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Joint NGOs Statement following the arrest of the President of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey

29 June 2016 – The undersigned organizations, members of the Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN), express their deep concern about the recent arrest of the President of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT), Ms. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, together with MM. Erol Önderoğlu
(journalist and Turkey representative of Reporters Without Borders) and Ahmet Nesin (journalist and writer).

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Integration and social inclusion of third-country nationals in the European Union: what challenges at the heart of the “migrant crisis”?

Integration and social inclusion of third-country nationals in the European Union: what challenges at the heart of the “migrant crisis”?

28 June 2016 – On 6 June, Eurostat published a press release underlining the difficulties encountered by migrants in terms of integration into the labour market in the European Union (EU): the activity and employment rates for non-EU citizens are lower than for nationals while their unemployment rate is more than twice as high as of nationals (18,9% and 8,7% respectively).

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One step towards the Digital Single Market: a threat for data protection?

28 June 2016 – In 2015, the Commission suggested to adopt a strategy to develop a European digital single market. In January 2016, the European Parliament adopted a report to encourage this measure. On the 25th May 2016, the Commission made two proposals: one regarding digital trade, the other about Audiovisual Media Services in the European Union. The main goal is to improve the functioning of the Digital Single Market.

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Joint NGO statement ahead of the European Council of 28-29 June 2016 : NGOs strongly condemn new EU policies to contain migration

27 June 2016 – At the upcoming European Council, European Union (EU) leaders will discuss the European Commission’s Communication on a new Partnership Framework with third countries. The Communication proposes an approach which aims to leverage existing EU and Member States’ external cooperation instruments and tools in order to stem migration to Europe. The undersigned organisations express their grave concern about the direction the EU is taking by making deterrence and return the main objective of the Union’s relationship with third countries. More broadly, this new Partnership Framework risks cementing a shift towards a foreign policy that serves one single objective, to curb migration, at the expense of European credibility and leverage in defence of fundamental values and human rights.

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Joint NGO statement ahead of the European Council of 28-29 June 2016 : NGOs strongly condemn new EU policies to contain migration

27 June 2016 – At the upcoming European Council, European Union (EU) leaders will discuss the European Commission’s Communication on a new Partnership Framework with third countries. The Communication proposes an approach which aims to leverage existing EU and Member States’ external cooperation instruments and tools in order to stem migration to Europe. The undersigned organisations express their grave concern about the direction the EU is taking by making deterrence and return the main objective of the Union’s relationship with third countries. More broadly, this new Partnership Framework risks cementing a shift towards a foreign policy that serves one single objective, to curb migration, at the expense of European credibility and leverage in defence of fundamental values and human rights.

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The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights’ 2016 report: The refugee “crisis” has “challenged the EU’s commitments for fundamental rights”

27 June 2016 – On 30 May 2016, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) published its annual report on fundamental rights. It presents the year 2015 as a “bad year” for fundamental rights in the Union, and this is especially linked to the refugee “crisis”. The FRA provides detailed information on the explosion of new “sensitive” practices related to migration. Even if these practices are theoretically supposed to respect the principle of non-refoulement, they create true barriers to the right to asylum in practice, and some of the Member States face criticisms in this regard.

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