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Frontex investigates Bulgarian police accused of caging refugees

The European Border Guard Agency (Frontex) announced on Thursday, December 8 that it was investigating reports that Bulgarian police officers had caged migrants. The facts revealed by the UN ” Care “.

A An investigation was carried out the worldJournalists from Lighthouse Reports and a consortium of several European media outletsRefugees are being held in makeshift cages on Bulgaria’s border with Turkey “under supervision” Frontex officers.

“Frontex takes seriously any reports of alleged violations of fundamental rights”the Warsaw-based company told Agence France-Presse (AFP). “The information you provided us has been forwarded to the Frontex Fundamental Rights Office, who will investigate the allegations”Frontex added to its email.

A cage made of iron bars and full of rubbish

On five occasions, between October 15 and November 25, shareholders the world Visible from the street, he pictured a cage made of iron bars and litter. Each time, a dozen or more men were detained there. The the world Interviewed four people – Syrians and Afghans – they explain “Locked down following their attempt to enter Bulgaria”. According to further investigation, video footage showed a Frontex car near the cage in the Bulgarian town of Sredets.

The European agency told AFP that since last year, its rights office has registered ten “Serious Incidents” It is said to have occurred on the Bulgarian-Turkish border. “One mentions the Sredets area, but it is not related to the conditions at the border police station”Emphasizes Frontex.

The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, for its part told AFP that its representatives had not seen the images in question and could not comment on them, but they “Deeply concerned about these allegations”.

“We urge the states concerned to investigate all allegations of violations and abuses”The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said. “UNHCR stands ready to support States and the European Commission in setting up independent monitoring mechanisms to follow up and investigate such incidents”He pointed out.

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The world with AFP