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Poland should take action to protect human rights of people stuck at Polish-Belarusian border,- European Council

Source : 112 Ukraine

At the same time, according to the Commissioner, Belarus encourages the movement of people to cross borders, leaving them in a vulnerable position
18:23, 25 August 2021

OSCE

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović called on Poland to resolve the issue of migrants stuck at the Polish-Belarusian border, despite the fact that Belarus "plays an important role in the appearance of people near the border." The corresponding statement was published on the Council's website.

According to her, the dire humanitarian situation of a group of people stuck for many days at the Polish-Belarusian border is alarming.

"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," she said, adding that Poland must not allow innocent, vulnerable people to be victims of such conduct.

Related: EU accuses Belarus of 'direct attack' over illegal migrants

"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," Mijatović noted.

As we reported earlier, Poland offered humanitarian aid to Belarusian migrants. The country is ready to provide them with material assistance right on the Polish-Belarusian border.

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