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Roma face ‘double stigmatisation’ when they are on the move

01/06/2012 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Roma face “double stigmatisation” when they are on the move, firstly as a persecuted and victimised minority and secondly as migrants, according to PACE’s Migration Committee. In a draft recommendation approved today in Paris, based on a report by Annette Groth (Germany, UEL), the committee points out this stigma is “based on three deep-rooted prejudices, namely that all Roma are nomads, they all come from abroad, and their migration is illegal”.

Tineke Strik requests EU help over refugee boat tragedy

31/05/2012 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

PACE rapporteur Tineke Strik (Netherlands, SOC) has called on members of the European Parliament to help uncover further details related to the deaths of 63 refugees who died in the Mediterranean last spring after their distress calls went unanswered. She was briefing the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee today in Brussels on her continuing investigation into the tragedy.

‘Left to die’ boat: PACE rapporteur to seek MEPs help in clarifying who is responsible

25/05/2012 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Tineke Strik (Netherlands, SOC), whose report “Lives lost in the Mediterranean Sea: who is responsible?” was recently adopted by the PACE, will be in Brussels on 30 May to brief members of the European Parliament on her findings and seek their assistance in clarifying further how 63 people fleeing the Libya conflict by sea in March 2011 were “left to die”.

PACE committee finds a ‘catalogue of failures’ that led to deaths of 63 people fleeing Libyan conflict by sea

29/03/2012 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

A failure to react to distress calls and a “vacuum of responsibility” for search and rescue are among a “catalogue of failures” which led to the deaths of 63 people fleeing the conflict in Libya by sea during a tragic 15-day voyage in March 2011, according to a PACE committee. A report by Tineke Strik (Netherlands, SOC), adopted this morning in Brussels by PACE’s Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons, says Italian search and rescue authorities, NATO, the flag states of naval vessels in the area, the Libyan authorities and reckless smugglers are among those who share responsibility.

‘The European Court of Human Rights closes the door to refoulement at sea,’ says the Chair of PACE...

23/02/2012 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

“The European Court of Human Rights has today delivered a landmark judgment which clarifies member states’ obligations regarding interception at sea,” said Giacomo Santini, PACE Chair of the Committee on Migration. “The Hirsi and others v. Italy judgment unambiguously upholds the right of persons intercepted at sea not to be pushed back and to request asylum,” he added. “In this way, the Court has closed the door to any state wanting purely and simply to push back those intercepted at sea.”

Chair of PACE Migration Committee calls for improvements in the EU Family Reunification Directive

13/02/2012 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

“Family reunification is an important element of the right to family life and an essential part of the integration process for migrants,” said Giacomo Santini (Italy, EPP/CD), Chair of the PACE Migration Committee, following the approval by the committee of a position paper on reform of the EU Family Reunification Directive.

The deterrent anti-migrants fence in Greece will not solve anything at all, according to Migration...

09/02/2012 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The President of the PACE Migration Committee, Giacomo Santini, has stated that "the erection of a barbed wire fence between Greece and Turkey will not solve anything at all. It will simply give rise to greater distress and more loss of human lives. People attempting to reach Europe will look for alternative routes," he went on.

‘The left-to-die boat’: there should be no gaps in the division of responsibility for search and rescue

16/12/2011 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

“This visit to Malta was important for my inquiry into who is responsible for lives lost in the Mediterranean Sea, and enabled me to piece together another part of the puzzle in the case of the ‘left-to-die boat’”, said PACE rapporteur Tineke Strik (Netherlands, SOC), speaking at the end of a two-day visit to Malta.

International Migrants Day: PACE committee head calls for upholding rights of migrants and the rule of law...

16/12/2011 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

In a statement to mark International Migrants Day (18 December), the Chair of PACE's Migration Committee has reaffirmed the importance of upholding both the rights of migrants and the rule of law. Christopher Chope (United Kingdom, EDG) said: “Trafficking and irregular migration have given all migrants a bad name, which has meant the weak and innocent lose out. This unfortunately translates into an over-reliance on detention of migrants and asylum seekers.”

PACE rapporteur on the humanitarian situation in the Gali region: for better or for worse?

15/12/2011 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

“The humanitarian situation in the Gali region has now reached a turning point, but whether the turn is for the better or for the worse depends on all parties involved,” said Tina Acketoft (Sweden, ALDE), rapporteur of PACE Migration Committee, speaking at the end of a four-day visit to Georgia, including Tbilisi, Gali and Sukhumi. The fact-finding visit took place as part of preparation for her report “Follow-up on the humanitarian consequences of the war between Georgia and Russia: the humanitarian situation in the war-affected areas.”

PACE inquiry into responsibility for loss of life in the Mediterranean Sea: visit to Malta

14/12/2011 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Tineke Strik (Netherlands, SOC), who is carrying out an inquiry for the PACE into “Lives lost in the Mediterranean Sea: who is responsible?”, in particular for the deaths of ‘boat people’ fleeing Libya, will make a fact-finding visit to Malta from 15 to 16 December 2011. During her visit, the rapporteur will meet refugees who arrived from Libya after January 2011 to gather testimony on their experiences, and will meet officials from the Maltese armed forces who are involved in organising rescues.

Humanitarian consequences of the war between Georgia and Russia: rapporteur's visit

13/12/2011 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Tina Acketoft (Sweden, ALDE) will carry out a fact-finding visit to Sukhumi and Gali in Georgia from 12 to 15 December 2011 to continue preparation of her report on “Follow-up on the humanitarian consequences of the war between Georgia and Russia: the humanitarian situation in the war-affected areas”.