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(21/11/2017) Shaping Partnership to Deliver on Human Rights Obligations 21/11/2017 - As European Union (EU) and African Union (AU) leaders meet for the 5th EU-AU Summit on 29-30 November 2017 in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, Amnesty International calls on AU and EU leaders to place human rights at the centre of their discussions. The Summit is proclaimed to be a critical opportunity for leaders of the two continents to respond to the “evolving context and reshape and deepen the Africa-EU partnership.” Several key issues are expected to be on the agenda including security, conflict and peace-building, governance and democracy as well as migration and youth. (12/07/2017) Getting Non-Financial Reporting Right: EU Commission Guidelines Clarify ... 12/07/2017 - The European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ), the WWF European Policy Office and Amnesty International welcome the European Commission’s Guidelines on Non-Financial Reporting (NFR). The Guidelines are, despite some shortcomings, a valuable guide to EU companies on complying with both the spirit and letter of the new EU legislation on disclosure of non-financial information. The EU Directive on Non-Financial Reporting, which Member States had to transpose by the end of 2016, requires certain EU companies to disclose information on their impact on society, human rights, environment and other areas. (05/07/2017) Poland: EU Should Tackle Unsafe Returns to Belarus 05/07/2017 - (5 July 2017) The European Commission should take enforcement action to address Poland’s summary returns of asylum seekers to Belarus, three leading rights groups have said today. Amnesty International, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, and Human Rights Watch highlight how Poland is in breach of human rights law, refugee law, European Union law and orders by the European Court of Human Rights. (23/05/2017) Italy: Refugees and migrants in the central Mediterranean, cutting the ... 23/05/2017 - Amnesty International is deeply concerned that Italian authorities may be attempting to circumvent their obligation to protect people fleeing widespread and systematic human rights violations and abuses in Libya by facilitating the interception of refugees and migrant boats by Libyan authorities in the central Mediterranean. (05/04/2017) Position Paper: THE PROPOSED ASYLUM PROCEDURES REGULATION 05/04/2017 - After publishing a proposal for revising the Dublin Regulation (Dublin IV) on 4 May 2016, the European Commission took a further step on 23 July 2016 when it presented revised proposals on asylum procedures, qualification and reception conditions within the framework of the planned reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS). (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. (30/01/2017) Amnesty International recommendations to the Maltese Presidency 30/01/2017 - Recommendations to the Maltese Presidency in the domain of human rights.