Modeled on the Hungarian fence on the border with Serbia. Strasbourg warns: “Warsaw protects human rights”
In Europe that fears the arrival of a massive wave of Afghan refugees, new walls begin to rise: after the completion of the 40 km barrier on the border between Greece and Turkey, it is Poland’s turn. The Warsaw government has in fact begun to build an anti-migrant wall on the border with Belarus, which it accuses of pushing migrants and refugees who have arrived on its territory towards the Polish border. The fence, 2.5 meters high, will have the characteristics of the one built by Hungary on the border with Serbia in 2015, according to the Polish Defense Minister, Mariusz Blaszczak, who also spoke of a greater commitment of the army. – which already deploys 900 soldiers alongside the border guards, along the 400 km of the border – in the area.
At that border, now marked in long stretches by barbed wire – Poland denounces – many Asian and Middle Eastern migrants are already arriving, also pressing on Lithuania and Latvia. According to Warsaw, 1,935 people attempted to enter its territory last week: 1,175 were turned back and 760 ended up in Polish migrant centers. And precisely by dealing with migrants in that critical area, the European Court of Human Rights has ordered Poland and Lithuania to provide assistance and treatment to 32 Afghans stranded in no man’s land on the Polish-Belarusian border, and to do the same for 41 ethnic Iraqis Kurdish detained for days in limbo between Lithuania and Belarus. The Strasbourg judges have decided to impose a series of “urgent measures” in Warsaw and Vilnius until 15 September, in particular to supply the two groups with food, water, clothing, adequate medical care, and if possible temporary shelter. However, the ECHR has specified that this request does not require the two countries to allow these people to enter their territory.
The group of Afghans and Iraqis who would like to enter Poland and Lithuania respectively to seek asylum, but who are currently unable to enter or return to Belarus, had turned to the court. In asking the Strasbourg Court to intervene, the Afghans and Iraqis say that the situation in which they find themselves violates, among others, their right to life, and not to be subjected to degrading and inhuman treatment. (HANDLE). NS