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Parliamentary questions
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30 October 2019
Question for written answer E-003554/2019
to the Commission
Rule 138
Özlem Demirel
 Answer in writing (1) 
 Answer in writing (2) 
 Answer in writing (3) 
 Subject: Frontex's assistance with illegal push-backs from Croatia

Refugees and aid organisations keep on accusing the Croatian police of carrying out illegal deportations. With no possibility of applying for asylum, migrants are being forcibly sent back across the ‘green’ border. Batons, pepper spray and dogs were used – in one instance – to lead 368 people towards Bosnia-Herzegovina against their will. Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovie has conceded that such occurrences have taken place and has been quoted as saying ‘Of course, a little bit of force is needed when doing push-backs.’. In May, the Border Violence Monitoring Network posted further evidence of such push-backs on the Internet.

What Frontex bodies, including the Consultative Forum and the Fundamental Human Rights Office, are dealing with investigations, complaints and disciplinary action in connection with the push-backs from Croatia to Bosnia-Herzegovina that have been reported on, and what findings have already been produced?

What form is the investigation taking into the extent to which Frontex’s MAS and FASS services have assisted with, or set in train, illegal deportations from Croatia to Bosnia-Herzegovina?

Where and by whom are the push-backs from Croatia to Bosnia-Herzegovina that have been reported on being investigated, and what contributing states are taking action against their officials for any offences they may have committed?

Original language of question: DE
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