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Photographs tweeted by Channel 4 journalist and cameraman Stuart Webb this morning allegedly showing members of the Turkish coastguard trying to damage the engine of an inflatable dinghy carrying refugees trying to reach Greece

Further to the talks continuing today in Brussels between the heads of the EU’s 28 member states and the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu – as they attempt to finalise a plan to stop migrants and refugees from reaching Europe…

Sue Conlon, of the Irish Refugee Council writes:

We are calling on the acting Irish government to refuse to sign up to a proposal of the European Council, discussed on 7th March 2016, forcing refugees who have entered the EU back to Turkey.

The proposed deal, in exchange for a further €3bn, resettlement of Syrians from Turkey as well as increased rights of entry to the EU for Turkish nationals, would breach international obligations not to return refugees to a country where they may face persecution or serious harm.”

“To date, Ireland has agreed to make a contribution of €22m to an initial EU payment to Turkey of €3bn. No indication has yet been given as to whether Ireland will contribute any further payments to Turkey or accept any more refugees other than those agreed to in September 2015.

However, the danger is that, notwithstanding that Ireland only has a caretaker government at present, decisions may be made which will see Ireland, with other EU states, sign up to an agreement that sees Syrians and other nationals in need of international protection, returned forcibly to Turkey in contravention of obligations under the Refugee Convention.”

“The essential commitment of signatories to the Refugee Convention is that of non-refoulement, the agreement not to return someone to the borders of a state where they may be at risk of persecution.”

Meanwhile, Amnesty Ireland has created a petition calling on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to refuse to accept the deal.

Those who wish can sign it here

Previously: Cannon Fodder

‘Can Ireland Not Do Any More?’

Ireland And The Turkey Refugee Facility

Pics: Stuart Webb

11 thoughts on “Turkey Basting

    1. Weedless

      As long as we can’t be kicked out for still not having ours up to scratch when it comes to women.

  1. Anne

    “Photographs tweeted by Channel 4 journalist and cameraman Stuart Webb this morning allegedly showing members of the Turkish coastguard trying to damage the engine of an inflatable dinghy carrying refugees trying to reach Greece”

    They wouldn’t be like trying to capsize their dinghys would they?

    You’d hear of so many drowning just off the coast… Almost making it..nearly defeating all the odds that the seas put in front of them, only to drown ‘just off the coast’.

    1. Anomanomanom

      Haha. I’m getting the feeling you’ve only just recently learned the Internet is on computers and can only type one word, blueshirt, when not looking at the keyboard.

      1. dav

        I feel you agree with enda’s whingers comment but are confused why your tory strategy didn’t work in ireland…..

        1. Funster Fionnanánn

          Dav.

          For the love of baby Jesus. Please try using big boy words for a bit. Please? It’s mind numbing

      2. Nice Jung Man

        tbf that word has two syllables in it

        more than a lot of internet commenters can manage

        mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sé

  2. nellyb

    Why do people expect Turkey being more conscientious than other actors?
    Had Turkey been a bright torch for human rights till now?
    And why on earth should Turkey be the janitor for US at el? It’s EU’s fault for not playing hard ball with US for payout. US have been really annoying pricks behind the 2 oceans.
    22 mln is peanuts, we could pay this yesterday and still complete first 100 houses for homeless for past christmas. if we’ve had right caliber of people in the government.

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