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Migrants and the Mediterranean: UN expert to visit Tunisia as part of a study on the EU external borders

By United Nations - Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Migrants and the Mediterranean: UN expert to visit Tunisia as part of a study on the EU external borders
Migrants and the Mediterranean: UN expert to visit Tunisia as part of a study on the EU external borders

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 31, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, will visit Tunisia from 3 to 9 June as part of his yearlong study on the management of the external borders of the European Union, which will take him to key transit countries and entry points into the EU.

“Given its proximity to Europe, Tunisia has become a key transit country through which migrants pass on their journey to the continent,” Mr. Crépeau said. “Understanding how this maritime border is managed, and the impact of these approaches on the human rights of migrants, will be an essential part of my study of the European external borders.''

During his five-day mission to Tunisia, the independent expert will meet with a range of government officials, EU institutions present in the country, international organisations, and migrants themselves, to discuss the complex management of the Tunisian maritime border.

The UN Human Rights Council's envoy will also visit the border crossing with Libya, and key ports where migrants embark by boat for the journey across the Mediterranean. He will also meet with relevant national authorities responsible for border control and migration, as well as civil society organisations.

Mr. Crépeau's visit to Tunisia is the second stage in his special study on the management of the EU external borders. Earlier this month, he visited Brussels, and will also visit Turkey in June, as another key transit country for migrants to Europe. Late in the year he will visit the two main entry points into the EU, Greece and Italy.

At the end of the mission, the UN Special Rapporteur will share his preliminary conclusions at a press conference on 8 June at 14h30.

The project launched by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants will result in a special thematic report which will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2013.


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