23 December 2016 – This Monday 19 December, the German capital has had its turn for a horror scene, of which Paris and Brussels in Western Europe, and Istanbul, Karachi, Beirut and so many others, were the previous theatres. Right until the end, in Aleppo, Ankara, Berlin, the year 2016 well deserves the qualifier of bloody.
22 December 2016 – In June 2016, the European Council adopted the new Partnership Framework with third countries in the field of migration management, which was proposed by the Commission. It seemed to us useful to present, in this newsletter, a synthetic analysis of this cooperation to which third countries are ardently called out. The different forms of partnership are then listed below, with their means, their objectives and their actors.
22 December – In its December 2015 newsletter AEDH published, a census of all the decisions and initiatives taken during the year by the European Union institutions in the field of migration and asylum. The year 2016, which should have been placed under the seal of the implementation of the “European agenda on migration”, published on 13 May 2015, proved to be remarkably long-winded, every month with its fill of reform proposals, new measures, initiatives and speeches.
21 December 2016 – On the 15th of December, Eurostat published new statistics on the evolution of number of asylum applications registered in the EU in the third quarter of 2016.
21 December 2016 – AEDH contributed to the consultation launched by the European Commission for a European pillar of social rights.
Brussels, 18 December 2016 – “On International Migrants Day, let us commit to coherent, comprehensive and human-rights based responses guided by international law and standards and a shared resolve to leave no one behind.” This was the message of the UN Secretary-General in December of last year. The same message has been repeatedly proclaimed since Migrants Day by the UN General Assembly in 2000. The day commemorates the adoption of the International Convention on the Protection of all Migrant Workers and their families. However, the reality, is that it has been ratified only by 49 states, by no EU member state of the European Union and by almost no Northern country.
AEDH has signed a joint statement with 31 NGOs addressed to the European Council, ahead its meeting of 15 December. Strengthening the framework for legal migration, expanding safe and legal routes for refugees and protecting the rights of everyone who arrived in Europe, should be the priorities of European migration policies.
10 December 2016 – On the eve of the commemorations of the 68th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10th December 2016 as well as of the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the International Covenants, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on 16th December 2016, the European Association for the Defence of Human Rights (AEDH) wants to point out that rights are not the problem, but the solution. While they are often put into question, they must never be turned off.
The European Association for the Defence of Human Rights (AEDH) expresses its solidarity with the whistleblowers that have been charged and sentenced in the LuxLeaks trial. AEDH supports the call to demonstrate on 12th of December launched by the Support Committee to Antoine Deltour, the Luxembourgian Committee of solidarity with the accused of the trial “Luxleaks” and the Platform tax and legal havens.
30 November 2016 – Since the European Commission has launched its consultation on a European Pillar for social rights (EPSR) on 8 March this year, the Employment and Social Affairs Committee has developed a draft report, led by Maria João Rodrigues, Socialists and Democrats (S&D) Member of European Parliament (MEP), in order to give the European Parliament’s opinion on the issue. The world of work is at the core of this initiative, needing to be “fair and truly pan-European”. But what does a “fair” or “decent” work mean?