A 1500-page ‘Black Book’ that documents the horrific violence suffered by over 12,000 people at the hands of authorities on the EU’s external borders has been released today – International Migrants Day – by The Left in the European Parliament.
Volume I here
Volume II here.
Compiled by Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) and printed over two volumes, the ‘Black Book of Pushbacks’ is a collection of hundreds of testimonies of migrants and asylum seekers who have experienced human rights violations at external borders.
The ‘Black Book’ includes:
– 892 group testimonies detailing the experiences of 12,654 people;
– the violence many endured in Italy, Greece, Croatia, Slovenia and Hungary along the so-called ‘Balkan route’ including maps, data, photos and other key information;
– the types of suffering and violence perpetrated by border agents, member state police forces, soldiers – even guard dogs;
– many of the incidents documented could be clearly described as sadistic, merciless, humiliating and degrading.
By bringing to light the suffering, Left MEPs & BVMN want EU institutions and member state governments to be held accountable for the inhumane and degrading treatment of the people.