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ECHR calls on Poland, Latvia to aid migrants stuck on Belarus border

Source : 112 Ukraine

The court has issued interim measures calling on Poland and Latvia to provide “food, water, clothing, adequate medical care and, if possible, temporary shelter” to groups of Afghans and Iraqi Kurds stuck on their respective borders with Belarus
08:33, 26 August 2021

Deutsche Welle

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) calls the authorities of Poland and Latvia on to intervene to help migrants camped on the Belarus border. The ECHR has noted that this appeal should not be taken as a requirement that Poland or Latvia allow migrants to enter their territory, DW reports.

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According to the statement, 41 Iraqi Kurds and 32 Afghans went to court for help to get to Latvia or Poland and ask for international protection. Many of them have health issues, they have been lacking water and food since 24 August. In addition, 12 of them are seriously ill.

The Latvian Foreign Ministry has already responded to the ECHR's appeal and promised to fulfill it.

As reported before, thousands of migrants — mostly from the Middle East — have crossed the border from Belarus into the eastern EU states of Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland in recent months. The EU claims Belarus has deliberately engineered the influx in retaliation over EU sanctions — an accusation Minsk has vehemently denied.

On August 18, EU countries accused Belarus of conducting "a direct attack" by pushing asylum seekers across its border and, worried about the prospect of a surge of Afghan migrants, agreed they need to strengthen their external borders in the future.

Related: Vatican urges world countries to provide asylum to Afghan refugees

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." 

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