Human rights organization Amnesty International denounced the state of emergency, saying it could "exacerbate the already dire situation" for migrants stuck at the border.
The organization said 32 Afghans, including four women, 27 men, and a 15-year-old girl, were pushed back from Poland and have "been held there without adequate food and clean water for over three weeks."
Interior Minister Mariusz Kamiński said local authorities supported the action, which he said was "in the interests of the safety of our citizens, especially the inhabitants of border towns."
Poland is one of many EU nations that has accused Belarus of sending migrants across the border as part of a "hybrid war" in response to sanctions.
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