UN Under-Secretary-General: States should provide opportunities to apply for asylum – BNN

States must provide opportunities for migrants to apply for asylum so that these applications can then be assessed individually, such position was expressed in an interview with Latvijas Radio by UN Under-Secretary-General for Human Rights Ilze Brands-Kehre, assessing developments on the Belarusian-Latvian border.

The UN staff member noted that some of these people may not have the right to asylum at all, but such applications need to be accepted and assessed on an individual basis.

The situation in Belarus is not going in the right direction internally, Brands-Kehre said, saying that in general the situation in this country is very worrying.

Brands-Kehre explained that every country in which people reside has a duty to ensure the human rights of these individuals. However, she acknowledged that in the present case the question was which jurisdiction they were in.

As reported, the Latvian government, taking into account the number of cases of illegal crossing of the Latvian-Belarusian border and its rapid increase, previously decided to declare a state of emergency from 11 August to 10 November in Ludza, Kraslava, Augšdaugava districts, as well as in Daugavpils. Due to the emergency situation, the country does not accept asylum applications in these regions.

Officials emphasize that the efforts of the Alexander Lukashenko regime in power in Belarus to force the population of third countries in Latvia, Lithuania and Poland can be assessed as manifestations of a hybrid war or a hybrid threat.

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