EU: Frontex report on removal operations in the first half of 2020 and fundamental rights observations


Statewatch is publishing Frontex's report on its forced removal operations in the first half of 2020, along with the observations of the agency's fundamental rights officer (FRO). The FRO report highlights a number of problems: a failure to correctly brief escorts on fundamental rights; not enough monitors available to cover all flights and not enough monitors on each flight; a failure to protect dignity and privacy during strip searches; wrongful disclosure of medical data to escorts; improper treatment of vulnerable groups; and problematic use of force and coercive measures. On this latter point, the FRO's report notes that: "A few monitors found that unauthorized coercive measures were used (steel shoes, helmets)."

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See: FRONTEX's Reports on Return operations - 1st half 2020 (contained in Council document 13638/20, LIMITE, 9 December 2020, pdf)

The document includes the FRO's report and Frontex's own report.

For more on Frontex's role in forced removal operations, see: Deportation Union: Rights, accountability and the EU's push to increase forced removals


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