Recent activities of the Special Representative on migration and refugees


On 14 November 2017, in Strasbourg, the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG), participated in a meeting with Michael O’Flaherty, Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights. The aim of the meeting was to exchange views on further...

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European Court of Human Right rulings in two expulsion cases

European Court of Human Rights

In its Chamber judgment of 7 November 2017, in the case of K.I. v. Russia (application no. 58182/14), the European Court of Human Rights found, in particular, that there would be a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of ill-treatment) of the European Convention on Human Rights if the applicant...

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GRETA published reports on Belgium and Poland


On 16 November 2017, the Council of Europe´s expert group against human trafficking, GRETA, published its 2nd evaluation report on Belgium, in which it notes progress in the legal and institutional framework for combating human trafficking, the adoption of a new national anti-trafficking action...

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GREVIO published its report on Denmark


On 24 November 2017, the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO), published an evaluation report on Denmark. The report contains an overall analysis of the implementation of the provisions of the Istanbul Convention. It...

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Commissioner's 3rd quarterly report, address at the OSCE Permanent Council and a conference on family unity


On 16 November 2017, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks, gave a speech at the Plenary Meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council, in which he shared his reflections on the broader human rights context with which he has been confronted over the last five-and-a-half...

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Extra-territorial processing of asylum claims, family reunification and missing children in focus


On 8 December 2017 the Parliamentary Assembly’s Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons met in Paris. The Agenda included, among other topics, the challenges of extra-territorial processing of asylum claims and the human rights impact of the ‘external dimension’ of European Union...

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Conference on Media and Migration in Hamburg


On 24-25 November 2017, in Hamburg, Germany, representatives of the Council of Europe Media and Internet Division participated in the CMMA2017: Conference on Media and Migration, organised by the Refugee Radio Network. The event gathered over 200 international participants from civil society,...

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Policy Lab for Inclusive Integration


On 28 November 2017, in Lisbon, Portugal, a Policy Lab for Inclusive Integration was organised on the initiative of the Council of Europe´s Intercultural cities programme. Topics of discussion included: how inclusive integration policies of cities contribute to a better management of migration at...

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