Czech Republic: Tomas Boček set for new migration and refugees role

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has announced that Czech Republic ambassador Tomas Boček will be his Special Representative on Migration and Refugees.

“The ongoing migrant flows are creating unprecedented challenges for European states,” Jagland said. “Challenges to solidarity, to safety and security and to human rights. Attacks on homes and shelters, the use of excessive force by police at borders, and poor conditions in camps are reported.

“This is why I have appointed Ambassador Tomas Boček to establish the facts. He is an experienced diplomat and lawyer.”

Boček, who starts his new job on 1 February, said: “My duty will be to coordinate and assist member states in this challenging period. I will also coordinate the Council of Europe’s support and try to identify possible opportunities for more targeted action.”

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