After the decision of the European Court of Human Rights, lawyers and an interpreter entered the area under the state of emergency to reach a group of migrants residing at the Polish-Belarus border. According to their reports, the military and police prevented their entry to this area. The court obligated Poland, inter alia, to provide migrants with food, medical care, and warm clothes. By extending the interim measures, it also ruled that immigrants would be in direct contact with lawyers.

at the end of August European Court of Human Rights I decided to Poland should provide immigrants Food, clothing, medical care and, if possible, temporary shelter. The decision was issued for three weeks. The European Court of Human Rights noted that the interim measures issued “should not be understood as a requirement” that Poland allow these migrants into its territory. The European Court of Human Rights has also given Latvia the same guidance. There are 41 Iraqi Kurds roaming along the border between Latvia and Belarus.

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Usnars Journey. Polish-Belarus border (photo from August 20, 2021)Irina Polina / ITAR-TASS / PAB

On September 27, the court extended temporary measures it had ordered expanding the obligation of the Polish authorities to provide a group of Usnarz Górny refugees with access to food, warm clothing, hygiene products, shelter and medical care. Poland is also obligated to give immigrants access to lawyers. In addition, it was decided to ban the payment of immigrants to Belarus.

Pursuant to this decision, lawyer Daniel Witko (Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights), lawyer Magorzata Jawinska (Association for Legal Intervention) and lawyer Patrick Radzimirski, as well as an interpreter for the Dari language, visited Osnars Gurney.

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The European Court of Human Rights has expanded provisional procedures in the case of migrants at the Polish-Belarus borderTVN24

Lawyers: Military and police officers denied us access to migrants

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Before 2 pm, Radzimirsky reported that lawyers were “prevented from contacting the migrants, despite the content of the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights”.

– After entering under the state of emergency, we were stopped by officers from the military gendarmerie and the police. There was also a Border Police vehicle at the site. We indicated the content of the court ruling, and requested that we establish contact with our directors in the vicinity of Usnarz Górny. We have also indicated that we are performing our duties as authorized attorneys, and have the immunity of an attorney. Unfortunately, the officers denied us access, only recognized us and ordered us to leave the emergency immediately – reported. He added that the refusal to enter was based on “the lack of consent of the commander of the border guards.”

Before entering the area covered by the state of emergency, Radzimirsky said border guards had been informed of the lawyers’ intention to enter the area. “We have not received any response,” he added. Witko also said that the lawyers spoke to the commander of the border guard post in Suzudziov. – He was informed of the extension of the temporary measure about which he did not know, despite the fact that yesterday the information was sent to the headquarters of the Boudlasie branch of the Border Guard – as he described it.

EU Commissioner wants to speak to Marius Kaminsky

Regarding the border situation, EU Commissioner Ylva Johansson, who is in charge of EU internal affairs, wants to meet Mariusz Kaminsky, Minister of the Interior and Administration. On September 23, European Commission spokesperson, Adalbert Ganz, clarified that it was a discussion about the financial and operational assistance available to Poland to support our country in managing the external borders of the European Union.

So far, no such conversation has occurred. The head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration stated at Monday’s conference that no one had contacted the ministry in this regard.

– I know Mrs. Johansson, we have talked, she has been my guest here for some time and there is no problem in communication in the relations between the European Commission and the Ministry of the Interior. However, there was no attempt to have a conversation – he said.

On Tuesday, TVN24 correspondent from Brussels, Maciej Sokołowski, said that the European Commission had tried to arrange an interview on Friday, on the weekend and on Monday, but that the Polish side did not offer any dates. He added that Commissioner Johansson will be in Poland on Thursday evening. This is due to a flight from Slovenia with a change in Warsaw. According to Sokolovsky, the commissar is ready to talk face to face with representatives of the Polish government.

Maciej Sokołowski on attempts to contact the EU Commissioner with the Ministry of the Interior and AdministrationTVN24

Main image source: Irina Polina / ITAR-TASS / PAB

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