Legal pathways for refugees to Europe: developments and challenges
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EU accused of crimes against humanity for its migration policy
On 3 June, two lawyers filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court against the European Union and its Member States for crimes against humanity committed against migrants in Libya.
In addition to its deliberate decision not to assist migrants in the Mediterranean in order to deter migrants from reaching Europe, the complaint states that the EU is directly and indirectly responsible for the “interception and detention of 40,000 people” in Libya, where they have been victims of murder and torture, inhuman and degrading treatment and forced displacement. The complaint, which has been under preparation for the past two years, is based mainly on public statements by the EU and its officials, as well as on internal documents of the Frontex agency.
The lawyers gave a press conference on this subject at the European Parliament on 11 July and will also be heard by the German Bundestag, the European University Institute in Florence, and the Spanish Parliament in September.
Last January, the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) filed a complaint against Italy with the European Court of Human Rights following an aborted rescue mission in the Mediterranean (see article in the January 2019 edition of Veille Europe in French here).
This text was originally published in the 1–15 June edition of Veilles Europe, available in French HERE. It was updated on 22 July.