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The course will guide monitors step-by-step through the phases of forced returns by air. Case studies, role plays and simulation exercises will aid monitors in analysing and reflecting about the fundamental rights dimension of their work. The course covers: principles such as proportionality and necessity; coercive measures; early warning indicators for monitors; access to information of returnees; treatment of and communication with returnees; vulnerable people; monitoring and reporting.

The aim of this course is to equip monitors with fundamental rights knowledge in the context of forced return and to build their skills to translate this knowledge into actions. It also aims to guide return monitors on how to report observations in relation to potential fundamental rights violations. At the end of the training, attendees are expected to have learnt about fundamental rights and be able to apply them in the context of forced return monitoring.

FRA will carry out this training course in cooperation with the EU Borders Agency (Frontex), the International Centre for Migration Policy Development and the Counter-terrorism unit (COBRA) of the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior. The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment will also talk about its country monitoring and reporting activities.