ENNHRI webinar on strengthening human rights accountability at borders


Alongside other actors, National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in Europe have identified that, despite an increased focus on border monitoring, there is a lack of follow-up action to ensure accountability where violations occur. Without accountability, human rights violations at borders will continue to be a persistent issue at European borders.

Together through ENNHRI, NHRIs have worked to understand the reasons for the current insufficient accountability at borders. They have identified shortcomings in five key areas: structural gaps, gaps in investigations, gaps in access to justice, gaps in revisions and prevention, gaps in promoting a culture of rights. These are presented in more detail in our report on “Gaps in Human Rights Accountability at Borders” (December 2021).

Building on these findings, ENNHRI’s Regional Report on Strengthening Human Rights Accountability at Borders – expected in July 2022 – explores solutions for bridging these gaps by drawing on the good practices and the specific mandate of NHRIs. The report provides pathways for accountability that can be endorsed, further expanded, or reinforced by national and regional authorities.

During this event, NHRIs will exchange and hear the perspective of a variety of actors on the obstacles to and opportunities for achieving stronger accountability for human rights violations at borders, consider and address the recommendations made to national and regional authorities and explore further opportunities for cooperation.

Register here by 4 July 2022. 


10:00 – 10:05 Welcome and meeting objectives
Sirpa Rautio, ENNHRI Chair; Finnish Human Rights Center
10:05 – 10:15 Key findings of the ENNHRI Report on Human Rights Accountability at Borders
Eva Tzavala, ENNHRI’s Asylum and Migration Working Group Chair; Legal Officer at Greek National Commission for Human Rights
10:15 – 11:00 How can different actors contribute to accountability at borders?
  • National Human Rights Institutions -Hanna Machińska, Deputy Commissioner for Human Rights, Polish NHRI •
  • United Nations–Birgit van Hout, Regional Representative for Europe,UN Human Rights Office
  • European Commission–Corinna Ullrich, Head of the Schengen & External Borders Unit, Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs
  • European Parliament–Tineke Strik, Member of European Parliament

Moderator: Gabriel Almeida, Senior Human Rights Officer at ENNHRI

11:00 – 11:05 Break
11:05 – 11:35
  • Civil Society Organizations–Milena Zajović, Border Violence Monitoring Network
  • Lawyers–Nikola Kovačević, Human Rights Lawyer, awarded the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award in Europe in 2021
  • Migrants and refugees –Razan Ismail, refugee-activist and individual member of the Expert Group on the Views of Migrants in the field of Migration, Asylum and Integration of the European Commission
11:35 – 12:10 Q&A and moderated dialogue
Moderator: Lora Vidović, Independent Human Rights Consultant
12:10 – 12:15 Conclusion and takeaways
Debbie Kohner, ENNHRI Secretary General

More information on the Agenda here.

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