Conference on human rights and migration in Lisbon

Strasbourg, 26.05.2010 – A conference on human rights and migration is to take place in Lisbon from 31 May to 1 June 2010, focusing on the interception of migrants at sea, how they are detained and treated in receiving countries, the dangers they can face such as trafficking and racism, as well as what happens when they are expelled or forced to return. 

Organised jointly by the Portuguese Parliament, the Portuguese Interior Ministry and Council of Europe bodies dealing with migration – including PACE Sub-Committee on Migration -, with the participation of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the conference is sub-titled “realising a human rights-based approach to the protection of migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers”. It will bring together around 100 experts, academics, parliamentarians and NGO representatives for three plenary sessions and five workshops spread across two days in the Portuguese capital.
The Portuguese Interior Minister Rui Pereira is due to open the event at 9.30 a.m. on Monday 31 May, alongside the Chair of PACE’s Migration Committee John Greenway (United Kingdom, EDG), Michel Villan, who Chairs the Council of Europe’s expert committee on migration and José Vera Jardim, Chairperson of the Portuguese Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
The conference, taking place at the Portuguese Parliament (Palácio de S. Bento, LISBOA, is open to the press, [who are encouraged to participate in the workshops].
Contact in Lisbon: Isild Heurtin, Secretariat of the PACE Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population, tel: +33(0)6 62 13 93 51.