This Open Letter from International Lawyers on the European Refugee Situation emerged from discussions at the European Society for International Law Conference in Oslo last week. The letter calles upon the EU and European states to, amongst others:
- meet their obligations of international responsibility-sharing, to resettle significant numbers of refugees and provide aid to countries hosting large numbers of refugees;
- immediately suspend Dublin returns of asylum-seekers to their first point of entry, but ensure that its rules on family reunification are implemented fully and swiftly;
- respect the right to family life, including positive obligations with regard to family unity, facilitation of swift family reunification and family tracing.
Please do read the letter through the link below, and consider signing. Signatures are collated until 2200 CET on 22nd September! The timing is tight as there are several meetings happening in Europe this week.
Read and sign the letter here.