Doors Wide Shut

The PRAB initiative gathers partner organizations operating across a range of different countries: Italy (Associazione per gli Studi Giuridici sull'Immigrazione (ASGI), Diaconia Valdese (DV) and Danish Refugee Council (DRC) Italy); Hungary (Hungarian Helsinki Committee); Bosnia and Herzegovina (DRC BiH); Serbia (Humanitarian Center for Integration and Tolerance (HCIT)); North Macedonia (Macedonian Young Lawyers Association (MYLA)); Greece (Greek Council for Refugees (GCR) and DRC Greece); and Brussels (DRC Brussels). The PRAB initiative continued collecting reports on pushbacks, including chain pushbacks, from EU Member States (MS) and neighbouring countries between April and June 2021. The testimonies collected speak of wide presence of rights violations accompanying pushbacks, experienced by asylum seekers and migrants irrespective of their age, gender or vulnerability. Vulnerability assessments still remain sorely lacking at borders, and so do effective monitoring mechanisms of border practices. The lack of effective investigations of complaints related to pushbacks continues affecting asylum seekers’ rights to an effective remedy and states’ path to accountability.

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