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Arkiveringsdatum 190610:

ECRE 19-05-24:

Europa/ ECRE working paper: Refugee-led organisations (RLOs) in Europe till sidans topp

Policy contributions, opportunities and challenges

This working paper is examining the role that Refugee-Led Organisations (RLOs) can play in contributing to finding policy and practical solutions to refugee issues. Based on a literature review and interview with different stakeholders, including policy-makers and RLO representatives from different EU Member States, it analyses why RLOs are not practically involved in the development, evaluation and discussion of asylum and integration policies/practices at the EU level and how the major challenges they face can be addressed.

ECRE Working Papers present research and analysis on asylum and migration. Their purpose is to stimulate debate by showcasing emerging ideas. Working Papers are commissioned by ECRE; the views they contain are those of their authors and do not necessarily represent ECRE's positions.

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Amnesty International 19-06-05:

Frankrike/ Police harassing and even using violence against people helping refugees till sidans topp

French authorities have harassed, intimidated and even violently assaulted people offering humanitarian aid and other support to migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in northern France in a deliberate attempt to curtail acts of solidarity, a new report by Amnesty International has found.

"Targeting solidarity: Criminalization and harassment of people defending migrant and refugee rights in northern France" reveals how people helping refugees and migrants in Calais and Grand-Synthe are targeted by the police and the court system.

"Providing food to the hungry and warmth to the homeless have become increasingly risky activities in northern France, as the authorities regularly target people offering help to migrants and refugees," said Lisa Maracani, Amnesty International's Human Rights Defenders Researcher.

"Migrants and refugees did not simply disappear with the demolition of the 'Jungle' camp in 2016 and more than a thousand men, women and children are still living precarious lives in the area. The role of human rights defenders who offer them support is crucial."

Two-and-a-half years after the destruction of the so-called 'Jungle' camp, more than 1,200 refugees and migrants, including unaccompanied children, are living in tents and informal camps around Calais and Grande-Synthe. They have no regular access to food, water, sanitation, shelter or legal assistance and are subject to evictions, harassment, and violence at the hands of the police.

One Afghan man told Amnesty International that he was beaten on his back with a baton by police during a forced eviction, and another described how a police officer had urinated on his tent. An Iranian man told Amnesty International: "I left my country looking for safety, but here I face police abuse...The police come every day to take my tent and clothes."

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Arkiveringsdatum 190517:

Fire Brigades Union 19-05-09:

Europa/ Firefighters protest prison for rescuing refugees till sidans topp

UK firefighters will protest outside the Italian embassy in London today, on Europe Day, in support of a Spanish firefighter facing prison for rescuing refugees. Fire Brigades Union (FBU) activists will call on the Italian government to drop its investigation and end its anti-migrant crusade.

Spanish firefighter Miguel Roldan faces 20 years in prison for helping to rescue drowning refugees in the Mediterranean. Italian authorities have accused him of aiding illegal immigration and working with human traffickers, amidst pressure from far-right politician Matteo Salvini.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said:

"The charges against Miguel must be dropped. Firefighting is a humanitarian profession and Miguel was carrying out humanitarian work. We cannot stand idly by while one of our own is punished for trying to save lives.

"Across Europe, Salvini and politicians of his ilk are spreading hatred. We will not allow racists and fascists to divide us. We stand with those fleeing war and terror who seek safety, refuge and security."

Nottinghamshire firefighter Brendan Woodhouse was previously held off the coast of Italy for 10 days in a refugee-rescue vessel, as port authorities refused to let the boat land. The FBU called on Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to aid in his release. Brendan will speak at today's protest.

Brendan Woodhouse said:

"The criminalisation of humanitarian rescue has become all too commonplace. It's a stain on European politics to see rescuers threatened with prison.

"In January I was part of a rescue crew threatened with prosecution for saving lives at sea. We had done nothing wrong. In the same way, Miguel is being taken through the courts. His crime? Saving lives!"

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IRR 19-04-25:

Europa/ Government targeting of migrant solidarity activists for prosecution must stop till sidans topp

The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) publishes today a compelling new report on 'crimes of solidarity', drawing attention to a dramatic increase in prosecutions, restrictions and penalties, against a variety of civil society actors.

The online publication of When Witnesses Won't be Silenced: citizens' solidarity and criminalisation comes just days after the Global Legal Action Network petitioned the European Court of Human Rights arguing that the prosecution in January 2016 of Salam Kamal-Aldeen, the founder of Team Humanity, for his rescue work in the Aegean Sea constitutes a violation of human rights law.

The IRR's second report on 'crimes of solidarity' in eighteen months highlights the escalation in prosecution of migrant solidarity activists throughout Europe under aiding illegal immigration laws since the publication in November 2017 of our first report, documenting seventeen new cases involving ninety-nine people in 2018 and the first three months of 2019. (1)

Case studies reveal that people have been prosecuted for rescue at sea and on land, or for giving homeless people shelter, or halting deportations. Not only has there been a dramatic increase in prosecutions but, significantly, a step change in the type of charges being brought as well as greater restrictions on individuals once place under investigation. For instance:

*Charges have included membership of a criminal network or gang as well as, in the Stansted 15 case, terrorism-related offences

* In some cases, individuals and organisations have had phones tapped and bank accounts frozen

* In the case of search and rescue NGOS investigation and/or prosecution has been accompanied by 'smear campaigns' which seem to be spearheaded by the Italian government to delegitimise, slander and obstruct aid associations

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Legal Centre Lesvos / Statewatch 19-05-11:

Grekland/ Peaceful demonstration and the human right to freedom of assembly prevails till sidans topp

Yesterday, 9 April 2019, in the Misdemeanours Court of Mytilene, the 110 on trial for resistance against authorities, rioting, and illegal occupation of public property were found not-guilty of all charges against them.

The charges were brought last year, after a peaceful sit-in of approximately 180 refugees took place in a small part of Sappho Square in the centre of Mytilene, Lesvos, between April 17- 23, 2018, in protest against poor living conditions in Moria Camp, lack of medical care and access to health services, imprisonment on the island and the long delay in their asylum process. The trigger of the mobilisation was the hospitalisation and death of an Afghan asylum seeker with serious health problems.

What fundamentally differentiated this peaceful demonstration from previous demonstrations by refugees in Sappho Square was the unprecedented organised violent assault against the protestors by far-right elements with fascist and racist motives from the afternoon of 22 April up to 4 a.m. the following day, 23 April.

While the police initially made efforts to protect the protestors during the attack, as is their duty, and formed a protective ring around them so as not to come in direct contact with the attacking mob, they did not manage to protect them from the continuous throwing of stones, glasses, flaming objects, tiles, and bottles; which resulted in many injuries to the demonstrators and those standing in solidarity with them.

Throughout the night, the police did not arrest any of the attackers, as one might expect. Instead, in the early morning when the situation was seemingly calm, the police continued the assault against the demonstrators and carried out a swift and violent evacuation of the Square, using tear gas and riot gear to forcibly encircle the demonstrators. The fearful and panicked demonstrators, including many mothers and young children, were arrested and led to the police vans without any prior warning, making it self evident in the trial that no rioting or resistance during the operation of the evacuation could have taken place.

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Legal Centre Lesvos 19-05-09: Trial of Sapfous 122 - Today in Mytilene (Extern länk)

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Legal Centre Lesvos 19-04-17:

Grekland/ April 2019 Report on Rights Violations and Resistance in Lesvos till sidans topp

Last week, it was reported that in response to criticism the director of the notorious Reception and Identification Centre outside Moria village in Lesvos stated that "anyone who thinks they can do better than us is welcome to try."

What he misses is that it is actually an obligation of the State to provide adequate reception facilities for asylum seekers. It is also an obligation of the state to respect, protect, and ensure the enjoyment of human rights for all residing in its jurisdiction, including all migrants and refugees.

Three years after the EU-Turkey Statement, time has shown that the Greek state, and the European Union in its role implementing European migration policies, have utterly failed to meet these obligations. The horrible conditions and systematic procedural violations are not only morally, but legally unacceptable.

The practices we have documented in the first quarter of 2019 demonstrate a continued policy of dehumanization, discrimination, and structural violence against migrants entering Europe via Lesvos. Below is just a sampling of the continuing violation of migrants we have repeatedly reported on.

/Rapporten innehåller följande avsnitt med analys och fallstudier/

1. Bureaucratic Obstacles to Realizing Rights

2. Identification documents denied to individuals granted status

3. Increased scrutiny of claims under Dublin III delay and deny family reunification

4. Arbitrary Detention Practices and Collective Punishment of Detainees

+ Resistance and Organizing in Greece 3 Years after EU-Turkey Statement

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Arkiveringsdatum 190415:

UNHCR April 2019:

UNHCR's seven key calls to European Parliament candidates till sidans topp

Conflict, violence and persecution are forcing more and more people to flee their homes. Most of them stay in their own country or flee to neighbouring countries, not Europe. Even though fewer people now seek safety in Europe, too many are still tragically dying at sea in search of a new future. Pushbacks and abuses at land borders also continue and many people seeking protection cannot enter Europe.

The European Union (EU) can play a leading role in protecting refugees in Europe and abroad, including by supporting the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees. This new global deal will help provide stronger support for the countries where most refugees live. It also encourages sharing more fairly the responsibility of helping those who are forced to flee their country and seek refuge elsewhere.

With a common response, EU countries can securely and humanely manage arrivals of people in a way that works for both refugees and the communities that host them. By supporting countries outside of Europe, the EU can also reduce dangerous journeys and help find long-term opportunities for refugees to thrive and not just survive.

Better protect refugees in the EU and globally

Video: Seven actions. One common future. It's in your hands (Extern länk)

Members of the next European Parliament have a unique and important opportunity to:

Protect people's right to safety and asylum (Extern länk)

Create fair and fast EU asylum procedures (Extern länk)

Show solidarity between EU countries (Extern länk)

Offer more legal options for refugees to reach safety in Europe (Extern länk)

Save lives at sea (Extern länk)

Welcome refugees into their new homes (Extern länk)

Help refugees thrive wherever they are (Extern länk)

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Danish Refugee Council / ECRE 19-02-15:

Danmark/ Return counselling: Supporting informed decision-making till sidans topp

Making returns more effective has been on the Member States' agenda for many years and the Danish Refugee Council has published a policy brief, Return Counselling: Supporting informed decision-making through impartial, independent and non-directive counselling, on best practices for return counselling to encourage a dignified return procedure that takes into consideration the individual needs of the rejected asylum seekers.

"Return Counselling" focuses on five main areas, which are important to ensure a dignified return process: impartial and non-directive counselling, sufficient time for building trust to the counsellors, access to legal counselling, dignified stay and prevention of detention, Holistic reintegration support.

Based on decades of experience providing counselling to asylum seekers through all levels of the asylum procedure the Asylum Department of the Danish Refugee Council finds that rejected asylum seekers are more capable of relating to their own situation, if they are actively included in the return process and experience it as being dignified. On that basis the Danish Refugee Council thus calls for the EU co-legislators to incorporate return counselling in all return procedures.

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Arkiveringsdatum 190219:

Amnesty International 19-02-11:

Thailand/ Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi's extradition case dropped till sidans topp

Responding to news that footballer Hakeem Ali al-Araibi will not be extradited to Bahrain, Amnesty International's Minar Pimple, Senior Director of Global Operations, said:

"This was a baseless and cynical extradition request from the Bahraini authorities, who wanted to punish Hakeem for his peaceful political views. Hakeem spent more than two months behind bars in Thailand, when he should not have been detained for a single second. It is only right that he should go back to Australia - where his family, his football club, and the country that gave him sanctuary are waiting.

"Today's decision is an example of the impact of solidarity with refugees, and a victory for people power. Over 135,000 Amnesty supporters joined the global call to free Hakeem.

"Today, the Thai government showed a willingness to respect international law and do the right thing by allowing Hakeem to return to safety, rather than be sent to likely torture. The Thai government has also recently pledged to strengthen its refugee protections, a much needed step, as on several occasions in the past it forcibly returned people to countries where their lives and well-being were at serious risk."

Background

Travelling on an Australian travel document, Hakeem was detained upon arrival in Bangkok on 27 November last year, based on an irregular Interpol red notice. On 1 February, Thai prosecutors submitted a request for Hakeem's extradition on behalf of the government of Bahrain. On 4 February, Hakeem appeared in court and formally lodged his objections to the extradition.

A former player of Bahrain's national football team, Hakeem has been a peaceful and outspoken critic of the authorities there since he had been detained in November 2012 and subjected to torture. He fled to Australia in May 2014, where he was recognized as a refugee in 2017. The Bahraini authorities have an appalling track record of cracking down on peaceful dissent.

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Arkiveringsdatum 181204:

EASO November 2018:

Italien/ EASO Greenline Italy live session on Facebook till sidans topp

The EASO Greenline Italy was launched in May 2018 with the aim of providing useful information to asylum applicants in Italy who have family members already living in other European countries and want to be reunited with them.

After some months of activity, it has been possible for the Agency to re-assess the functioning of this service according to the received requests. This is why the list of languages spoken by our cultural mediators working at the Greenline has been reformulated and now includes Arabic, Amharic, Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Rohingya, Tigrinya and Urdu, as well as English, French and Italian.

In parallel, EASO has continued the online promotion of the Greenline. Not only has a specific page been created on EASO's official website, available at the address https://www.easo.europa.eu/campaigns, but the existence of this service has been constantly advertised via EASO's social media.

For example, the Facebook page exclusively dedicated to the Greenline, https://www.facebook.com/easogreenlineitaly/, has been reshaped and fed with messages in all the spoken languages. A live video session of one hour was also organised on 16 October, with the help of the Bengali speaking cultural mediator who, at first, explained the general activity of the Greenline in English and Bengali, and then answered specific questions received by the followers via both the written chat and the phone numbers displayed on the video.

This live session, still available on the Facebook page, was a perfect occasion to create a direct contact with asylum applicants potentially eligible for the family unity provisions under the Dublin Regulation, and to remind everyone that the service is available from Monday to Friday 9:00am/5:30pm, on the free phone number 800 126 389, plus +39 340 67 67 895 for WhatsApp and Viber, Lycamobile +39 351 25 96 874/+39 351 25 22 378 and via email and Skype at greenline.it@easo.europa.eu.

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IOM 18-11-06:

Mexiko/ Historic launch of global movement of families of the missing till sidans topp

Each year, the Caravana de Madres de Migrantes Desaparecidos (Caravan of Mothers of Missing Migrants) crosses Mexican territory in search of their children who went missing trying to reach the United States.

For the first time, the Mothers' Caravan was joined in Mexico City by mothers from other continents, with the aim of building a transnational movement to remind the international community that one disappearance, one death, is one too many.

Over 40 mothers and other family members searching for missing migrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Senegal, Mauritania, Tunisia and Algeria came together to share their stories, to build ties, and to exchange experiences of searching for information on the whereabouts of their children.

IOM's Missing Migrants Project attended this historical event as an observer.

The summit was convened by the Movimiento Migrante Mesoamericano and the Italian Carovani Migranti, two NGOs which assist mothers and families of missing migrants in Central America and Italy, respectively. Associations representing families of the missing sent delegations to the Summit, including the Tunisian Association Mères des Disparus, the Algerian Collectif de Familles des Harraga d'Annaba, the Mauritanian Association des Femmes Chefs de Famille, the Salvadoran Comité de Migrantes Desparecidos, the Honduran Comité de Familiares de Migrantes Desaparecidos del Progreso and the Mexican Red de Enlaces Nacionales.

Rosa Idalia Jiménez has been looking for her son, Roberto Adonai Bardales Jiménez, since 28 May 2013. He disappeared when he was 14, as he fled poverty and violence in his home country towards the US border. He wanted a safer, better life. The last time Rosa heard from him, he was preparing to cross the US-Mexico border into Texas from Reynosa, Mexico.

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Arkiveringsdatum 180831:

Amnesty International 18-08-16:

USA/ US-Mexico asylum deal would put many at risk till sidans topp

"Urgent action"

In recent closed-door discussions, the US and Mexico are considering declaring Mexico a "safe third country". This would block all asylum seekers passing through Mexico from seeking protection in US and force them to stay in dangerous and under-equipped Mexico. The deal could be agreed in coming weeks putting thousands at risk.

The US government has repeatedly tried to outsource its international responsibility to the Mexican government in terms of protecting refugees and asylum seekers. On 25 April, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen publicly called on asylum seekers from Central America to seek asylum in Mexico and threatened them with criminal prosecution if they approached the US border. On 1 May, US Vice President Mike Pence called for assistance from the US Congress in ensuring asylum seekers who have passed through other safe countries stay in the country they first travel through. The deal could be agreed in coming weeks putting thousands at risk and meaning all US land borders would be closed to people seeking asylum.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), an estimated 400,000 to 500,000 people enter irregularly through Mexico's southern border each year, and at least half of these people could need international protection as refugees. Many of these people come from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, some of the most dangerous countries in the world. In 2017, Mexico received 14,596 asylum claims of which 4,272 were from Honduras, 4,042 from Venezuela and 3,708 from El Salvador.

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Arkiveringsdatum 180819:

Europarådets parlament juli 2018:

Europa/ The Parliamentary Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children till sidans topp

The situation:

Europe continues to be faced with unprecedented numbers of migrants seeking protection. Migrant children are the most vulnerable group, whether they are arriving with their families or as unaccompanied minors. A worrying number of them end up in administrative detention as a result of existing immigration laws and policies. In detention facilities they are at high risk of abuse and neglect. Moreover, minors that are unaccompanied or separated from their parents or guardians are often unable to advocate for their fundamental human rights.

As shown in a number of relevant studies and documents, irrespective of the conditions, detention can lead to a number of negative health consequences to children. Even if detained for short periods, the children's psychological and physical well-being can be undermined and their cognitive development compromised.

The action needed:

There is a great need to raise awareness on the problem of immigration detention of children in Council of Europe member States. As Doris Fiala recalled, member States have the "obligation to expeditiously and completely cease this serious violation of children rights in compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child".

Measures need to be taken at national level to ensure that all migrant children can enjoy their full rights. This entails implementing relevant laws and adopting alternatives to immigration detention that fulfil the best interests of children.

The legal framework:

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child defines that the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration in all actions concerning children (Art. 3) and that "no child shall be deprived of his or her liberty unlawfully or arbitrarily" (Art. 37).

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Arkiveringsdatum 180528:

Inter Agency Working Group to End Child Detention 18-05-15:

Europa/ Call on states to end child immigration detention: There are alternatives till sidans topp

The Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) to End Child Immigration Detention commends States' efforts towards developing child-sensitive and human-rights based Global Compacts and highlights the need to ensure that the Global Compacts do not fall below minimum child rights standards and do not allow for the possibility of detaining children for immigration purposes. The IAWG emphasizes the potential of the Global Compacts as a multilateral multi-stakeholder process and calls on States to use this process to work together to ensure that in practice alternatives are always available to safeguard the rights, dignity and welfare of migrant children and their families, regardless of their status. The IAWG stands ready to further support States' efforts through the implementation of the Global Compacts by offering guidance on alternatives to detention, engaging in national capacity-building, sharing positive practices, and tracking progress and achievements

Ending Child Immigration Detention: Successful State practices

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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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