A boy touches his crying father head, trying to console him after refugees from non-war-torn countries were denied entry to Macedonia at the Greek border.
Macedonia has started screening refugees on the basis of nationality and allowing entry only to those from Afghanistan, Iraq or Syria.
Those coming from Iran, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Libya, Sudan, South Sudan, Nigeria, Morocco, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia and Pakistan cannot cross state borders anymore since these countries are not officially at war, according to EU classification.
Seeking Asylum is a universal right and it is not exclusively granted to people from the (EU classified) war-torn countries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Any human being who has been persecuted or has fear of being persecuted can seek asylum and should be granted asylum if he can prove that he has a well-founded fear of persecution if he would be returned to his home country on account of race, religion, nationality, and/or membership in a particular social group or political opinion.
Shutting the borders in the face of Asylum Seekers is a pure violation of the Geneva Convention and an act of discrimination based on race and nationality.
Date: November 19, 2015.
Photo: Georgi Licovski, EPA.
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