To address the recent situation on the Polish-Belarusian border, Landecker Fellow Katarzyna was interviewed for two news outlets to discuss the current developments.
For OKO.press, Katarzyna answered questions about a new bill that the Polish government wants to pass to address the “current migration situation.” According to Katarzyna, the new law would eliminate human rights guarantees; in practice it would mean a “departure from the principle of non-refoulement,” one of the most important rules of international law, which prohibits the return of a person to a country where their life or health is in danger. The article is available here.
For Noizz.pl, Katarzyna went more into detail as to who can be found on the border and why. “They are most likely people from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran (Kurds). We also hear that there may be Syrians there, we have individual reports of Cameroonians. In August alone, 1,935 people tried to cross the Polish border in an unmarked place, 760 of [whom] were detained and locked up in centers,” Katarzyna reports. To read the article in full, click here.
Katarzyna further discussed this burning issue in a podcast (in the Polish language) – click here to find more details.
Katarzyna is one of thirty Landecker Democracy Fellows. This fellowship, a collaboration between the Alfred Landecker Foundation and Humanity in Action, was created to strengthen a new generation of leaders whose approaches to political and social challenges can become catalysts for democratic placemaking and community building. Read more about the fellowship here.