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  • Accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The negotiating group of the 47 Council of Europe member states and the European Union has agreed on a draft instrument for the accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights. Through this instrument, the European Union accedes to the European Convention on Human Rights, to its Protocol and to Protocol no. 6. The main features of the agreement are the following:

  • Parliamentary Assembly debate on "Mounting tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean"

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe held on 24 January a debate on the report prepared by Assembly Member Tineke Stirk (Netherlands, SOC) entitled "Mounting tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean". The report deals with the situation of migrants and refugees in Greece and at its border with Turkey, with an emphasis on Greece's border management and on tensions within the Greek society. Special attention is paid to the situation of Syrian refugees.

  • European Commission publishes third Annual Report on Migration and Asylum

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The European Commission published on 30/05/2012 its Communication to the European Parliament and the Council, namely the 3rd Annual Report on Migration and Asylum. The Report encompasses an analysis of EU policy on immigration and international protection based on developments in 2011.

  • UNHCR publishes Guide on Working with Men and Boy Survivors of Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Forced Displacement

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    UNHCR published a Guide on Working with Men and Boy Survivors of Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Forced Displacement. The Guide emphasizes that sexual violence and rape can be used as a weapon of war against men as well as women, that it is inflicted on men as a means of disempowerment, dominance and undermining concepts of masculinity, discussed triggers for survival sex. The Guide further provides with a number of indicators for identification of survivors.

  • Amnesty International Annual Report 2013

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    Amnesty International has published its annual human rights report for 2013, with a country-by-country account of the situation of human rights and a global analysis. The report devotes significant attention to asylum and migration issues and criticises the EU in this respect.

    The report is available at Amnesty International's website.

  • Committee of Ministers adopts Protocol No. 16 to the ECHR

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The Committee of Ministers has adopted Protocol No. 16 to the European Convention on Human Rights. The protocol provides for States’ highest courts to obtain opinions on questions of principle regarding the interpretation and/or application of rights and freedom defined in the Convention and its protocols. The goal of the new protocol is to resolve these questions before they reach Strasbourg, saving Court resources and enabling speedier resolution of cases at the national level. The protocol will enter into force once 10 parties to the Convention have ratified it.

  • ECtHR decision in K. v Russia (no. 69235/11)

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    The applicant is a Belarusian national who was arrested in Moscow in May 2011 following an international arrest warrant from Belarus and placed in detention. His detention was extended on several occasions. Although the Russian authorities approved his extradition, it did not take place because the ECtHR issued an interim measure preventing it. The applicant had also requested asylum shortly after his detention. His claim was at first dismissed.

  • Council of the European Union: COREPER agreement on Asylum and Migration Fund.

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    On 19 December COREPER reached a partial general approach on the draft Regulation establishing the Asylum and Migration Fund. This will constitute the basis for the upcoming negotiations with the European Parliament in the context of the ordinary legislative procedure.

    The text of the agreement can be read here.

  • Council of the European Union: Justice and Home Affairs Council - Smart Borders Package

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    During its meeting on 7 and 8 March, the Justice and Home Affairs Council heard a presentation by the European Commission on the Smart Borders Package, which the Commission had tabled last week. It was also updated on the state of play of the asylum procedures directive and the Eurodac regulation. Issues that remain to be solved in relation to these two legislative proposals concern special procedures for unaccompanied minors and victims of torture and access to Eurodac data by law enforcement authorities.

  • CJEU: Reference for a Preliminary Ruling: Case C-201/12, 27/04/2012, Z v Minister voor Immigratie en Asiel

    Date: 
    Friday, October 4, 2013

    Referring court: Raad van State
    Parties to the main proceedings:
    Appellant: Z
    Respondent: Minister voor Immigratie en Asiel
    Questions referred:

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