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Parliamentary questions
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7 January 2019
Question for written answer P-000018-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Andrea Cozzolino (S&D)

 Subject:  Migrants and human rights violations
 Answer in writing 

On 22 December 2018, two NGO vessels — SeaWatch 3 and SeaEye — rescued 49 people adrift at sea. Since then, the two vessels have been traipsing from port to port and the people on board have been exposed to dangers and hardship.

The principle of non-refoulement (Article 33(1) of the Geneva Convention), and Directive 2013/32/EU concerning international protection, are designed to prevent people from being returned to countries in which they have reason to fear they may be persecuted.

The principle of full respect for human dignity, as laid down in Article 10 of the Reception Conditions Directive, Article 16 of the Return Directive and Article 1 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, is not being observed in some countries.

In the light of the above, does the Commission not agree that:
1. Not allowing the migrants to disembark, or possible refoulement at sea, which, as in other similar situations, could force them to return to a country in which they may face torture or inhuman and degrading treatment, constitute breaches of Articles 3 and 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights;
2. In response to the repeated failure of governments to act, an additional European mechanism needs to be introduced, to ensure that all Member States contribute proportionally and assume their responsibilities, in keeping with the principle of burden sharing and fundamental human rights?
Original language of question: IT 
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