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World EU border agency ‘involved in illegal pushbacks’ of migrant boats

15:26  24 october  2020
15:26  24 october  2020 Source:   aljazeera.com

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about the Greek border guards’ illegal practices – and that the agency itself is at times involved in the The boat can be clearly identified in a photo. A German navy ship on a NATO mission that observed EU Border Scandal: Videos Show Apparent Illegal Pushback of Migrants Von Giorgos

Pushbacks are a common border agency tactic to keep displaced people from national territory, where they would have the right to apply for The authorities followed the boat to Turkey-controlled northern Cyprus, where they were received by the Turkish Cypriot authorities and, according to media

Europe’s border security agency Frontex has been involved in several illegal “pushbacks” of migrants and refugees crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece, a media investigation has revealed.

a close up of a boat: The report said more than 600 people from the European border agency equipped with boats, drones and aircraft are deployed in Greece, where many migrants and refugees first enter the EU [File: Antonio Parrinello/Reuters] © The report said more than 600 people from the European border agency equipped with boats, drones and... The report said more than 600 people from the European border agency equipped with boats, drones and aircraft are deployed in Greece, where many migrants and refugees first enter the EU [File: Antonio Parrinello/Reuters]

The investigation shows “senior Frontex officials know about illegal practices by Greek border guards – and that some of them are themselves implicated in pushbacks”, Germany’s Der Spiegel said on its website.

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Special European Border Forces of rapidly deployable border guards, called Rapid Border Migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea on a boat , heading from the Turkish coast to the The limitations of the former EU border agency , Frontex, hindered its ability to effectively address and

The Danish boat was patrolling the sea between Turkey and Greece's easternmost islands as part of Operation Poseidon, a border surveillance mission in support of Greece, coordinated by EU border protection agency Frontex. So-called pushbacks of migrants are illegal under international law.

Also known as refoulements, “pushbacks” are incidents where refugees or migrants are illegally returned across a border to a country where they could face persecution.

Journalists say they have uncovered six cases since April when Frontex units did nothing to stop refugee boats in Greek waters being returned towards Turkey.

A video from a June incident shows a Frontex boat blocking one with refugees on it. A later shot from the same encounter shows it racing across the bow of the boat before leaving the area.

German public broadcaster ARD, journalist collective Lighthouse Reports, investigative platform Bellingcat and Japanese broadcaster TV Asahi were involved in the investigation alongside Der Spiegel.

The journalists say they compared “dozens” of videos, also checking satellite imagery and eyewitness accounts from refugees, migrants and Frontex workers.

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EU Border Scandal Videos Show Apparent Illegal Pushback of Migrants . The people in the boat communicate in various languages, including what seems to be Pashtun, which is The Turkish government has repeatedly accused Athens of being involved in illegal pushbacks on the Evros.

Der Spiegel reported that more than 600 people from the European border agency equipped with boats, drones and aircraft are deployed in Greece, where many migrants first enter the European Union.

It added that Frontex would not comment on the individual cases uncovered by the investigation, but referred to a human rights and non-refoulement code of conduct supposed to bind staff.

On Friday, it posted on Twitter that its actions in support of Greek authorities were “in full respect of fundamental rights and international law”, adding that it “has been in contact with the Greek authorities about some incidents at sea in recent months”.

Athens had launched an “internal inquiry”, it added.

Greece’s conservative government has always rejected claims of illegal pushbacks taking place at its borders, regularly alleged by several charities.

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