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3rd April 2015 – Every year, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) – an agency of the European Union that acts as a centre of expertise on asylum and contributes to the development of the Common European Asylum System by facilitating practical cooperation among Member States on the many aspects of asylum – calls for contributions from civil society to benefit from its expertise. AEDH responded to three of these consultations.
24 April 2015 – The Observatory of Digital Freedoms (OLN) – whose LDH is a founding member – is calling for a big gathering against the French Intelligence Bill on May 4th 2015 from 18:30, Esplanade des Invalides (Paris). As French MPs will vote this bill on 5th May, the OLN reminds – together with other signatory organisations such as ATTAC or Amnesty International – that this text is a threat to freedom and places the citizens at real risk of intelligence agencies monitoring, almost without any control, and endangers all social and political mobilisations.
22 April 2015 – Taking part in the European and global outcry or the appalling loss of life, KISA raises its voice too, condemns EU migratory policy and calls on the EU to, rather than building walls and erecting barbed wires in order to exclude these people from its borders, to rise to the occasion and put the declarations into praxis and to finally take effective action so that we stop being witnessed to such tragedies.
20 April 2015 – The Asociación Pro Derechos Huma¬nos en Andalucía (APDHA) publishes its annual report « Human Rights at the Southern Border 2015 ». This report discusses how European migration policies have turned the Mediterranean Sea into a huge mass grave, denounces human rights infringements taking place on the borders of Ceuta and Melilla and analyses the situation of migrants in Morocco, amongst other things.
8 April 2015 – Forced evacuations of places of living occupied by Roma people (or people designated as such) continued in France during winter 2015. On average, 110 people were weekly evacuated by the authorities. This number is not as high as in the first quarter of 2014 but the 2015 statistics reveals that the circular of 26 August 2012 – which provides guidance to prefects regarding the accompaniment of evacuation operations of illegal camps – is not applied in the majority of evacuations.
3 April 2015 – Following the suicides of two people which Belgium had denied the right of residence to, the Belgian League of Human Rights (LDH) reminds that it is high time that Belgian politicians take responsibility for the link between their political choices and the distress they produce.
29 April 2015 – The law reforming French intelligence services is about to be voted by the National Assembly on the 5th of May, 2015. It appears as one of the new instruments implemented in the aftermath of January events by the government of Manuel Valls to sop the threat represented by potential terrorists on the French ground. But while fundamental rights such as personal data protection and privacy are threatened, the bill does not provide any guarantee for the respect of democratic values of transparency and counter-power.
The austerity measures imposed to Greece must stop immediately. Indeed, the reforms submitted by the troika (according to the “memorandum of understanding”) infringe EU’s primary law as well the fundamental conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO). Not only did the Commission and the ECB create an economic and social crisis that has few comparisons in the past, but they also went as far as violating provisions at the essence of their own existence to recover their debt.
This April, the number of migrants deceased in the Mediterranean Sea has reached an unprecedented threshold. All in all, more than 1400 migrants disappeared during three fishing boat shipwrecks. This suite of tragic events provoked strong reactions among politician figures and in the civil society.