European official urges closure of Bosnian migrant camp

A migrant stands next to a snow covered tent at the Vucjak refugee camp outside Bihac, northwestern Bosnia, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. A European human ri...
A migrant attempts to dry his shoes by the fire at the Vucjak refugee camp outside Bihac, northwestern Bosnia, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. A European human...
Dunja Mijatovic, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, talks to a group of migrants at the Vucjak refugee camp outside Bihac, northwest...
Migrants chant as they gather in protest of conditions at the Vucjak refugee camp outside Bihac, northwestern Bosnia, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Despite c...
Migrants gather in protest of conditions at the Vucjak refugee camp outside Bihac, northwestern Bosnia, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Despite calls for their...
Migrants chant as they gather in protest of conditions at the Vucjak refugee camp outside Bihac, northwestern Bosnia, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Despite c...

A migrant stands next to a snow covered tent at the Vucjak refugee camp outside Bihac, northwestern Bosnia, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. A European human ri...

A migrant attempts to dry his shoes by the fire at the Vucjak refugee camp outside Bihac, northwestern Bosnia, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. A European human...

Dunja Mijatovic, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, talks to a group of migrants at the Vucjak refugee camp outside Bihac, northwest...

Migrants chant as they gather in protest of conditions at the Vucjak refugee camp outside Bihac, northwestern Bosnia, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Despite c...

Migrants gather in protest of conditions at the Vucjak refugee camp outside Bihac, northwestern Bosnia, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Despite calls for their...

Migrants chant as they gather in protest of conditions at the Vucjak refugee camp outside Bihac, northwestern Bosnia, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Despite c...

BIHAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A top European human rights official has demanded immediate closure of a migrant camp in Bosnia where hundreds of people have refused food and water to protest a lack of protection in snowy and cold weather.

The Vucjak camp near the northwestern town of Bihac has almost no facilities. International aid organizations have said it is unfit for migrants because it is located on a former landfill and close to a mine field from the 1992-95 war.

Already poor conditions in the camp have worsened further after snow fell on Monday.

Dunja Mijatovic, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, on Tuesday visited Vucjak where migrants had spent the night in tents braving freezing temperatures. Mijatovic says migrants must be moved to a warm and safe location.