No human being is
Human rights of irregular migrants
27th of June 2006
walls in Amsterdam is written Ď No human being is illegalí.
think this is a basic principle of humanity.
can behave like criminals, because they are stealing, murdering, raping and thus
bring shame and sadness to other peopleís life and goods.
the simple fact that a person stays in a country without a legal pemit doesnít
make this person illegal. OK, itís an illegal act, but it doesnít hurt
course, you can discuss about the wording, but what I try to say is that the
approach of migrants without a permit is in most countries far beyond the
princinples of human rights.
are treated like non-existing persons, without any rights, while their only
illegal act is that they donít have a permit to stay.
At the same time, when they are caught and seems to be existing,
they are treated like criminals.
think mr. Ed van Thijn makes with his report a very good attempt to make these
non-existing persons visible.
make it clear that the so called irregular migrants are really existing human
beings, who should have human rights.
morning was the much attended debate on the Marty-report in which the the
Assembly condemns the depriving of suspected people of their basic human rights.
Of course this was right and I supported the Marty report fully.
we discuss a report about approximately 3 Ė 5 million people, who arne not
suspected of any crime against another person, but are also deprived from basic
report and the resolution underlines that there is a number of international
laws, conventions, protocoals and treaties who are in some way dealing with the
rights oif migrants without a permit.
the report and the resolution, on basic of these international laws, tries to
formulate basic human rights for migrants without a permit.
very important, the rights of their children to have education, protection and
Council of Europe has a good reputation as the guarding angel of human rights in
Europe. We have the obligation to keep our standards on a high level, to avoid
double standards and to keep our eyes wide open for every offending of human
the proposals in this report, the reseolution and the recommendation deserves
our fully support.
itís necessary that this report, when adopted, leaves this building and is
discussed in the parliaments and governments of the memberstates and Ėof
course- by the committee of ministers.
underline the proposal in the resolution to ask the Commissioner for Human
Rights to take up this issue and to pay attention in his reports to the way
memberstates are dealing with this issue.
a cornerstone of a broader approach of how all the member states of the CoE are
inmplementing and defendcing hman rights.