A hundred and fifty bodies were found in the sea off the Tunisian Kerkennah islands a few weeks ago. These bodies were of people who fled the violent conflict in Libya to seek safety in Europe. Their death added to the toll of refugees and migrants who die trying to reach Europe. More than 1,400 so far this year.
Many refugees and migrants have suffered horrendous conditions of detention after being pushed back to or prevented from leaving Libya. We urge the European Union and its leaders to make a clean break and to accept their responsibilities.
Amnesty International and the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network have asked Catherine Ashton, High Representative, and Stefan Füle, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy, urgently to review the current draft successor to the EU-Morocco Action Plan in the light of the EU’s newly stated approach to the region, and ensure that the human rights provisions are significantly strengthened.
07/04/2011The anticipated discussions on migration and border issues arising from the situation in the southern neighbourhood region‛ at the next Justice and Home Affairs Council present a further opportunity for the EU to commit itself to tangible measures to deal with the current mass displacement resulting from recent unrest in North Africa and the continuing armed conflict in Libya.
25/03/2011The Human Rights & Democracy Network (HRDN), comprising over 40 European civil society organisations and networks, has monitored popular demand for greater freedom and political change in North Africa and the Middle East.
25/03/2011Amnesty International has written to High Representative Catherine Ashton expressing deep dissatisfaction with the outcome of the Foreign Affairs Council of 21 March regarding the developments in the southern Mediterranean.
12/06/2013 Poland and the European Union must ensure that the country urgently investigates long-standing accusations that it hosted a CIA-run secret prison where suspects were tortured between 2002 and 2005.
03/06/2013 How long do you think you would cope if you were confined to a cupboard-sized room of just six square metres, 23 hours a day? An hour? A day? A week? How about 41 years and counting? Forty-one years ago, three young black ...