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Parliamentary questions
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6 June 2018
P-003082-18
Question for written answer P-003082-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Philippe Lamberts (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Circumvention of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights
 Answer in writing 

At the Justice and Home Affairs Council of 5 June 2018, Theo Francken, Belgian State Secretary for Asylum and Migration, called for the resumption of the practice of sending back boats carrying migrants. This practice was banned in 2012 by the European Court of Human Rights on the basis of, inter alia, Article 3 of the European Human Rights Convention, which prohibits torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Mr Francken considers that the Court interprets Article 3 too broadly and he would like to circumvent it. This would have the effect of rendering the Geneva Convention meaningless.

1. Does the Commission not consider that such statements run counter to the values mentioned in Article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union, notably the respect for human dignity and human rights, the rule of law, solidarity and non-discrimination?

2. If so, what action does it intend to take?

Original language of question: FR 
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