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Hands off! Asylum seekers & refugees are not criminals

 

Greens/EFA MEPs protest the erosion of asylum seekers' basic rights.

 

Following the passage of controversial proposals on the EURODAC database of asylum applicants' and refugees' fingerprints that would grant law enforcement authorities access to the database, Greens/EFA MEPs held up posters with images of fingerprints saying

 

"Hands off! Asylum seekers & refugees are not criminals"

 

These powers fly in the face of asylum seekers' basic rights. The move means people who come to Europe seeking protection from persecution will be under suspicion as potential criminals from the moment they arrive.

 

EURODAC was created to enable immigration authorities to identify asylum seekers, with a view to avoiding double applications. Allowing police authorities to access the data for a totally different purpose - to combat crime and terrorism - flies in the face of the data protection rights of asylum seekers and opens the door to discrimination.

 

In caving in to this demand from EU governments, MEPs have undermined the credibility of the European Parliament as an institution for defending fundamental and human rights.

 

Press Release (EN/DE): www.greens-efa.eu/eu-asylum-database-10030.html

 

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Taken on June 12, 2013