The new Hungarian parliament which will first assemble on 8 May is set to vote on draconian and regressive legislation which could arbitrarily restrict fundamental rights and freedoms of civil society. The proposed laws would further undermine and stigmatise organisations working to defend the human rights of migrants and refugees.
UNHCR and OECD stressed the primary importance of refugees’ and asylum seekers’ integration into the labour market, as they launched the new Action Plan to boost refugees’ employment, that underlines the indispensable importance of the skills and abilities of refugees as significant economic potential for receiving countries.
EU, US Should Speak Out
The Egyptian government has trampled over even the minimum requirements for free and fair elections for the planned March 26-28, 2018 vote for president, fourteen international and regional rights organizations said today. The government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has relentlessly stifled basic freedoms and arrested potential candidates and rounded up their supporters.
In 2015-2016, when the influx of refugees trying to escape from conflict and persecution and seek asylum in Europe was at its climax, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and SOLIDAR launched the common project “From Europe to local: Migrating solidarity”, which aimed at analysing the crucial role that civil society organisations all over Europe played in offering assistance, support and comfort to migrants wishing to integrate in European societies.
This briefing paper constitutes SOLIDAR’s contribution to the European Commission’s consultation on the existing EU legal framework for the legal entry and stay of nationals of non-EU countries to EU Member States (legal migration) as part of the Fitness Check on EU legal migration legislation. The Fitness Check aims at assessing the relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency and EU added value of the legislation; identifying possible gaps and inconsistencies in the EU legislative framework and analysing whether it contributes to an effective management of migration flows.
As a result of the high pressure on Italy with regards to the migration flow and the lack of solidarity from other Member States, pointing the finger at NGOs undertaking search and rescue (SAR) operations has become the new trend.
After the arrival of more than 17,000 migrants and refugees in Greece, SOLIDAR considers it necessary to properly asses the current humanitarian situation in Greece and how to manage flows of migrants and refugees while fully respecting human rights and international obligations.
In this context, SOLIDAR together with Global Progressive Forum (GPF) and the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) are organising the conference “#refugeeswelcome- ’Solidarity as the solution to the refugee crisis”, which will take place in Thessaloniki, Greece on 7-8 May 2017.
The Hungarian Government has recently submitted to the Parliament a bill on “reinforcing the legal border seal” with the declared aim of preventing illegal entry and movement of people of “unknown identity and motivation”. If adopted, the new rules will introduce tough criminal sanctions by authorising the police to push back every irregularly staying migrant and automatically detain all migrants entering transit zones for the entire duration of the asylum application procedure.
The increasing number of people in need of international protection perishing on their way to safety is a sinister reminder of the limitations of the current international protection regime. Entitlements to the rights recognised by international and regional protection systems, including under the EU’s Common European Asylum System (CEAS), are accessible only to those who manage to reach the physical borders of the host state.
This week, European leaders meet in Brussels to discuss, amongst other things, progress on the EU-Turkey deal, the reform of the European asylum system, solidarity and responsibility sharing, and cooperation with countries of origin and transit. As humanitarian and human rights organisations working in Europe, we are gravely concerned that European policies are trying more and more to push people out of Europe, making it even harder to seek asylum, and leaving it to Member States of first entry, like Greece, to shoulder all the responsibility.
Sixty organisations call on the Egyptian government to cease silencing civil society, and to allow NGOs to conduct their mandates within Egypt’s constitutional framework and in full respect of its international legal commitments to freedom of association.
To the Members of the European Parliament,
The Afghanistan donor conference that took place on October 4 and 5 2016 brought together representatives from 75 countries and 26 international organizations. €13.6 billion was pledged – amongst other priorities – to “end violence and a political process towards lasting peace and reconciliation.”
Volkshilfe Austria and Solidar Suisse providing support for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon
While there is no end to the Syrian crisis in sight, the amount of Syrian refugees in Lebanon remains high: According to the UNHCR 1.08 million refugees were registered in September 2015 even though the unofficial number is estimated to be at 1.2 million due to unregistered persons. An analysis of the UNHCR revealed that 43% of Syrian refugees do not have sufficient resources to cover the purchase of essential goods and services.
The EU-Egypt Partnership should support the Egyptian government:
• In promoting a balanced and well-organized public health care system, allowing an equal access to quality basic services for all and expanding health insurance coverage, especially in the informal sector.
• In implementing an inclusive national economic growth policy and a comprehensive strategy for long-term employment policy measures.
• To intensify efforts for the full enjoyment of ESCRs, including the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Covenant on ESCRs.
Social Protection Floor is key to Fighting child labour in Lebanon
En el marco de la celebración del Día Internacional para la Reducción de Riesgos a Desastre, este día en un hotel capitalino, fue presentado el “Manual para la Planificación de la Protección de Medios de Vida” Anexo al Cuaderno del Plan de Preparación Comunitaria de la Dirección General de Protección Civil: Guía para la Elaboración del Plan Comunal de Protección Civil, el cual fue oficializado por el Lic. Jorge Antonio Meléndez López, Secretario para Asuntos de Vulnerabilidad y Director General de Protección Civil.
The European Commission’s 2013 Enlargement package indicates a number of positive developments in the enlargement countries over the past year, but also recognises the challenges at hand. Like in the European Union, the impact of the economic crisis is being felt throughout the region, with the Western Balkans falling back into recession.
On the morning of 12 January 2010, Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake killing more than 220,000 people and making over 1.5 million homeless. In the direct aftermath of the disaster, SOLIDAR members reacted in a surge of solidarity to provide assistance to the victims of the Haitian earthquake, and to coordinate their relief action.