We hope this message finds you well! Here at Refugee Rights Europe, we've spent the last few months advocating for the rights of refugees and displaced people across Europe. We've outlined some of our key achievements below, which include some positive progress - none of which would have been possible without the support from generous individuals like yourself. Thank you for your invaluable support.
New report highlights plight of children stuck in legal limbo
After the recent UK-French ministerial ‘refugee crisis’ talks regarding asylum-seekers’ attempts to cross the English Channel, we released a new report with first-hand accounts from Calais and Dunkirk.
Our field research highlights cases of extreme neglect and a failure to uphold a duty of care towards unaccompanied minors in the area. It calls for expanded safe and legal passageways and a commitment to relocating children from European locations to the UK.
New blog for World Humanitarian Day
On World Humanitarian Day, 19th August, RRE researcher, Elizabeth Hobbs, published a blog on the worrying rise of criminalisation of solidarity occurring across Europe. The blog highlights the cases of Sarah Mardini and Sean Binder who were both arrested in Greece in September 2018, after trying to save lives at sea. Read the blog here.
Committee Against Torture adopts RRE recommendations
The Committee Against torture released its recommendations for Greece following on from its review of Greece. We were pleased to see several of the concerns and policy recommendations raised by RRE and partners included in the 'concluding observations', along with a strong condemnation of the Greek government's current treatment of asylum seekers in detention, as well as its response to gender based violence and the criminalisation of solidarity. You can read the concluding observations here.
French human rights authority responds to our concerns in northern France
Following a disconcerting meeting with individuals in detention in northern France earlier this year, we passed on their messages to the French human rights authority Jacques Toubon (Défenseur des droits), and asked him to take urgent action.
We received a response from Mr Toubon who confirmed that our concerns have been addressed in both a report outlining health risks for asylum seekers, and in direct communications with the Ministry of the Interior.
EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee adopts RRE recommendations
We were pleased to see our recommendations included in the final report of the EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee on its inquiry on Brexit implications for refugee protection and asylum policy.
Following our recommendations, in both our written and oral submissions, the Committee:
- Urged the government to ensure that family reunion remains available once the UK leaves the EU and in the event of a no-deal scenario.
- Called on the UK government to ensure that human rights considerations must be at the heart of any future agreements with third countries on readmission or cooperation.
- Urged Ministers to moderate the language they use when discussing asylum issues.
Read our full submission here.
Our new website
Make sure to check out our new website, which contains new content and additional resources! www.Refugee-Rights.Eu
As always, please don't hesitate to contact us should you like to receive any additional information or updates. Once again, on behalf of the entire Refugee Rights Europe team, thank you ever so much for your invaluable support!
Marta and the RRE team
Our Executive Director and Chair of the Board
Greek islands - Photo credit Tessa Kraan