He was referring to ongoing tensions at European Union's eastern border with Belarus where hundreds of migrants, including children, have been stuck in freezing temperatures.
The court said that Croatia failed to properly investigate the 2017 incident and that the rights of Hussiny's siblings were again violated when they returned to Croatia in 2018 and were placed at a center for asylum seekers.
“The children had been in a particularly vulnerable condition, as most of them had witnessed the death of their sister near the border,” the ruling said.
The applicants are a family of 14 Afghan citizens, including a man, his two wives, and their 11 children. The 2017 incident involved six of the children, the court said.
Thousands of people fleeing repression or violence in their nations remain stranded in the Balkan region while facing heavily guarded borders of neighboring EU nations. Croatia has faced multiple allegations of violence against migrants, but authorities have denied systematic abuse of migrants.
The European court ordered Croatia to pay the applicants 40,000 euros ($45,000) in damage and 16,700 euros ($19,000) in costs and expenses.
The two sides have three months to request a review before the court's Grand Chamber.
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