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Tajana Tadić

HRD, Program Manager
Are You Syrious (AYS)

Tajana Tadić is a program manager with Are You Syrious (AYS), a human rights organisation created in 2015 in Croatia supporting migrants on the Balkan migration route. AYS provides migrants with legal aid and psyco-social support, runs integration programs for children and adults, produces reports and analysis denouncing violent pushbacks and other illegal practices by the authorities, and contributes to the reshaping of policies through advocacy work. AYS is part of the Border Violence Monitoring Network, which in January 2020, published its first annual report alleging torture of asylum seekers by Croatian authorities at EU external borders.

Human rights defenders in Croatia are increasingly facing police harassment and are being subjected to smear campaigns both in public discourse and on social media. Migrant rights defenders and investigative journalists are being targeted for reporting on and denouncing ill-treatment perpetrated by Croatian law enforcement against migrants trying to cross the border between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia and the violent collective pushbacks that go with such actions.