UN: Border restrictions in Balkans violate human rights


A Kurdish migrant (C), with stitched mouth as sign of protest, along with Iranian migrants who were all barred from crossing the border protest near Gevegelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 23 November 2015.

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, called the national government to respect the international refugee and human rights laws

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Balkan States that border restrictions based on a refugee’s or migrant’s nationality infringed human rights.

Ban cited the UN refugee agency which reported that “profiling asylum seekers on the basis of their alleged nationality infringes the human right of all people to seek asylum, irrespective of their nationality and to have their individual cases heard.”

On 19 November, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Serbia, Croatia and Slove...

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