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Estonia: Parliament should make sure that invoice amending the State Borders Act complies with human rights obligations

In a letter addressed to the President of the Estonian Parliament printed at the moment, Commissioner Mijatović known as on parliamentarians to amend a invoice which might, amongst different issues, permit pushbacks in conditions of emergency with a mass inflow of migrants, and to make sure that it totally complies with Estonia’s human rights obligations.

Recalling her current Recommendation on placing an finish to pushbacks in Europe, the Commissioner pressured that finishing up particular person assessments stays an important software for securing efficient safety in opposition to refoulement, in addition to for upholding different rights of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. The Commissioner additionally pressured that designating sure border crossings as the one ones the place asylum functions will be filed shouldn’t result in violations of member states’ obligations underneath human rights devices. Other considerations in regards to the invoice embrace the shortage of suspensive impact of appeals in opposition to a call to right away return.

Having expressed her deep appreciation for Estonia’s solidarity and generosity in welcoming folks fleeing the warfare in Ukraine, the Commissioner pressured that the dedication to upholding their human dignity and to truthful remedy must be prolonged to all folks arriving at member states’ borders with the identical safety wants, no matter their background or the way of their arrival.

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