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Latvia: Internal investigation claiming that asylum seekers have not suffered abuse on Belarus border “defies belief”

Following an announcement by the Latvian Internal Security Bureau (IDB) that their latest investigation found no evidence of human rights abuses by Latvian border guards against migrants and refugees at the Belarus border, Amnesty International’s Europe Researcher, Adriana Tidona, said:

“Weeks after Amnesty International published a detailed report documenting abuses against migrants and refugees and days after Latvia’s own auditing authorities expressed concern about the risks of conflict of interests in investigations by the Internal Security Bureau, this announcement defies belief.

Amnesty International’s Europe Researcher, Adriana Tidona, said:

“Weeks after Amnesty International published a detailed report documenting abuses against migrants and refugees and days after Latvia’s own auditing authorities expressed concern about the risks of conflict of interests in investigations by the Internal Security Bureau, this announcement defies belief.

“The Internal Security Bureau must urgently publish the full details of their findings and the methodology of their so-called investigation. By announcing that the investigation did not find evidence of violations, Latvian authorities are adding insult to injury to those who have suffered grave abuses, in some cases amounting to torture. An independent investigation is urgently required.”

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See Amnesty International’s public statement here – https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/eur52/6215/2022/en/