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Project News: FReMII workshop on good practices concerning fundamental rights compliance in forced-return operations

28 February 2018

Within the EU funded project Forced-Return Monitoring II (FReM II), ICMPD organises a Workshop on Good Practices concerning Fundamental Rights Compliance in Forced-Return Operations together with the Office of the Ombudsman of the Republic of Latvia, the Fundamental Rights Office of Frontex and the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). The workshop takes place on 27-28 February 2018 in Riga, Latvia.

The workshop gathers forced-return monitors and stakeholders from return enforcing institutions from the following FReM II partner countries: Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, and Switzerland. A representative of the Council of Europe (CoE) also attends the workshop. The aim of the workshops is to discuss the applicable fundamental rights and how to safeguard their compliance during forced-return operations, and to share related experiences and good practices. 

The outcomes of the workshop will be summarised and shared in a good practice report and will furthermore feed into to future FReM II project events and outputs such as training, training material, lessons learned meetings, supporting the further establishment of the pool of forced-return monitors within Frontex’ structure as well as the national forced-return monitoring systems in FREM II partner countries.

Monitoring by independent forced-return monitors is an inbuilt control mechanism for day-to-day return practices that creates transparency through unbiased and neutral reporting serving the interest of both the returnees and the return enforcing authorities. The task of a forced-return monitor is to observe – without powers of intervention – a forced-return operation and to draw up a report that describes whether the operation was conducted in a humane manner, respectful of the dignity of the persons and in full compliance with fundamental rights as enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and applicable international human rights law.  


Download workshop agenda here

More information on FReMII can be found here.