The AEDH considers this new initiative as an additional dangerous development in the fight against terrorism, which, in no way complying with the principle of proportionality, increasingly tends to hold citizens in its invasive grip and to infringe individual and collective liberties.
AEDH is asking European members of Parliament not to approve the draft directive “on common standards and procedures in Member States for returning illegally staying third-country nationals”, that will be proposed to their vote.
AEDH has been watching, with great concern, the transformation of Europe from a haven of civil liberties to a surveillance zone. The number of initiatives drawn up to combat a vague, ill-defined terrorist threat has been multiplying in the European area. Such moves attempt to subject European and foreign citizens living or travelling in Europe to restrictions that go against the fundamental principles of the human rights protection. These include, among others, the use of biometric passports, the possibility of trading information between judicial and police authorities through the Treaty of Prüm system, and access to the Schengen Information System by other police organisations such as EUROPOL and EURODAC.
The Lega Italiana dei Diritti dell’ Uomo, LIDU, and the European Association for Human Rights, EAHR, of which the LIDU is a member, wish to make their position known concerning the “dispute” on migrants, particularly those who are EU citizens residing in Italy.