AYS Daily Digest 12/11/19: Slovenian activists demand action after the recent deaths reported in the area

An update from Vučjak / Reaction from Slovenian activist to the recent deaths / A young man dies in detention centre in Paris, another one takes his own life in Italy, ahead of aprobable deportation / Situation deteriorating in the north of Paris / updates from Bulgaria / & more news

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Nov 13 · 11 min read
Vučjak, November 11 (Photo by: Arye Wachsmuth)


Slovenian police has been systematically violating basic international law with the practice of illegal denial of right to asylum procedure and cooperation in conducting chain pushbacks of migrants from Slovenia to Croatia and from there on to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

After having pulished the results of an investigation of practices of the Slovenian police at the border, during which we found out that the Republic of Slovenia is systematically preventing migrants access to the asylum procedure, the Slovenian activist group InfoKolpa published a statement after the recent deaths in the border area, reminding that the Slovenian police is complicit with the systematic malversation of official procedures at the border.

If we wish to prevent new deaths at the border, it is imperative to establish an emergency number that would have institutional support in overseeing police procedures and helping people on the way.

The wider Kolpa river area has become an invisible cemetery, the Schengen “defense moat”, operating outside legal and humanitarian norms.

Ten days ago, two people drowned in Kolpa, and recently a 20-year-old Syrian citizen died from cold and exhaustion at Ilirska Bistrica. These deaths are not accidental, but are a direct consequence of the repressive border regime of the Republic of Slovenia and the European Union. Death is merely the final scene of the systematic violence summarized in the concept of the “Fortress of Europe” that migrants have to face daily in the Balkans.

  • Institutional support for the immediate introduction of monitoring and emergency assistance telephone number for migrants;
  • Full disclosure of the content of the disputed police instructions dated 25.5.2018 and initiation of investigations against responsible at the top police and Ministry of Internal Affairs;
  • Investigations against individual police officers in cases where the use of excessive physical force against persons treated at individual border police stations has been identified.


Border Monitoring Bulgaria reports:



Conditions are getting worse by the hour at the so-called camp Vučjak, local and international activists, as well as organisations warn.

Photos: Arye Wachsmuth

They only cried their hearts out by telling me that it is always like that and that they just do not understand why this is even possible. As reported earlier hopelessness is the only way to describe what people feel here.

Also, you will find no one that does not have a story to tell about the immense brutality of the Croatian police. We also collected interviews and photos on that issue during our stay these days. According to many, violence is also brought upon innocent refugees by the Bosnian police, making the people even more insecure and vulnerable.

All photos: Arye Wachsmuth


Racism of the City of Light

Solidarité migrants Wilson reports that 985 tents and 5,000 blankets were confiscated to be crushed in last weeks actions that we wrote about in AYS News Digest. It was called a “humanitarian operation” in the words of Préfet Lallement who gave the orders, they say.

A boy died in detention centre in Paris

A 19 years old boy from Tunisia died last Friday in a detention center in Paris, rtbf.be reports, referring to AFP information. He was found dead in his bed, according to an unnamed source. Toxilogical analysis has still to be made, but it seems, that he consumed drugs and narcotics. Already in August a man from Romania had died in the detention center with 235 places.
Constant warnings by the international health organisations of poor healthcare for the young people on the move who have been through traumatic experiences and find themselves without a solution, care, system or options, often leaning towards other solutions to live through the day, while abused, hungry and forgotten in many detention centres and ‘camps’ across the continent. This must change.


A young man threatened with deportation takes his own life

In Viterbo, a 24 years old man from Sudan committed suicide in the Mammagialla prison. According to roma.fanpage.it, he hanged himself on Moday. He is said to have had mental problems. He was detained since March and about to be released in 2020. Activists complained, there was no support for him and other people who are threatened with deportation.

Are You Syrious?

Daily news digests from the field, mainly for volunteers and refugees on the route, but also for journalists and other parties.

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Daily news digests from the field, mainly for volunteers and refugees on the route, but also for journalists and other parties.

Are You Syrious?

Daily news digests from the field, mainly for volunteers and refugees on the route, but also for journalists and other parties.

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