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Arkiveringsdatum 190209:

Amnesty International 19-02-06:

When solidarity - like that shown by Stansted 15 - becomes a crime till sidans topp

Following the publication of this article, the judge made clear that the Stansted 15 would not serve jail time. It seems that 12 of the defendants will be given community orders and three will be given suspended sentences.


Today, I will be in Chelmsford Crown Court to hear a judge hand down sentences to a group of human rights defenders, known as the "Stansted 15". Outside, hundreds of people are expected to gather to protest.

The 15 were convicted last December in relation to their attempt to prevent what they believed was the unlawful deportation of a group of people. In March 2017, they had taken non-violent direct action at Stansted Airport to prevent the take-off of a charter flight bound for Ghana and Nigeria.

Initially, the Stansted 15 were charged with aggravated trespass, but four months later this was changed to "endangering safety at aerodromes" - a serious terrorism-related charge which has a maximum penalty of a life sentence.

Their case is not only of deep concern for the individuals involved. It is also emblematic of a trend we are witnessing across Europe where acts of solidarity are criminalised in order to discourage other activists from taking action in defence of human rights.

Across the continent, activities such as saving lives at sea, providing food and shelter, and shedding light on abuses are becoming increasingly risky activities.

Amnesty International has documented numerous examples of criminalisation of solidarity in Europe:


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Arkiveringsdatum 180625:

Euroarådets mr-kommissionär 18-06-20:

Commissioner calls on member states to cooperate with NGOs assisting migrants till sidans topp

Ahead of World Refugee Day, Commissioner Mijatovic has issued the following statement today:

"I want to pay tribute to the individuals and non-governmental organisations that are standing up for the human rights of asylum seekers and refugees.

All across Europe, committed individuals and organisations provide persons seeking protection with food and shelter, give them legal assistance, or conduct live-saving search and rescue operations at sea. In doing so, they give practical effect to the fundamental obligation to protect those fleeing war or persecution and uphold their human dignity.

These human rights defenders have played a key role in addressing the recent challenges of protection, reception and integration of refugees in Europe. Crucially, they also continue to remind governments of their human rights obligations which risk to be forgotten.

This is why I'm very concerned about the increasing pressure and restrictions put on the work of individuals and NGOs assisting migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in Europe. More and more, they face administrative burdens intended to make their work impossible, stigmatisation by misleading and hostile political rhetoric, and even criminal prosecution.

This shows contempt for the human rights principles they defend, and for the immense contribution to our societies they have made.

I call on Council of Europe States to refrain from interfering with the legitimate work of individuals and NGOs assisting migrants. States should rather seek to cooperate with them and provide them support. This would not only secure the rights of those in need of protection, but also be beneficial for our societies as a whole."

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Källor: Informationen på denna sida är hämtad från följande källor (externa länkar): EU (kommissionen, ministerrådet, parlamentet och domstolen), Europarådet (mr-kommissionären, domstolen, kommittén mot tortyr), FN:s flyktingkommissariat UNHCR, FN:s kommitté mot tortyr m.fl. FN-organ, svenska media via Eniro och pressmeddelanden via Newsdesk, utländska media främst via I Care och IRR, internationella organisationer som Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, ECRE, ENAR, Statewatch, Noborder och Picum, organisationer i Sverige som Rädda Barnen, Röda Korset, Svenska Amnesty, FARR, Rosengrenska och InfoTorg Juridik (betaltjänst) samt myndigheter och politiska organ som Migrationsverket, Sveriges domstolar, JO, Justitiedepartementet m.fl. departement och Sveriges Riksdag.

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