The Croatian Red Cross (HCK) said on Friday that all decisions concerning refugees and migrants, including the decision to close the border, should take into account the humanitarian needs and rights of all people fleeing violence and persecution.
"Thousands of people have been trapped for days on the migrant route without the possibility of continuing their journey and without adequate access to basic services such as accommodation, food, water, health care, clothing and hygiene products. The hardest hit by the present situation are the most vulnerable people, such as children, people with disabilities and the elderly, as well as people who have experienced the traumas of war and losses," the HCK said in a statement.
Because of border restrictions, there is a danger that out of desperation people will opt for even riskier ways of travelling, so it is necessary to ensure safe and regular migration by enabling relocations, humanitarian visas and family reunions, according to the statement.
The HCK said that it would continue providing humanitarian assistance to all people who may find themselves in Croatia, regardless of their status.