RRA-NC discusses the assylum policies with EU authorities

Refugee Rights Association – North Cyprus (RRA-NC) held a meeting with the authorities of European Commission in order to give information on sheltering policies, practices and immigration flows.

According to the written statement made by RRA-NC, it was stated that in the meeting the authorities of the Association expressed their attempts for protecting the rights of refugees in spite of the deficiency of a local asylum and added that there is an obstacle in front of the refugees for using their fundamental rights.

In the report submitted to the EC authorities by the Association, it was drawn attention that  refugee flows to Cyprus have increased prominently in 2014 because of the ongoing clashes especially in Syria.

The Association stated that in 2014, RRA-NC gave support to nearly 200 Syrians who were not given permission for entering into the country in contravention of the international human rights and refugee law and were treated like a criminal.

Faika Deniz Paşa and Tegiye Birey attended to the meeting on behalf of RRA-NC, European Commission was represented by Alessandra Viezzer (the Head of EU Program Support Office), Francesco Luciani (Policy Officer, International Affairs Unit), Anne- Catherine Claude ( EU Commission Task Force for theTurkish Cypriot Community), Martin Panov ( EU Commission Task Force for the Turkish Cypriot Community) and Charlotte Goyon (Civil Society Task Manager,  EU Commission Task Force for the Turkish Cypriot Community)