LeaveNoOneBehind project: An app for the right to asylum

The project „Claim Asylum EU“ aims to help people seeking protection in the European Union. This is necessary because the border authorities at the EU’s external borders are breaking international law on a massive scale.

In the 1951 Geneva Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, signatory states agreed to enshrine the fundamental right to asylum in their national laws. Accordingly, any person fleeing persecution or serious harm from their country of origin can apply for international protection. The EU member states have also signed the Geneva Refugee Convention. They are also bound by the European Convention on Human Rights, which prohibits refoulement to states where persecution is imminent.

Nevertheless, people are being illegally deported back from countries like Greece, Croatia or Poland. A new app by the campaign #LeaveNoOneBehind could expose this practice and support those affected in the asylum process. I spoke to the project coordinator Mareike Ippen, who also works for the non-governmental organisation Sea-Watch, about this. „LeaveNoOneBehind project: An app for the right to asylum“ weiterlesen

WhatsApp to Libya: How Frontex uses a trick to circumvent international law

The EU is not allowed to return refugees to countries where they face persecution. In 2017, the Commission therefore set up a backdoor for refoulement to North Africa. Published text messages now reveal how Frontex is providing aerial reconnaissance for the Libyan coast guard.

Four years ago, Frontex began setting up its aerial surveillance over the central Mediterranean. Under a new regulation from 2016, the European Border Agency is allowed to buy or lease its own equipment. With the change, the EU wanted to respond to the increasing number of people seeking protection at its external borders. Frontex has since invested hundreds of millions of Euros in charter flights with small planes from European companies that monitor the central Mediterranean and the so-called Balkan route with cameras and radar equipment.

For the now increasingly powerful agency, this flight service is of central importance, which is also reflected in the annual expenditure. This year alone, Frontex is spending a third of the budget earmarked for operations on aerial reconnaissance. Meanwhile, Frontex has supplemented its chartered aircraft with a drone with much greater endurance. „WhatsApp to Libya: How Frontex uses a trick to circumvent international law“ weiterlesen