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(16/02/2017) Amnesty International: Position paper on the proposed EU Resettlement ... 16/02/2017 - On 13 July 2016, the European Commission published a proposal for a Regulation establishing a Union Resettlement Framework. The proposal sets a framework within which the Union will implement resettlement in the future. It establishes in essence the general objectives of the EU resettlement policy; common EU rules on admission of third country nationals through resettlement; common EU rules on eligibility and exclusion criteria; standard procedures governing all stages of the resettlement process; status to be accorded to resettled persons; decision-making procedures; and financial support to member states. It does not prescribe the scale of resettlement or the regions/countries from which to resettle as this is left to implementing acts by the Council and the Commission. However, under the proposed framework, the selection of priority regions and countries is to be predominantly linked to the EU’s migration control objectives. (16/02/2017) Amnesty International: Position Paper on the proposed Dublin Reform 16/02/2017 - On 4 May 2016, the European Commission presented a proposal for a revision of the Dublin Regulation (so-called Dublin-IV), which aims to determine the member state responsible for processing an asylum application lodged within the European Union (EU).This proposal is part of a package of proposals reviewing the Common European Asylum System. (14/02/2017) A Blueprint for Despair: The EU-Turkey deal 14/02/2017 - The EU-Turkey refugee deal has left thousands of refugees and migrants in squalid and dangerous living conditions, and must not be replicated with other countries, Amnesty International says, ahead of the deal’s one year anniversary. (01/02/2017) Amnesty International’s assessment on Slovakia's EU Presidency 01/02/2017 - Following the conclusion of Slovakia’s EU Presidency, Amnesty International’s wrote to Prime Minister Fico with an assessment of the Presidency’s role in addressing key human rights concerns. (30/01/2017) Amnesty International recommendations to the Maltese Presidency 30/01/2017 - Recommendations to the Maltese Presidency in the domain of human rights. (02/12/2016) Cast a Light and Make Torture Unthinkable - Iverna McGowan address to the ... 02/12/2016 - Speech delivered by Amnesty International European Institutions Office director Iverna McGowan, to the EU - NGO forum on 2 December 2016, on how the EU can work towards the eradication of torture. (03/11/2016) HOTSPOT ITALY: HOW EU'S FLAGSHIP APPROACH LEADS TO VIOLATIONS OF REFUGEE ... 03/11/2016 - Hundreds of thousands of men, women and children, fleeing conflict, human right violations and poverty, have crossed the Mediterranean in the past three years in search of safe haven or a better life. In the absence of safe and legal routes into Europe, they have travelled irregularly, at considerable risk to their own lives. This has posed significant challenges to European leaders, who have largely failed to meet them. They have placed a particularly large burden on Greece, but also on Italy, which has led efforts to save lives at sea and has seen over 150 thousand irregular arrivals for each of the last three years. Rather than creating a bold, orderly system providing safe avenues for people to seek protection in Europe, and advocating for the respect and protection of human rights in countries where conflict and persecution are displacing people, European leaders have resorted to negotiating with human rights violating governments to stop them coming. Rather than promoting solidar (15/09/2016) Rising to the challenge: world leaders need to urgently adopt solutions ... 15/09/2016 - On paper, all 193 UN Member States have reached consensus on cooperation going forward from the unprecedented 19 September UN General Assembly Summit for Refugees and Migrants. However, civil society laments uneven commitments and lack of urgency to deliver a new deal