The European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) is a pan-European alliance of 85 NGOs. Its purpose is the protection and promotion of the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and displaced persons. Its mission is amongst the most challenging of our time: to promote the establishment of fair and humane European asylum policies and practices in accordance with international human rights law. ECRE activities include dissemination of information, monitoring of human rights violations and contribution to policy development. They also conduct legal research, most recently on the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights to Asylum procedural law.
This 188-page booklet, compiled in association with the Dutch Council of Refugees and with financial support from the Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme of the European Union, draws upon the expertise of EUtopia contributor Gunnar Beck (SOAS, London) as well as Nuala Mole (AIRE Centre) and Marcelle Reneman (VU University Amsterdam). The booklet contains useful information that will increase practical understanding of the how the EU Charter applies to asylum and migration cases. As the authors state, this is important for two key reasons: not only for the proper implementation of the EU asylum acquis but ultimately to ensure that, at a time when asylum seekers, refugees and displaced persons are particularly vulnerable, ‘the rights of those seeking international protection are respected.’
A hard copy of the booklet can be obtained from Kimberly Friesen at the Dutch Council for Refugees. Alternatively, it is available online here.