United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Pressures Poland to Support Illegal Immigrants on the Belarusian Border


Warsaw, Poland — The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Rights Organizations provide medical and legal assistance to illegal immigrants camping on the border with Belarus the day after the Polish government announced that it would build a fence to prevent illegal immigrants. Requested Poland to provide shelter. intersection.

Poland and EU member states Lithuania and Latvia report a surge in illegal immigrants from countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan trying to cross the border. The EU says Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is putting pressure on the block by waging a “hybrid war” with illegal immigrants.

Christine Goyer, UNHCR’s Polish representative, said:

On Monday, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said a new 2.5-meter (8.2-foot) high sturdy fence would be built on the border with Belarus.

“The state has a legitimate right to control its borders in accordance with international law, but it must also respect human rights, including the right to seek asylum,” UNHCR said in a statement.

The Helsinki Human Rights Commission called on the European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday to take temporary steps to ensure that Poland secures illegal immigrants and provides refugee centers with food, water and shelter. He also said that he did.

The court did not respond to a request from Reuters asking whether to implement the measure.

The Polish human rights ombudsman said it violated the Geneva Convention because the border guards did not accept verbal declarations from some illegal immigrants who wanted to apply for international protection in Poland.

By Joanna Plucinska