FRA presents report on fundamental rights at the EU's southern sea borders to LIBE Committee

FRA's Adriano Silvestri presents the Agency's report on fundamental rights at Europe's southern sea borders to the European Parliament’s LIBE Committee, 8 April 2013.
FRA's Adriano Silvestri presents the Agency's report on fundamental rights at Europe's southern sea borders to the European Parliament’s LIBE Committee, 8 April 2013.
On 8 April 2013, FRA presented its latest report, ‘Fundamental rights at Europe’s southern sea borders’, to the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE).

In the presentation, FRA focused on the situation of irregular migrants who attempt to enter the EU by sea, and in particular on the agency’s research findings related to the principle of non-refoulement, the right to life, and respect for human rights in the context of maritime surveillance and cooperation with third countries. MEPs raised a number of questions, including topics such as Frontex operations, the Eurosur system, push-backs at sea, cooperation with third countries, asylum requests at borders, and the potential risk of punishment faced by fishermen who take part in rescue operations for assisting irregular migrants to enter the EU.