The EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson has called for an emergency meeting with the ambassadors of Poland, Lithuania and Latvia to worsen the Belarusian border crisis.
Johansson questioned Poland’s treatment of migrants trying to cross its border from Belarus after Polish police found the body of a Syrian migrant near the border on Wednesday.
Bialystok police spokesman Tomasz Krupa said Thursday a police helicopter discovered the man’s body in a field.
At least six more migrants have died since August, according to reports from Amnesty International, the European Commission and other NGOs.
Warsaw is accused of being persistent in responding to the crisis, including rejecting asylum seekers.
You are outside, essentially exposed to the elements, with no humanitarian access whatsoever. The situation is really terrifying.
“Another person died today. There are pregnant women there. They have no access to water, shelter, food. It is mid-October and the night is extremely cold. They are outside, essentially exposed to the elements, without the situation. The situation is real horrific, “said Euronews correspondent Shona Murray in Brussels.
European Commission sources have told Euronews that Poland’s position on this issue is extremely tenacious.
The Polish authorities have still not allowed volunteers to give migrants anything to eat or drink.
The crisis is now in the hands of the European Union, but Johansson said no meeting has been confirmed yet.
“It is extremely difficult. And we know that the situation on the Belarusian side was staged by Lukashenko. But at the same time Poles, Latvians and Lithuanians have a responsibility under international law, but also a fundamental humanitarian responsibility to do something.” for these people, “added our correspondent.
In response to the influx of migrants crossing the border, Poland declared a state of emergency on September 2nd.
The order was due to expire at the beginning of October, but was extended on September 30th by the Polish parliament until the end of November.
Amnesty International’s deputy director, Massimo Moretti, said he did not consider the state of emergency declared by the Polish government to be justified.
“A state of emergency has to meet certain criteria that are not met in this case. And basically that prevented these people from applying for asylum in Poland because they changed the law,” he told Euronews. “Basically, this action that we are seeing violates international law because it prevents people from applying for asylum.”