Pushback policies and practice are an increasing phenomenon
at Europe’s borders, in clear violation of the rights of asylum
seekers and refugees, including the right to seek asylum and the
protection against refoulement,
which are at the core of international refugee and human rights
In the face of the gravity of the human rights violations
involved, the governments of member States are urged to protect
asylum seekers, refugees and migrants arriving at their borders,
and thus to refrain from any pushbacks, to allow for independent
monitoring and to fully investigate all allegations of pushbacks.
Member States are also asked to promote the work of NGOs and INGOs,
refraining from action that undermines their legitimate activities
aimed at saving human lives.
There are persistent reports and evidence of inhuman and degrading
treatment by member States and their agencies in the framework of
those pushbacks, through intimidation, taking or destroying migrants’
belongings, and even through the use of violence and depriving migrants
of food and basic services. The report describes reported cases
of pushbacks and makes recommendations destined to stop them.