The Special Representative on Migration and Refugees visited Turkey


From 15 to 26 March 2021, the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG), Ambassador Drahoslav Štefánek, visited Turkey. His mission aimed at assessing the current situation concerning human rights of migrants and refugees – with a special focus on the most...

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Violations of asylum-seeking family’s rights in the Röszke transit zone and lawfulness and detention conditions of detainee in Malta


On 11 March 2021, in a Chamber judgment in the case of Feilazoo v. Malta (application no. 6865/19) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment) of the European Convention on Human Rights, a...

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European countries must urgently change their migration policies which endanger refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean


On 09 March 2021, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, published a report entitled “A distress call for human rights. The widening gap in migrant protection in the Mediterranean”. “European countries are failing to protect refugees and migrants trying to reach...

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Anti-torture Committee: Malta should improve the treatment of detained migrants


On 10 March 2021, the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT), published a report on its ad hoc visit to Malta focussing on immigration detention, which took place from 17 to 22 September 2020, together with the response...

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Council of Europe’s anti-racism commission published its annual report


On 18 March 2021, the Council of Europe’s anti-racism commission (ECRI) published its 2020 annual report, ahead of the International Day against Racial Discrimination marked on 21 March 2021. It identified four key challenges Europe was facing last year: mitigating the disproportional impact of...

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Launch of the HELP course on Asylum and European Convention on Human Rights in Turkey


On 4 March 2021, In Ankara, the European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) course on “Asylum and European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)” was launched in Turkey. The online event brought together 40 lawyers of the Bursa Bar Association with the tutor of the...

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