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The interim measures will be applicable for a period of three weeks, starting Wednesday and ending on September 15, 2021. At the same time, the ECHR specifies that they "should not be understood as requiring that Poland or Latvia let the applicants enter their territories"

The group of Middle-Eastern refugees stranded on the Polish-Belarusian border near the village of Usnarz Górny remains stuck in a deadlock. Activists, NGO representatives, and journalists who are on the ground have been additionally cordoned off with red and white tape. Meanwhile, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs assures that "Poland is fulfilling its international legal obligations".

As reported by the Ocalenie Foundation, 32 people are camped there in inhumane conditions. The information has been confirmed on Tuesday by a representative of the National Torture Prevention Mechanism at the office of the Commissioner for Human Rights, who was allowed into the encampment. Border guards report that there are 24 foreigners in total.

Numerous border guards, soldiers, and police officers prevent NGO representatives, journalists, and MPs from accessing the refugees. Their camp is being walled off by military vehicles. Additionally, a white-red-white tape has appeared on the plot of land far in front of the refugee encampment. More and more tents continue to appear on the field on the Polish side of the border. They belong to people willing to help the stranded foreigners.

On Tuesday, opposition MP Franek Sterczewski tried to deliver basic supplies to a group of Afghan refugees stranded on the border between Poland and Belarus, but the Polish border guards chased him around, refusing to let him through.

- The camp has already run out of water. These people have to drink water from a stream. They have nowhere to go and we cannot reach them. Polish authorities are even preventing us from delivering aid- Sterczewski told Wyborcza.


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