ICJ addresses Human Rights Council on migrants’ rights at EU borders

The ICJ today addressed the Human Rights Council, and the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, concerning migrants’ rights at EU borders.

In an interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Francois Crépeau, the ICJ commended the Special Rapporteur’s study concerning the external borders of the EU. It drew attention to gaps in the harmonized EU standards on the rights of persons in need of international protection; and the risk of proposed EU Regulations for Frontex sea operations to institutionalise pushback operations and to not be in line with the principle of non-refoulement. The ICJ asked the Special Rapporteur to consider whether, by divesting responsibilities to non-EU member States, EU policies can constitute a form of complicity in human rights violations.

The statement was delivered under Item 3 (promotion and protection of all human rights) of the agenda of the Human Rights Council’s 23rd regular session (27 May to 14 June 2013).

Europe-HRC23-OralStatementMigrants-LegalSubmission-2013 (download full statement in PDF)

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