Statewatch article: RefNo# 32265
EU: European Ombudsman makes 13 recommendations to Frontex to strengthen its fundamental rights strategy
Statewatch News Online, April 2013
Draft recommendation and accompanying letter to the Executive Director of Frontex (pdfs)

The recommendation draws on analyses and suggestions by civil society organisations and individuals, including a joint submission by Statewatch and Migreurop.

According to the Ombudsman: “The main concern is that the [Fundamental Rights] Strategy does not clarify Frontex's responsibility for possible infringements of fundamental rights which occur in the course of its operations” and that “the Strategy does not refer at all to the protection of personal data of intercepted migrants.”

In September 2012, a Statewatch and Migreurop analysis stated: “The fundamental rights strategy as it was presented by Frontex … is inadequate. Safeguards and reporting mechanisms appear insufficient compared to Frontex’s involvement and responsibilities in the initiation, coordination and conduct of border control at the EU’s external borders. The absence of any redress mechanism for potential victims of human rights violations and the denial by Frontex of any direct responsibility if cases of violations were to be found reflect a disturbing misrepresentation of the Agency’s mandate under the revised Regulation 2004/2007”.

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