Archive for March 16th, 2016

16/03/2016

Will the EU Become a Criminal Union Tomorrow?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Dr. Jan Oberg*, TFF Director & Co-founder

Lund, Sweden, March 16, 2016 – The EUropean Union – a criminal?

The EU that has peace as it’s top goal and received Nobel’s Peace Prize?

The EU with Schengen and Dublin?

The EU with “European” values, humanism and mission civilisatrice that tells others how to live in accordance with international law and in respect for human rights?

We live in times where little shall surprise us anymore. The answer to the question – will EU become a criminal in international law terms? – will be answered on March 17 and 18 when the EU Council meets to decide whether or not to carry through the agreement with Turkey about how to handle refugees.

Amnesty International knows what it is all about. AI uses words such as “alarmingly shortsighted”, “inhumane”, “dehumanising”, “moral and legally flawed” and “EU and Turkish leaders have today sunk to a new low, effectively horse trading away the rights and dignity of some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

And “By no stretch of imagination can Turkey be considered a ‘safe third country’ that the EU can cosily outsource its obligations to,” says Iverna McGowan, Head of Amnesty International’s European Institutions Office.

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