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Reinforcing each other’s’ actions to support the rights of migrants, refugees and displaces persons

At its meeting held on 27-28 April 2022, the Migration Committee held exchanges of views with Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner, and Leyla Kayacik, Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees.

Focus was placed on pushbacks, the humanitarian consequences of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, the specific needs of vulnerable migrants and refugees, the necessity for independent monitoring mechanisms, and in this context, the important role played by national parliaments.

“These exchanges of views were an opportunity to underline that reinforcing each actor’s actions is essential to ensure impact, and that parliamentarians have a key role in upholding Council of Europe’s human rights standards,” said Theodoros Rousopoulos (Greece, EPP/CD), the Chairperson of the Migration Committee.