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
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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
Press Release Brussels, 21 September 2018 EuroMed Rights joins the petition of its member, the Forum Tunisien pour les droits Economiques et Sociales (FTDES), asking for the immediate release of the six Tunisian fishermen arrested in Italy on smuggling charges, which could cost them up to 15 years in jail, for giving aid to a … Continued
Press Release Brussels, 20 September 2018 EuroMed Rights is extremely concerned about the outcomes of the Salzburg EU informal meeting, where Austria, which currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency, asked its EU counterparts to enter migration talks with Egypt. On 16 September, Austrian Federal Chancellor Kurz and EU Council President Tusk visited Cairo to speak … Continued
To classify a country as a “safe country of origin” – or “safe third country” – means that no risk of persecution exists in principle for nationals of that country or foreign nationals, and that their human rights are effectively respected, including the right of asylum. The transposition of the 2013 Asylum Procedures Directive into national … Continued