Europe’s border agency #Frontex not only ignored human rights abuses, its director asked his employees to cover them up & delete evidence, a report by the European Parliament concludes.
The report builds upon investigations done by @LHreports and partners…
With our partners @dwnews @trouw @bellingcat @guardian we showed in April last year how asylum seekers in Greece on the mainland & islands were forced back to Turkey, denied the right claim asylum. These pushback operations are against international law.…
We also proved in cooperation with @DerSpiegel @reportmainz @guardian that the Greek coastguard puts asylum seekers, who already arrived on the islands on life rafts and left them adrift in Turkish waters.…
With the pushbacks happening on a large scale in the Aegean and Frontex’s large-scale deployment in the region, we wanted to know how much Europe’s own border agency knew about these illegal practices.
A months-long investigation with @derspiegel, @bellingcat , and ARD's @reportmainz revealed that Frontex was not only complicit but also actively involved in the pushbacks…
The reporting prompted a special Scrutiny Working Group of the European Parliament under the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs to investigate Frontex.
@LHreports director @klaasvandijken was called to provide evidence now being used in their final report. From the report it's clear that Frontex Director Leggeri is not concerned by rights abuses by EU states but tries to cover them up.
Pressure on Frontex and its director will remain high as a report by Europe’s anti-fraud agency OLAF is expected…

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THREAD: How is one of Europe's most famous companies helping Turkey sustaining an airbridge between Turkey and Libya, despite a UN arms embargo? #A400M #EUarms #Airbus
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