We, the undersigned organizations working in the area of human rights, express our gravest concerns regarding the recent arrests in Istanbul of over 6,000 migrants and refugees, among whom Syrian refugees. We are alarmed by the the reports and testimonies of deportations to Syria, by the declared intentions of the Turkish government to proceed with … Continued
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Brussels, July 15, 2019 The new EuroMed Rights study “EU-Egypt migration cooperation: at the expense of human rights,” published today, maps EU and Member State cooperation with Egypt in migration and border management. The study highlights the impact of this cooperation on the rights of refugees and migrants in Egypt and offers concrete recommendations for … Continued
Brussels, 20 June 2019 To mark World Refugee Day, EuroMed Rights focuses on the current practice of stopping people from disembarking ships/boats on the Mediterranean Sea shoreline, particularly in Tunisia. In many aspects, this situation is emblematic of the obstacles faced by refugees in obtaining protection and access to rights in the Euro-Mediterranean region. It … Continued
Statement Brussels, 2 April 2019 European policy on migration still in denial! In a press release published on March 29, the Council of the European Union (EU) announced that EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia, for which the mandate ended on March 31, will be extended until 30 September 2019, but without naval assets. European surveillance will … Continued
EU’s external cooperation on migration & border management: promoting or restricting migrants’ and refugee rights?
Brussels 19 March 2019 Migration is a pillar of the external cooperation of the European Union (EU) and its Member States with their Maghreb neighbours, in line with the Global Approach to Migration and Mobility (2005) and the Valletta Action Plan (2015). On 7 March 2019, Ministers at the Justice and Home Affairs Council agreed … Continued
A soft take on human rights is not enough! The Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration that is taking place in Marrakech this 10-11 December 2018 is a historic milestone, as it is the first United Nations’ document addressing all aspects of the migration phenomenon globally. However, … Continued
Press Release Brussels, 16 November 2018 On the occasion of the third anniversary of the publication of the revised European Neighbourhood Policy (18 November 2015), EuroMed Rights issues a paper to assess its implementation from a human rights perspective. Focused on the role given to human rights and civil society, and on EU’s political and … Continued
Press Release Brussels, 11 October 2018 On 12 October, the Justice and Home Affairs Council will discuss the new reform proposal of Frontex, the European Coast Guard and Border Guard Agency, two years after the last revision of the mandate in 2016. Regardless of the criticisms concerning rights violations inherent in its activities, the … Continued
Press Release Brussels, 2 October 2018 The mayor of the Italian village of Riace, Domenico Lucano, which has become a pioneering model of integration known all around the world, is currently under pretrial detention accused of facilitating illegal immigration following a warrant issued by the Locri prosecutor. This is the umpteenth demonstration of a growing … Continued
Press Release Brussels, 27 September 2018 Today the Italian Minister of Interior, Matteo Salvini, visits the Tunisian President, Beji Caid Essebsi, and the Minister of the Interior, Hechem Fourati, in Tunis. Migration, expulsions and security will be on top of the agenda. This follows the recent approval by the Italian Council of Ministers of the … Continued