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Bosnia and Herzegovina must immediately close the Vučjak camp and take concrete measures to improve the treatment of migrants in the country

Commissioner for Human Rights Sarajevo 6 December 2019
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Migrants warm themselves by the fire set in one of the tents in Vucjak camp, 25 November 2019, © Damir Sagolj / Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

Migrants warm themselves by the fire set in one of the tents in Vucjak camp, 25 November 2019, © Damir Sagolj / Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

“The living conditions of hundreds of human beings in the improvised Vučjak camp are shameful. That camp should have never been opened in the first place. It is now urgent to relocate these people and provide them with decent accommodations. I was assured by the State Minister of Security that this relocation is imminent,” said today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, during a press conference concluding her 4-day visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“The living conditions in Vučjak were already terrible before the cold weather and have become even more inhumane now that temperatures have dropped below freezing. Human beings, including several minors, are amassed in the mud on a former landfill next to land-mined areas. They have no running water and sanitary and hygienic conditions are dire. Many people lack adequate clothing and footwear. It is inhumane and unacceptable to keep people in such conditions,” said the Commissioner.

Commissioner Mijatović is equally concerned about the situation of migrants and asylum seekers sleeping rough or in abandoned buildings in Bihać and elsewhere in the country.


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