François Crépeau

UN Rapporteur critical of EU efforts to help migrants

Vatican Radio
28 August, 2015

The UN’s Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, is calling on the European Union to establish a coherent and comprehensive migration policy based on human rights and apt to treat mobility as a central feature and asset. “Let’s not pretend that what the EU and its member states are doing is working,” Crépeau said, in a press release dated Tuesday, August 25th, and distributed by his office. “Migration is here to stay,” Crépeau added.

In the release, Crépeau also called into question the efficacy of certain measures that have been taken or are being contemplated in connection with the increased flow of migrants toward European shores. “Building fences, using tear gas and other forms of violence against migrants and asylum seekers, detention, withholding access to basics such as shelter, food or water and using threatening language or hateful speech will not stop migrants from coming or trying to come to Europe,” he said.

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As the number and gravity of political crises, conflicts and situations of social failure around the world continues to drive people from their homes and toward European shores, the UN Special Rapporteur is urging Europe not to forget its commitments to the protection and furtherance of human dignity – a dignity with which each and every human being is endowed. “Migrants are human beings with rights,” Crepeau said. “When we dehumanise others, we dehumanise ourselves.”

Crépeau called on European political leaders “to show moral and political leadership in fighting much more vigorously racism, xenophobia and hate crime, in consolidating the common human rights culture that is now framing the evolution of all traditions, in strengthening the free movement of persons throughout the EU while developing regulated mobility solutions at its external borders, and in celebrating the diversity of cultures and religions as enrichment for everyone, citizens and foreigners alike.”

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