For Immediate Release
EU: Asylum Proposals Go in Wrong Direction
Politics Shouldn’t Trump Refugee Rights
BRUSSELS - The European Commission proposals on European Union asylum policy overwhelmingly reflect the negative political climate in Europe and the trend toward curtailing refugee rights, Human Rights Watch said today.
The commission’s communication, released April 6, 2016, proposes some important and positive measures. But it emphasizes restrictive, even punitive, steps to deter asylum seekers’ access to the EU and their movement between EU countries.
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