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NGOs, EU and international agencies sound the alarm over Frontex's respect for fundamental rights

"The Frontex Consultative Forum on Fundamental Rights has expressed "serious concerns about the effectiveness of Frontex's serious incident reporting mechanism," saying that it should be revised and that the border agency must "take additional measures to set up an effective system to monitor respect for fundamental rights in the context of its activities."

The inadequacy of the serious incident reporting (SIR) mechanism is raised in the latest annual report of the Consultative Forum (pdf), which is made up of nine civil society organisations, two EU agencies and four UN agencies and other intergovernmental bodies. It was established in October 2012 to provide independent advice to the agency on fundamental rights.

Its report notes that during 2018, Frontex "only received 3 serious incident reports for alleged violations of fundamental rights and 10 complaints," described by as an "almost negligible number" given that the agency has some 1,500 officers deployed at the external borders of the EU."

NGOs, EU and international agencies sound the alarm over Frontex's respect for fundamental rights (Statewatch, 5 March 2019)

Photo: Bundesministerium für Europa, Integration und Äußeres, CC BY 2.0

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