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31 March 2020

Activity Details (ID# 22333)  

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Title Workshop on ''The protection of irregular migrants by national human rights structures'' 
Description Staff members of eligible NHRSs will discuss with peers coming from other NHRSs.
A thematic handbook in English, French and Russian will be published following the workshop and will be disseminated for the use of NHRSs and other human rights actors. 
Status Completed 
Date 18/06/2008 - 19/06/2008 
Location Padova, Italy
Countries CoE Members: Albania / Armenia / Azerbaijan / Bosnia and Herzegovina / Croatia / Georgia / Republic of Moldova / Montenegro / Russian Federation / ''the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia'' / Turkey / Ukraine
Others: Kosovo*
  Joint Programme Activity - Peer project
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP Peer project - Setting up an active network of independent non-judicial Human Rights Structures in the Council of Europe member States which are not members of the European Union    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 1 - 2008/DGHL/JP/1765   Assisting National Human Rights Structures (NHRSs)
Expected Result 1.2 - The staff of the National Human Rights Structures have enhanced their knowledge of European standards of human rights protection, and have extended their awareness of possibilities of action.
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Human Rights
Line of Action ⇒ I.2 – Protecting and promoting Human Rights through the other CoE institutions and mechanisms
Programme ☆ I.2.1  Commissioner for Human Rights

Working Method

Organisation of meetings - Workshop (excl. training) 
Directorate Human Rights and Legal Affairs 
CoE Contact FREYMANN, Delphine   email
Partners University of Padua - University or Institute
Web Pages
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1 http://www.coe.int/t/commissioner/activities/themes/nhrspeertopeer_EN.asp?  
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Activity Synopsis (ID# 22333) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) The Joint European Union – Council of Europe Programme “Setting up an active network of independent non judicial human rights structures”, or “Peer-to-Peer Project”, aims to empower national human rights structures (NHRSs, i.e. ombudsmen and national institutions) to help prevent and find solutions to human rights violations more effectively at domestic level. Through a series of workshops, where international legal norms are explained and participants discuss their respective experiences to implement these norms, specialised staff members of the national structures can strengthen their own human rights competences and increase their awareness of the possibilities for action at domestic level and for co-operation with international mechanisms.

The third workshop of the Peer-to-Peer project (Padua, Italy, 18-19 June) was entitled “Protecting the human rights of irregular migrants:
the role of national human rights structures”. It was organised in cooperation with the Interdepartmental Centre on Human Rights and the Rights of Peoples of the University of Padua.
Output/Results After examining the scope of irregular immigration in Europe, participants went through the international legal standards applicable to irregular migrants by way of a flow chart of applicable rights.
The antagonism between the States’ sovereignty and the “illegal status” of irregular migrants on the one hand and the obligation of the States to respect the fundamental rights of individuals was the starting point.
In presentations and discussions, the itinerary of an irregular migrant was examined with its three different phases: surrounding arrival, during their stay, and in the deportation process.
In the context of mixed flows of migrants, the importance of the respect by States of the principle of an individual examination of each case to provide the adequate status and/or protection for each was stressed.
Conclusions/Follow Up This first workshop on the wide, complex and controversial issues related to the protection of irregular migrants have permitted to draw up an inventory of the aspects of protection that need to be addressed. Further workshops will allow to go deeper into the analysis of the ways in which NHRSs can concur to the protection of rights.

As with all P2P workshops, a debriefing paper will be issued in French, English and Russian and disseminated amongst NHRS and other relevant actors.
Participants 23 participants from NHRSs from CoE member States and other institutions 
Consultants/Experts - Experts:

Professeur de Droit public, Doyen, Faculté de Droit, Université de Caen Basse-Normandie

Head of Immigration Office, Police Headquarters in Padua, Questura di Padova

Paola DEGANI, Faculty of Political Science, Interdepartmental Centre on Human Rights and the Rights of Peoples of the University of Padua

Hélène GACON
President, ANAFE (Association nationale d’assistance aux frontières pour les étrangers)

Philip HAYWOOD, Sollicitor, Doughty Street Chambers

Catherine MEREDITH, Lawyer, The AIRE Centre

Tana de ZULUETA, Former member of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, Member of the Italian Committee for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights

- Co organisers from the Interdepartmental Centre on Human Rights and the Rights of Peoples of the University of Padua:

- Alexandre NEZDYUROV, St Petersburg Strategy Centre of Humanities and Political Science
CoE Secretariat - Markus JAEGER, Deputy to the Director, Head of the National Human Rights Structures Unit, Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights
- Delphine FREYMANN, Project Manager, National Human Rights Structures Unit, Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights
Total No. Participants 39 
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  * All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.  
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