In the spring of 2014, after the overthrow of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych and his escape from Kiev, Russia illegally annexed the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula. Then an uprising of military forces coordinated by Russia broke out in eastern Ukraine. The conflict has already claimed more than thirteen thousand lives. Kiev and the West accuse Russia of military support for the insurgents, and Moscow continues to deny any involvement in the conflict.