Numerous testimonies of refugees and reports done by NGOs and other solidarity initiatives with people travelling along the Balkan Route have shown the existence of illegal and violent chain returns (also known as Pushbacks). According to these testimonies, the Slovenian police systematically and in-mass violates the right to asylum procedures and returns asylum seekers to Croatian police. The latter uses physical violence whilst pushing people to return to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Many examples of brutal beatings and other types of abuse are extensively documented.
In 2018, we launched a project to monitor police procedures at the borders and established the civil initiative Infokolpa as a response to pushbacks, police violence, and increasingly repressive migration policies.
The purpose of the blog is to inform the public about violations of people's rights on their way to Europe, as well as inform it about the illegal and unethical police procedures. The information collected is authentic and is the result of cooperation between people who are travelling through the Balkan Route with activist networks.
Infokolpa is a member of the Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN).