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European Union & Turkey agreement Violation of International Laws-UN

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European Union & Turkey agreement which envisages sending back refugees en masse from the European Union to Turkey has come under all round criticism for being inhuman and violative of   European and international law.On Monday, Turkey offered to take back all refugees and migrants who had crossed into Europe from its soil in return for more money, faster EU membership talks and quicker visa-free travel for Turks.

The UN's refugee agency, UNHCR, has also criticised the plans drawn up by Turkey and the EU, saying they would amount to a violation of human rights.

"The collective expulsion of foreigners is prohibited under the European Convention of Human Rights," Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR's Europe regional director, said in Geneva on Tuesday."An agreement that would be tantamount to a blanket return of any foreigners to a third country, is not consistent with European law, is not consistent with international law."

Several rights group & other groups have also voiced deep concerns about the plan intended to stem the flow.Save the Children, the UK-based charity, said that in Europe, one in four asylum applicants is a child."Any returns of individuals who have not had their asylum applications properly considered, or who are returned to a country where they do not have the right to international protection, would be illegal under international refugee law," it said in a statement.

Source: Al Zajeera


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