Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the situation of refugees and migrants in the Balkan States
New York , 24 November 2015
The Secretary-General expresses his serious concerns on the recent border restrictions imposed by a number of States in the Balkans. Profiling asylum seekers on the basis of their alleged nationality infringes the human right of all people to seek asylum, irrespective of their nationality and to have their individual cases heard.
The Secretary-General calls on all States in the region to respond effectively to the mounting humanitarian challenges and to ensure that their policies on screening asylum seekers are in line with international refugee and human rights law. He urges European governments to significantly improve their capacities for reception and to speed up implementation of the relocation programmes for refugees. He recalls that collective expulsion and refoulement are strictly prohibited under international law.
The Secretary-General further reiterates his call on all States in the region to respond with compassion, solidarity and shared responsibility, and notes that the current situation highlights the urgent need for coordinated border management.
Statements on 24 November 2015
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- New York, 24 November 2015 - Statement attributable to the Spokesman of the Secretary-General on Mali [scroll down for French version]
- New York, 24 November 2015 - Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Suicide Bombing Attack in North Sinai
- New York, 24 November 2015 - Statement by the Secretary-General on the appointment of Ms. Susana Malcorra as incoming Minister of Foreign Relations of Argentina