EU crisis: Von de Leyen is told to employ a ‘never-before-used law’ to regulate the migrant influx.


EU crisis: Von de Leyen is told to employ a ‘never-before-used law’ to regulate the migrant influx.

THE European Union is facing a new dilemma after Amnesty International asked it to employ a never-before-used law to deal with a sudden influx of migrants entering the EU.

Amnesty International has written to Ylva Johansson, the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, urging her to implement the Temporary Protection Directive in order to allow Afghans at risk’s “safe and orderly entrance and protection in Europe.” The EU directive, which has been in effect for 20 years, would allow the bloc to grant shelter to a certain type of refugee, in this case Afghans. It would also not necessitate the unanimous approval of all 27 member states, which has proven difficult in previous years when trying to agree on exact specifics.

Temporary protection, according to the European Commission’s website, is “an exceptional measure to provide urgent and temporary protection to displaced persons from non-EU countries and those unable to return to their country of origin.”

“It applies when there is a possibility that the ordinary asylum system would be unable to meet demand resulting from a major influx, posing a threat to claim processing.”

Amnesty International expressed “grave concern” about the “human rights and humanitarian catastrophe” unfolding in Afghanistan following the collapse of the Afghan government and Taliban control, in a letter to the Commissioner for Home Affairs.

“In the past, the Taliban has been responsible for systematic and widespread breaches of human rights,” said Eve Geddie, Head of Office and Advocacy Director at Amnesty International – European Institutions Office, in a letter.

“According to a recent Amnesty International investigation, the Taliban massacred nine ethnic Hazara males after seizing control of Ghazni province last month.

“The violence with which these executions were carried out serves as a reminder of the Taliban’s history and proof that religious and ethnic minorities remain particularly vulnerable.

“We have no reason to expect that a new Taliban government will change its ways.

“As early reports of limitations on women’s activities emerge, the danger of a catastrophic rollback of women and girls’ rights under Taliban control cannot be dismissed.

“We are particularly concerned about the threat of persecution and targeted attacks against human rights defenders, women’s rights activists, journalists, media workers, civil society activists, academics, women leaders, and persons who have worked for international organizations.”


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