An expert meeting in Strasbourg on 20 November looked at various legal aspects of complaints mechanisms for human rights violations during border controls and expulsions.
The Agency’s presentation focused on legal remedies in the context of border patrolling at sea drawing on its own research in this field. The workshop was co-organised by the Centre for European Policy Studies and the Council of Europe. The aim of the expert meeting was to discuss the accountability regimes of national border and coast guards in selected Council of Europe member states. This included the accessibility of existing complaint mechanisms and the importance of adequate investigations in the perspective of redressing human rights violations in the context of border control and expulsions. It also examined the current state of play in implementing the complaints mechanism established under the European Border and Coast Guard Regulation.