JOINT AGENCY BRIEFING PAPER : A DANGEROUS ‘GAME’
People who are trying to access the EU in search of safety and dignity are being routinely abused by law enforcement officials in countries in the Western Balkans. State agents responsible for upholding fundamental rights are instead subjecting people to violence and intimidation and denying access to asylum procedures to those seeking international protection. Governments in the region must immediately end these violations and initiate processes to ensure safety and dignity for people on the move in their territories.
‘They put us in a cage, and didn’t give us food for three days. They beat us so badly. They even gave us electric shocks.’
Issaq. from Afghanistan, on his experience in Bulgaria