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27 Jun 2016 description

Joint NGO statement ahead of the European Council of 28-29 June 2016 NGOs strongly condemn new EU policies to contain migration

At the upcoming European Council, European Union (EU) leaders will discuss the European Commission’s Communication on a new Partnership Framework with third countries. The Communication proposes an approach which aims to leverage existing EU and Member States' external cooperation instruments and tools in order to stem migration to Europe.

11 Feb 2016 description
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(Brussels) – Nationality-based restrictions at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are preventing asylum seekers from reaching countries where they want to lodge protection claims.

22 Dec 2015 description
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(Brussels) - The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has resumed the practice of arbitrarily detaining migrants and asylum seekers. The detentions are ostensibly to secure their testimony as witnesses in criminal proceedings against people suspected of smuggling migrants.

20 Nov 2015 description
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The beggar-thy-neighbor border policies that have characterized much of the European response to the refugee crisis seem to be getting even worse.

Four Western Balkan governments have now blocked asylum seekers and migrants of certain nationalities from entering their territory, effectively barring them from accessing asylum procedures. As a result, people are once again trapped at European borders.

07 Oct 2015 description
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Neighbors Set to Meet at Summit Lack Capacity to Protect Refugees

(Brussels, October 7, 2015) – An European Union migration meeting set for October 8, 2015, looks set to focus yet again on shifting the EU government’s responsibilities toward refugees and asylum seekers to its neighbors, Human Rights Watch said today.

21 Sep 2015 description
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Macedonia: Unchecked Police Abuse of Migrants

Beaten, Insulted at Border and in Detention

(Brussels, September 21, 2015) – The Macedonian police have verbally and physically abused migrants and asylum seekers at the border and in detention, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Macedonia is a key transit country along the Western Balkans migration route into the European Union, with thousands of asylum seekers and migrants – many of them from Syria, Afghanistan, or Somalia – entering the country every day.

15 Sep 2015 description
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(Brussels, September 16, 2015) – The response to the refugee crisis agreed by the European Union interior ministers on September 14, 2015, is largely focused on shifting responsibility to countries outside the EU, Human Rights Watch said today.

19 Aug 2009 description
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Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
Minister of International Relations and Cooperation
Republic of South Africa

Fredrik Reinfeldt
Foreign Minister

20 Feb 2004 description
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Topical Digests of the Case Law of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

20 Feb 2004 description
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(New York, February 20, 2004) The international war crimes tribunals have made precedent-setting decisions on genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said today in a new comprehensive book that organizes by topic the decisions of the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.

10 Dec 2003 description
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(New York, December 10, 2003) -- More should be done to address the plight of Kosovo Roma refugees in Macedonia, Human Rights Watch said in a briefing paper released today. The Macedonian government, its Western counterparts, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) should redouble efforts to ensure them dignified living conditions.

05 Sep 2001 description
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(New York, September 5, 2001) Macedonian government troops committed grave abuses during an August offensive that claimed ten civilian lives in the ethnic Albanian village of Ljuboten, Human Rights Watch charged in a new report released today.

22 Aug 2001 description
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Peace Agreement Doesn't End Violence
(Skopje, August 22, 2001) Police abuse against ethnic Albanians remains a serious concern in Macedonia despite the recent signing of a political agreement aimed to end the six-month old conflict, Human Rights Watch said today.

"Persistent police abuse in Macedonia is simply shocking. Macedonia must urgently address the violence in its police stations. Ethnic Albanians are being severely abused, and in some cases beaten to death, without the slightest prospect of accountability."

Elizabeth Andersen
Executive Director

11 Aug 2001 description
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(New York, August 11, 2001) Ethnic Albanian rebels in Macedonia brutally tortured, sexually abused and mutilated five ethnic Macedonian road workers after abducting them from the Skopje-Tetovo highway on Tuesday, Human Rights Watch said today.

13 Jun 2001 description
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(New York, June 13, 2001) As NATO leaders convened in Brussels today, Human Rights Watch pressed for steps to curb the mounting violence in Macedonia. Peacekeeping efforts in the Balkans, NATO expansion, and missile defense are expected to feature prominently at the NATO meeting,
which marks the second stop on U.S. President George Bush's European tour.

07 Jun 2001 description
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(New York, June 7, 2001) The National Liberation Army (NLA) physically abused eight ethnic Serb civilians whom it arbitrarily detained in the Macedonian village of Matejce last week, Human Rights Watch charged today. Altogether, at least 21 ethnic Serb men, many of them elderly, were detained by the Albanian rebel group.

31 May 2001 description
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(Skopje, Macedonia, May 31, 2001) Macedonian forces are systematically separating out ethnic Albanian males fleeing fierce fighting in northern Macedonia, and severely beating some of the men at police stations, Human Rights Watch said today. In the most severe cases documented by Human Rights Watch, the ill-treatment appears intended to extract confessions or information about the National Liberation Army (NLA) and amounts to torture.