The UK Supreme Court’s ruling last Wednesday has, at least temporarily, scuppered the prime minister’s plans to limit parliamentary debate before the looming Brexit deadline. Some of the prime minister’s allies have attacked the ruling as a ‘constitutional coup’. But a close reading reveals that the court has stayed within its remit to interpret, rather than make, the law.
In a carefully reasoned judgment, the court emphasized that the case was not about Brexit. But the judges certainly did not shy away from the extraordinary nature of the matters before it, noting that such factual situations have ‘never arisen before and are unlikely ever to arise again… But our law is used to rising to such challenges and supplies us with the legal tools to enable us to reason to a solution.’… Seguir leyendo »
More than 80 per cent of refugees globally reside in low- and middle-income countries. With chronic underfunding of humanitarian assistance, shrinking resettlement opportunities and increasingly protracted displacement, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has described the current situation as ‘not so much a crisis of numbers but of cooperation and solidarity’.
Take Lebanon, for example – seven years in, more than three quarters of Syrian refugees are considered by the UN to be living below the poverty line. Only 36% of funding needs for humanitarian assistance in 2017 were met. Resulting resource competition has become a source of tension between refugees and local communities.… Seguir leyendo »
According to last Friday’s EU-Turkey statement, the return of refugees and migrants to Turkey will be implemented in compliance with international and EU law. This may prove more problematic in reality.
As of 20 March the EU plans to send back all new arrivals to Greece from Turkey with an exchange system in place for Syrians only: for every Syrian returned another will be resettled to the EU from Turkey. These returns are envisaged as a ‘temporary and extraordinary’ measure that will nevertheless refrain from any ‘collective expulsion’, behaviour that is expressly prohibited under international law. The EU is banking on the proposed returns reducing the movement of refugees and migrants into the EU.… Seguir leyendo »