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Human rights of migrants and refugees: Council of Europe to intensify monitoring

Secretary General Strasbourg 25 November 2015
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Human rights of migrants and refugees: Council of Europe to intensify monitoring

Increasing reports of ill-treatment of migrants and refugees in Europe, for example attacks on homes for asylum seekers or the excessive use of force by police at borders, are a cause for concern according to Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. He is also concerned about problematic conditions at migrant camps.

The Council of Europe will examine options to intensify its monitoring of human rights in these areas as a basis for further decisions and action.

The Secretary General recalls that the fundamental rights of individuals arriving in Council of Europe member states are protected by the European Convention on Human Rights.