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JRS Europe: EU-Turkey deal is 'risking lives'
May 05, 2016

JRS Europe: EU-Turkey deal is 'risking lives'
"There are serious questions to be judicially examined about the compliance of any returns with EU law and ECtHR jurisprudence." A view of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France (Photo: Council of Europe).
The deal is historic but, regrettably, for all the wrong reasons – it represents a serious challenge to the basic principles of international refugee law, the rule of law and democratic accountability. The perverse nature of the ‘one-for-one’ scheme has been justified on the basis of ‘saving lives’ but is cruelly only made operational by risking lives.
(Brussels) May 5, 2016 – “The EU-Turkey deal represents a seismic shift in the European Union’s policy towards forced migrants and its international protection obligations,” concludes the extensive policy analysis of the deal by JRS Europe.

In the 24-page document released May 3 and made available to policymakers, legal practitioners and other stakeholders, JRS Europe identifies a number of key human rights concerns with the EU-Turkey deal, setting the context and background for further advocacy action to defend the rights of forced migrants.

Based on consultation with our 15 national offices in Europe, the policy analysis finds: “There are other safe and effective means of enabling people to seek protection within the EU that maintain, rather than vanquish, peoples’ dignity.  

The deal is historic but, regrettably, for all the wrong reasons – it represents a serious challenge to the basic principles of international refugee law, the rule of law and democratic accountability. The perverse nature of the “one-for-one” scheme has been justified on the basis of saving lives but is "cruelly only made operational by risking lives," the JRS Europe document says. 

The policy analysis examines a number of questions:



Press Contact Information
Mr Christian Fuchs
christian.fuchs@jrs.net
202-629-5946