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Spurned by authorities, humanitarian NGOs feel unsafe in Croatia

Nov 21, 2018 | News

(21 November 2018) – Volunteers and employees of two NGOs helping migrants in Croatia are spurned by authorities and face serious threats and violence on an almost daily basis.

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The interior ministry has refused to extend the asylum seeker centre cooperation agreement for the Center for Peace Studies (CMS), an organisation that celebrated its 20th birthday last year and has been intensively supporting refugees and asylum seekers for the last 15 years.

The decision effectively banned the CMS from asylum centres and prevented their volunteers, who have been teaching refugees Croatian and providing integration and legal advice for years, from continuing their work.

The Are You Syrious (AYS) NGO, which has been working with refugees in Croatia and the region since 2015, had seen its offices vandalised several times this year, while their volunteers and employees receive serious threats and insults almost every day. (EurActiv)

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