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05 Jul 2017 description

Poland blocks asylum seekers at border in defiance of European Court rulings

(London) The European Commission should take enforcement action to address Poland’s summary returns of asylum seekers to Belarus, three leading rights groups have said today. Amnesty International, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, and Human Rights Watch highlight how Poland is in breach of human rights law, refugee law, European Union law and orders by the European Court of Human Rights.

13 Apr 2017 description

Unlike Hungary, Poland has not seen thousands of migrants from Africa and Middle East at its borders

WARSAW, April 13 (Reuters) - Poland is working on regulations that would allow it to detain asylum seekers in border camps, the interior minister said on Thursday, arguing such a policy has served Hungary well despite it being criticised by the United Nations.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

12 Apr 2017 description

Influx of some 1.6 mln refugees and migrants into the EU in 2014-2016 has led to rows on how to share the burden among member states

  • Brussels pushes on relocation before plan expires

  • Austria back on board but divisive plan still stalled

By Gabriela Baczynska

BRUSSELS, April 12 (Reuters) - The European Union's executive stepped up pressure on Poland and Hungary on Wednesday to take in asylum seekers under the bloc's migration plan or risk legal action if their reluctant governments refuse.

01 Mar 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Ensure Procedure Access; Halt Summary Returns

(Budapest, March 1, 2017) – Polish authorities routinely deny asylum seekers at the Belarus-Poland border the right to apply for asylum and instead summarily return them to Belarus, Human Rights Watch said today. Since 2016, large numbers of asylum seekers, mostly from the Russian Republic of Chechnya, but also from Tajikistan and Georgia, have tried to apply for asylum in Poland at the border with Belarus.

18 Jan 2017 description
report EurasiaNet

By Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska

On the 8.28 a.m. train to Terespol, a Polish town at the border with Belarus, Ali watches the barely changing landscape with indifference. This might be the twentieth time he has taken this train with his wife and three kids. Or maybe the twenty-first, he cannot quite remember.

21 Sep 2015 description

WARSAW, 21 September 2015 – OSCE participating States have to ensure the protection of the human rights and dignity of migrants in addressing the current crisis in Europe, speakers said at the opening in Warsaw today of a two-week OSCE conference focusing on democracy and human rights.

16 Jul 2012 description

A freak wave of tornadoes in Poland has left at least one person dead and another 10 injured.

Local media said a national park was badly hit by one tornado that was between 800 and 1,000 metres wide.

One resident described the moment a tornado struck his property, felling trees and bringing down power lines.

"I was sleeping at the front of my house when a buzzing sound woke me up. I didn't know what was happening. I looked out and saw a huge number of branches," he said.

25 Apr 2012 description
report Inter Press Service

By Claudia Ciobanu

Apr 24, WARSAW, 2012 (IPS) - As the economic slump drags on in Europe, refugees and immigrants are keeping a wary eye on state budgets, as governments in the throes of austerity slash the social protections and public services that minorities rely on.

The question now on the table is whether refugees and migrants will suffer disproportionate hardships as a result of plummeting government spending.

23 Dec 2011 description
report The Guardian

Since joining the EU in 2004, Poland has rapidly increased its foreign aid, but it is not on track to meet its commitment of 0.33% of GNI by 2015. Will a change of emphasis accelerate progress?

Posted by Lucy Lamble

Read the full article in the Guardian's Poverty Matters Blog.

10 Aug 2010 description

10 Aug 2010 18:37:50 GMT

Source: Reuters

BOGATYNIA, Poland, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Poland's new President Bronislaw Komorowski on Tuesday promised aid to the southern town of Bogatynia, cut off by floods which killed at least 15 people in central Europe last weekend.

On a visit to the town, Komorowski told its 18,000 residents they could count on the state's support.

"I have seen with my own eyes the damage and I can say that the rescue services know what to do," Komorowski told a news conference.

09 Aug 2010 description

IP/10/1039

Brussels, 9 August 2010

The European Commission has approved an aid scheme that allows to grant compensation for the damage caused by the floods of May and June 2010 in Poland. The Commission found that the measure was in line with Article 107 (2) (b) of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union, that allows aid to make good the damage caused by natural disasters.

30 Jun 2010 description
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02 Jun 2010 description

By Giovanni Zambello, International Federation

A huge swathe of Poland has been hit by a series of devastating floods making Poland the country most affected by the recent heavy rain in Central Europe.

According to the government's security centre, 30,000 people have been evacuated; and a staggering 275,000 hectares and 564 cities have been affected.

The Polish Red Cross response was based on local and regional mobilization involving hundreds of staff, volunteers and members from the Red Cross branches in Malopolskie, Slaskie, Swietokrzyskie, Opolskie, Lubelskie and …

28 May 2010 description

WARSAW, May 28 (Reuters) - The bodies of two more flood victims have been found in Poland, officials said on Friday, bringing the death toll to 18 amid hopes the worst is over after after two weeks of surging waters.

Rivers across Poland burst their banks or broke through embankments after heavy rains in mid-May, forcing tens of thousands of people from their homes and doing an estimated 2 billion euros or more in damage.

"The situation should start improving now because high waters are already pouring into the sea, though embankments are very weak after days of …

25 May 2010 description

Warsaw, Poland: Poland's devastating floods have been worsened by over-reliance on flood embankments and over-development of flood plains, WWF-Poland said today.

The global environment group, which has been agitating in Poland for modern systems of natural complementary flood protection since devastating floods in 1997, said it greatly regretted the loss of life of property in current floods.

"But in Poland, despite losses caused every year by floods and appeals from NGOs such as WWF.

25 May 2010 description

Following the Order of the President of the Russian Federation humanitarian aid was delivered from Russia to Poland which suffered as a result of a devastating flood.

The transport Il-76 plane EMERCOM of Russia with humanitarian cargo aboard landed in Warsaw airport at 21:41 Moscow time.

There are 18 pumps to pump water, 34 rubber boats and five mobile electric power stations. The total weight of the cargo is more than 14 tons.

25 May 2010 description

25 May 2010 15:55:31 GMT

* PM Tusk says 2 bln zlotys allocated from budget reserves

* Says no need to amend 2010 budget, deficit secure

* Death toll reaches 16

By Gabriela Baczynska and Pawel Sobczak

WARSAW, May 25 (Reuters) - Poland has earmarked 2 billion zlotys ($590 million) from budget reserves to help victims of floods that have burst riverbanks and submerged homes, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Tuesday.

A young girl drowned while playing under a bridge on Tuesday, bringing the death toll to 16 since the middle of May, Polish media reported.

River floods …

24 May 2010 description
  • Death toll reaches 15 in Polish floods

    * Damage spreading northwards, more rain forecast

    WARSAW, May 24 (Reuters) - The death toll from the worst floods to hit Poland in over a decade reached 15 on Monday, as flood waters spread towards the north of the country and burst through a dyke, officials said.

    Heavy rain has caused damage estimated at more than 2 billion euros ($2.5 billion) over the last week, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people from their homes along the Vistula river, which flows from the southern Tatra mountains into the Baltic.

    The situation was …