Statement – 18 October 2018

Asylum and Human Rights

19 European civil society organisations present their recommendations to the European Commission

In view of the ongoing reforms of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and related national-level developments, 19 civil society organisations come together to call on the European Commission to seize this historic opportunity to promote an orderly and efficient system which strengthens the EU’s and Member States’ ability to meet obligations under international human rights law.

In a joint letter, the 19 signatories told Mr. Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, that the CEAS and its Dublin Regulations, along with national-level policies, have led to a situation in which refugees and displaced people across Europe are trapped within unhealthy environments, where they face unacceptable rights violations in relation to health, living conditions, access to information and asylum, and freedom from inhuman or degrading treatment.

The signatories called on the European Commission to support a reform of the CEAS and Dublin Regulations which safeguards priciples of international human rights law, and presented a number of concrete recommendations.

Read the letter and full list of recommendations here:

Organisations who signed the letter:

Advocates Abroad

Art Refuge UK

Borderline Lesvos

Greek Council for Refugees

Greek Helsinki Monitor

Help Refugees

Human Rights 360

Immigration Council of Ireland

Infopoint Eufemia

Legal Centre Lesbos

MEENA Centre for Women and Children

One Happy Family


Refugee Info Bus

Refugee Rights Europe

Women Refugee Route


The Hummingbird Refugee Project

The School Bus Project