Migrant caravan and Qatar’s tarnished World Cup: human rights this fortnight – in pictures

A roundup of the struggle for human rights and freedoms, from Pakistan to Poland Continue reading…

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Lukashenko says Belarusian troops may have helped refugees reach Europe

Leader acknowledges it was ‘absolutely possible’ his army had a part in creating migrant crisis at Polish border The Belarusian leader, Alexander Lukashenko, has acknowledged that his troops probably helped Middle Eastern asylum seekers cross into Europe, in the clearest admission yet that he engineered the new migrant crisis on the border with the EU. […]

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One-year-old Syrian child dies in forest on Poland-Belarus border

Boy is youngest known victim of crisis as medical workers say family had been living in forest for a month A one-year-old child from Syria has died in a forest in Poland near the border with Belarus, according to Polish medical workers, becoming the youngest known victim of the crisis on the eastern edge of […]

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Support for populist sentiment falls across Europe, survey finds

YouGov/Guardian poll finds ‘clear pattern of decreasing support for populism’ in European countries Support for populist sentiment in Europe has fallen sharply over the past three years, according to a major YouGov survey, with markedly fewer people agreeing with key statements designed to measure it. The YouGov-Cambridge Globalism Project’s annual populism tracker, produced with the […]

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Belarusian border crisis could last for months, says Polish minister

Warning comes as police fire teargas and deploy water cannon against people trying to cross into Poland Poland’s defence minister has warned that the crisis on the Belarusian border could last for months, saying migrants had been “attacking the Polish border” again during the night. Polish forces on Tuesday fired teargas and deployed water cannon […]

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The Poland-Belarus border crisis is what happens when humans are treated as weapons | Anna Iasmi Vallianatou

A string of shortsighted, transactional agreements with the EU’s neighbours has led to refugees facing hostility The small fires they are building will do little to warm the refugee and migrant families attempting to cross the border between Belarus and Poland in a desperate effort to reach European soil. Freezing temperatures and the lack of […]

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Poland-Belarus border crisis: water cannon and teargas fired at migrants – video report

Polish riot police on the country’s border with Belarus have fired water cannon and teargas at people forcibly attempting to cross into the European Union. Dozens of men threw rocks and approached a fence near the border crossing at the Polish town of Kuźnica. The clashes come a day after EU governments approved sanctions against the […]

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Polish police fire teargas at people trying to cross from Belarus

Footage also shows water cannon being used as dozens of men approach border fence throwing rocks Polish riot police on the country’s border with Belarus have fired water cannon and teargas at people forcibly attempting to cross into the European Union. The clashes come a day after EU governments approved sanctions against the Belarusian leader, […]

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The Guardian view on the EU and Belarus: vacating the moral high ground | Editorial

Europe must provide proper humanitarian aid to the migrants deceived and manipulated by Alexander Lukashenko In the woods that line Poland’s border with Belarus, the body of a young Syrian man was found at the weekend. This was the ninth recorded death in the area since Alexander Lukashenko began to cynically exploit the desperation of […]

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Fortress EU is beating Belarus, with refugees as pawns in cruel game

Analysis: Lukashenko’s strategy seems to have backfired, with a united European Union placing sanctions against his regime There was chaos at the border. Thousands of Middle Eastern refugees and migrants had massed at the crossing point to the European Union, hoping for a better life. Many had been taken to the barbed-wire fence on state-funded […]

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