Migrants Try to Cross Polish Border After Camps Evacuated by Belarus

11/20/2021

Poland accused Belarus of trucking hundreds of migrants back to the border and pushing them to attempt to cross illegally even after main camps by the border were cleared. Belarus denies fomenting the crisis.

Human rights groups say Poland has exacerbated the suffering by sending back those who try to cross. Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatovic said, “I have personally listened to the appalling accounts of extreme suffering from desperate people—a among whom many families, children, and elderly—who spent weeks or even months in squalid and extreme conditions in the cold and wet woods due to these pushbacks.”

The United States accused Minsk of using the migrants as “pawns in its efforts to be disruptive.”

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France 24