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“Alarming migrant and refugee treatment,” Council of Europe says. International cooperation is planned as the refugee and migrant flow across Europe continues. “I am alarmed by the many reports of ill-treatments of migrants and refugees across Europe today. Migrants and refugees in Council of Europe member states have the same fundamental rights as anyone else under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR),” said COE Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland in a statement. Norwegian Mr Jagland will appoint a Special Representative on Migration and Refugees in light of recent reports of human rights violations against migrants and refugees in Europe.

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“Alarming migrant and refugee treatment,” Council of Europe says

Published on Thursday, 17th December, 2015 at 12:02 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 17th December 2015 at 12:22.

International cooperation is planned as the refugee and migrant flow across Europe continues.

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“I am alarmed by the many reports of ill-treatments of migrants and refugees across Europe today. Migrants and refugees in Council of Europe member states have the same fundamental rights as anyone else under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR),” said COE Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland in a statement.

Norwegian Mr Jagland will appoint a Special Representative on Migration and Refugees in light of recent reports of human rights violations against migrants and refugees in Europe.

The Special Representative’s role will be to collect and analyse information on the human rights situation of these groups of people.

Details from the fact-finding mission will enable the Council of Europe to provide support for member states, especially in locations with serious challenges posed to migrants’ and refugees’ fundamental rights due to a sudden increase in their numbers.

This move relates in particular to the ECHR’s Articles 3 and 5. These cover “Inhuman and degrading treatments” and the “Right to liberty and security”, respectively.

The Special Representative will liaise with international partners. These include the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), UNICEF, the EU, and EU agency FRONTEX.

This is designed to support the Council of Europe’s cooperation with these organisations.

“We have an obligation to protect their [migrants’ and refugees’] rights, and, together with our international partner organisations, we need to address violations where and when they occur,” Thorbjørn Jagland stated.

Norway, which both now has a new Ministry of Immigration and Integration and that recently upped border controls, has received some 30,110 applications for asylum so far this year (latest figures).

The Council of Europe has previously censured Norway for failing to help migrants sufficiently.




Published on Thursday, 17th December, 2015 at 12:02 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 17th December 2015 at 12:22.

This post has the following tags: refugees, asylum, immigration.





  
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