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Halt Summary Returns, Beatings, Robbery of Asylum Seekers

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Amid an influx of Iraqis and Syrians into Europe, the West is neglecting another group of refugees also in desperate need of help.


 TOVARNIK, Croatia — Rajab Ali, a 16-year-old Hazara boy from Afghanistan’s Bamyan province, was silently weeping when we found him standing at the last remaining opening in the 12-foot-high razor-wire border fence Hungary has constructed on its…
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 Unprecedented numbers of people are taking dangerous journeys across the Mediterranean to reach countries of the European Union. Migrants and asylum seekers have been crossing the Mediterranean for decades. The numbers have…
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The EU is responsible for correcting the irrational, irresponsible debate about migration to Europe. So far, it’s failed.

Imagine the Hollywood blockbuster about one boat’s perilous journey in the Mediterranean. The Eritrean mother with her five-year-old son, the 16-year-old Afghan boy traveling on his own, and the Syrian patriarch with his entire family — they would be the…
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(Milan) - The European Union (EU) should act immediately to prevent further deaths at sea, Human Rights Watch said. As many as 700 migrants and asylum seekers are feared dead in a single shipwreck in the Mediterranean north of Libya on April 19, 2015,…
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Falls Far Short of Human Rights Standards

(Milan) – The Spanish Senate should scrap a flawed draft law on public security that would undermine rights protections, Human Rights Watch said today. The bill, approved by the lower house of Parliament, includes provisions that infringe on the rights to…
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On the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa stands a graveyard filled with simple wooden crosses. We don’t know the names and stories of those buried there, except that they perished at sea trying to reach Europe, fleeing conflict in Syria, human-rights…
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“Aman.” a 29-year-old Eritrean, had just described his arduous journey to Europe when I heard the news about hundreds of deaths in the Mediterranean. He, like many others I spoke with last week in Dresden, risked their lives last summer crossing from war-…
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EU Should Press to End Summary Returns to Morocco

(Milan) – There has been little progress toward justice for the drowning deaths of 15 migrants in waters off a Spanish enclave in North Africa on February 6, 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. The Spanish Guardia Civil fired rubber bullets and teargas…
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Vote Against Proposed Changes to Spanish Immigration Law

On November 4, 2014, Human Rights Watch and ten other human rights organizations sent letters to all political parties represented in the Spanish Congress calling on them to reject a proposed legislative change that would facilitate summary returns of…
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Withdraw Proposed Changes to Spanish Immigration Law

On November 4, 2014, Human Rights Watch and ten other human rights organizations sent letters to all political parties represented in the Spanish Congress calling on them to reject a proposed legislative change that would facilitate summary returns of…
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(Madrid) – The Spanish government should immediately drop its plans to provide a legal basis for summary returns from its enclaves in North Africa, 13 human rights groups said today. The Spanish and international organizations wrote to the United Nations…
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Concerns Regarding Proposed Changes to Spanish Immigration Law

Dear Mr. Muižnieks, The undersigned organizations are writing to urge you to use your mandate to make an urgent appeal to the Spanish government to withdraw proposed changes to Spanish immigration law that would facilitate summary returns from Spain’s…
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Concerns Regarding Proposed Changes to Spanish Immigration Law

Dear Mr. Crépeau, The undersigned organizations are writing to urge you to use your mandate to make an urgent appeal to the Spanish government to withdraw proposed changes to Spanish immigration law that would facilitate summary returns from Spain’s…
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EU Should Press Sofia to Investigate, Provide Protection

(Brussels) – Bulgarian border police have in the past month forced Syrian asylum seekers back to Turkey and beaten some of them, Human Rights Watch said today based on accounts by victims.   Human Rights Watch documented three separate incidents of…
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Calls for Europe to Help Fund Mare Nostrum Have Been Largely Ignored

The Italian Navy’s twitter feed contained joyous news last week: a pregnant mother among the 90 people rescued from the sea by a Navy frigate had given birth on board to a little girl, Yambambi. Over that weekend more than 1,600 people were rescued. While…
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Investigate Beatings of Migrants at Enclave’s Border

(Berlin) – Spain should immediately halt summary returns of migrants to Morocco from its North African enclave, Melilla, Human Rights Watch said today. Spain should also investigate evidence that Guardia Civil officers beat migrants at the border fence. “…