The President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, announced on Thursday the approval of a declaration of a state of emergency on the border with Belarus, since the situation poses “a threat to the security of citizens and public order.”
Duda has approved the request that the prime minister had sent him, Mateusz Morawiecki, and that allows to prohibit protests and similar activities in the area, among other measures. The president has stressed that these are the “least severe”, within those contemplated by this state of emergency.
The declaration will apply in parts of the provinces of Podlakia and of Lublin, specifically to some 183 communities found in the border area.
Pressure on the borders of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, which are the gateway to the EU from the northeast for immigrants fleeing conflict zones, has increased over the last year.
According to the figures of the Polish border agents, during the month of August more than 3,500 illegal attempts to enter the European country, a figure that contrasts with that registered last year – zero attempts of this type – from the Belarusian border.
A statement that aggravates the situation
Following Duda’s signature on the government’s request to declare a state of emergency, Amnesty International has warned that the decision “threatens to aggravate the already serious situation” at the border and “poses a serious risk to asylum seekers trying to to get to Poland ».
Specifically, the organization has regretted that the state of emergency is detrimental to 32 Afghan asylum seekers who have been held there for more than three weeks without adequate food or drinking water, after being expelled from Poland.
In addition, he has criticized that this situation at the border “will restrict the limited access and work of journalists who report on the issue, since it prohibits the use of recording equipment in the area.”
Finally, Amnesty International reminded Poland that “under international and EU law on refugees, it is obliged to guarantee the individual assessment of all asylum applications “, while calling on the Polish Government to” end the expulsions, to guarantee access to the territory for people seeking protection and to immediately provide the refugees held at the border with Belarus with humanitarian assistance. essential”.
Poland will host a thousand Afghans
Likewise, the Polish authorities have also reported this Friday that they plan to host about one thousand afghans who have been evacuated after the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and the advance of the Taliban.
Michal Dworczyk, Chief of Staff of the Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, has thus indicated that “as part of the allied solidarity, Poland has agreed to accept for a period of three months to about 1,000 Afghans who helped NATO “, as reported by the radio station RMF.
It is expected that this Friday, according to Dworczyk, the first Afghans of a new group from the Ramstein air base, in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. All of them will be transferred to the city of Poznan.
However, the government has stipulated that Afghan citizens may stay a maximum of 50 days on Polish soil. Last week 1,200 people were evacuated from Afghanistan to Poland, including Polish citizens and Afghans who have collaborated with the Embassy in the country, the Polish military contingent or international organizations.