NGOs call on EU leaders to centre human rights in discussions on EU-Tunisia cooperation and the external dimension of migration at European Council

Amnesty International, EuroMed Rights and Human Rights Watch shared a letter with President of the European Council Charles Michel and EU Heads of States and Governments ahead of the 26-27 October meeting of the European Council.

The 26 and 27 October 2023 European Council’s strategic discussion on the external dimension of migration, with a particular focus on cooperation with third countries, will take place amid growing concerns regarding the conditions of the European Union (EU)’s cooperation with Tunisia. Since the signing of the EU-Tunisia Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in July, our organisations have raised concerns regarding the deteriorating human rights situation in Tunisia, including the treatment of African migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in the country, and the implications of the EU’s approach to this partnership.