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Asylum Rights Thrown into a Frozen Ditch on Poland-Belarus Border

By Human Rights Watch
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Click to expand Image Blankets and sleeping bags lie abandoned in the forest on the border between Poland and Belarus, November 11, 2021.  © 2021 Michael Kappeler/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images As families huddle to keep warm in the forests along the Poland-Belarus border, some of them nursing wounds from violent ping-pong pushbacks, the European Commission has proposed a plan to make a horrible situation even worse. On December 1, the commission proposed emergency measures to allow Poland, Latvia, and Lithuania –the three EU countries bordering Belarus – to derogate from EU asylum rules.…

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