Thorbjørn Jagland: Planned changes to migrants law could undermine Slovenia’s human rights guarantees

Planned changes to Slovenia’s asylum laws could undermine the country’s human rights commitments, fears Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland.

In a letter, dated 11 January, to the country’s Prime Minister Miro Cerar, Jagland recognises that “large scale arrivals have placed significant pressure” on Slovenia, given its geographic location. He also notes that countries have “felt it necessary to amend their approaches in order to reflect new realities.”

The Secretary General adds that such national legislative reforms should “continue to uphold important human rights guarantees.

“I am concerned by amendments to the Aliens Act proposed by your government which, if adopted, will change the conditions of entry and expulsion of migrants and asylum seekers into Slovenia, raising a number of issues under the European Convention on Human Rights, such as the right of due process, the consideration of individual circumstances in the processing of applications and protection of all migrants and asylum seekers against ill-treatment, including ‘non-refoulement.’”

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