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« Partnerships», « migration compacts » … the new dress up of the externalisation of the European migration policy

22 December 2016 – In June 2016, the European Council adopted the new Partnership Framework with third countries in the field of migration management, which was proposed by the Commission. It seemed to us useful to present, in this newsletter, a synthetic analysis of this cooperation to which third countries are ardently called out. The different forms of partnership are then listed below, with their means, their objectives and their actors.

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Decline of the rights of migrants and refugees, decline of the idea of Europe, … 2016, heading down a slippery slope!

22 December – In its December 2015 newsletter AEDH published, a census of all the decisions and initiatives taken during the year by the European Union institutions in the field of migration and asylum. The year 2016, which should have been placed under the seal of the implementation of the “European agenda on migration”, published on 13 May 2015, proved to be remarkably long-winded, every month with its fill of reform proposals, new measures, initiatives and speeches.

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Rights of migrants: “Always less!”

Brussels, 18 December 2016 – “On International Migrants Day, let us commit to coherent, comprehensive and human-rights based responses guided by international law and standards and a shared resolve to leave no one behind.” This was the message of the UN Secretary-General in December of last year. The same message has been repeatedly proclaimed since Migrants Day by the UN General Assembly in 2000. The day commemorates the adoption of the International Convention on the Protection of all Migrant Workers and their families. However, the reality, is that it has been ratified only by 49 states, by no EU member state of the European Union and by almost no Northern country.

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10 and 16 December: Rights are not the problem, they are the solution!

10 December 2016 – On the eve of the commemorations of the 68th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10th December 2016 as well as of the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the International Covenants, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on 16th December 2016, the European Association for the Defence of Human Rights (AEDH) wants to point out that rights are not the problem, but the solution. While they are often put into question, they must never be turned off.

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Supporting whistleblowers means acting for the freedom of information

The European Association for the Defence of Human Rights (AEDH) expresses its solidarity with the whistleblowers that have been charged and sentenced in the LuxLeaks trial. AEDH supports the call to demonstrate on 12th of December launched by the Support Committee to Antoine Deltour, the Luxembourgian Committee of solidarity with the accused of the trial “Luxleaks” and the Platform tax and legal havens.

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Europol: a massive data breach revealing the risks

2 December 2016 – The European Association for the Defence of Human Rights (AEDH) notes with concern the data breach at Europol, the European Police Office.
On Wednesday, Europol, reacting to the story of a Dutch public TV broadcaster, has admitted that some secret files concerning terrorist activities have been posted online as a result of a “human error”.

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