To coincide with International Migrants Day on 18th December, the Left Group in the European Parliament will be launching a ‘Black Book of push-backs’ (click here for volume 1 and volume 2) at the EU’s external border on the same day at 10h00 CET.

This 1500-page publication, in two volumes, has been compiled by the Border Violence Monitoring Network and it exposes in detail the illegal practice of violent push-backs of migrants which have been taking place over many months at the EU’s external borders – with full impunity.

The book will bring the voices of the victims to the European institutions as well as governments, and it aims to hold them accountable for the tortures, the inhumane and degrading treatment, and the violation of the right-to-life that people seeking safety in the European Union are faced with.




Launch Programme:

Introduction: Cornelia Ernst, MEP, Germany, The Left coordinator in the Parliament’s Civil Liberties committee
Presentation of the book by contributors:
Hope Barker, Policy Analyst, Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN)
Milena Zajović, President, Are You Syrious and Head of advocacy, BVMN
András Léderer, Senior Advocacy Officer, Hungarian Helsinki Committee
Neeske Beckmann, Head of Mission, Seawatch airborne operation

Other contributors of the book will be connected online and be available to answer questions regarding the situation in the regions they documented.