Opposition parties, NGOs oppose refugee returns

Refugees and migrants being returned to Turkish port of Dikili from Greek island of Lesbos. Photo: EFE via 20minutos
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• NGO to file complaints with EU Commission, courts of Human Rights & Justice
• Political parties accuse Rajoy of violating Congressional accord over refugees

Opposition parties in Congress on Wednesday accused acting-President Mariano Rajoy of having violated a Congressional agreement by signing up to the terms of the EU-Turkey accord for the deportation of refugees and migrants from Greece to holding camps in Turkey that began on Monday, while the Spanish Commission for Refugee Aid (CEAR, Comisión Española de Ayuda a Refugiados) announced it will file legal complaints with European courts and agencies in an effort to halt the refugees’ deportation from Europe.

According to Estrella Galán, secretary general of the refugee-assistance NGO, CEAR intends to file a formal complaint directly with the European Commission (EC), charging the EU with being in violation of its own established norms regarding the right of refugees to petition for asylum and have their petitions heard prior to deportation.

Because the claim filed with the EC will take months to expedite, Galán said CEAR will also attempt to fast-track a resolution of the question of the deportations’ legality by filing charges directly with the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union over cases in involving the violation by the EU of international norms governing human rights and the right to asylum.

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