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Slovenia: Amnesty International launches "Do not accept the amendment to the Foreigners Act!" petition

Amnesty International Slovenia launched an initiative investigating the European Commission's co-responsibility for the Croatian police's harsh handling of migrants. The initiative is supported by the European Ombudsman.

At the same time, Amnesty created a petition entitled "Do not accept the amendment to the Foreigners Act!" in which it appeals to the Slovenian government not to adopt changes which contain, among other things, controversial provisions on action in the event of a "complex crisis in the field of migration".

The petition emphasises that such provisions would allow the authorities to close the border in an airtight manner, to prevent even the submission of applications for international protection (for asylum) and to prevent implementation of the principle of non-refoulement. According to this principle, a refugee or an applicant for international protection may not be expelled or forcibly returned to a country where his or her life or freedom may be endangered.

Amnesty writes that such action on the part of the Slovenian government would be in direct contradiction with international law and therefore inadmissible.

You can sign the petition here.

Read more about this issue here.