The PACE Committee on Migration (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe) on 2 June unanimously approved a draft resolution entitled “Human rights implications of the European response to transit migration across the Mediterranean” making a series of recommendations to the EU, Greece, Italy, and Turkey. The draft resolution is based on the report prepared by Miltiadis Varvitsiotis (Greece, EPP/CD) and will be considered by the Assembly at its next plenary session in Strasbourg, 26-30 June 2017. The draft resolution notes the existence of concerns in both Greece and Italy.
The draft resolution also contains several misguided recommendations calling on the EU to step up its cooperation with the Libyan Coast Guards and to engage with Libyan authorities to improve conditions in Libyan migrant detention centres. These particular recommendations are disappointing and disturbing coming from PACE whose mission is to uphold the shared values of human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
PACE Press Statement here.
Report from Rapporteur Miltiadis Varvitsiotis here.