We spoke about the EU’s policy of violence against asylum seekers on the so-called ‘Balkan Route’ and how BVMN partners have been trying to document it and support those being victimised by it.
BVMN works through a democratic and horizontal management, in which each NGOs (or partner) is involved in different areas and carries out several tasks:
- A group of NGOs which works on reporting (collecting pushback cases): No Name Kitchen, Collective Aid, Escuela con Alma, Re:Ports Sarajevo.
- A group of NGOs which dedicates its effort to the advocacy strategy: Are You Syrious, Centre for Peace Studies, Info Kolpa, Mobile Info Team, Mare Liberum.
- Rigardu, a German-based NGO which is responsible for the management and administrative coordination and forms the legal frame for the Network.
Topics covered also include: the role of the Croatian government and other governments on the so-called ‘Balkan Route’; EU-funded/supported (re)borderisation processes which violates the rights of asylum seekers; lack of awareness by EU citizens of this Balkan Route; and how BVMN uses open-source investigations like that used by Bellingcat and Forensic Architecture to uncover these abuses.
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