Police officers of European Border and Coast Guard on duty at a check point at the Bulgarian-Turkish borders | Photo: EPA/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU
Police officers of European Border and Coast Guard on duty at a check point at the Bulgarian-Turkish borders | Photo: EPA/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU

EU border agency Frontex has denied that it tolerated human rights violations against migrants and refugees in Bulgaria, Greece and Hungary. Several media reports have accused the agency of being at the scene of illegal activities by national border guards.

"Frontex categorically denies any involvement of its officers in violations of fundamental rights," the agency said in a statement. It also said that it "condemns any form of inhumane treatment, unprocessed returns and any other form of violence which are illegal under the European Charter for Fundamental Rights." 

Any form of bad conduct or violation of fundamental rights committed by a Frontex official would prompt intervention, the agency said. 

Complaints can be presented through its website, Frontex said, adding that "no charges have so far been presented against Frontex officers."

Frontex accused of mistreating refugees 

German and British media published reports on Monday that place Frontex at the scene of illegal activities by national border guards that may have constituted human rights violations.

According to research by the Returns Network, not only have Frontex guards tolerated violence against displaced people, they have also often treated refugees and migrants inhumanely themselves.

'Any abuse against migrants is unacceptable'

Commenting the allegations, European Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said that "any form of violence and ill-treatment of migrants and refugees is unacceptable." Andreeva said the commission would "follow up" on the allegations. 

She noted that the border force has a mechanism in place to monitor the agency's activity. She also said that it was important to distinguish between national border police forces and Frontex officials. 



 

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