It has come to our attention that there are errors in this statement. It incorrectly characterizes the role of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Ukraine. We have removed this statement from our website, and a related November 2005 Human Rights Watch report on Ukraine, pending a review of both documents. For more details, see our corrections page.

Human Rights Watch urges the Governing Council to take a much more active and critical role in evaluating IOM activities in countries where the asylum system and/or immigration policy and practice routinely deny the right to seek asylum and violate refugees’ and migrants’ rights. IOM cannot be guided disproportionately by the dictates of individual Member States that are willing to fund projects that promote their particular state interests, but which do not necessarily take fully into account the rights of migrant and refugee populations.