Humanitarian Diplomacy & Advocacy
Humanitarian Diplomacy and Advocacy
The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement carries out HumanitarianDiplomacy, to reduce the vulnerabilities, respond to the needs and uphold the fundamental rights of all migrants, irrespective of their legal status.
European Red Cross Societies bring their field experience and humanitarian perspectives to Policy makers and institutions by conducting national and regional advocacy activities. As humanitarian actors, we are in a particularly favourable position to identify challenging issues, raise these with local or governmental authorities and advocate for change.
The Red Cross EU Office facilitates Humanitarian Diplomacy actions on behalf of its members before EU institutions and agencies. Through the identification of policy recommendations stemming from direct practical experience of its members, Red Cross EU Office seeks to influence policies for the benefit of those in need and for the reduction of the particular vulnerabilities of migrants.
The Red Cross EU Office takes part in:
- the FRONTEX Consultative Forum on Fundamental Rights;
- the Fundamental Rights Platform of the Fundamental Rights Agency;
- the European Asylum Support Office Consultative Forum with civil society;
- the EU Civil Society Platform against Trafficking in Human Beings;
- the European Migration Forum
The Red Cross EU Office is a member of different NGO platforms including the European NGO Platform for Migration and Asylum and the Civil Society Contact Group onMigration and Development. On certain topics, the Red Cross EU Officejoins NGOs from these platforms to make common appeals to EU policy makers.
|IFRC Policy on Migration, 2009
Principle 3: LinkAssistance, Protection and Humanitarian Diplomacy for MigrantsAssistanceto migrants goes hand in hand with efforts to protect them against abuse,exploitation, and the denial of rights. In making these efforts, NationalSocieties will respect the migrants’ own interest, and the imperative of doingthem no harm. To enable migrants to overcome abuses and pressures, NationalSocieties can provide legal advice, refer them to other relevant and competentorganisations or entities, or undertake discreet or public forms ofhumanitarian diplomacy.
European National Societies activities
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TheLithuanian Red Cross: Providing legal assistance and advocating for migrants’rights.
TheLithuanian Red Cross is nowadays one of the leading non-profit actors onmigration in Lithuania with activities running since 1996. Among otheractivities, it employs several lawyers dedicated to providing legal advice,assistance and representation to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants atvarious stages of the procedure. Readmore
Related Red Cross Red Crescent news and resources
- Position Paper: Resettlement in the European Union, 19 June 2015
- Press Release: Refugees fleeing the Syrian crisis, November 2014
- Red Cross EU Office recommendations on asylum and migration in the European Union, October 2014
- Position Paper: Access to international protection in the EU for people fleeing Syria, 14 October 2014
- Joint Statement on the implementation of the Partnership Principle in the new EU Asylum and Migration Fund, 1 August 2014
- Contribution to the European Commission's consultation on the post-Stockholm agenda, 21 January 2014
- Publication: Shifting Borders - Externalising migrant vulnerabilities and rights, 7 November 2013
- Event Summary: Shifting EU borders and the access to international protection, European Parliament, 6 November 2013
- Press release: Red Cross Societies Plea for Safer Passage to the EU, November 2013
- Letter of the Red Cross EU Office on the revised Directive laying down minimum standards for the reception of asylum seekers, 10 June 2013
- Joint Statement on the Partnership Principle in the EU Asylum and Migration Fund, 24 May 2013
- The Red Cross EU Office contributes to the European Asylum Support Office 2014 Work Programme draft outline, 8 March 2013
- PositionPaper: Legal Avenues to Access International Protection in the EU, 27February 2013. Unofficial French translation
- EUNational Red Cross Societies and the IFRC respond to the European Ombudsman’spublic consultation on FRONTEX and Fundamental Rights, September 2012.
- CivilSociety Statement and Recommendations on the future EU funding in the area ofmigration and asylum 2014-2020, March 2012.
- 2012 World Disasters Report, Focus on forced migration and displacement, IFRC, 2012. A Summary of the Report is available in French, Spanish and Arabic.
- Positionpaper: Access to International Protection, November 2011. Unofficial French translation
- International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
- International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
- European Commission
- European Parliament
- Council of the European Union
- European Asylum Support Office (EASO)
- EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA)
- European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
- EU Committee of the Regions
- UNHigh Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
- European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)
- Platform forInternational Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM)
- European Network Against Racism (ENAR)
- International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC)
- Migration Policy Group
- Amnesty International
- European Association for the Defense of Human Rights (AEDH)
- Caritas Europa
- Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS)
- Churche's Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME)
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