Deutschlandfunk - Lucas Rasche speaks about human rights violations by Frontex

Policy Fellow from the Jacques Delors Centre criticizes the role of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency in illegal pushbacks at Europe’s border.

The European Border and Coast Guard Agency, also known as Frontex, has been the focus of a recent investigation led by European Parliament MEPs. An outcome report, written by the Frontex Scrutiny Working Group, followed a four-month investigation into the operations and conduct of the agency as it dealt with asylum seekers at the EU’s borders.

Speaking to Deutschlandrundfunk, Lucas Rasche, Policy Fellow from the Hertie School’s Jacques Delors Centre offered his perspective on the report and criticized the agency. "Frontex has deliberately accepted human rights violations, which is problematic as the agency is bound by international law," he said.

Rasche points out that EU member states are also to blame for the agency’s actions. "Frontex is as good or bad as the policy behind it," he explained.

To the interview (in German)

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