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Side event at the Council of Europe, considers the theme of ‘’Duty or offence of solidarity: the action of NGOs in the system of assistance and support to migrants and refugees.’’

 

Having secure the privilege of representation at the Conference of INGOs at the Council of Europe where Marie Hélène Halligon represents RENATE Europe, Marie Helene sends us news of the discussions on the above topic which took place on 11 April 2019 at the Palais de l’Europe.

Amongst the aspects under discussion were concerns for the detention of migrant children in Europe; concerns for civil society organisations and their members who are threatened or sanctioned for assisting people on the migration route by providing legal, humanitarian or social assistance and concerns for the extent to which governments seem to be more concerned with protecting their country borders and not people.

Full report available at: “The Criminalisation of Humanitarian Acts is a Crime”