The violation of migrants’ rights at the borders is a key and persisting human rights concern in Europe and, therefore, is a focus for us. We bring NHRIs together to enhance their capacity to monitor and report on human rights violations, such as violence at the borders, pushbacks and denial of access to the asylum procedures, and to advocate for human rights-compliant policies and legislation.
Our work in this area also revolves around strengthening the cooperation of NHRIs with other Human Rights Defenders (such as civil society organisations at the national and regional levels) and calling for an enabling environment for Human Rights Defenders to carry out their work on migrants’ rights at the borders.
We also engage with European actors (EU and Council of Europe) to advance human rights-based policy making on migration, with a focus on the borders.
This work is supported in part by a grant from the Foundation Open Society Institute in cooperation with the OSIFE of the Open Society Foundations (July 2019 – December 2020).