Welcome step on monitoring human rights abuses

Alyn Smith, SNP MEP and member of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, has today (Wednesday) welcomed the announcement by Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland that there will be stepped up monitoring of human rights abuses on refugees and migrants in Europe.

Speaking from Strasbourg, Alyn said:

"Worryingly, we are hearing of an increasing number of attacks on migrants and refugees, and without comprehensive and accurate figures, getting a handle on the scale of the issue is next to impossible so I very warmly welcome the decision by the Council of Europe to properly monitor this problem.

"Refugees are fleeing immediate harm, and the idea that these people have survived harrowing violence in their home countries, risked their lives on dangerous journeys to seek safe havens, only to be attacked when they finally feel able to relax is utterly sickening.

"Some of the stories being reported by refugees and migrants are truly appalling and although I realise that just cataloguing the reports of abuse will not solve the problem, I hope that it will continue to put on political pressure, thereby not allowing governments to stand by pretending they cannot see what is happening in their own backyards."

For the Council of Europe press release, click here