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Gribu palīdzēt bēgļiem (GPB) began as a Facebook group in September 2015, which
gathered people who wanted to actively help refugees who have come into difficulties. In April 2016, GPB was registered as an association which aims to give practical, immediate and voluntary help in integrating economically, socially and culturally based on the identified needs of refugees, asylum seekers and persons with alternative status.

Regarding legalisation of push-backs in Lithuania

On 25 April 2023, the Lithuanian Parliament adopted amendments to the Law on StateBorder and its Protection, allowing for pushbacks of irregular border-crossers under a state of emergency declared due to mass influx of irregular migrants. The amendments also introduce a figure of state-funded civil “supporter” to the Lithuanian Border Guard entitled to use violent…

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European Commissioner for Human Rights criticises the extension of the state of emergency at the Latvian-Belarusian border

European Commissioner for Human Rights has published a letter addressed to the Minister of the Interior of Latvia, Māris Kučinskis, criticising the continued state of emergency at the Latvian-Belarusian border and the criminalisation of the work of human rights defenders. In her letter to the Minister of the Interior, Commissioner Dunja Mijatović stresses that the…

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An open letter regarding the initiation of criminal proceedings against the representatives of the organisation “I Want to Help Refugees”

“I want to help refugees”/”Gribu palīdzēt bēgļiem” information about criminal proceedings against its representativesOn 11 January 2023, a representative of “I Want to Help Refugees” Ieva Raubiško received a letter addressed to her from the European Court of Human Rights regarding the decision in the case “M.A. and others v. Latvia”. With this decision, the…

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LIVING LIBRARY with residents of Riga, asylum seekers and refugees

March – November 2017 Stories are a means of introduction, explanation and communication. Not all stories can be found in books. Often, the most interesting stories are from the people around us, and many of these could be found at Gribu palīdzēt bēgļiem’s Living Library. Eleven events took place within two years, in which people…

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