7 February 2017 – Mid-way in the Valletta processes, and as African and European high officials are meeting in Malta on 8/9 February 2017, the European Union is crossing a step further in its attempts to limit mobility of migrants and imposes its rule on countries where most of migrants originate from through the use of the “European travel document”, a document adopted last October 2016 and almost unnoticed.
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.
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.
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.
AEDH has signed a joint statement with 31 NGOs addressed to the European Council, ahead its meeting of 15 December. Strengthening the framework for legal migration, expanding safe and legal routes for refugees and protecting the rights of everyone who arrived in Europe, should be the priorities of European migration policies.
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.
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.
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”.
25 november 2016 – 33 % of women in the European Union are victims of violence at one point in their life and in the course of the 12 preceding months, 13 million women have experienced physical violence, 3.7 million sexual violence and 9 million have experienced stalking according to a survey of the Fundamental Rights Agency of the EU published in 2014.
12 October 2016 – Every year a person, a company, a government agency or a measure is awarded by the “prestigious” Big Brother Award. Who won this shameful price of biggest privacy-offender of the year?