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Step up efforts to tackle the migration crisis along the Balkans-route
Yesterday EU and Balkan leaders met to discuss, among others, the current flow of migrants through the region towards the EU; the so-called Western Balkans route. In recent weeks along this route many atrocities of human traffickers have been recorded, the last of which is the find of 71 dead refugees at the side of an Austrian motorway after they suffocated in the back of an air-tight refrigerated truck. Ahead of the leaders meeting, the European Commission released an additional €1.5 million in humanitarian funding to assist refugees and migrants in Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, a small amount compared to the Pre-accession support for migration–related activities in the Western Balkans and Turkey since 2007 of around €600 million.
Today, 20th of July 2015, the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) of the European Union adopted the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy which will cover the period 2015-2019.
Referring to the open letter that SOLIDAR sent on 20th May 2015, together with HelpAge International, The international Council on Social Welfare, and the Free Trade Union Development Center, SOLIDAR welcomes the adoption of the new Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy, as a further decisive step in the right direction towards fostering a comprehensive agenda to promote Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCRs) within EU external relations.
Think positive – recharge the batteries!
Rising inequality and social exclusion will also have an impact on the summer holiday period. Some of us can easily travel and relax on beaches or elsewhere. For others the tourist season is an opportunity to find seasonal jobs, because even though they are precarious, they are at least a way of earning some income to help meet the toughest challenges.
SOLIDAR adds its voice to that of CSOs in Egypt against the new anti-terror draft law
Following the assassination of Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat, the government’s immediate response has been to draft a second anti-terror law.
SOLIDAR adds its voice to that of several Civil Society Organisations in Egypt that have strongly called for a rejection of the draft of the new anti-terror law, in light of its inconsistency with Article 71 of the Egyptian constitution and because it seeks to reinstate restriction on rights and the freedoms of expression and of association.