Together we stand: Call on the EU to restore human rights and values at Europe’s borders

A girl stands next to the Belarusian fence as several Polish police officers stand guard at the Bruzgi-Kuznica Bialostocka border crossing, near the Belarusian-Polish border, on November 15, 2021, in Bruzgi, Belarus. Viktor Tolochko/Sputnik (Europa Press via AP)
A girl stands next to the Belarusian fence as several Polish police officers stand guard at the Bruzgi-Kuznica Bialostocka border crossing, near the Belarusian-Polish border, on November 15, 2021, in Bruzgi, Belarus. Tension has risen on the border between Poland and Belarus, as thousands of people seeking to continue their advance towards the European Union have been crowding in, where in addition to living in the cold and in the open, attacks and altercations are taking place. Photo: Viktor Tolochko/Sputnik (Europa Press via AP)

Joint statement: Call on the EU: Restore rights and values at Europe’s borders

A man and his child rest inside a logistics center at the checkpoint “Kuznitsa” at the Belarus-Poland border near Grodno, Belarus, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. The West has accused Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of luring thousands of migrants to Belarus with the promise of help to get to Western Europe to use them as pawns to destabilize the 27-nation European Union in retaliation for its sanctions on his authoritarian government. Belarus denies engineering the crisis. (Photo: Leonid Shcheglov/BelTA via AP)

1. Ensure access to asylum at the borders

In this handout photo released by State Border Committee of the Republic of Belarus on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, Migrants from the Middle East and elsewhere stand near near the barbed wire gathering at the Belarus-Poland border near Grodno, Belarus. Thousands of migrants have flocked to Belarus’ border with Poland, hoping to get to Western Europe, and many of them are now stranded at the frontier, setting up makeshift camps as Polish security forces watch them from behind a razor-wire fence and prevent them from entering the country. (State Border Committee of the Republic of Belarus via AP)

2. Guarantee humanitarian access

Belarusian medical staffers treat a baby inside an ambulance near a logistics center at the checkpoint “Kuznitsa” at the Belarus-Poland border near Grodno, Belarus, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. The West has accused Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of luring thousands of migrants to Belarus with the promise of help to get to Western Europe to use them as pawns to destabilize the 27-nation European Union in retaliation for its sanctions on his authoritarian government. Belarus denies engineering the crisis. (Leonid Shcheglov/BelTA via AP)

3. Withdraw non-compliant domestic legislation

A child cries on the ground as other migrants from the Middle East and elsewhere gather at the Belarus-Poland border near Grodno, Belarus, Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. About 15,000 Polish troops have joined riot police and guards at the border. The Belarusian Defense Ministry accused Poland of an “unprecedented” military buildup there, saying that migration control didn’t warrant such a force. (Leonid Shcheglov/BelTA pool photo via AP)

4. Counteract repression of civil society, media and legal practitioners

A girl holds a poster for journalist as migrants gather at the Belarus-Poland border near Grodno, Belarus, Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. About 15,000 Polish troops have joined riot police and guards at the border. The Belarusian Defense Ministry accused Poland of an “unprecedented” military buildup there, saying that migration control didn’t warrant such a force. (Leonid Shcheglov/BelTA pool photo via AP)

5. Place human rights standards and transparency at the heart of cooperation with third countries

Geneva, Switzerland — Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room in UN Geneva used by the United Nations Human Rights Council with ceiling sculpture by the prominent contemporary Spanish artist Miquel Barcelo, Photo 52055638 © Vogelsp | Dreamstime.com
Geneva, Switzerland — Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room in UN Geneva used by the United Nations Human Rights Council with ceiling sculpture by the prominent contemporary Spanish artist Miquel Barcelo, Photo 52055638 © Vogelsp | Dreamstime.com

►WHAT YOU CAN DO

  1. SHARE this statement today with your colleagues, follower bases, and networks. Contact key actors with whom you are associated who can advocate for the recommendations presented in this statement. Mainstream news outlets are not covering this crisis situation as consistently and as is urgently necessary.
  2. VISIT the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) for an up-to-date list of joint statement signatories and to share and download the joint statement in English, Italian, and Spanish.
  3. SEE also on ECPC MediumCall for unified action: Solutions, not violence, for refugees and migrants trapped at borders”. ECPC member organization the NGO Committee on Migration, calls on States to take immediate action for practical and humane solutions.

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