An worldwide rights group mentioned Thursday that Bulgarian authorities are attacking Afghan and different asylum-seekers, utilizing police canine and different violence to illegally push them again over the border into Turkey.
Human Rights Watch mentioned that the migrants reported being overwhelmed, robbed and stripped.
“Bulgarian authorities are brutally and summarily pushing back migrants and asylum-seekers across the land border with Turkey,” mentioned Michelle Randhawa, refugee and migrant rights officer at HRW.
“The European Union should ensure that Bulgaria immediately stops the illegal and dehumanizing pushbacks at its borders and allows asylum-seekers access to fair asylum procedures.”
Bulgaria’s authorities didn’t instantly reply to HRW’s report. But officers have beforehand denied mistreating migrants.
HRW mentioned it interviewed 15 Afghans between November and April who informed the group that they had been “victims of 19 pushbacks by Bulgarian authorities from Bulgaria to Turkey.”
In November, Bulgaria’s Defense Ministry mentioned it was deploying troops and military automobiles alongside its southern border with Turkey to assist border police take care of a rising variety of migrants making an attempt to enter the nation.
The Balkan nation of seven million is situated on a serious route for migrants from the Middle East and Afghanistan to Europe. Only a small variety of them plan to remain within the EU’s poorest member, utilizing Bulgaria as an alternative as a transit hall on their means westward.