We published the Black Book of Pushbacks: over 3,000 pages mapping the systematic violence unfolding at Europe’s borders and containing over 1,500 testimonies from people on the move about the horrors they have lived through. Women, men and children on sinking boats are denied their right to life and are left adrift, they are kidnapped on EU soil, tortured, illegally pushed back, and denied access to the asylum procedure.
We cannot remain silent when the European Union and its member states are perpetrating brutal and systematic violence against people seeking protection in Europe. Add your name to this urgent call and join our demand for justice and to end the horrors at Europe’s borders. We will deliver the signatures and the Black Book directly to EU Commissioners.
The sheer number of voices documented in these volumes leaves no room for doubt on the systematic nature of pushbacks at Europe’s borders. These are not sporadic incidents, violence, torture and humiliation have been normalised and are increasing exponentially.
The UN’s refugee agency and numerous NGOs have repeatedly reported evidence of violent pushbacks at the EU’s borders. Despite this mounting, credible evidence, member states have overwhelmingly failed to investigate. Member states have the responsibility to uphold the right to life and the right to asylum. Where they fail to do so, the EU Commission has a duty to take action. Continued inaction is tacit approval of these illegal practices. We simply demand that member states obey the law and where they fail to, the EU Commission holds them accountable.
No more pushbacks. End Fortress Europe. Protect people on the move.