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The Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner, Nils Muižnieks , criticizes Europe’s « neglecting » attitude towards the Syrian crisis

February, 3 2015 – The Commissioner showed himself very critical towards Europe. According to him, Europe did not act up to the Syrian crisis. Governments were too indifferent and neglecting in 2013. Insufficient efforts were made in 2014. While Europe has concentrated its work on the fight against smugglers and cross-border crime, Syria’s neighbour countries have welcomed most migrants without being able to meet their needs. Since 2011, Europe, one of the world’s most rich regions, has only received 6% of all Syrian refugees and backflows at the borders have not ceased. Here are the Commissioner’s recommendations to Europe:

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The UNHCR’ concrete propositions to the EU

March, 12 2015 – TheUNHCR announced that, in a letter addressed to the EU, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, has presented policy proposals as part of UNHCR’s Central Mediterranean Sea Initiative (CMSI).

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Statewatch: The Commission would be planning to use coercion in order to obtain asylum seekers and migrants’ fingerprints

March,10 2015 –The European Commission and the Member States would be discussing the « best practices to follow»in order to obtain asylum seekers and illegal immigrants’ fingerprints by force. Their fingerprints have to integrate EURODAC data base so that the Dublin III Regulation can be applied. The Commission would be considering putting forward the « use of a proportionate degree of coercion » against naysayers, including vulnerable people and minors.

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Joint Press release: Spain Gags Freedom of Expression and Assembly and Restricts the Right to Asylum

31 March 2015 – In a joint press release, the European Association for the Defence of Human Rights (AEDH), the Euro-Mediterranean Network for Human Rights (EMHRN), the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT), FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights) and their member organisations strongly condemn the law, aptly dubbed the “gag law”, and reiterate their serious concerns over the growing restrictions on the right to freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly in Spain.

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« Give Greece a Chance ! », a declaration of the Alter Summit

The Alter Summit, AEDH is a member of, has declared its support to the Greek government’s decision to break with the austerity measures taken by former governments and to reject austerity and the Troika. It underlines especially that the current conflict does not oppose Europe to Greece but opposes the social rights of the citizens to the interests of big companies and banks to recover their debt.

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