The European Court of Human Right (ECHR) just took a decision in favour of the Spanish authorities, by endorsing the practice known as “hot push-back” of people trying to reach the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla. Although another body of the Court had already condemned Spain in 2017 for this illegal practice, its Grand Chamber decided this time that Spain had not violated the rights of the exiles who had already crossed its border by sending them back to Morocco quickly and widely. (...)
The International Organisation for Migration working for (closed) borders
Map from Migreurop Brief #9 - IOM, an organisation serving closed...borders, May 2019.
France delivers boats to Libya: NGOs demand justice!
Today our eight organisations invoke justice and denounce France’s complicity in violations of human rights in Libya. At the Administrative Tribunal in Paris we demand the suspension of a delivery of boats planned by the Armed Forces Ministry destined for Libyan coastguards, on account of serious doubts about its legality.
Last February, Florence Parly, France’s armed Forces minister, announced the purchase of six high-speed boats destined for Libyan coastguards in order to deal with ‘the (...)
28-29 June 2018 European Council – Strengthening Borders Signals the Death of Migrants and the EU
Fewer and fewer migrants are able to cross EU borders. Over the first six months of the year, arrivals by sea to Italy decreased by over 70% compared with 2017 . In spite of this, a few hundred migrants rescued at sea have been portrayed as the root cause of the most significant “crisis” ever faced by the EU. The European Council, which is meeting on 28-29 June, is once again placing at the top of its agenda the response to “migratory pressures”. However, the “solutions” that will be put forward (...)
Libyan Coast Guard or NGOs: Italy and the EU have chosen their allies
Joint Press Release Migreurop, EuroMed Rights and FIDH
At the end of 2016, Italy – supported by the EU – initiated a dual strategy to put an end to migrant arrivals from the central Mediterranean: criminalize the rescue of people, and once again make Libya Europe’s policeman. Both dimensions became more pronounced during the summer of 2017, with the imposition of a "code of conduct" on NGOs and the sequestration of vessels of recalcitrant organizations who did not sign up to the code. At the (...)