STATEMENT ON THE SITUATION AT THE EU-TURKISH BORDER Download statement in FR / ES / PT / EL / EN Brussels, 5 March 2020 We, the European Network of Migrant Women (ENoMW), are alerted by the ongoing situation in the Greek-Turkish border, following Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s decision to open its borders and by the subsequent steps taken by the Greek government to prevent displaced people from entering its territory, accompanied by the use of military force to fortify its borders. We call on the Greek government to respect European asylum law and international humanitarian law and put an end to the push-backs of displaced people to their countries and regions of origin, which violates the core principle of the 1951 Refugee Convention and International Human Rights Law, as well as to uphold legal access and procedures to new arrivals. Additionally, we call on the Greek authorities to refrain from the use of excessive and disproportionate force […]
REFUGEE GIRL CHILD IN THE GLOBAL COMPACTS Women and girls who flee conflict, crisis and natural disasters, or who migrate for other reasons, such as domestic violence or poverty, face specific threats, including human trafficking, exploitation and sexual violence and a denial of their basic human rights. Yet there is a lack of interest and understanding for the specific situation of women and girls on the move by decision-makers and the media. In addition, despite gains in policy and practice in recent years, the capacities of refugee women and girls are too often overlooked. They are underserved, poorly protected, and excluded from decision-making processes.
ENOMW joins the International Detention Coalition Members and partners in expressing our collective concern that, “A Fundamentally Different Approach is Needed” to the immigration detention of migrants in Europe. In advance of a consultation with key civil society stakeholders from 22-23 June 2017 at the Council of Europe Headquarters in Strasbourg, over 30 national, regional and international civil society organisations have drafted a joint statement, which will be presented to the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ) who is carrying out a codifying exercise on a detailed set of immigration detention rules based on existing international and regional human rights standards relating to the conditions of detention of migrants. The important task of codifying existing international standards has been entrusted by CDCJ to a Committee of experts established under its authority: the Committee of experts on administrative detention of migrants (CJ-DAM). The elaboration of the draft codifying instrument […]