The United Nations says EU countries ‘ push back and mass deportation of migrants from their sea and land borders is a breach of legal obligations.
The 45th session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council began at the UN Geneva office in Switzerland.
In a speech at the opening of the 47-member council , UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet warned of global problems.
Bachelet recalled that the fire at the Moria asylum camp on the Greek island of Lesbos had seriously affected the lives of thousands of asylum seekers, and called on European Union (EU) member states to act in common solidarity and take responsibility for this issue.
“Reports of EU countries pushing back migrants and mass deportations at their land and sea borders are a violation of legal obligations and can have grave consequences for the lives and rights of migrants,” Bachelet said, reacting anonymously to Greece’s “push back” of irregular refugees from its land and sea border to Turkey’s side., “he said.
Calling for an independent investigation of such treatment of irregular immigrants, Bachelet reminded that countries have an obligation to cooperate to ensure that the life and human rights of immigrants are protected, regardless of their administrative status.
CALLS FOR INVESTIGATION INTO LEBANON BLAST
In his speech, Bachelet said that the political, socio-economic and financial crises in Lebanon have pushed more than 55 percent of the population into poverty, noting that this figure is twice as high as last year.
Bachelet stressed that the August 4th explosion in Beirut destroyed people’s livelihoods as well as their hopes.
Emphasizing that it is very important that those responsible for the explosion are held accountable, Bachelet called for an impartial, independent and transparent investigation in this context.
The council’s 45th session is due to end on 6 October.