asylum procedures in Council of Europe member states
The Parliamentary Assembly refers to its Resolution
1471 (2005) on accelerated
asylum procedures in Council of Europe member states.
The Assembly considers that there is an urgent need to develop general
guidelines which go beyond the minimal standards developed in the amended
proposal for a European Council directive on minimum standards on procedures
in member states for granting and withdrawing refugee status.
Therefore, the Assembly recommends that the Committee of Ministers:
ask the relevant intergovernmental committee to work out, in co-operation
with relevant bodies, policy guidelines and best practices for dealing
with accelerated procedures. Or, in view of the extensive nature of
accelerated procedures, to prioritise work by examining and developing
policy guidelines and best practices in the following fields:
the use of the concept of safe country of origin;
the use of the concept of safe third country, including the concept
of super safe third country;
procedures adopted for dealing with asylum seekers at border-points;
rights of appeal, including the suspensive effect of appeals;
to expand Council of Europe training initiatives for those involved
in refugee status determination in general, and those involved in accelerated
procedures in particular, ensuring:
close co-operation with the United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees (UNHCR) in all training programmes;
that full account is taken of the international human rights standards
of the Council of Europe, notably the European Convention on Human
Rights and the case law of the European Court of Human Rights relevant
to refugee status determination;
that full use is made of information relevant for the refugee status
determination process arising from monitoring mechanisms of the Council
of Europe, such as those established by the European Social Charter,
the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman
or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the Framework Convention for
the Protection of National Minorities and the monitoring reports
of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI).
debate on 7 October 2005 (32nd Sitting) (see Doc.
10655, report of the Committee
on Migration, Refugees and Population, rapporteur: Mr Agramunt).
Text adopted by the Assembly on 7 October 2005 (32nd Sitting).