European Parliament on the concept of “non-refoulment”

“European Parliament  Committee Discusses ‘Push-Back’ Rules, Destination of Migrants,” from the Times of Malta:

The Civil Liberties committee of the European Parliament this afternoon held a preliminary discussion on a European Commission proposal for a regulation on  the operational rules of Frontex, the EU borders agency, including giving officials the  authority to turn back migrant boats which are not in distress.

The document also sees a return of the controversy over whether migrants in distress should be taken to the nearest port or the country hosting the Frontex mission.

The push-back rules have been criticised in some quarters as violating human rights, particularly the right to seek asylum…

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