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Joint statement on Safe and Legal Channels for Refugees

25 January 2017 – The increasing number of people in need of international protection perishing on their way to safety is a sinister reminder of the limitations of the current international protection regime. Entitlements to the rights recognised by international and regional protection systems, including under the EU’s Common European Asylum System (CEAS), are accessible only to those who manage to reach the physical borders of the host state. Left without any accessible legal alternatives and confronted with ever stricter border controls reaching far beyond European territory, those in need of international protection are forced to resort to irregular ways to access it. The absence of legal channels for refugees to come to Europe has led to a boom of smuggling in human beings and is exposing refugees and migrants to abuse and exploitation. This is illustrated by the increasing number of migration-related deaths and disappearances at sea. According to the latest UNHCR
and IOM statistics, more than 5,000 persons were reported dead or missing in the Mediterranean alone in 2016, thus remaining the deadliest migratory sea route worldwide in 2016.

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Umbrella Agreement: not enough protection for European residents

31 January 2017 – In the European Union, investing and prosecuting crime is a legitimate policy objective according to the EDPS . Recently this objective has been increasingly underlined because of the fight against terrorism which implies information sharing with third countries. Yet, the EU does not have a robust common framework in this field. This situation has become more and more unacceptable, especially since Snowden’s revelations concerning mass surveillance, particularly concerning exchanges with US.

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AEDH is moral supporter of Computers, Privacy & Data Protection (CPDP) 2017: The age of intelligent machines

25-27 January 2017 – CPDP offers the cutting edge in legal, regulatory, academic and technological development in privacy and data protection. Within an atmosphere of independence and mutual respect, CPDP gathers academics, lawyers, practitioners, policy-makers, computer scientists and civil society from all over the world to exchange ideas and discuss the latest emerging issues and trends. This unique multidisciplinary formula has served to make CPDP one of the leading data protection and privacy conferences in Europe and around the world.

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Resumption of Dublin transfers to Greece, or how to add confusion to the dramatic situation of asylum seekers

30 January 2017 – On the 8th of December 2016, the European Commission adopted its firth recommendation on urgent measures to be taken by Greece in view of the resumption of transfers under the Dublin Regulation. Indeed, these have been suspended since 2011, following two decisions, both of the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union, considering the “systemic deficiencies” of the Greek asylum system were incompatible with the respect of the rights of the asylum seeker.

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The « external dimension » of the migration policy will be enhanced by the Maltese presidency!

30 January 2017 – For the first time since joining, Malta will head the Council of the European Union (EU) as of the 1st of January 2017, for the next six months, in the framework of the principle of the rotating presidency. The island has thus announced its priorities. Among single market, security, social inclusion, maritime policy and neighborhood partnerships, migration does not fail to find a privileged position , in line with the Commission’s agenda and as announced during the last meeting of the JHA Council under the Slovak presidency, on the 8 and 9 December 2016.

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External borders control: a real risk of violation of the principle of non-refoulement !

24 January 2017 – In December 2016, the European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) published a report entitled “Scope of the principle of non-refoulement in contemporary border management: evolving areas of law “, in order to clarify the legal obligation of Member States to respect the principle of non-refoulement in the context of operations conducted at EU external borders or in cooperation with third countries.

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Conference-debate on 30th January at ULB from 5 pm until 8.30pm

30 January 2017 – On the occasion of Data Privacy Day (28th January), AEDH, European Association for the defence of Human Rights, organises a conference-debate on 30th January 2017 at ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles) from 5pm until 8.30pm. Feel free to join at anytime.
How could you protect yourself on the net ? What are your data protection rights ? Do you still have a private life in Europe ? How far does extend surveillance ?
We want to raise those questions with you and give you the means to protect your private life !

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Berlin, last image of a terrifying year

23 December 2016 – This Monday 19 December, the German capital has had its turn for a horror scene, of which Paris and Brussels in Western Europe, and Istanbul, Karachi, Beirut and so many others, were the previous theatres. Right until the end, in Aleppo, Ankara, Berlin, the year 2016 well deserves the qualifier of bloody.

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