Refugees and other forcibly displaced persons will be on the agenda of the colloquium organised jointly by the Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs of the Council of Europe and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on June 15 and 16 in Strasbourg.
The event will bring together for the first time three regional supranational human rights courts and/or commissions: The European Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Court and Commission of Human Rights and the African Commission of Human and Peoples’ Rights.
Senior representatives of the three organizations, along with UNHCR and other experts, will have the chance to discuss how their respective systems and legal instruments contribute to the protection of refugees’ rights.
The three Conventions interpreted by these courts, namely the European Convention on Human Rights, the American Convention on Human Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and their respective case law concerning forcibly displaced persons, will feature in the programme of the colloquium. Particularly important will be the application of these human rights standards to refugees and other forcibly displaced persons through the regional courts and/or commissions, mainly regarding:
Access to regional human rights mechanisms for protection from refoulement;
Protection of people fleeing conflict and generalized violence;
Protection of economic and social rights.
Europe must share, not shirk, responsibility for the large number of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants arriving by boat to the island of Lampedusa, a five-member delegation from the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has declared.
"As illustrated by the current crisis in North Africa, Europe needs to establish more humane migration management and improve the treatment reserved for migrants" said Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights.