… Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, speaking on August 24 in Kuznice, a border point 30 kilometres away from Usnarz Gorny, said almost 3,000 migrants in total had attempted to enter the country so far. Of these, about 700 were now in closed refugee centres, Morawiecki said, leaving the others unaccounted for.
Morawiecki also claimed the vast majority were from Iraq, in spite of media, NGO and locals’ accounts indicating a much wider group of countries of origin, including Afghanistan. […]
Marta Gorczynska, a human rights lawyer cooperating with the Polish Helsinki Committee, tells BIRN that she and her colleagues are now collecting evidence of individual cases of pushbacks with a view to suing Poland in the relevant national and international courts. She said the implementing act passed by the Polish government has no value, since it contradicts national legislation and the 1951 Refugee Convention.
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