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18:00 - 19:30 4 March 2014

Refugee protection, migration and human rights in Europe


Moot Court | Bentham House (link Map)
4–8 Endsleigh Gardens | London | WC1H 0EG | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe, ,elected Commissioner for Human Rights in 2012 and has worked in the field of human rights for the past two decades, and published extensively in human rights issues, in particular on racism, discrimination and minority rights. He is a Latvian national and obtained his Ph.D. in political science at the University of California at Berkeley.Prior to his appointment as Commissioner for Human Rights he held prominent posts such as Chairman of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (2010-12), Latvian minister responsible for social integration, anti-discrimination, minority rights, and civil society development (2002-04), and Director of the Latvian Centre for Human Rights (1994-02).

During various country visits, including a “thematic mission” following the route taken by many Syrian refugees, the Commissioner for Human Rights witnessed the extreme difficulties faced in general by irregular migrants, including asylum seekers, coming to the EU: ‘push-back’ practices in the Mediterranean, ‘Dublin returns’ to countries whose asylum systems are dysfunctional, and the criminalisation of migration. These problems are compounded by a raising wave of racist manifestations against migrants by politicians, the public and the media, and have made serious inroads in the political life of several European countries, also affecting migrants originating from European countries, in particular those from the Western Balkans and the new EU member states. Roma migration has become a hot subject in the UK recently. This debate needs to be placed back into its correct context, namely, the right of every person to leave a country.


Kerry-Anne Tarlton
+44 (0)20 7679 1430 | k.tarlton@ucl.ac.uk


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