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EU-Turkey deal a historic blow to rights

18th March 2016, 11:01:35 UTC

European leaders collective ‘double-speak’ fails to hide the myriad of contradictions of the deal sealed between the EU and Turkey on how to handle the refugee crisis, said Amnesty International today.

“The ‘double-speak’ this deal is cloaked in fails to hide the European Union’s dogged determination to turn its back on a global refugee crisis, and willfully ignore its international obligations,” said Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director, Amnesty International Ireland.

“The hollow Promises made by eu leaders to respect international and European law cannot be taken seriously, we are appalled that Ireland and other EU member states couLd  have signed off on such a deal ”

“Guarantees to scrupulously respect international law are incompatible with the touted return to Turkey of all irregular migrants arriving on the Greek islands as of Sunday.  Turkey is not a safe country for refugees and migrants, and any return process predicated on its being so will be flawed, illegal and immoral, whatever phantom guarantees precede this pre-declared outcome.”