Since the first part of this two-part series, journalists captured violent footage of pushbacks in Croatia, and the EU parliament asked to freeze part of Frontex’ budget until the agency improves the monitoring of human rights. Meanwhile, new allegations of pushbacks in several EU countries keep coming in, and Greece keeps denying the allegations.
“[T]he Hellenic coastguard has often become the object of systematic and methodical targeting on social media, in some media, but also from some NGOs. The vast majority of these posts/information are based on unsubstantiated reports and unconfirmed or unreliable sources, that cannot be identified.” This quote comes from Hellenic coastguard’s response to reports of an incident where people on the move were pushed back over the border in April this year. Unlike this response, verification of this particular incident and others show that these reports are anything but unsubstantiated.
A year ago, on Christmas, the Afghan Times reported an airstrike in the Kapisa province of Afghanistan with six civilian casualties; including a woman and a child. To this day, what happened the day of this incident remains unknown — like many other airstrikes. However, unfortunate as it is, airstrikes with civilian casualties are not unheard of in Afghanistan.
A huge bulk carrier from the largest category rises from the ocean, tens of meters up into the sky. ‘Hey, rocket to the moon’, says an ironic voice in the background. Cheering when the vessel almost reaches an upright position before it starts sinking away into the depths of the sea.