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Wednesday, 18 June 2008 - Strasbourg OJ edition

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– Report: Manfred Weber (A6-0339/2007 )

  Erna Hennicot-Schoepges (PPE-DE ), in writing – (FR) Human rights are not negotiable.

Deprivation of liberty, as provided for in this document, is a serious act, even when it is for a restricted period. Why are we not talking about welcoming those who arrive on the territory of Europe and about the reception facilities instead of the detention centres? We have known for decades that smugglers have a criminal interest in human trafficking and that often there are accomplices involved in catering for these illegal workers, who are poorly paid and badly housed.

I feel that legal measures are urgently needed to counter the activities of these people smugglers and traffickers. As far as voluntary return policies are concerned, supporting these with a policy of targeted cooperation would send a better signal than imprisoning those who are not guilty of anything. We do not own the earth, we do not have the right to consider ourselves masters of the continent and even legally constituted states like ours are not entitled to contravene the right to the integrity of the person.

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