Cracked Foundation, Uncertain Future: Structural Weaknesses in the Common European Asylum System

European asylum systems faced a number of sharp challenges as more than 1 million asylum seekers and migrants traveled to Europe during the 2015-16 crisis. Many new arrivals moved onward to other EU destinations without registration or security checks, national reception systems quickly reached capacity, and Member States clashed over how to share responsibility for processing and offering protection to those in need. Yet the number of arrivals was not solely to blame for this dysfunction. Weaknesses in the legal and operational structure of the Common European Asylum System existed long before the crisis, and many persist to this day. This report draws much needed attention to these enduring challenges, which stretch across every stage of the asylum system—from registration and reception to the asylum procedure and adjudication. Taking a systems approach, it traces the evolution of these deficiencies and their knock-on effects in other phases of the asylum process and policy areas, while also examining some of the innovative approaches Member States and localities are using to tackle these blind spots.


Immigration Data Matters

This useful online guide links users directly to the most credible, high-quality data on immigrants and immigration in the United States and internationally. The easy-to-use guide includes more than 220 data resources compiled by governmental and nongovernmental sources, covering topics ranging from population stock and flow numbers to statistics on enforcement, public opinion, religious affiliation, and much more.


Handbook on European non-discrimination law – 2018 edition

European non-discrimination law, as constituted in particular by the EU non-discrimination directives, and Article 14 of and Protocol 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights, prohibits discrimination across a range of contexts and grounds. This handbook examines European non-discrimination law stemming from these two sources as complementary systems, drawing on them interchangeably to the extent that they overlap, while highlighting differences where these exist.


Report on the impact of the state of emergency on human rights in Turkey, including an update on the South-East

The present report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) provides an overview of key human rights concerns in Turkey in the period between January and December 2017, with a focus on the consequences of the state of emergency on the enjoyment of human rights. The findings of OHCHR point to a constantly deteriorating human rights situation, exacerbated by the erosion of the rule of law.


« Une épée au-dessus de nos têtes ». La répression des militants qui dénoncent la discrimination et l’esclavage en Mauritanie

Le présent rapport rend compte de l’évolution de la situation depuis la réélection du président Mohamed Ould Abd El Aziz en juin 2014, jusqu’en janvier 2018. Il a été préparé à partir d’informations recueillies par Amnesty International lors de trois missions de recherche menées en Mauritanie, notamment à Nouakchott, à Nouadhibou et à Aleg, depuis 2014. Amnesty International a présenté les résultats de ses missions à des membres haut placés du gouvernement mauritanien, dont le président de la République, le ministre de la Justice et le commissaire aux droits de l’homme et à l’action humanitaire, et s’est entretenue avec plus de 130 personnes, dont des défenseurs des droits humains, des victimes d’atteintes aux droits fondamentaux, leurs avocats et des membres de leur famille.