10 December 2018
As part of our celebration of human rights day, Contra Nocendi International is published its report on the EU Migration Partnership Agreements. We hope that our first in a series of reports will shed light on the practicalities of the partnership agreements and show that there is quite clearly some serious concerns about the lack of due regard for human rights on the part of the European Union. Whether it is a question of respect for international legal norms or looking at the issue of these partnerships with the EU as a future High Contracting Party to the European Convention on Human Rights, it is quite clear that the EU is falling short and must remember that these people are people with inalienable human rights and not just statistical figures.
In this report we looked at the issue through the lens of drivers of migration flows from African Union Member States into European Union Member States. We tracked the main migration routes and looked at European Union behaviour at large as well as European Union behaviour in engaging African Union Member States. We were deeply concerned with what appeared to be a preventive stance and an also policing stance on migration into the EU with limited regard to human rights. As our report lays out, the EU partnership agreements with hosting states in the African Union are seriously concerning and at times have limited transparency and accountability. There are concerns that metrics in which these agreements are measured in terms of success do not include human rights concerns of migrants.
As we celebrate human rights day today, we will always be mindful of the human price paid for migration policy that does not take proper regard for the human rights and human dignity of migrants.