United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos will join MEPs on the Foreign Affairs, Home Affairs and Human Rights committees on Tuesday to debate respect for human rights in the context of migration flows in the Mediterranean. Members of the parliaments of Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey will also take part.
The hearing, organised jointly by the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, the Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean, will start at 9.00 in the József Antall (JAN) building room 2Q2.
It will be chaired by Elmar Brok (EPP, DE), Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Claude Moraes (S&D, UK), Chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, and Elena Valenciano (S&D, ES), Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights.
Keynote speeches by will be given by Federica Mogherini, Vice-President of the European Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, and António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
A second panel on the “Vulnerabilities of migrants and their situation in transit countries” will be held with representatives of NGOs Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the Euro-Mediterranean Network on Human Rights (EuroMedRights) and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRCS).
Respecting migrants’ fundamental rights will also be addressed during a debate with Frontex Executive Director, Fabrice Leggeri, in the Civil Liberties Committee at 15.00 (Live here)